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Recipe Finalists Announced

Recipe Finalists Announced

USDA kicks off judging period in Recipes for Healthy Kids Competition.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the top five recipes in each of the three competition categories have been selected to move forward in the Recipes of Health Kids competition. Judges from the Food Nutrition Service and American Culinary Federation have selected 15 recipes from schools in Arizona, South Carolina, Florida, California, Massachusetts, Colorado, North Carolina, Minnesota, Ohio, New Mexico, and Connecticut.

USDA and the First Lady launched the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition last September, challenging teams of school nutrition professionals, chefs, students, and community members to develop creative, nutritious, and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch Program menus. The three categories are: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas.

Judges determined the top five recipes in each of the three competition categories from among the 340 recipes that were received by the submission deadline. Fifteen recipes were chosen to move forward in the competition from schools in 11 states. From among the entries submitted, five were selected in each of the three categories. Recipes will be judged on student involvement, nutrition, creativity and originality, ease of use in schools, and recipe presentation.

"Recipes for Healthy Kids draws on America's culinary creativity and expertise to improve school meals with kid-inspired recipes," said Vilsack. "With many children consuming as many as half their daily calories at school, creating healthy meals is an important step in the Obama administration's effort to combat childhood obesity and improve the health and wellbeing of all our kids."

Schools that entered the top five recipes in each category will be visited onsite by a judging team of a USDA official, an American Culinary Federation chef, and a school nutrition professional to help determine the three finalists, one from each category, that will participate in a national cook-off event this summer. Voting for the Popular Choice award, will close May 15. To vote on your favorite recipe, visit www.recipesforkidschallenge.com.

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