A Billings Girl Scout, Kayla Wayman, took action recently with the cooking skills she learned on a troop trip to Timbercrest Camp in Red Lodge last year. She entered a recipe she created in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and was recently named Montana’s winner.
Kayla was one of over 1200 kids across the nation who submitted an original healthy recipe in the contest, a partnership with Epicurious.com and the Department of Education and Agriculture, which was designed to encourage healthy eating. Entries were judged on nutrition, taste, creativity, affordability, and the story behind the dish.
Kayla’s winning recipe, ‘Kayla’s Garden Chicken Pizza’, is a spinach, chicken, cheese, tomatoes, basil and tomato sauce creation with a whole wheat crust and, according to her mother, it was one of the top recipes submitted and may be served for the special luncheon for contest winners. Kayla’s love of gardening was the inspiration behind her creation. She wanted to use some of her home grown produce in her recipe.
Kayla will join other state winners who have all won a trip to Washington D.C. to tour the White House garden and have lunch with Michelle Obama.
Kayla’s mother, Michelle, leads three Girl Scout troops in the Billings area. She commits time to this volunteer effort because, she says, I want my children to try new things”. She knew the scouting experience could give them that courage but did not imagine how far that courage would take Kayla who will go all the way to the White House for lunch with the First Lady later this month.
See Kayla’s interview on KTVQ and learn more about her honor and her healthy and tasty creation, ‘Kayla’s Garden Chicken Pizza’ on this link: http://www.ktvq.com/news/billings-girl-wins-white-house-cooking-contest/