Healthy Kids Recipe Contest Winner Named

Minnesota district captures first place with slider creation.

The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has announced the winner of First Lady Michelle Obama's Recipes for Healthy Kids competition.

Intermediate District 287, South Education Center Alternative in Richfield, MN, captured the Grand Prize with its Porcupine Sliders, in a national cook-off held during the American Culinary Federation National Convention, from among 340 recipes originally submitted by schools across the country. White House chef Sam Kass acted as master of ceremonies for the cook-off.

The contest launched last year to challenge students, parents and other interested community members to create tasty and healthy new recipes for America's school cafeteria menus.

“Intermediate District 287, South Education Center Alternative and all of the schools that participated in the competition have demonstrated once again that school meals can be healthy — and taste great too,” says FNS Administrator Audrey Rowe. “This is an outstanding achievement for our kids and for our efforts to bring healthier meals and healthier lifestyles to schools across the nation.”

Other finalists included Central Valley Harvest Bake, submitted by Joshua Cowell School in Manteca, CA, and Tuscan Smoked Turkey & Bean Soup submitted by Ira B. Jones Elementary School in Asheville, NC.

Teams submitted recipes in three categories: Dry Beans, Dark Green-Orange Vegetables, and Whole Grains. The top 10 recipes in each category will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids cookbook to share with schools, students and families.

USDA and the First Lady launched the competition last September, challenging school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, and community members to develop creative, nutritious, and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into their menus.

The contest is a component of the First Lady's broader Let's Move! initiative that also includes Chefs Move to Schools, which encourages chefs to work with schools in their communities.