This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla®.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Preheat grill.
- Cut off ends of eggplants, and slice into ½ inch thick planks. Baste with oil, and sprinkle with a little salt and oregano.
- Place eggplant on grill and reduce heat to medium. Flip after a couple minutes and continue to grill until eggplant has softened.
- Transfer to serving dish, and immediately top with cheese.
- Warm the sauce in microwave or saucepan, and pour over the eggplant. Serve