Cooking Contest

Ready for some healthy competition? The deadline is June 30th!

Shape Your Future and Metro Family have partnered to host the 2021 Healthy Kids Cooking Contest. It is important that kids learn to choose healthy options at a young age to create positive habits for a lifetime. What better way than to create their own masterpiece filled with healthy ingredients? Let the most delicious, nutritious recipe win!

Kids 14 and younger are encouraged to submit their own original recipes. Fruits, veggies, lean protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy are sure to make their dish outstanding. Recipes will be judged based on taste, creativity, originality and healthful ingredients. The winner will receive a Shape Your Future Prize Pack and be announced in the Metro Family September issue with a featured story and photo. Just be sure to submit your recipe before June 30th.

Age group: 14 years of age or younger

  1. All submissions must include the participant’s name and parent’s name, phone number, email address and zip code.
  2. All submissions must include a copy of the recipe (ingredients and instructions) and a picture of the contestant with his/her completed dish.
  3. Recipes must be original. Any recipe that is taken from a website, chef or cookbook will be disqualified (Kraft,, etc.).
  4. The submitted recipe must be a main dish or entrée.
  5. All contestants must use fruits OR vegetables in their recipe. At least one type of fruit or vegetable must be included.
  6. Any recipes that contain broth, spices or sauces must use reduced-sodium options.
  7. Any recipes that contain dairy or sauces must use reduced-fat options.
  8. Any recipes that contain pasta or bread must use whole grain or whole wheat products.
  9. Any recipes that contain rice must use brown rice.
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
    Entries will be accepted no later than June 30, 2021. Participants must have the consent of their mom/dad or guardian in order to win and must fill out their parent’s information above. Winner will be announced in the September issue of Metro Kids Magazine.