First Lady Michelle Obama kicks off her three day national tour in Des Moines, Iowa, Feburary 9, 2012 to highlight Iowa's Healthiest State Initiative. More than 10,000 children grades 6-9 from Iowa Schools joined The First Lady during the 'Let's Move' interactive celebration at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa.(Conrad SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is cheering America's top junior chefs for coming up with recipes that are healthy and tasty at the same time.
At the first ever "kids state dinner" at the White House Monday, the first lady said entrants from across the country found ways to make dishes that are both nutritious and delicious - truly "amazing stuff."
The dishes served on fine White House china included Kickin' Chicken Salad, Power Pesto Pasta, Miss Kitty's Egg Salad Sensation and Secret Service Super Salad.
The 54 winners, ages 8 through 12, were chosen from more than 1,200 entries.
President Barack Obama also dropped by the lunch to applaud the winners and thank them for "spreading the word about healthy eating."