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What’s for lunch? How about a Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap?

It was off to the Sunshine State for our team of judges in the First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids contest where they joined students at Orlando’s Liberty Middle School. The competition to date has been intense as kids cooked up some delectable dishes. Liberty’s recipe, called Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap (Dark Green and Orange Vegetables), was among 15 recipes chosen to move forward in the competition from among the 340 entries submitted across five categories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas.

Recipe team members at Liberty were school nutrition professional, Sharon Springer; Chef Ed Colleran, Executive Sous Chef at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.; community member Ms. Sarah Thornquest; and students Joshua, Tyler, Kimberly, Shalima, and Priscilla.

Chef Ed Colleran, Executive Sous Chef at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., supervises  Liberty Middle School students Stephanie Maestre, Aramis DelValle, and Daniel Cooper (far right) while Sharon Springer, Liberty Middle School nutrition professional, interviews them on how to prepare the school’s Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap entry for the First Lady’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Challenge.

Liberty’s competition started last year when their team tested three different recipes among their peers. During the taste test, students and team members wore chef hats, learned about the basics of healthy eating and used their senses to learn about the different herbs. Ultimately, Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap stood above the rest and was chosen as Liberty’s entry for the national competition.

A pleasing combination of colors and textures, Liberty’s Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap overflows with fresh vegetables, spicy fish, and a burst of citrus all contained in a whole grain tortilla, with fresh avocado providing the bow. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

First Lady Michelle Obama and the USDA launched the 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.

To find out more recipes submitted by all the semi-finalists, including Liberty Middle School’s, Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap, are posted on the Recipes for Healthy Kids website, where the public can vote for the “Popular Choice” award until May 31. Prizes range from $1,000 to a grand prize of $3,000.         

To vote for your favorite, go to the Recipes for Healthy Kids website. Here’s the recipe for Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap for you to try at home with your family or even with your classmates. Best of luck to all the semi-finalists!

Roasted Fish Crispy Slaw Wrap

6 servings


6 portions of Tilapia, 4 oz portions

6 portions of Whole grain tortillia, 6"

1.5 Tsp of Mexican seasoning

1.5 oz of Avocado, fresh sliced

6 slices of Whole lime, cut into 16 slices

3 oz of Chopped Romaine

1.25 oz of Olive Oil

6 oz of Shredded carrots

6 oz of Shredded white cabbage

6 oz of Shredded red cabbage

3 oz of Julienne bok choy

3 Tbsp of Chopped cilantro

4.25 oz of Balsamic dressing

Find out more on how to prepare this recipe, please click here.

Keep an eye on the Let’s Move! blog as we report back from our next stop at Mount Lebanon Elementary School in Pendleton, South Carolina.


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