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56 Kid-Chefs Just Won the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge—And Get to Dine With Michelle Obama

The 56 pint-sized winners of this year's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge have been announced—and they can cook up more than just your basic mac 'n cheese. 

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Korean Lentil Patties and Wisconsin Cranberry Chickpea Salad are just two of the winning recipes in this year’s 5th annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The 56 winners, 8 to 12-year-old aspiring chefs from all across the United States, used (and local ingredients) to create meals that complied with the USDA's recommended nutrition guidelines.

What’s their prize? The winners and a guardian will have the opportunity to dine with Mrs. Obama in the White House on July 14th where, followed by a trip to the White House Kitchen Garden, they will sample a handful of the winning recipes. 

Presented by First Lady Michelle Obama, PBS flagship station WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge promotes healthy eating for young children by encouraging them to create their own nutritious meals. The contest is an offshoot of First Lady Obama's Let's Move! initiative, dedicated to halting the country’s childhood obesity epidemic. 

"For the last five years, kids across the country have cooked up nutritious and delicious dishes as part of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, and each year, I continue to be impressed by their talent and creativity," said the First Lady. "Kids are truly embracing and enjoying healthy eating and preparing healthy meals for their families, and I look forward to meeting this year's winners here at the White House for the Kids' "State Dinner" and trying some of their tasty creations."

See the full list of winners at

The winning recipes from this year's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge will be available for free download starting July 14. 

AnaMaria Glavan is a Production Assistant at Parents. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter