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C-CAP Meatless Monday Recipe Contest

This week the winners of the first nationwide C-CAP Meatless Monday Recipe Contest were announced! 

Our friends at Meatless Monday teamed-up with Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), an incredible organization that provides scholarships, education and career opportunities in the culinary arts to underserved youth, for the competition.

Throughout the nation, fantastic teen chefs in the C-CAP programs worked with their culinary arts instructors to create an original, meatless entree. Students were able to express their creativity while learning about the Meatless Monday campaign and the benefits of going meatless at the start of every week. Each school sent in one student recipe and, ultimately, seven finalists were selected and presented to a panel of judges.  

Laurie and Kirstin were honored to serve as judges that selected the three winners because as Kirstin says, “Getting kids into the kitchen is the best (and most fun) way we know how to get them interested in healthy food and its providence, teach them an essential life-skill and help shape not only their eating habits, but also influence their families, now and into the future.”  

We at The Family Dinner are so proud of the winners – who will be receiving scholarship money – as well as every teen who took part in the C-CAP Meatless Monday Recipe Contest that tonight we invite you to celebrate their hard work around the table by asking the following question:  If you could have all the ingredients and a fancy chef to help you cook a for a special occasion, what would the menu be? 

Encourage them to let their imaginations run wild! Whether it’s one course or 7 courses – nothing is off limits.  Be sure to let us know the menus they come up with … in fact, we’re getting hungry just thinking about it!

Please visit to learn more about the contest, the winners and to try the winning recipes!

First Prize: Nicole Caceres, John Marshall High School, Los Angeles, for Black Bean Mole Stew

Second Prize: Danielle Hill of Western Branch High School, Chesapeake, VA, for Lentil and Wild Rice Stuffed Zucchini

Third Prize: Mary Geyer of Lane Tech College Tech, and Gallery 37 AAEP, Chicago, for Red Coconut Curry with Tofu and Brown Rice


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