NEW YORK — Meatless Monday has risen in popularity over the years as the healthy eating movement has grown with several cities including Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco adopting resolutions endorsing Meat Free Mondays. Another push to promote the initiative is a recipe contest geared towards high school students.
Several students, aspiring to become future chefs, worked with culinary art teachers and took up the challenge: Turn Traditional Meat Dishes into Healthy Plant-Based Recipes. It was Jenna Kraus of Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix, AZ, who took home the top prize in the 2015 Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Meatless Monday Recipe Contest with her “Spaghetti and Meatballs” recipe.
Kraus won a $5,000 scholarship as well as an all-inclusive stay at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, along with her teacher, where she will learn healthy cooking practices first-hand from Corporate Chef Scott Uehlein. Her winning recipe consisted of spaghetti squash, which was used as an alternative to pasta and ground meat for the “meatballs” was replaced with walnuts to provide a similar, meaty texture. Click here to see a copy of the winning recipe.
Additional winners include:
Jacob Trinh, Delaware County Technical Schools – Cajun-plant Taco, 2nd prize: $3,000 scholarship- Philadelphia
Jonathan Hernandez, DuVal High School – Quinoa Veggie Burger with a Sweet Tomato Compote, 3rd prize: $2,000 scholarship- Washington, D.C. Region
“Through this contest, student chefs were guided by their teachers on recipe writing and development and were able to showcase their talent creating exciting meatless recipes,” said C-CAP President Susan Robbins. “We greatly appreciate The Monday Campaigns providing high school seniors with the opportunity for scholarships while promoting healthy eating in high schools and communities throughout the nation.”