Posted by Vijay Dey, North Carolina on July 8, 2013
“This delicious recipe is inspired by my grandfather, who is a great person, and my role model,” says Vijay. “He is very smart and strong. He is also a great chef, and he makes the best food I have ever eaten! Another reason I like this recipe is that it reflects my Chinese heritage. When I eat spring rolls, I think about the wonderful springtime, and I feel like the meal replenishes and refreshes me.
Posted by Louis Teich, New Mexico on July 8, 2013
“We started out with a basic Spanish tortilla (boiled potatoes and eggs) and added a lot of veggies to it," says Louis’ father, Gabriele. “We like the spinach version, but any combination of vegetables will work. We usually serve it with salsa on the side.
Posted by Braeden Mannering, Delaware on July 8, 2013
"I like tacos, but they are messy and don't hold a lot, so I chose a corn tortilla bowl," notes Braeden. "That way you can eat the bowl, too. Grilled chicken is good and it's healthy. To add color and vegetables I picked avocado because I don't like lettuce and wanted it to have some green. I also picked orange sweet peppers and tomatoes.
Posted by Ogden Johnson, Oklahoma on July 8, 2013
“One of my favorite foods is shrimp and we eat a lot of tacos,” says Ogden. “We like to eat it with corn tortillas because they are gluten-free. My other favorite food is broccoli and I like that I can heat it up all by myself. Pico de gallo is what my dad always makes with tacos and I love the fresh cilantro from our garden. He leaves the jalapeños out of mine.
Posted by Olivia Beauchesne, New Hampshire on July 8, 2013
“I wanted to make a dish that is healthy, delicious, and inspires children all around the country to have healthy eating habits,” says Olivia. “I am including a strawberry and banana smoothie with low-fat yogurt to add dairy to my recipe. My recipe has slivered almonds in it for texture, but the almonds can be taken out for a nut-free family.” - Olivia Beauchesne, age 12, New Hampshire
Posted by Isabella Gross, Nevada on July 8, 2013
“In April 2012 I got diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Followed along with that, I have been diagnosed with celiac, so I am working on a gluten-free diet,” says Isabella. “When my mom told me about this challenge, I thought, why not make something sweet, and gluten-free So I came up with the nutty Chex Chicken.
Posted by Aliana Arzola-Piñero, Puerto Rico on July 8, 2013
“I practice rhythmic gymnastics, and my coaches always talk about the importance of good nutrition. They advise us to eat a balanced diet, including veggies,” says Aliana. “My mom loves eggplants. I do not like eggplants that much; they have millions of seeds! However, I do love pasta, so we came up with this recipe: eggplant lasagna rolls. We combined the eggplant with other veggies.
Posted by Ganesh Selvakumar, Pennsylvania on July 8, 2013
“When I was younger, I would love to play with lentils until I realized from my mom that they are very nutritious,” says Ganesh. “I love green vegetables and decided to make a new recipe with vegetables and lentils. Last summer my mom and I planted a few mint plants in our garden. I loved to eat the fresh leaves. I don’t want to waste those precious leaves and came up with a mint recipe with lentils.
Posted by Cecily Asplund, Utah on July 8, 2013
“Me and my mom love to be in the kitchen! I was in Mandarin immersion at my school for three years, and when we had Chinese dumplings, I became interested in Chinese food,” recalls Cecily. “Mom and I experimented with these delicious Chinese-style lettuce cups. I love how the crunchy lettuce, peanuts, and veggies go with the tender rice.
Posted by Audrey Russell, Oregon on July 8, 2013
“We eat a lot of salmon in Oregon because it is a super healthy and delicious local fish,” says Audrey. “Fried rice makes a great lunch because it combines protein, grains, and veggies all in one meal. I can even take it in my lunch box! My favorite thing to make with it is Caprese salad. My mom lets me cut cherry tomatoes in half and mix them with fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil to serve with the fried rice.