Last week, 54 young cooks had the opportunity to attend a kids’ state dinner at the White House with Michelle Obama and a surprise visit from President Obama, too. The children, ages 8-12 had entered the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and the winners enjoyed what was actually a lunch at the White House.


MNN’s family blogger Jenn covered the kids’ state dinner and mentioned that all the winning recipes are available to download in PDF format from the Let’s Move website. I thought the free “Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook” was worth mentioning on this blog, too.


These are recipes developed by kids (I’m sure with some adult help) for kids and include salads, soups, wraps, pasta, tacos, sandwiches and more – all with plenty of healthy ingredients.


Now is the time to give many of these recipes a try when fresh, seasonal vegetables are plentiful. If you have kids, tell them that kids created these recipes, and let them pick one or two out that they think they’d like. Head to the farmers market or the store and buy all the ingredients, and then cook together. 


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Free 'Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook'
The 54 winning recipes developed by kids from the White House's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge are available online.