Millions of kids are eating better in the cafeteria, thanks to Rachael's Yum-o! organization and its partnership with President Clinton's Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Tested by thousands of public school students coast to coast, we adapted these six recipes for you to try at home.

By Rachael Ray Every Day
November 01, 2005


turkey taco

Turkey Tacos with Black Bean-Corn Salad

The dressing was such a hit in this recipe, it's going into other school lunches.

bbq turkey sloppy joe

BBQ Turkey Sloppy Joe

There's pineapple in the coleslaw! A fun way to eat up a commodity ingredient.

cheesy mexi mac

Cheesy Mexi-Mac

Fresh herbs like cilantro really change up the flavor for the kids.

silly chili confusilli

Silly Chili con Fusilli

Kids sprinkled toppings from a fixins bar to get more involved in making the lunch themselves.

southwest turkey cobb salad

Southwest Turkey Cobb Salad

"For years there was only one way to serve turkey: with mashed potatoes and gravy. Working with Rachael, we sliced and oven-grilled the turkey with a Southwest spice rub, and completely reimagined a cafeteria classic as a healthier lunchtime option." --Sal Valenza, food service director, West New York Schools, New Jersey

yakitori chicken

Chicken Yakitori Noodle Bowls with Whole Wheat Spaghetti

"The students really respond to food that feels grown-up; their palates are much more refined than we give them credit for. The snow peas were a new flavor for many of them, but they loved this dish and said it was like going out to dinner." --Dr. Robert S. Lewis, director of nutrition services, El Monte City School District, California


rachael ray and bill clinton

"Growing up, my family had a very positive relationship with food and cooking, and that helped shape my lifestyle and businesses. I hope that through this project, I can pass on my experiences with food to inspire students to make better choices about what they eat." --Rachael Ray

"The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works with school staff, parents, and students so they can do this in their own communities. Through our newest initiative, Alliance schools will get easy-to-prepare school meal recipes that Rachael Ray, Yum-o!, and the Alliance created together. One in three children and teens in America is obese, and most students consume up to 50 percent of their calories at school. This is why it is so important for Americans to act now. Healthier kids will be healthier adults. They also do better academically and have better attendance rates. I hope you will join our Healthy Schools Program. It's free to enroll your child's school at" --Bill Clinton


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