Students and staff at the South Education Center Alternative Program (SECA) were notified that their new Porcupine Sliders Recipe has moved on to the final 15 (of 350) in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids Contest.
First Lady Obama and the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) launched the recipe competition in September. The contest rules and guidelines were very strict but also challenged school district teams to develop creative, nutritious, and kid-approved recipes that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch Program menus. The National School Lunch Programs are administered by the USDA.
According to Superintendent Sandra Lewandowski, students contacted some of their favorite restaurants in search of a chef to work with as a mentor. Local Corporate (read more)
Chef-Todd Bolton (Parásole Group of Restaurants) volunteered to work with the team of four SECA students, Family and Consumer Science Education teacher-Terry Guthrie, School Lunch Supervisor-Wanda Nickolai and the Nurse-Mary Lair.
“Prior to submitting the nutritious recipe, the Porcupine Sliders recipe was revised several times, removing fat by baking the meat instead of frying. Next, the students prepared Porcupine Sliders for the school,” said Lewandowski. “This experience provided a lifelong lesson in healthy eating, persistence, team work and a math lesson in preparing food for the large group.”
Minnesota Commissioner of Education, Dr. Brenda Cassellius was notified by the USDA the Porcupine Sliders recipe has moved into the final judging. She says this news is very exciting for the SECA Program.
“Not only are these students learning about making healthy food choices at school, they’re using strategic thinking and collaboration to apply what they learn in a creative way,” said Commissioner Cassellius. “My compliments to the students, their coach, mentor chef for their award winning and delicious Porcupine Sliders!” See Minnesota Depart. of Education announcement.
The recipes will be posted on the Recipes for Healthy Kids website for voting for the Popular Choice award, which will close May 15. For a complete list and to vote on your favorite recipe, visit the Recipes for Healthy Kids website at www.recipesforkidschallenge.com. Anyone can vote and we are encouraging everyone to take a minute to vote
Schools that entered the top five recipes in each category will also be visited by a judging team that will include a USDA official, an American Culinary Federation chef, and a school nutrition professional. The judging team will determine the three finalists (one from each category) that will participate in a national cook-off event this summer.
The top ten recipes in each category, including five additional selections, will be published in a Recipe for Healthy Kids Cookbook to share with schools, students and families.
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