Back in May, MNN food blogger Robin Shreeves told us about the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a recipe challenge for kids hosted in part by Michelle Obama as part of her Let's Move initiative. Obama asked kids ages 8-12 to submit a nutritious and delicious recipe that kids could eat for lunch. Yesterday, the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge sat down with the first lady at the first kids' state dinner to sample and share their winning recipes.

 

Michelle Obama and kids state dinnerMore than 1,200 kids entered recipes for the contest. Judging was conducted by White House chefs, officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a team from recipe website Epicurious.com. The goal of the challenge was for kids to invent a “healthy, original and affordable lunch that contains the five food groups (fruits, veggies, protein, low-fait dairy and whole grains).”

 

The kids' state dinner, which was actually a lunch, featured some of the 54 winning recipes submitted by kids from each of the 50 states as well as three territories and Washington, D.C. Winning recipes included a Broccoli and Cheese Egg-White Omelet, Vegan Sloppy Joes, Power Pesto Pasta, and Turkey Vegetable Soup. You can download the recipes (pdf) for all 54 healthy recipes at the Let's Move website.

 

President Barack Obama even dropped by, unannounced, to shake hands and join in the fun, telling the kids, "Usually, I get invited to state dinners," he said. "This time I had to crash."

 

Inset photo: WhiteHouse.gov

 

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