Contest recognizes healthy restaurant options for children

04/09/2014 03:52:00 PM
Alyssa Klimek

National Restaurant AssociationA kid judge tastes two meals before casting her vote in the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge at the McCormick World of Flavors store in Baltimore.The National Restaurant Association, Washington, D.C., announced the winners of the second-annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge, hosted in Baltimore.

A panel of food and nutrition professionals selected delicious and nutritious recipes from children’s menus at restaurants and food service establishments and had about 30 children choose the winners at a tasting event at the McCormick World of Flavors store in Baltimore.

The kids chose the following restaurants and foodservice companies as winners:

* O’Charley’s Cloudy with a Chance of Spaghetti and Meatball Pizza: The dish has grilled sirloin meatballs, spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and whole-wheat pizza dough and is served with apple juice.

* Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School’s Do-Re-For-Me Sandwich: The organic multigrain oat bread is spread with sunflower butter and organic strawberry jam and cut into pieces that are shaped like piano keys. The pumpernickel bread is cut into smaller pieces and placed on top of the wheat bread to represent black piano keys. It is served with grapes and water.

* Sysco Hampton Road’s Kids Quesa WOW Dilla: Incorporating whole wheat, lean protein and vegetables, the chicken quesadilla contains broccoli, chicken, peppers and corn, and is served with a side of grapes and water.

* UW Health’s Swimming Taco: Fish is served in a whole-wheat corn tortilla, paired with mango, cabbage and a hint of lime and cilantro. It is served with grapes and a frozen banana avocado smoothie.

The Challenge winners will be recognized at the 2014 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago.



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