Shawna has lots and lots of stuff to keep her busy. Eight kids will do that. I’m really not sure how she accomplishes the very basics in life, let alone extras. Somehow she manages to find out and help her kids to enter all sorts of contests. She finds that it is good for their self esteem when they win, but also it is good to learn that it is okay to lose. Her kids win contests quite a lot. One of my favorite stories of all times comes from such a contest.
A week or so ago, Shawna called me. Her 10 year-old daughter was preparing to enter the PBS Lunchtime Challenge and they needed a little help. Shawna explained that kids 8-12 were to enter a recipe they developed with the help of their parents. The recipe had to follow the My Plate Guidelines championed by First Lady Michelle Obama, (half of the plate filled with fruits and veggies, then whole grains, lean protein and low fat dairy to complete the meal.) It all sounded just fine and dandy and par for the course, until Shawna explained that the winners (and parent) would be flown to Washington, D.C. to have lunch at the White House with the First Lady!
Holy Moly! That has got to be the coolest-once-in-a-lifetime prize ever!
I was all-in. Shawna’s daughter Grace had come up with a favorite salad recipe, the pepperoni pizza salad. They needed a little help writing the recipe correctly and help with a photograph. Oh and just so you know, the deadline was the very next day.
Each entry also had to be accompanied by an essay about the dish. Her daughter explained that she didn’t like the salads her mom makes, but sure did like pepperoni pizza. So she put all the good stuff you would find on your pepperoni pizza into a salad.
I made the recipe and it really was fun and tasty. I can see why Grace loves it. It has lots of veggies and a little dairy in a Greek yogurt ranch dressing, whole grain croutons and some turkey pepperoni instead of regular pepperoni to make it a little healthier.
We got her entry submitted.
I told my family about the exciting story of Grace’s contest during dinner that night. Of course, my eight year-old daughter could not be left out, she HAD TO enter. Stay tuned for part 2 of this story where we spend an entire day getting our entry submitted.
But for now, I give you Grace’s Pepperoni Pizza Salad.