Tipton girl's recipe wins her dinner with first lady
By: Jillian Wilson
Corrine Vandergaast and her mom are the only team in Iowa to win the first lady's ‘Healthy Lunchtime Challenge'. Now they're prepping to fly to dc and have dinner with Mrs. Obama.
"I'm excited to go to Washington D.C.," says Corrine Vandergaast, winner of contest.
Corrine Vandergaast is 9 years old.
She and her mom designed their contest winning meal called stone curry with brown rice.
"It tastes good and it also has an unusual name because its stone curry, not regular curry," says Corrine Vandergaast.
Corrine's mom Deborah is a daycare provider and she came up with the recipe as a healthy meal and activity too.
"I thought this would be a great way to get a vegetarian meal on the table and get the kids involved," says Deborah Vandergaast, mother.
That's why Corrine and her mom entered the first lady's healthy lunchtime challenge.
And their stone curry with brown rice was a rock solid hit.
"In this activity, each kid is a villager and they each have an ingredient and I went around as a traveler asking if they have any food," says Vandergaast.
The ingredients range from chick peas, to spinach, to sweet potatoes.
They won for the meal's creativity, impressiveness, and most importantly for its healthiness.
"Of course because the kids have helped make it, they'll eat it. They love it. They've tried all the vegetables. They've learned how they've helped their bodies. And it just is a fun activity," says Vandergaast.
Daughter and mom will head to dc July 8th to meet the winners from other states. All thanks to their award winning recipe that is kid tested, mother approved.
"It's fun. It's easy to make. The kids can make it themselves. there's a learning activity involved in it, so it's not just putting nutrition in their bodies, but teaching them what the nutrition is in these foods and how it helps their bodies and when you make it a game, kids like it," says Vandergaast.
Some of the winning recipes will even be entered into the Smithsonian museum to be forever remembered.
2 15oz. cans of chickpeas
1 medium tomato
2 medium red potatoes
1 medium sweet potato
4 cups spinach
1 medium cooking onion
3 tbsp olive oil
1 package Golden Curry Sauce Mix
2 1/2 cups water
4 cups cooked brown rice
1. In a large frying pan, saute onions in oil until soft.
2. Place sauteed onions, chick peas, chopped vegetables, sauce mix cubs, and ice cube into separate bowls, and give one or more to each of your "villagers".
3. While acting out the story, have one person be the "hungry traveler" and carry the pot of water to each of the villagers and ask them to add an ingredient to the pot.
4. After each ingredient is added, all the villagers say, "Curry from a stone? Fancy that!"
5. Put pot on stove and bring to a low boil. Cook covered on medium-low heat until the potatoes are soft but not mushy -- approx. 30 minutes.
6. Serve on brown rice with a side of fruit and a glass of milk for a healthy, balanced meal.
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