Create a healthy recipe in one of three categories and you could win up to $3000. The Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge aims to find new healthy, delicious recipes for use in the National School Lunch Program.
Teams will make up a recipe in one of three categories and prepare it for a taste testing at a school. The schoolchildren will judge it and offer their opinions on the recipe. If the team wants to, adjustments can be made to the recipe before submission to the challenge.
Who May Enter?
Teams must be composed of at least one chef, one school nutrition professional, one student currently enrolled in grades 4-12, and one parent or community member. There is no restriction on nationality – i.e., you don’t have to be a U. S. citizen to enter.
Recipe Categories and Prizes
Recipes must fit into one of three categories: Whole Grains, Dark Green and Orange Vegetables, or Dry Beans and Peas.
A first prize of $1500 and a second prize of $1000 will be awarded in each category. Also, a grand prize of $3000 for the best recipe overall and a Popular Choice Award of $1500 will be given. The Popular Choice Award will be given to the recipe from among fifteen semi-finalists that receives the most votes online.
The recipes will be judged based on five criteria: nutrition, creativity and originality, ease of use in schools, recipe presentation (make it appealing to look at), and student involvement. So make sure that kid is helping to create the recipe. No slacking for the young’uns.
How to Enter
Submission has already started. The challenge runs from 07 Sep 2010 until 30 Dec 2010 (at 5 p.m. EST). Teams can register online at the Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge site.
Each team can enter up to three original recipes created by the team – one in each category – along with a nutrient analysis and a photograph of the prepared recipe. The recipes must be in standard U. S. measurement units and weights (teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, and so forth).
Also, each team must include on school letterhead a description of the student taste testing performed at a school with quotes from the students.
The Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge is sponsored by Let’s Move! and the USDA.