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Posted by Lea Prohov on August 21, 2012
Everyone is talking about the great event First Lady Michelle Obama held at the White House Monday for the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. Mrs. Obama  invited the 54 young chefs whose original recipes for healthy, affordable and delicious lunch menus were selected by a panel of judges to join her in the East Room for a luncheon celebration. We invite families to try a few (or all!) of the great recipes that were created for this contest at home yourselves.
Posted by Megan Slack on August 21, 2012
Ed note: this was first published on Today, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the first-ever Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House, welcoming 54 budding chefs to a formal luncheon in the East Room. The guests, all between the ages of 8 and 12, represent all U.S. states, three territories and the District of Columbia.
Posted by Sydney Brown, North Carolina on August 20, 2012
Sydney created these Baked Zucchini Fries to accompany her Homerun Meatloaf Burger. “I thought I could show kids how delicious vegetables could be when you think of fun and creative ways to add them to your meal,” she says. She likes to serve this with fresh strawberry lemonade. —Sydney Brown, age 11, North Carolina
Posted by Colleen Curtis on August 20, 2012
Today's Kids' State Dinner is a White House original in many ways -- it's not only the first time the guests of honor are ALL under the age of 13, it's also the first time the White House kitchen has served a formal meal where the entire menu was created by "chefs" who have no formal training. But Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses say they learned a thing or two about healthy cooking from the young winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge -- check it out: 
Watch White House Assistant Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass, speak to young chefs at the first-ever Kids' State Dinner. First Lady Michelle Obama sent the message below to the White House email list, to let people know about first-ever White House Kids' State Dinner -- you can watch it live online later this morning: Hello -- Tomorrow is going to be a special day at the White House, and I wanted to make sure you got a chance to be a part of it. At lunchtime, 54 kids from all over the United States will join me in the East Room for the first-ever Kids' State Dinner.
Posted by Samuel Wohabe, New York on August 18, 2012
“I’ve always loved kale chips, and can eat the entire head of kale this way!”—Samuel Wohabe, age 9, New York                      Ingredients: 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves torn into bite-size pieces 2 tablespoons olive oil
Posted by Michael Lakind, Texas on August 17, 2012
“I came up with this idea because I love to eat fresh, healthy, and light food. I came up with the name for the salad because I am very interested in the important job of the Secret Service.” Michael likes to have this with a tasty carrot soup he calls Bunny Bisque. –Michael Lakind, age 9, Texas Makes 4 servings Ingredients:
Posted by Colleen Curtis on August 17, 2012
2012 Edition On Monday August 20, 2012 First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome 54 talented young chefs to the White House for the first-ever Kids State Dinner. The guests -- ages 8-12 -- are all winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and each of them created an original recipe that is healthy, original and affordable, and contains the five food groups (fruits, veggies, protein, low-fat dairy, and whole grains). 
Posted by Sydney Brown, North Carolina on August 17, 2012
Posted by Rori Coyne, Kansas on August 17, 2012