MADISON (WKOW) -- Students across the state were challenged recently to create healthier meals with dairy foods and vegetables. The Department of Public instruction sponsored a recent cook-off challenging teens to prepare a meal that had to fit specific criteria.
The goal is to empower students by giving them the knowledge and skills to prepare healthy meals and learning hands-on cooking techniques.
"It's not so much what the kids prepare," said education consultant, Alicia Dill. "It's what they're learning in the preparation of it."
Recipes were judged on nutritional quality, incorporation of local ingredients, ease of use by school foodservice, and presentation. The recipes could not include nuts, meat, poultry, and fish but - had to include milk, yogurt, or Wisconsin cheese.
The winning dish was a casserole made with whole wheat pasta, tomato sauce, spinach, grated carrots and zucchini and of course, Wisconsin Mozzarella cheese!