(2017 UPDATE NOTICE: Unfortunately, the Let’s Move website is no longer active since Michelle Obama is no longer the current First Lady.
You may find that previous availability of recipes and information from the Let’s Move program may have been scrubbed from other government related websites as well.)
Selected healthy focus recipes were featured at the luncheon. (Image of Kids’ State Dinner graphic property of Let’s Move and shown for identification purposes only).
The DC Central Kitchen was again the site utilized for the finalist judging for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Kids’ State Dinner entries back on May 31, 2013 (courtesy of Michael Curtin, CEO). Per report, some 1,300 recipe submissions were narrowed down to just 2 recipes per submission state/(territory aka possession)/ (federal) District of Columbia of the USA to be prepared and from which the actual winners were chosen.
Judges also included former White House Chef Sam Kass (also former Exec. Director of the Let’s Move initiative), Tanya Steel of Epicurious, plus staff from the USDA and the USED (and also a White House liaison to USED), as well as two child judges who are graduates of the Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters program by the names of Sabrina Burton and Cha’lita Willia. For a peek at what the judging involved, check out a youtube video.
In 2013, 54 junior chef (8 – 11 years old) child winners (up to one per above location) along with a parent/guardian per child were deemed eligible to attend the Kids’ State Dinner at the White House courtesy of the Let’s Move Initiative and their partners in the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
Live viewing of the event was scheduled for Tuesday, 09JULY2013 at 11:25 A.M Eastern Daylight Savings Time.
It’s exciting to know that young people have been so enthusiastic about how real food can help shape their own lives and those of others in a positive way. They represent the “melting pot” of America and you just might find that reading some of their stories inspires you with their can-do attitude and creativity.
The 2013 eCookbook featuring all of the winning recipes was available through USDA.
The 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
ALABAMA Kale, Broccoli, Chicken, and Apple Salad
ALASKA Alaskan Ceviche with Mango
ARIZONA Banana’s Black Bean Burritos
ARKANSAS Confetti Spring Rolls with Orange-Cilantro Sauce
CALIFORNIA Pork and Tofu Lettuce Cups
COLORADO Sushi Salad
CONNECTICUT Quinoa “Risotto” with Shrimp and Kale
DELAWARE Tortilla Bowl Deluxe
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Inga Binga’s Salmon Salad
FLORIDA Summer Salmon
GEORGIA Sweet Potato Turkey Slider
HAWAII Curried Chicken Salad and Taste of the Tropics Fruit Bowl
IDAHO Veggie Barley Salad with Orange-Honey Vinaigrette
ILLINOIS Black Bean Wrap with Jicama–Grilled Corn Salsa
INDIANA Sneaky Chili Surprise
IOWA Stone Curry with Brown Rice
KANSAS Fun Mini Pizzas with Veggies & Cauliflower Crust
KENTUCKY Raisin Bran Muffins
LOUISIANA Sweet and Spicy Stir-Fry
MAINE Vegan Powerhouse Pesto Pasta
MARYLAND Chicken Masala Wrap
MASSACHUSETTS Shefali’s Scrumptious Spring Roll
MICHIGAN Picky-Eater Pita Pizza Pockets
MINNESOTA Garden Stir-Fry
MISSISSIPPI Pan-Seared Mississippi Catfish on a Bed of River Rice
MISSOURI Confetti Peanut-Ginger Party Pasta
MONTANA Healthy Vegetable Fried Quinoa
NEBRASKA Terrific Tuna Casserole
NEVADA Chex Chicken and Bellaberry Smoothie
NEW HAMPSHIRE Liv’s Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich
NEW JERSEY Hawaiian Turkey Sliders with Mango-Pineapple Salsa
NEW MEXICO Spinach Frittata
NEW YORK Super Rescue Soup
NORTH CAROLINA Spring Rolls
NORTH DAKOTA Asian Fajitas
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS Kangkong Pomegranate Salad
OHIO Kickin’ Colorful Bell Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa
OKLAHOMA Taco de Camarón
OREGON Salmon Fried Rice
PENNSYLVANIA Lentil-Spinach Soup and Mint Chutney
PUERTO RICO Yummy Eggplant Lasagna Rolls
RHODE ISLAND Italian Garden Salsa with Crunchy Chicken Tenders
SOUTH CAROLINA Bring It On Brussels Sprout Wrap!
SOUTH DAKOTA Hidden Veggie Lasagna
TENNESSEE Makenna’s Bodacious Banana Muffins
TEXAS Slam Dunk Veggie Burger
UTAH Lucky Lettuce Cups
VERMONT Champ’s Maple BBQ Turkey Burgers
VIRGIN ISLANDS Zucchini Pancakes & Passion Fruit Banana Smoothie
VIRGINIA Orange-Chicken Lettuce Wraps
WASHINGTON Nummy No-Noodle Lasagna
WEST VIRGINIA Spicy Tofu Lettuce Cups
WISCONSIN Wisconsin Solar Oven–Simmered Chili
WYOMING Scrumptious Chili with Zucchini Cornbread