Does your son or daughter have a mini Iron Chef just waiting to get out? Is it his or her (or your) dream to visit the White House and meet the First Lady, Mrs. Obama? Then you have a little over three weeks to enter Epicurious’ recently launched contest, The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner.”
Working in conjunction with Mrs. Obama, Let’s Move and the departments of Education and Agriculture, Epicurious is asking for healthy, original, affordable and tasty lunch recipes from kids ages 8 to 12 and their parents. The recipe must either incorporate all of the five food groups as detailed by ChooseMyPlate.gov (low-fat dairy, whole grains, protein, fruits, and veggies) or have several of them in a recipe and have the others suggested to round out the meal, like a recipe for a whole-wheat wrap with tofu, pickled cabbage, and carrots, served with a strawberry low-fat yogurt.
We will choose one winner from each of the 50 states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Territories. The children and his or her parent or legal guardian will be flown to D.C. via Delta Airlines, put up at the posh Westin in Georgetown, and attend an actual event at the White House this August, hosted by Mrs. Obama and Epicurious. So get cooking this weekend, and tell your friends about it, too! Good luck!