(CNSNews.com) – Elementary school children who helped First Lady Michelle Obama plant her White House garden this year were rewarded for their labor, with arugula and snap peas.
“On Tuesday, First Lady Michelle Obama joined school children from across the country to harvest the summer crop from the White House Kitchen Garden,” Mrs. Obama’s anti-obesity initiative “Let’s Move!” said on its blog.
Children who helped plant the garden this April were invited back to the White House for the harvest, “so they could see the fruits of their labors.” Kids from two New Jersey schools affected by Hurricane Sandy were also invited.
“First Lady Michelle Obama and the students got their hands dirty picking produce from the garden,” Let’s Move! said.
“We’re going to actually get to eat what we harvest today,” Mrs. Obama told the children. “So in addition to doing some harvesting, you guys are going to help – we’re going to do some veggie flatbread pizzas with the vegetables from the garden.”
“You guys up for a little cooking, too?” she said.
First up on the menu was a “Garden Salad with Radishes, Spring Peas and White House Honey Dressing.”
“After picking the vegetables from the garden,” Let’s Move! said, “White House chefs prepared a salad with spring garden lettuce, snap peas, radishes, and White House honey vinaigrette dressing, and grilled vegetable flatbread.”
The recipe was posted online, and included two pounds of assorted greens, “such as arugula, frisee, bibb lettuce, Romaine, [and] spinach.” The salad also called for one cup of spring peas and four red radishes.
The children also were given the veggie flatbread pizza Mrs. Obama described, which was topped with broccoli, shallots, fennel, and chard leaves.
Shortly after moving in to the White House, the first lady ordered an organic vegetable garden built on the South Lawn, to promote healthy eating habits. In March 2009, Mrs. Obama said the garden’s most important role would be to educate children about healthy fruits and vegetables.
“My hope is that through children, they will begin to educate their families and that will, in turn, begin to educate our communities,” Obama told the New York Times. Mrs. Obama then started her Let’s Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity and change the eating habits of children.