Veggie-loaded Butter Chicken wins Recipe of the Year

Health and Wellbeing Queensland congratulates Southport State School Tuckshop Convenor, Angelique Scarpignato, for winning the 2023 Recipe of the Year competition with her Butter Chicken recipe, packed full of vegetables and proteins for growing minds and bodies! 

The competition is funded by the Queensland Government through Health and Wellbeing Queensland as part of the Healthier Tuckshops program delivered by Queensland Association of School Tuckshops (QAST). 

The Recipe of the Year competition helps celebrate and showcase the nutritious recipes tuckshops have trialled and succeeded with throughout the year and exhibits how resourceful and innovative tuckshop convenors are, often with limited equipment for creating and cooking. 

The 2023 finalists were: 

Health and Wellbeing Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Dr Robyn Littlewood, was delighted to announce the tuckshop Recipe of the Year 2023 winner on social media (with the Butter Chicken recipe demo now on YouTube).  

‘At Health and Wellbeing Queensland, we would like to thank all of the tuckshop convenors who submitted their recipe creations this year,’ Dr Littlewood said. 

‘We were inspired by the creativity, resourcefulness and inclusion of healthy ingredients in all of the recipes in this year’s competition. 

‘It was an honour for Health and Wellbeing Queensland to be invited to participate in the judging panel along with representatives from Catholic School Parents Queensland, QAST Management Committee and 2 students.’ 

QAST CEO, Deanne Wooden, said, ‘Preparing meals on site is the most effective way to create healthier menus. The quality of recipes in the competition this year is a reflection of just how far tuckshops have come in this regard.’ 

All these fabulous recipes are now available in a beautifully presented cookbook. If they have made the grade with students in the school setting they should be ideal to trial at home with your family.