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Maplewood girl's quinoa and black beans recipe impresses First Lady

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MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (KMSP) -

A Maplewood, Minn. girl is the third Minnesota kid in as many years to impress First Lady Michelle Obama with her cooking skills. Sophia Bollin, 12, created a recipe made with quinoa and black beans that was selected as the top Minnesota entry in the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' contest.

RECIPE: Quinoa and Black Beans

Bollin, who loves to cook meals from scratch, and her mother will fly to Washington, D.C. for Thursday’s “State Dinner” hosted by Mrs. Obama. Approximately 1,500 children and their parents entered contest, but only one finalist from each state will be honored at the White House. Another 12-year-old -- Sarah Ganser of Appleton, Wis. -- is representing Wisconsin with her “Amazing African sweet potato stew.”

Even though her flavorful fare has already caught the eye of the First Lady, Webster is humble about the accomplishment. In fact, she admits that she didn't think she would win after she entered the contest her mother found in Epicurious Magazine.

"It's just quinoa and black beans," she said. "I didn't think it would make it to the top. It was just a try."

Katilyn Kirchner of Madelia, Minn. represented Minnesota last year with her garden stir fry. Riley Sorenson from Carver, Minn. went to the White House in 2012 for her stuffed red peppers, with she also prepared in the Fox 9 kitchen.

RECIPE: Stuffed Red Peppers

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