The U.S. Department of Agriculture and First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Recipes for Healthy Kids competition last September – challenging students, parents and community members to create healthy and tasty recipes for school menus. Schools across the U.S. submitted 340 recipes for the competition. USDA Food and Nutrition Service Administrator Audrey Rowe announced Monday that Minnesota’s South Education Center Alternative is the winner with its Porcupine Sliders recipe. Rowe says all of the schools that participated in the competition have demonstrated school meals can be healthy and taste great at the same time.

The contest was part of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative – which includes Chefs Move to Schools – a program encouraging chefs to partner with schools in their communities. Finalists in the recipe cook-off include the Central Valley Harvest Bake by Joshua Cowell School in California – and Tuscan Smoked Turkey and Bean Soup by Ira B. Jones Elementary School in North Carolina. The top 10 recipes from the three categories – dry beans, dark green-orange vegetables and whole grains – will be published in a Recipes for Healthy Kids Cookbook.

To see some of the other recipes – go to www dot recipesforkidschallenge dot com slash submissions (