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Vermont's Winning Recipe: Go Local Lunch!

“Miranda works hard helping in our garden and raising our chickens,” says Miranda’s mom, Genevieve. “Last summer we would make entire meals using only foods that we grew or raised ourselves. She came up with this recipe because it includes some of her very favorite foods—our own chicken, apples, maple syrup, and veggies that we can usually find in our own garden or the farmer's market. She's been making wraps for a while now and cooks often with both me and her grandmother. She even has her own cookbook with all of the recipes she's learned to make by herself.”

Miranda Gallagher, Age 8, is the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Vermont. 

Makes 8 Servings


For Maple Veggies:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups cubed butternut squash
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup  

For Chicken Salad:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 Fuji apple, peeled, cored, and cut into thin strips
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Pinch of salt

For Wraps:

  • 8 whole-wheat tortillas
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • ½ cup low-fat sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. To make Maple Veggies: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spread all ingredients on large silicone baking mats or a large nonstick baking pan greased with nonstick cooking spray or oil and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until soft.
  2. To make the Chicken Salad: In a large nonstick skillet, warm the olive oil over moderate heat and add the chicken. Cook for 6 minutes, turn, and cook for additional 7 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes, then shred. In a large mixing bowl, combine celery, onions, apple, and raisins. In a small bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients. Add ¾ of dressing to chicken salad, saving the rest for people to add to wraps as desired. Top each wrap with spinach, chicken, and cheese, and fold. Serve Maple Veggies as a yummy side dish!  

361 calories 13g fat 41g carbohydrates 21g protein