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01 Jun Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap reaches ‘Recipes for Healthy Kids’ semifinals

Lorett Hayes placed 3rd in National School Lunch Program Sponsored by Michelle Obama Posted by Aaron Lavallee, Office of Communications, USDA, on May 16, 2011 at 4:41 PM You don’t have to go to Hawaii to get a taste of the islands. In fact the students at Mount Lebanon Elementary School in Pendleton, S.C. were cooking up what can only be described as a paradise for the taste buds  in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Recipes for Healthy Kids competition. Our judges made their way down to Pendleton as the competition continued its tour across the country to find the top recipe that schools can easily incorporate into National School Lunch Program menus. Mount Lebanon’s recipe, called Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap (entered in the ‘Dark Green and Orange Vegetables’ category), was among the 15 recipes chosen out of the 340 entries submitted, five were selected in each of three categories: whole grains, dark green and orange vegetables, and dry beans and peas. Mount Lebanon’s team served as travel agents for a few hours as their Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap transported us to a land of scrumptious flavors. The wrap is a delicious treat made of seasoned chicken surrounded by sweet pineapple and crunchy shredded vegetables, topped with scrumptious poppy seed dressing — all wrapped up in a warm wheat wrap to be served as a delightful main dish. So how did the Crunchy Hawaiian Chicken Wrap recipe become a top contender? It took a village as school nutrition professional, Vikki Mullinax; Chef Lorett Arnold-Hayes of 1826 on the Green in Pendleton, S.C.; community member Kristi Martin; parent and teacher Edie Wilkinson; and student Chandler came together to form this team of top chefs. The Healthy Kids Committee developed, tested, and prepared the recipe in the school kitchen before it was ready for prime time. After perfecting the recipe with a pinch of this and a dash of that, Chef Lorett...

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