The American Pulse Association Announces The Great School Lunch Contest Powered by Pulses

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To celebrate 2016 International Year of Pulses, the APA and Bush's Best Beans are sponsoring a school lunch recipe contest designed for school aged kids, featuring Bush's Best Bean products, lentils, dry peas or chickpeas as ingredients.

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The American Pulse Association has announced the launch of The Great School Lunch Contest Powered by Pulses. The contest is sponsored by Bush’s Best® Beans, The American Pulse Association, and the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council. This national competition challenges teams of 4th-8th grade students and 9th-12th grade students along with an adult advisor to create and promote exciting and healthy new lunch recipes featuring beans, dry peas, lentils, and chickpeas which are known as pulses.

The national competition kicked off on December 7, 2015 and will accept entries until March 7, 2016. Each team will create and promote two Great School lunch recipes -- a meat alternate entrée dish and a vegetable side dish. Both recipes must use at least one or more of these pulse crops -- Bush’s® Best bean product, dry peas, lentils or chickpeas. The teams of 2-3 students will work with an adult advisor to learn how to create healthy, quick and delicious recipes using pulse crops to meet National School Lunch Program nutritional guidelines. Students and their advisors will also have easy access to a number of links and helpful tools provided on the site.

This is the perfect opportunity for educators and adult advisors to teach kids how to creatively incorporate healthy pulse crops in an everyday lunch. Plus, 2016 is the International Year of Pulses; and these crops will be celebrated worldwide!

Prizing Information:
The top three teams from each grade group will receive cash prizes for their school.

In addition, the three Finalist teams in grades 9-12 will receive a trip to participate in a final cooking competition in San Antonio, Texas and attend a Culinary Institute workshop in July 2016.

About The American Pulse Association
Established in 2010 as a non-profit organization, the APA is devoted to increasing the consumption of pulses, i.e. dry peas, lentils, chickpeas and beans. The APA members include a diverse array of pulse crop processors, warehouses, exporters, food manufacturers, producers and associate members representing the entire US pulse industry.

The APA membership works to fund research focused on the nutrition, functionality and sustainability of pulse crops to generate interest in new products and expand current markets. The APA proudly joins with the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council to support the UN International Year of Pulses 2016 and help promote dry peas, lentils, chickpeas, and beans for the US and for the world.

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