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2015 Kids' "State Dinner" Winners

With nearly 1,000 entries submitted to last year’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, the 55 winning recipes were selected based on their healthfulness, taste, originality, affordability, and following USDA’s MyPlate recommendations. Our panel of judges were extremely impressed with the incredible recipes that kids cooked up! On July 10, 2015, these young chefs and a parent or guardian joined the First Lady for the Kids’ “State Dinner,” featuring a selection of the winning recipes, followed by a visit to the White House Kitchen Garden.

Find out how your child can participate in the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for an opportunity to attend this year’s Kids’ “State Dinner.”

Be sure to check out the creative recipes from last year’s winners for inspiration and try them out at home:

ALABAMA: Jay Wolanzyk, Age 10, Alabama Fancy Fish Tacos  

ALASKA: Sable Scotton, Age 10, Deliciousness Over Rice  

ARIZONA: Nia Thomas, Age 10, Oodles of Zoodles with Avocado Pistachio Pesto  

ARKANSAS: Aspen Smith, Age 11, Arkansas Baked Almond Catfish

CALIFORNIA: Aria Pelaez, Age 9, California Rainbow Taco with Mic-Kale Obama Slaw and Barack-amole

COLORADO: Rain Adams, Age 11, Rain's Turkey Chili

CONNECTICUT: Hannah Betts, Age 10, Hannah’s Eggy Potato Scramble

DELAWARE: Emilie Monnig, Age 12, Spinach Power Salad with Mandarin Vinaigrette  

FLORIDA: Bobby Sena, Age 12, Caribbean Delight

GEORGIA: Corey Jackson Jr., Age 10, Mango-Cango Chicken  

GUAMGracie Giles, Age 9, Y'obama Yakisoba

HAWAII: Luca Casano, Age 11, East Meets West! Chinese Pot Stickers and Tuscan Salad with Aloha Sorbet  

IDAHO: Josie Roll, Age 8, Scrumptious Veggie Noodles with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce and Chicken

ILLINOIS: Shreya Patel, Age 9, Garam Masala Quinoa Burger with Raita

INDIANA: Abigail Horne, Age 8, Little Man Lunch

IOWA: Mary McFetridge, Age 11, Mary’s Garden Farfalle Feast

KANSAS: Jasmine Dulan, Age 11, Black Bean Burger with Kale Chips and Jasmine's Freeze Out Smoothie

KENTUCKY: Izzy Washburn, Age 9, Shake It Off with a Turkey Roll  

LOUISIANA: Samuel Davis, Age 11, Sam’s Southern Savoring Salmon Supreme (S to the 5th power)

MAINE: Leo Koch, Age 8, Vegan Superhero Soup

MARYLAND: Braxton Young, Age 8, Quinoa Crusted Spinach Tofu Pie

MASSACHUSETTS: Aster Toole, Age 10, Melting Pot Soup

MICHIGAN: Eva Paschke, Age 12, Fizzle Sizzle Stir Fry

MINNESOTA: Ava Nebben, Age 9, Secret Service Pizza Delight

MISSISSIPPI: Bre Donald, Age 11, Ground Turkey Flower

MISSOURI: Blake Koehr, Age 12, Gateway Crescent

MONTANA: Colton Kuka, Age 9, Hungry Brother’s Stew

NEBRASKA: Grace Brown, Age 8, Fabulous Fish Tacos

NEVADA: Jack Newkirk, Age 9, Eggplant “Obama”san

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Ana Bernazzani, Age 8, Corn and Turkey Meatball Lentil Soup with Whole-Wheat Pita Chips

NEW JERSEY: Emma Schramm, Age 9, Crispy-Skin Salmon Over Pasta with Garbanzo Bean Sauce

NEW MEXICO: Hannah Torres, Age 10, New Mexican Style Layered Tostada with Cauliflower Tortilla

NEW YORK: Julia Rissberger, Age 11, Spinach and Apple Salad with Blueberry Vinaigrette and Whole-Grain Cheese Pennies

NORTH CAROLINA: Alexander Tschegg, Age 8, Curried Chickpeas with Baked Tofu over Cilantro Rice

NORTH DAKOTA: Carter Cassola, Age 11, Stuffed Peppers Delite

NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS: Claire Park, Age 9, Rota Sweet Potato Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast

OHIO: Sydney Mazik, Age 12, S.S. Asparagus Pie

OKLAHOMA: Riley Higgins, Age 9, M“eggs”ican Quesadillas with Pineapple Dipping Sauce

OREGON: Phoebe Garrett, Age 11, Phoebe's Phish Tacos with Kale Chips

PENNSYLVANIA: Sydney Tyner, Age 11, Chicken Taco Tower

PUERTO RICO: Felix Gonzalez, Age 11, Wrap It Up

RHODE ISLAND: Clara Aizenman, Age 11, Mexican–Jewish Barley Pozole

SOUTH CAROLINA: Summer LaPress, Age 9, Pan-Roasted Grouper with Carolina Gold Rice Salad

SOUTH DAKOTA: Griffin Storm, Age 8, Storm of Deliciousness BBQ Chicken Soup

TENNESSEE: Evie Braude, Age 9, Farro with a Tennessee Twist

TEXAS: Jianna Garcia, Age 10, Couscous Salad with Chicken, Artichoke, and Lemon Skewers and Tangy Texas Tzatziki  

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS: Jalani Phillips Jr., Age 10, Hurricane Salmon and Lentil Patties

UTAH: Indiana Coyle, Age 8, Mix It Up Sushi

VERMONT: Maya Elliott, Age 10, Maya's Delicious Vegetarian Little Lasagnas

VIRGINA: Simone Spalding, Age 8, Rainbow Chili

WASHINGTON: Simone Harvey, Age 10, Teriyaki Chicken with Cabbage Salad

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Timothy Burke, Age 8, Vegetable Confetti Spring Rolls

WEST VIRIGINA: Reagan Blasher, Age 10, Honey Baked Salmon with Spinach Quinoa, Pineapple Salsa, and Cucumber-Dill Dipping Sauce

WISCONSIN: Anna Ganser, Age 10, Mediterranean Rockin’ Roasted Vegetables in Cool Cucumber Boats

WYOMING: Dillon Andrews, Age 12, Indian Tacos