White House Recipe Contest: Rajen's Kathi Roll Amongst Winners

   |  Updated: June 13, 2014 10:55 IST

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White House Recipe Contest: Rajen's Kathi Roll Amongst Winners
Rajen Dey, an eleven year old Indian origin American is one of the winners of the 'Healthy Lunchtime Challenge', a recipe contest which is a part of the Michelle Obama's Let's Move!  Initiative to promote healthy eating among America's youth. Rajen, who hails from North Carolina, created  a "Yummy and Healthy Kathi Roll" which found a place on the winner's list.

54 kids were announced as winners and will be attending the Kids' "State Dinner" at the White House with Michelle Obama on July 18. The kids will join the First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

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For the third consecutive year, the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids' "State Dinner" invited a parent or guardian to work with their child ages 8-12 to create a lunchtime recipe that is healthy, affordable, original, and delicious. In support of Let's Move!, launched by the First Lady to help address the problem of childhood obesity, each recipe adhered to the guidance that supports USDA's MyPlate (at ChooseMyPlate.gov) to ensure that the criteria of a healthy meal were met.
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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 contest received more than 1,500 entries this year featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients, including salmon, black beans, and ground turkey.

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