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Grilled Eggplant Parmesan in Honor of Barilla’s Commitment to Fight Hunger in America (+Giveaway)

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Easy Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

As thoughts of summer roll in, many of us are focusing on dropping a few pounds, before we’ll be sporting bathing suits.  While this is certainly a worthwhile endeavor, it is also important to keep in mind those who struggle each day to provide basic nourishment for their family.  According to statistics gathered by the non-profit organization Feeding America, 15.9 million U.S. children live in households without consistent access to sufficient nutritious food.  1 in 6 Americans overall struggle with hunger as part of daily life.  People most likely to struggle with food insecurity include the working poor, children and the elderly, but anyone of us could face the same situation, if a number of unfortunate circumstances  were to happen in unison.Barilla® Sauce

To help with this dreadful issue, Barilla® has partnered with the aforementioned organization Feeding America, to donate fresh produce for those in need.  Here is where we come in…

For every jar of Barilla® sauce we purchase from now until  5/31/14,  Barilla® will donate $0.05 to Feeding America’s National Produce Program.  The brand has committed to making a minimum donation of $150,000, but we can get more fresh produce into food banks for those struggling,  by simply purchasing jars of high quality Barilla® Sauce during the duration of this promotion.  This is a no lose proposition for all of us, there is no sacrifice in buying great tasting Barilla® Sauce made from natural ingredients like vine-ripe tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil & herbs, and Barilla® will donate a pound of fresh produce to Feeding America to help them support those in need.  They are prepared to donate up to 4.2 million pounds.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

If you haven’t tried Barilla® sauces before, I think you will be pleased.  You can taste the difference real vegetables and simple ingredients make in a sauce, and as I’ve shown in the easy recipe I’m sharing today, it makes getting a delicious and nutritious meal on the table a breeze.  This nutritious meatless meal is inexpensive, as well as, quick & easy to make.  It is also an example of just the sort of dish those receiving the food donations from this program could make from the produce Barilla®’s contributions provide.

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

Easy Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Vegetrian, Grilled, Meatless
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Ingredients
  • 2-3 medium size Eggplants
  • olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Oregano (or Italian seasoning)
  • shredded Italian cheese blend (or Mozzarella)
  • 1 jar Barilla® sauce (I used their Tomato Basil variety)
  • **optional- fresh basil
Instructions
  1. Preheat grill.
  2. Cut off ends of eggplants, and slice into ½ inch thick planks. Baste with oil, and sprinkle with a little salt and oregano.
  3. Place eggplant on grill and reduce heat to medium. Flip after a couple minutes and continue to grill until eggplant has softened.
  4. Transfer to serving dish, and immediately top with cheese.
  5. Warm the sauce in microwave or saucepan, and pour over the eggplant. Serve

Bariila Pasta PackThe Spaghettata Bowl & wooden spoon featured in the giveaway.  Winner will receive 5 free product coupons to go along with them.

Barilla® Prize Pack Giveaway (11 Winners)

One lucky reader will win a Barilla® Prize Pack which includes:  a jar of Barilla sauce, one Barilla branded wooden spoon, one Barilla® Spaghettata Bowl, and five (5) coupons, each redeemable for one (1) jar of Barilla pasta sauce. Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $60.

Ten Runner-up Prizes: 10 coupons to will be given to randomly selected readers who comment.  Giveaway ends May 31, 2014 at 11:59 EST . See Official rules for further details.

Coupon expiration dates: the free coupons are valid through 3/31/2015 and the $1 off coupons are valid through 6/30/2015.

To enter: Post a comment below about how you give back to your local community (make sure to include email address, the brand rep is pulling the random selections, not me).

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla®. For every jar of Barilla® sauce purchased, $0.05 will be donated to Feeding America’s National Produce Program which secures one pound of fresh produce on behalf of local food banks. Barilla® will make a minimum donation of 4.2 million pounds of fresh produce ($150,000) from 4/1/14 through 5/31/14.

Comments

  1. says

    I absolutely love Barilla, hands down they make the best sauce!

  2. Daisy says

    We love Barilla! I would love to make this recipe for fun lunch for kids from my son’s school on a weekend.

  3. says

    I don’t use much jarred sauce – I did marry an italian after all, and I make homemade “gravy”, but i’ll look for this if I ever need a jarred sauce!

  4. says

    I use Barilla Tomato Basil Sauce quite a bit! As well as their pastas.

  5. Linda Kish says

    I make donations of books, clothing and household items.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  6. says

    Yum! this grilled eggplant looks amazing. I have never tried cooking with eggplant. It looks like it tastes great.

  7. says

    barilla is my favorite pasta but i’ve never used their sauce. I tend to make my own

  8. Jessie C. says

    We give back by volunteering to clean the streets and gardens.

  9. says

    I’ve never used Barilla – but it looks deelish! And I LOVE their commitment to ending hunger – love when companies have a big heart!

  10. says

    We donate gently used items to a local veteran’s charity about twice per month. I know we could probably sell the items, but we hope that our donations will do some good, especially when we don’t have extra money to donate.

  11. says

    Twice a year I bring a box of personal essentials like soap, socks, deodorant, lotion, etc. to the shelter. I also bring diapers because they’re not allowed to buy diapers from their own budget, but they’re really needed.

  12. says

    Yum! You had me at eggplant. We give back through service hours and donations of food from our farm to local groups and the homeless shelter. I have also done a few school supply drives, book drives and collected toiletries with my children to give to the school and battered woman’s shelter. (andrea .kruse at gmail.com)

  13. says

    That looks amazing! I love Feeding America & I love that Barilla is doing this to support them.

  14. says

    My son and I participate in several food drives a year. He loves doing it. I’m a busy mom and I make use of the Barilla sauce and pasta. :) Your grilled eggplant parmesan looks amazing!

  15. says

    Barilla sauce is delicious! I run a nonprofit. It’s the only org of its kind in two counties. It’s unpaid and it’s totally a labor or love and necessity.

  16. says

    Recently I put together a few mom bundles for new moms in my area and from all the extra baby products that get sent my way that we don’t need.

    I totally had to pin this because we just took our grill out last night and this looks delicious!

  17. CharityS says

    I always donate to my local food bank, animal shelter, and toys during the holidays.

  18. says

    I love eggplant parmesan! I’ll have to try this recipe some time soon.

  19. Laura says

    We have a family garden where we grow lots and lots of corn. It’s mostly a hobby. We always love to give out corn to people in the neighborhood when it’s ready. We grow wayyy too much to not share, and people love it!

  20. Roseann M says

    When grocery shopping I buy extra canned food to donate to the food bank. An extra jar of Barilla pasta sauce in my grocery cart helps the food bank.

  21. Jackie says

    I donate to the local food bank. I also donate food whenever there is a group collecting at the grocery store.
    Thank you!
    jackievillano at gmail dot com

  22. Brutus Duffy says

    We donate items and money to causes in my community as well as our local animal shelters.

  23. David says

    My wife and I have a small clothing store. At the end of every season we donate a majority of our leftover merchandise. We also do donations throughout the year with shelters and other such organizations who need clothing.

  24. Anne says

    I give back to my community by donating hand-crocheted items to our town office, where they’re sold to provide funding for a program that helps senior citizens keep their pets by providing pet food and vet services. I also donate food and household goods to our town’s thrift store, which raises money for the same pet program and for library programs.

  25. Nicole says

    I donate clothes monthly to my local clothing donation bin! Thx!

  26. Stephanie Galbraith says

    My kids are both involved in scouting, and we do community service projects regularly.

  27. Marie Muckey says

    I volunteer at the animal shelter, my hubbie is part of the JC’s, donating his time to raise money to help local charities and my daughter helps out the Red Cross with blood donations.

  28. Ann Fantom says

    I donate some of my time at my daughter’s shool to assist with field trips, special events and class photos.

  29. Amy Pratt says

    I make sure to donate to the local food bank.

  30. says

    I teach at a middle school where there are so many students in need. I take food, clothes, school supplies, and other items to share with the kids at my school. We also do a lot of service projects such as helping at the animal shelter or beautifying the campus of the local daycare.

  31. deana c says

    To give back I donate to my local shelter.

  32. says

    I donate the items I don’t need to my local Goodwill instead of throwing them away

  33. darby says

    I volunteer with a service organization

  34. Dana Rodriguez says

    We love Barilla pasta sauces! Taste like home made!

    We give back by donating locally to the food bank and Goodwill. I also give away items on our local Freecycle.

    tat2gurlzrock at hotmail dot com

  35. latanya says

    I donate money to different charities.

  36. Janet Woodling says

    Barilla is a family favorite. I give back in my community by collecting toys and books throughout the year to sponsor children from the Salvation Army Angel Tree each Christmas.

  37. Mary Beth Elderton says

    I am very concerned about food insecurity, so I donate food. I give regularly at our local grocery store. I recently participated in the USPS food drive by leaving a bag for our mail carrier to pick up.

  38. says

    I work at the Hutto Community Food pantry on Saturdays, and at least one other day during the week I work at Mobile Food Pantries around central Texas through the Capital Area Food Bank. LisaWeidknecht @ hotmail.com

  39. Monique Rizzo says

    We like to go to the Union gospel mission and cook and feed to needy! It makes us feel good and teaches our children the value of giving.

    mogrill12@gmail.com

  40. steven weber says

    we give to goodwill, red cross and purple heart.

  41. Candice says

    I donate to my local food bank, and clean out the closets for Goodwill.

  42. Kelly D says

    I donate to my local food pantry and volunteer at the Girl Scouts.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

  43. Sheila K. says

    We are rabid recyclers—we recycle everything we can—and we pick up trash around our neighborhood’s waterway.

  44. abedabun dawn says

    Lately all I do is I donate items to the salvation army.

  45. Tammy Woodall says

    We donate regularly to our local Women’s Shelter as well as Goodwill.

  46. Charlotte Winters says

    I donate to my church food bank as often as I can. I donate my unused or unwanted items to Goodwill.

  47. Stephanie V. says

    We donate food, clothes, furniture, and money to important charities. Also volunteer and donate at our local level – school and churches and even making homeless bags to hand out personally. Teaching the children to do the same!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  48. Linda Lansford says

    I give back by volunteering at our local dv center

  49. Denise S says

    I donate often to my city’s community center.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  50. Donna L says

    We donate furniture, clothes and other household items to Am-Vets.

  51. Robin says

    We donate clothing to Goodwill.

  52. Deb K says

    We donate to everything that we can,and make sure that we give the grand-children’s clothes to others.

    deb55106 at gmail dot com

  53. Nannypanpan says

    We donate food to the pantry and I recently had babies and got formula they don’t like so that is going there too
    Nannypanpan@gmail.com

  54. says

    I volunteer at a center for blind and low-vision folks. I read to them, open their mail, and I started a reading group as well.

  55. ELIZABETH C. says

    I started volunteering in the nursing home almost 8 months ago that my uncle is in.

  56. Lora W. says

    I donate to our local all-volunteer rescue squad. I am also very involved with Cerebral Palsy of Virginia which is a local organization.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. Mary Cloud says

    We live out in the middle of nowhere so I’m not really sure how I could give back to my community
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  58. Mary Anderson says

    I donate food and toiletries to a local food bank.
    16134 at hotmail dot com

  59. Mary M says

    I donate items to local thrift shops where proceeds benefit Hospice and those with special needs.

  60. Julia says

    We give of our time to our church in various ways and donate to our local food pantry

  61. Cathy Truman says

    We give to the No Kill Animal Shelter in Marion Indiana, we give dog and cat food, and treats.
    toys, blankets and towels and dog beds. We also give to the resale shop for the shelter
    and we give food to the Salvation Army food bank.
    kbtruman(at)att(dot)net

  62. Cathy Truman says

    We give to the No Kill Animal Shelter in Marion Indiana, we give dog and cat food, and treats.
    toys, blankets and towels and dog beds. We also give to the resale shop for the shelter
    and we give food to the Salvation Army food bank.
    kbtruman(at)att(dot)net

    • Cathy Truman says

      Please delete this post I did not mean to enter twice

  63. Cathy Truman says

    We give to the no kill animal shelter in Marion Indiana, we give dog and cat
    food and treats and toys, blankets,towels and dog and cat beds. We give
    food to the Salvation Army food bank.

  64. Darlene Carbajal says

    I give back to the community by donating clothes to the thrift stores.

  65. e michelle says

    i donate all the kids toys and gently used clothes to the womens shelter and when we go to the islands around our home we make sure we bring a trash bag to pick up trash from the beach and the coast. I hate seeing our natural resourses destroyed because of lazy people.

  66. Candace B says

    I give back to my community by volunteering at a local organization that provides assistance to those in need, including food, clothing, financial assistance, and additional items that are provided to the organizations through donations. candace.byars at waldenu dot edu

  67. melissa crisp says

    I donate clothes, shoes and food. I also donate food to the animal shelters when i can.
    leighannecrisp at yahoo dot com

  68. kelly nicholson says

    Post a comment below about how you give back to your local community

    not a whole lot except recycling…i know

  69. jose benavides says

    I give back by always donating to different places .. I always donate to goodwill ..

  70. joni says

    My daughter and I keep our local “Rails to Trails” clean. Picking up trash and enjoying the view.
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

  71. Danielle Johnson says

    I can’t always do much, but i always give back to the schools throught out the year at the grocery stores.

  72. Ashley Fitzgerald says

    I try to support our local French Bulldog rescue by participating in auctions/making purchases where they receive the proceeds.

  73. Diane Hamel says

    Wicked good contest,,,,,

  74. Thuy Vu says

    I am always picking up trash when I walk with my kids around the park and I encourage them to not litter.

  75. Carolyn G says

    I volunteer at a local homeless shelter. We have food and clothes to give to our guests. The organization also tries to help people get back on their feet.

  76. Tyneisha Fondren says

    We keep a box at our house to fill up with donation items. When it gets full we take it to our Christian thrift store, drop off the goods, take the box back home and do it all over again!

  77. says

    We participate in food drives, toy drives, and clothing drives throughout the year.

  78. kyl neusch says

    make donations of books and clothing

  79. Donna Kellogg says

    We Donate food to our local charities

  80. Jennifer Barr says

    We donate clothes.

    chevybelair1 at juno dot com

  81. JenniferB says

    We work with local women’s shelter donating time and money to help these ladies. We give to food bank and raise a huge garden to give to others less fortunate. We donate used clothes and items to local thrift store that money goes to local home for women.

  82. Lauren E. says

    We donate old clothing.

  83. jamielee kimball says

    My daughter and I volunteer at local food pantries, and also donate food to the kitchen whenever we have extra money. My daughter is 5 and I wanted to teach her selflessness…we often have a lot of fun and meet a lot of interesting people. :)

  84. john says

    I always though jar sauce was ewwwww…and the few brands I bought were; however, Barilla truly tastes like home made…excellent.

  85. Hank Mccoy says

    I take care of all the lost cats and kittens I find.

  86. Francine Anchondo says

    I donate to the food back-

    fmd518 at gmail dot com

  87. Nancy says

    We donate items to local charities, and purchase items from shops run by charities. We participate in programs to benefit veterans and children in crisis . We also volunteer with the local sheriff’s department.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  88. Miz Vickik says

    My family volunteers at the local park cleaning it up and getting rid of invasive plant species. =)
    Mizvickik at gmail dot com

  89. Susan Smith says

    I give back by donating food and clothes to our local shelter.

  90. Mary Somerville says

    We shop our local small businesses as much as possible. I try to make it to our farmer’s market every week. We donate our used goods to our city rescue mission, and donate to our food bank.
    My email address- fatesfrost@gmail.com

  91. Emelyn Trevino says

    By volunteering at the animal shelter

  92. Wes Hovorka says

    I donate clothes to goodwill and give unused canned food to a local church.

  93. Stephanie says

    I volunteer at a local school’s field day event every year

  94. says

    We love Barilla, we have a group at church called the coupon sisters we get together and coupon and donate goods to the hungry and needy in our community. We also keep our church pantry stocked!

  95. Sasha says

    We donate clothes to our Church’s clothing bank. We also donate jars of peanut butter to the PB&J ministry

  96. Jamie Hottinger says

    My daughter and I give back by donating, rather than selling, all of our clothes and household items we no longer use!! First, we post them on social media for free to people who need them and then we drop what is left at Goodwill

  97. Vonnie says

    We donate items to local food bank and clothing drives.

  98. says

    How do I give back to my community? I give back to my whole state. I am a public servant who actually takes her job very seriously. Low pay but rewards in helping others.

  99. Peggy Rydzewski says

    I give back by volunteering for our special needs kids.

  100. Lori Walker says

    We give back by donating clothes.

  101. Nicole Millheim says

    I volunteer at the local food pantry and donate whenever I can

  102. Laurie Emerson says

    I give back by volunteering at the shelter for Abused Women and Children as well as the local food bank and Habitat for Humanity.

  103. Jennifer Shelton says

    I collect food for our local food bank :)

  104. Cindi Simon says

    I’d help with meal on wheels – and pasta

  105. Sylvie W says

    I give back through common courtesies when a neighbor or stranger in my small town needs an extra hand. These aren’t any planned or volunteering activities. Just random acts of kindness.

  106. Leslie L Stanziani says

    We give back by donating our time to help out with a backpack/school supply program at the church as well as donate clothing and household items to the local hospice thrift store.Thanks!
    lstanziani(at)yahoo(dot)com

  107. Eugenia Hall says

    My husband and I volunteer 2 Sundays a month helping to serve food to the homeless and hungry in our city through a non-denominational charity in our area.

    yittlecat AT aol DOT com

  108. Serena D. says

    i give back by donating fresh veggies that i grow to the local food bank

  109. Candie L says

    I teach at our local Alternative School. I do everything to help these angels realize the potential they have in them. Thank you

  110. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I give back by donating food locally

  111. Lesley F says

    We help serve food at the homeless shelter and we raise money for the shelter

    lfuchs1 at wi. rr. com

  112. Kathryn C says

    I donate blood when I can and I also regularly volunteer my time at the low cost spay/neuter animal clinic in my county- I have spent my own money catching stray cats and getting them spayed/neutered and finding homes for them

    Kathryn C
    kacor7@hotmail.com

  113. Terry Cross says

    We donate to the local food bank

    braaisjo at gmail dot com

  114. Kelley H says

    I volunteer are my kids school and with the local Parks and rec division

  115. MARIA simon says

    the best pasta around this is the best :)

  116. Catharine R says

    I volunteer at my local food bank.
    (ceriehl at gmail dot com)

  117. maya hu says

    i volunteer at the local animal shelter and donate food to the food pantry

  118. debbie ritenour says

    Debbieritenour81@aol.com
    I volunteer every Tue at the church food pantry! I also help with the adopt a street program to keep out roads looking good!

  119. ky2here says

    Good day to ask. I volunteered at a local AIDS service organization today.

  120. Brian E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…we volunteer at our local food bank on a regular rotation, every other month.

  121. Rosanne says

    I volunteer time and finances to my church for the charity work they do in the community which is extensive

  122. Becky Horn says

    I go through my kids clothes every year and what they have grown out of I donate to people who need them.

  123. says

    Every Halloween, our neighborhood does a canned food drive. As our kids Trick or Treat, neighbors hand out candy as well as canned goods. The kids collect it all and we bring it to our local food shelf. It’s fun for the kids and rewarding for everybody!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

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