Where’s the Beef? Michelle Obama's Kids’ Recipe Contest Winners Are Mostly Meat-Free

June 11, 2014 - 4:06 PM

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(CNSNews.com) - The White House announced on Wednesday that judges have picked 54 children whose “healthy lunchtime” recipes have earned them a trip to Washington, D.C., to dine with First Lady Michelle Obama next month.

Beef and pork producers may not be pleased to learn that of all the recipes chosen from every U.S. state and territory, only a handful have meat as an ingredient if their title is any indication – Chi-Irish Sheppard’s Pie, Mexican Haystack and Mediterranean Kabob.

Instead, vegetables, fish and poultry dominate the list.

Winning recipes include “Veggie Spaghetti,” “Over the Rainbow Veggie Pancakes,” “Mo-Rockin' Meatless Monday Special,” What! You Don't Like Tofu?” Chicken and Grape Salad Lettuce Wraps, and fish tacos.

On July 18, Mrs. Obama will host a kids’ “state dinner” at the White House where some of the winning recipes will be served, and the children and families joining them will also get a tour of the White House garden.

The contest is also supported by Epicurious.com and the Departments of Education and Agriculture and is part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to end childhood obesity.

“I am looking forward to hosting the winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge here at the White House for the third annual Kids’ ‘State Dinner,’” Mrs. Obama said in the press release announcement. “This event gives us the opportunity to showcase healthy creations from talented kid chefs from across our country, and I can’t wait to see—and taste—this year’s selections.”

“Entries had to represent each of the food groups, either in one dish or as parts of a lunch meal, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy foods, with fruits and veggies making up roughly half the plate or recipe,” the press release announcing the winners stated.

According to the press release, the winners were chosen by a panel of judges that included: Sam Kass, executive director of “Let’s Move!” and senior policy advisor on Nutrition; Tanya Steel, Epicurious’ special projects contributor and originator of the contest; Jackie Haven, deputy director, USDA; Deborah Friendly, general attorney Office of the General Counsel, USED; Chef Linton Hopkins, consulting chef for Delta Air Lines, and two Washington, D.C.-based children who are graduates of Share our Strength’s Cooking Matters program.

A complete list of winners can be found here: recipechallenge.epicurious.com.