Best Local Healthy Recipe Contest

Best Local Healthy Recipe Contest


Best Local Healthy Recipe Contest

  • Saturday, May 27, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Do you have a great recipe that your family raves about? Do you want it showcased in Seneca County for eons to come? Do you secretly love to make up your own healthy recipes that make your spine tingle but have no outlet to show off? Then we want your unique recipe!

Cornell Cooperation Extension of Seneca County (SCCCE) is holding a recipe contest which will be featured at the Memorial Day Celebration in Waterloo on Saturday, May 27 th from 3 PM – 5 PM in the Culinary Tent. The contest is designed to provide Seneca County residents the opportunity to share their favorite healthy recipe. We are looking for original healthy recipes that you have cherished with your family and friends.

All submitted recipes will be reviewed by the SCCCE Health Team to ensure that it meets the guidelines for healthy recipe submissions. Recipes that do not meet the guidelines will be rejected, so please make sure to  read the guideline details. The Health Team will recreate and taste test the top 10 healthiest recipes, voting for their favorite three. Those three recipes will be available at the Culinary Tent on Saturday for the community to sample and cast their vote for the final winner.

The top 3 winners of the contest will be awarded gift cards from Wegman’s: 

  • 1st prize: $100
  • 2nd prize: $50
  • 3rd prize $25)

The winning recipe will be featured on our website, media outlets, and printed on cards to be handed out throughout Seneca County, showcasing the winner’s name.

The top 10 healthy recipes will also be available on our website. We hope residents throughout the county are able to enjoy healthy meal options using these recipes from the contest for current and future generations.

Guidelines for Recipe Submissions

  1. Heavy use of fruits and/or vegetables is strongly encouraged.
  2. Healthy recipe submissions should include ingredients that are at least two (2) whole foods.
  3. At least one (1) ingredient needs to be sourced locally and labeled as such.
  4. If you are adapting this recipe from another source you must state your source (say, Fannie Farmer’s Cookbook) and must change at least three (3) ingredients to claim as your own.
  5. If you are adapting this recipe from a Heritage Recipe source you can call it your family recipe but you must state original source (adapted from Aunt Do’s Heritage Pickle Recipe).
  6. Make a one to two sentence statement on why this dish is healthy. For example, use of whole grains, lean meats, lower fat, reduced salt, etc.
  7. Recipes must include a complete list of ingredients including accurate measurements for every ingredient.
  8. Recipes must include complete step-by-step directions for preparation and cooking to include times, temperatures, etc.

Optional: Include photo(s) of ingredients, your local farmer’s market, the preparation and cooking process, and/or of course the finished product! Photos must be emailed to

Recipes must be submitted by Monday, May 15th, midnight.

Fill the online recipe submission form below 


CLICK HERE for a PDF to print and fill out

Completed forms can be faxed to (315) 539-2784, scan and emailed to: or mailed to: Seneca County CCE Offices, 308 Main Street Shop Centre, Waterloo, NY 13165


Sue Petersen
Nutrition Educator
(315) 539-9251


Lafayette Park
220 Main Street (Routes 5 & 20)
Waterloo, New York 13165