Nine-year-old Noah Koch's recipe for Vegan Powerhouse Pesto Pasta won him a trip to the White House. His recipe was selected as one of the winners from over 1300 entries in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.
Noah took a classic recipe that usually calls for dairy cheese and loaded it up with superfoods instead. His pesto uses avocados, walnuts, tomatoes, and white beans. Tonya Steele, editor in chief for Epicurious.com, who helped organize the contest, gushed that Noah's dish was "extremely good" and "tasted very fresh."
President Obama made a surprise appearance at the dinner and visited each table to meet the winners, including Noah. “Usually, at a state dinner, I get invited, so I don’t know what happened on this one,” President Obama said. “I hear the food is pretty good.”
Thanks to Noah for sharing his compassionate, healthy recipe.
Read more about Noah's story including a link to his recipe at PCRM.org.