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Monday, July 29, 2013
Posted by jrfoodcritic at 10:05 AM

White House Guest Blog

Hey everybody! This is going to be a guest blog from Braeden Mannering. The 2013 Lunchtime challenge winner from Delaware. He sat at the the table with Mrs. Obama like I did when I won last year. He has his own blog and below is an excerpt from his blog about his experience and his winning recipe.

My name is Braeden Mannering and I won the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and got to go to The White House for the Kidsí State Dinner.

The dinner was very exciting but really it was lunch it was just called the Kidsí State Dinner because thatís a cool name. I thought that was going to be my favorite part but then I saw who was sitting at our table for lunch and it was Mrs. Obama. I couldnít believe I was going to be eating lunch at the same table at the First Lady. And then my Mom showed me the name tag to my left and it was Tanya Steel. Wow!

I talked to the First Lady about the Delaware Mud Run, Jr. She asked me a lot of questions. She could not believe that I ran up hills and jumped in the mud. I told her I raised over $1,300 for the Delaware Leukemia Research Foundation. She was impressed with me.

I tried a lot of new foods like spring rolls and zucchini muffins and cauliflower pizza. Surprising, I liked the muffins and the pizza but not as much the spring rolls. There were also banana muffins and I liked them, too.

I canít pick just one favorite moment, but if I had to it would be sitting at the table with the First Lady. She was very nice and she told us we could eat the food with our fingers.

My winning recipe was a taco bowl, well, I called it the Tortilla Bowl Deluxe.

I like tacos, but they are messy and don't hold a lot, so I chose a corn tortilla bowl. That way you can eat the bowl, too. Grilled chicken is good and it's healthy. To add color and vegetables I picked avocado because I don't like lettuce and wanted it to have some green. I also picked orange sweet peppers and tomatoes. To top the bowl you can add shredded lactose-free cheese (I am lactose-intolerant.) On the side would be fruit. Pineapples, mangoes, cantaloupe, grapes, and watermelon would be colorful and delicious.

My recipe:

Makes 1 serving


1 medium (4-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast, grilled or cooked as desired, and cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup diced avocado
1/4 cup diced orange bell pepper
1/4 cup diced tomato
1/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 corn tortilla bowl

In a medium bowl, toss together the chicken, avocado, bell pepper, tomato, and cheese. Season with salt and pepper, scoop into the tortilla bowl, and serve immediately.
563 calories; 48g protein; 45g carbohydrates; 20g fat (7g saturated fat); 921mg sodium

The First Lady Michelle Obama asked me how I would pay the experience forward. I came up with the idea for Braeís Brown Bags.My project is Braeden's Brown Bags or 3Bs or Brae's Brown Bags, it's all the same thing. The idea is to have a bag on hand with water, food and helpful brochures to give to people standing on the streets or people who are looking for help at shelters. It's like a soup kitchen on-the-go.

You can learn more about Braeden's experience and special project on his website:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Commented by jrfoodcriticFAN at 8:30 AM

Way to go Braeden! Keep up the great work!