Nutrition (education, access, etc.) for underserved populations is topic that is important to me. It’s the reason I quit my job as a teacher and the reason I’ll someday go back to teaching again, though my new lessons will be about healthy eating instead of English. So, when Romano’s Macaroni Grill contacted me to see if I would write a post about their current partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, I jumped at the opportunity.
Disclaimer – I am not being personally compensated for this post, though they will make a donation as thanks for my participation. This is just a subject to which I am glad to bring awareness.
Here’s how it works – Macaroni Grill is enlisting the food blogger community to help end childhood hunger with a single post. By simply tagging #macgrillgive to a recipe, message or photo of their favorite Italian meal on their blog, Macaroni Grill will donate $50 to connect a child to up to 500 meals. Readers can go into the restaurant and donate $2, and get $5 off their next meal; OR – share an artist inspired image from our Mac Grill Give Facebook Gallery and we’ll help connect a kid with 1 meal.
Here are some facts from No Kid Hungry -
- 48.8 million Americans—including 16.2 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.
- Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children.
- Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents (35.1% of female-headed households with children are food-insecure) and among Black and Hispanic households.
- Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities. 25 % of households with children living in large cities are food-insecure.
My favorite (homemade) Italian meal is my Cheesy Eggplant Bake. [recipe at the end of this post]
It is so cheesy, hearty, and filling; you would never guess that each serving has less than 200 calories. Being cooked in the marinara sauce makes the eggplant extra creamy and delicious.
What goes better with rich, cheesy food than a nice green salad?
On the side, we had romaine topped with ground flax, buckwheat groats, and lite honey mustard dressing.
It was an easy, tasty, wholesome meal.
Cheesy Eggplant Bake, serves 4
- 1 to 1.5 pounds thinly sliced eggplant (approx. .25 inch thick)
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 6 slices 2% provolone
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Farenheit.
- Layer eggplant and tomato sauce into an 8×8 inch casserole dish; placing tomato sauce as the bottom and top layer. You’ll most likely end up with three even layers of eggplant if your eggplant was sliced thinly enough.
- Bake 40 minutes.
- Remove from oven, top evenly with cheese, and return to oven for 10 additional minutes, until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.