2013 Kids’ State Dinner

Let’s Mooooo-ve

On July 9th, fifty-four children and their parent/guardian (one pair from each of the 50 states, plus some of the U.S. Territories, D.C., and Puerto Rico) attended a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House, hosted by Mrs. Obama. Each child (and their parents) submitted a healthy recipe as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. A selection of the winning healthy recipes were served.

The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge invited families to create an original lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable and delicious, and follows the nutritional guidelines of MyPlate. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges from the organizations that teamed up with Mrs. Obama on this initiative; Epicurious, the Department of Education and the Inmates at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Here’s a sampling of the winning dishes, soon to appear on school lunch menus throughout the country.

Black Bean Burrito in Quinoa Wrap with Green Olive Remoulade:

Black Bean Burritos

Tangy Onion Burger with Endive and Boiled Carrot Purees, Weeds:

Spicy Onion Burger

Stir-Fried River Fish Over River Rice With River Peppers and Kimchi:

pan seared river fish over river rice with river peppers

Fun Veggie Pizza With Cauliflower Crust:

Fun Mini-Pizzas with Veggies and Cauliflower Crust

Yummy Brussels Sprouts Wraps With Free Range Mucous:

Brussels Sprout Wrap

Hot Garbanzo Bean Salad With Ant Larvae and Cilantro:

Confetti Ginger Turkey Fries Party Pasta

Kelp Ragout With Aspergers Sauce:

Veggie Parfait

Special FLOTUS Submission,

Fried Lettuce Salad:

lettuce fries

It’s just a GREAT time to be a kid in America, isn’t it?




  1. Damn, I already ate breakfast. I guess I’ll have to wait for lunch to partake of these doolicious dishes.

  2. So, what river were those “river fish” from? The Detroit River? The “great grey green greasy Limpopo River?” Makin’ me long for my chil’hood days, Earl! I think you are just the guy to do a piece on “Recipes of Post-Obama Amerika.” You know, made from stuff that the apocalypse survivors scrounge up, like “Three-layer-Roadkill Casserole with dumpster-bottom mystery sauce and ditch-weed salad.” Or “Vacant-Lot Grass-Seed Skillet-Cakes, Smothered in Pond Foam Demi-Nahhhglace.” Nahhhh, Michelle is already doing that, looks like.

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