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Healthy Lunchtime Challenge: Michelle Obama's third challenge for kid chefs

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First Lady Michelle Obama is once again joining the United States Department of Education, the United Sates Department of Agriculture, and Epicurious for a national recipe challenge to promote cooking and healthy eating among the youth in the United States. Parents or guardians of children aged 8-through-12 may send in an original lunch recipe that is not only tasty, but healthy and affordable as well. The submitted recipe may result in an invitation to attend a “Kids’ State Dinner” at the White House where some of the winning healthy recipes will be on the menu, according to the governmental website and accompanying emails to subscribers on Saturday.

As an assist to being chosen with a recipe, it is suggested that young chefs remember to use USDA’s “My Plate” as a resource to make sure the recipe meets the healthy standards. Entries are expected to represent each of the food groups – either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal – including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy food items. Fruits and vegetables should be half of the recipe or place.

Recipes must be submitted by April 5, 2014. By going to the Epicurious website, one can enter the recipe challenge online or by mail.

This is the third Healthy Lunchtime Challenge to be held.