2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids' "State Dinner" Winners

We are proud to present the winners of the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, a nationwide recipe contest for kids ages 8-12 that HLC_Cookbook_Cover.jpg promotes cooking and healthy eating! The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge received over 1,200 entries featuring wholesome, tasty ingredients. Winners representing all U.S. states, five territories, and the District of Columbia attended a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House hosted by Mrs. Obama on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

The winners and featured recipes include:

  • ALABAMAGreen Chicken Wrap and Fruit-tacular Salad, Lael Jefferson, Age 11
  • ALASKA: Wrapped Alaska Denali Style and Spinach Smoothie, Denali Schijvens, Age 9
  • AMERICAN SAMOA: Breadfruit, Taro, and Garlic Chicken Trio, Amelie Chen, Age 9
  • ARIZONA: Scarlet's Southwest Barack-A-Bowl, Scarlet Summers, Age 10
  • ARKANSAS: Asian in Arkansas, Lily Radtke, Age 11
  • CALIFORNIA: Cannon's California Rolls, Cannon Meiers, Age 8
  • COLORADO: Hannah's Sweet and Savory Chicken and Peaches, Hannah Skalicky, Age 10
  • CONNECTICUT: Springtime Lunchtime, Kalaya Moody, Age 10
  • DELAWARE: Caribbean Fiesta!, Jamal Bin-Yusif, Age 11
  • FLORIDA: Bountiful Florida Fish “BFF” Cakes, Olivia LaRochelle, Age 12
  • GEORGIA: Spaghetti Squash and Turkey Bolognese, Jackson Kelly, Age 8
  • GUAM: Quinoa-Crusted Katsu Curry with Cauliflower Rice, Grayson Giles, Age 8
  • HAWAII: Poke Me Ke Aloha, Kaira Grace Pan, Age 9
  • IDAHO: Super Stars and Stripes Salmon Patty, Jacob Russell, Age 12
  • ILLINOIS: West Wing Chicken with Secret Service Noodles, Maggie Smith, Age 11
  • INDIANA: Chicken Tikka Pita with Cucumber Raita, Shakthi Ramachandran, Age 8
  • IOWAAmerican Gothic Calzones, Lola Shorney, Age 11
  • KANSAS: Lentil Tacos with Cilantro-Avocado Drizzle, Joey Heidari, Age 12
  • KENTUCKY: One Bag Bluegrass Bake!, Will Bingham, Age 10
  • LOUISIANA: Sweet Savory Dip-tastic Louisiana Power Lunch, Owen Osborne, Age 8
  • MAINE: Quinoa Chickpea Salmon Rolls with Salad, Scout Bookham, Age 8
  • MARYLAND: Maryland Crab Lettuce Cups, Colby Trenor, Age 9
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod-Potato Cake, Abby Newman, Age 10
  • MICHIGAN: Super Stuffed Squash, Ethan Yodzevicis, Age 10
  • MINNESOTA: Alexandra's Refreshing Watermelon Salad, Alexandra Steele, Age 9
  • MISSISSIPPI: Kickin’ Cauliflower Shrimp and Grits, Aniya Madkin, Age 10
  • MISSOURI: Tropical Vacation with Catfish and Quinoa, Abhijith Jenkins, Age 11
  • MONTANA: Bison in a Field, Brooke DuCharme, Age 8
  • NEBRASKA: Tasty Veggie Tacos, Lauren Hinrichs, Age 10
  • NEVADA: Veggie-Packed Indian Lentils, Skylar McGough, Age 8
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE: Teeny Zucchini Triangular Panini, Jude VanderHooven, Age 8
  • NEW JERSEY: Gianna's Salmon Paradise, Gianna Malecki, Age 8
  • NEW MEXICO: Green Chili Cheese Roll and Lime Jicama Fries, McLean Knight, Age 10
  • NEW YORK: Chicken Cheeseball Kabobs on Veggie Spaghetti, Danielle Mazlish, Age 10
  • NORTH CAROLINA: Korean Lentil Patties, Mena Choi, Age 10
  • NORTH DAKOTA: Red Potato Boat with 3 Bean Bison Chili, Stella Halverson, Age 8
  • NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS: Chicken Kebab Lettuce Wraps, Fanai Staffler, Age 9
  • OHIO: Chicken Sausage Cauliflower Crust Pizza, Wyatt Rosengarten, Age 9
  • OKLAHOMA: Okie Pride Brown Rice with Chicken and Vegetables, Maya Jacob, Age 10
  • OREGON: All Kale Caesar!, Hannah Conte, Age 12
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Sunny's Omelette and Bo's Patriotic Parfait, Ava Terosky, Age 9 
  • PUERTO RICO: Oat! My Tropical Pizza, Victor Junniel Rivera, Age 10
  • RHODE ISLAND: Peace in the Middle East Soup and Salad, Pablo Aizenman, Age 10
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Carolina Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple Salsa, Kiana White, Age 12
  • SOUTH DAKOTA: Catch of the Day Fish Tacos, Josh Weissenberger, Age 11
  • TENNESSEE: Awesome Baked Falafel with Mango Salsa, Leya Alani, Age 9
  • TEXAS: Tex-Mex Veg-Head Lasagna Priya Patel, Age 10
  • U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS: Healthy Chicken, Orin Hayes, Age 12
  • UTAH: American Flag Ravioli in Creamy Garden Sauce, Daniela Bergantz, Age 10
  • VERMONT: Go Local Lunch!, Miranda Gallagher, Age 8
  • VIRGINIA: Victory at Yorktown, Kathryn Duvall, Age 10
  • WASHINGTON: Salish Sea Kedgeree, Lukas Anderson, Age 10
  • WASHINGTON, D.C.: D.I.Y. Sushi, Elena Sotobashi, Age 8
  • WEST VIRGINIA: Grace's Supermeal: Cool Couscous and Berry Healthy Dessert, Grace Landini, Age 12
  • WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Cranberry Chickpea Salad, Raya El-Hajjar, Age 8
  • WYOMING: Chicken and Veggie Salad Hannah Andreen, Age 11

Check out the free downloadable and printable e-cookbook of the winning recipes, including nutritional analyses and photos!

Looking for last year's winners? Check out the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner” winning recipes here.

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