Check Out These Cute (and Creative) Recipes From Kids

Michelle Obama teams up with Epicurious and grade schoolers in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

Michelle Obama, working on another of her healthy food initiatives: the White House garden. Official White House photograph.

“Pan-seared Mississippi catfish on a bed of river rice” sounds like a dish you’d read
about on one of Jeff Black’s menus, but that recipe is from ten-year-old
Reed Lindsey, one of the 54 kids to win Michelle Obama’s second Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The
First Lady teamed up with cooking website Epicurious as part of her
Let’s Move! campaign, asking 8- to 12-year-olds across the nation to work with parents and submit
lunch recipes that were “healthy, affordable, original, and delicious.” A winner was
selected from every state, three territories, and the District out of 1,300 entries,
and the aspiring chefs who took first place will be treated to a “state dinner” lunch
at the White House on July 9 with several of their dishes included in the spread.

So what did the Washington contingent come up with?
Emma Scielzo, a ten-year-old from Chevy Chase, won for her chicken masala wraps, while
Campbell Kielb, eight, of Sterling took first place in Virginia for orange chicken lettuce wraps.
Ingrid Lamberg from DC had one of the most creative submissions, cooking up Inga Binga’s Salmon
Salad. Read on for the rest of the winning entries (Sneaky Chili Surprise! Super Rescue
Soup!), and check out some of the recipes on Epicurious’s contest site.

And the envelope goes to . . .

Rowan Bean, 9 (Seward, AK): Alaskan Ceviche with Mango

Kindall Sewell-Murphy, 10 (Selma, AL): Kale Broccoli Chicken and Apple Salad

Emma-Kate Schaefer, 8 (Fayetteville, AR): Confetti Spring Rolls—Orange-Cilantro Sauce

Alexandra Nickle, 10 (Phoenix, AZ): Banana’s Black Bean Burritos

Rose Scott, 12 (Menlo Park, CA): Pork and Tofu Lettuce Cups

Nicholas Hornbostel, 8 (Edwards, CO): Sushi Salad

John Breitfelder, 9 (New Canaan, CT): Quinoa “Risotto” With Shrimp and Kale

Braeden Mannering, 9 (Bear, DE): Tortilla Bowl Deluxe

Nicole Medina, 10 (Miami, FL): Summer Salmon

Regan Matthews, 12 (Atlanta, GA): Sweet Potato Turkey Sliders

Eleanor Cowell, 8 (Honolulu, HI): Curried Chicken Salad and Taste of the Tropics

Corrine VanderGaast, 9 (Tipton, IA): Stone Curry with Brown Rice

Adam Wirth, 8 (Boise, ID): Veggie Barley Salad with Orange Honey Vinaigrette

Taddy Pettit, 10 (Oakwood, IL): Black Bean Wrap With Jicama—Grilled Corn Salsa

Lydia Graham, 9 (Carmel, IN): Sneaky Chili Surprise

Olivia Neely, 10 (Lenexa, KS): Fun Mini Pizzas With Veggies and Cauliflower Crust

Regan Strehl, 11 (Lexington, KY): Raisin Bran Muffins

Brynna Robert, 12 (Metairie, LA): Sweet and Spicy Stir-Fry

Shefali Singh, 12 (Falmouth, MA): Shefali’s Scrumptious Spring Rolls

Emma Scielzo, 10 (Chevy Chase, MD): Chicken Masala Wrap

Noah Koch, 9 (Waterville, ME): Vegan Powerhouse Pesto Pasta

Jacob Hirsch, 8 (West Bloomfield, MI): Picky Eater Pita Pizza Pockets

Kaitlyn Kirchner, 9 (Madelia, MN): Garden Stir-Fry

Henry Oates, 8 (Adrian, MO): Confetti Peanut Ginger Party Pasta

Reed Lindsey, 10 (Booneville, MS): Pan-Seared Mississippi Catfish on a Bed of River

Joshua Garrigues, 8 (Bozeman, MT): Healthy Vegetable Fried Quinoa

Vijay Dey, 12 (Chapel Hill, NC): Spring Rolls

Charli McQuillan, 8 (Oxbow, ND): Asian Fajitas

Bence Brown, 9 (Omaha, NE): Terrific Tuna Casserole

Olivia Beauchesne, 12 (Nottingham, NH): Liv’s Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich

Goldie Siegel, 8 (Clifton, NJ): Hawaiian Turkey Sliders With Mango-Pineapple Salsa

Louis Teich, 10 (Las Cruces, NM): Spinach Frittata

Isabella Gross, 11 (Henderson, NV): Chex Chicken and Bellaberry Smoothie

Peter Murphy, 8 (Manhasset, NY): Super Rescue Soup

Anisha Patel, 11 (Blacklick, OH): Kickin, Colorful Bell Peppers Stuffed With Quinoa

Ogden Johnson, 10 (Tulsa, OK): Taco de Camaron

Audrey Russell, 10 (Portland, OR): Salmon Fried Rice

Ganesh Selvakumar, 9 (Broomall, PA): Lentil Spinach Soup and Mint Chutney

Samantha Mastrati, 12 (Cranston, RI): Italian Garden Salsa With Crunchy Chicken Tenders

Corbin Jackson, 9 (Mount Pleasant, SC): Bring it On, Brussels Sprout Wrap!

Owen Kerkvliet, 9 (Huron, SD): Hidden Veggie Lasagna

Makenna Hurd, 9 (Mascot, TN): Makenna’s Bodacious Banana Muffins

Devanshi Udeshi, 12 (Sugar Land, TX): Slam Dunk Veggie Burger

Cecily Asplund, 10 (Provo, UT): Lucky Lettuce Cups

Campbell Kielb, 8 (Sterling, VA): Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Colin Hurliman, 9 (Burlington, VT): Champ’s Maple BBQ Turkey Burgers

Amber Kelley, 10 (Woodinville, WA): Nummy No-Noodle Lasagna

Liam Kivirist, 11 (Browntown, WI): Wisconsin Solar Oven-Simmered Chili

Jessica Wolfe, 9 (Shepherdstown, WV): Spicy Tofu Lettuce Cups

Breeze Petty, 11 (Thermopolis, WY): Scrumptious Chili With Zucchini Cornbread

Ingrid Lamberg, 9 (Washington, DC): Inga Binga’s Salmon Salad

Genzo Gonzales, 11 (Saipan, MP): Kangkong Pomegranate Salad

Aliana Piñero, 9 (San Juan, PR): Yummy Eggplant Lasagna Rolls

Sakari Clendinen, 8 (St. Thomas, VI): Zucchini Pancakes and Passionfruit Banana Smoothie

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.