There’s a great story behind this recipe, one that features a 12-year-old being awarded for her culinary creativity with an invitation to dine with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
Grace Wetzler is budding chef and healthy cooking advocate who took on the First Lady’s 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and decided to submit her recipe for healthy stuffed rainbow peppers into the contest. “I was on spring vacation when I heard about the contest from my cousin. I thought about it and thought about it and tried to come up with some recipe ideas. And then the recipe just came to me on a whim. I put the ingredients together and it just worked! So I submitted my entry.” Indeed, out of approximately 1,500 entries that were submitted, Grace’s delicious and nutritious stuffed rainbow peppers were among the 54 winners that made the cut. Grace was eventually notified that she was a winner and that she’d be headed to the White House to celebrate and enjoy a State Dinner with the First Lady and other dignitaries.
Grace is already showing a penchant for artistry and imagination in her cooking, and this award-winning recipe is a great example of that. “I think that people want to eat food that looks good and tastes good too. If you see food that’s not as attractive, you don’t want to eat it. But if it looks interesting and tastes interesting and it’s healthy, well that’s a bonus!”
Prep time: 15 minutes