Quantcast “Recipes For Healthy Kids Challenge” Seeks Plant-Based School Lunch Ideas

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It’s been said it’s ultimately the parent’s job to educate children and if school cafeterias won’t stop serving junk for food, you’re going to have to submit your vegetarian recipes to teach them to cook something else!

The USDA has partnered with Michelle Obama‘s “Let’s Move!” campaign in a contest that seeks the best recipes for plant based meals to be included in school lunch menus around the country. Participants are asked to form teams and develop recipes in the following categories: Whole Grains, Dark Green and Orange vegetables, or Dry Beans and Peas. Meat recipes are not wanted, thank you very much!

Creations will be rated by both students and adult judges and finalists will compete in a cook-off to determine the grand winner. Winning teams will be invited to prepare their meals alongside White House chefs.

Submissions are being accepted at RecipesforKidsChallenge.com from now until December 31st, 2010. Judging occurs from January 1st, 2011-May 15th, 2011 and public voting occurs March 1st, 2011-May 15th, 2011.

Judging will be based on Student Involvement, Nutrition, Creativity and Originality, Ease of Use in Schools and Recipe Presentation.

Besides bragging rights, there is money involved!

The following prizes will be awarded in these categories:

  • Grand Prize Winner – $3000
  • First Place (Whole Grains) – $1500
  • Second Place (Whole Grains) – $1000
  • First Place (Dark Green and Orange Vegetables) – $1500
  • Second Place (Dark Green and Orange Vegetables) – $1000
  • First Place (Dry Beans and Peas) – $1500
  • Second Place (Dry Beans and Peas) – $1000
  • Popular Choice Award – $1500

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