Features January 2020

Cooking Contest Inspires Kids to Eat Better in 2020

Cookies, candy, eating out too much – that’s what the holidays are made of, right? But, in January it’s time to refocus efforts on eating better and cooking at home.

In the New Year, why not encourage the kids to get into the kitchen and try their hand at creating some interesting and healthy new dishes? Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona’s annual Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge is a great way to make that happen. Research shows encouraging kids to cook has many benefits. They are more likely to try new foods, it encourages reading and math skills, and is great bonding time for families.

Open Jan. 1-24, the Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge is an ideal way to encourage kids to try new dishes that include healthful ingredients like fruits and vegetables. Children between the ages of 9 and 12 living anywhere in the state of Arizona can submit healthy and tasty creations online at www.walkonaz.com. Recipe submittals must be for a delicious, nutritious and kid-friendly side dish to be considered for the chance to win great prizes and the title of the state’s top kid chef. Finalists will even get the chance serve their culinary creations at a Phoenix Suns home game!

Over the past decade, kids from across the Valley have impressed judges with their creative takes on things like mock pizzas, deviled eggs and low-carb tacos. Last year’s winning entry, “Broccolini Pasta,” was created by a 9-year-old boy. The dish stood out because it was filled with lots of great veggies like sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini and broccolini. It not only looked beautiful with all its rich colors, but was full of vitamin A, vitamin C and loads of antioxidants.

Walk On! Kids Cooking Challenge recipe submittals must be:

  • An original recipe for a hot or cold side dish
  • Include at least one fruit or vegetable
  • Able to be cooked within 20 minutes (not including prep time)

After the online submittal process, the top five recipes will be selected by a panel of experts based on nutritional value, taste and originality. Finalists will be invited to present their creations at a Phoenix Suns home game on Feb. 7. After the cooking demonstrations, recipes will be posted online for a public vote.

Visit www.walkonaz.com for complete contest details and to submit a recipe.

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