Help End Childhood Hunger with Macaroni Grill & Italian Porkchop Recipe

Help End Childhood Hunger

Help end childhood hunger

1 in 5 children in the United States goes to bed hungry at night. That’s a pretty frightening number when you consider how well off most people are in this country. As a mom, that’s a number that really bothers me because I think of my children going to bed hungry at night.  I think of how awful the parents must feel knowing that they cannot take care of their children.  I think of how scared the children are wondering when they’ll be able to eat again.  I wonder why this is a problem in our country and why more people don’t try to help end childhood hunger.

You probably can’t tell who these kids are by looking at them.  They live in every state of the country.  They may sit next to your child at school. You may know their mother from church or chat with them at the doctor’s office. It’s not just about being hungry.  Being hungry can cause short and long term health issues.  Kids that are hungry tend to not do as well in school and are more likely to have behavioral or emotional issues. One out of five children means that there are 16 MILLION children in this country that are hungry.  That’s a huge number.

There is something that you can do to help end childhood hunger.  Macaroni Grill, in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, is doing something about it. Their goal is to connect kids to 1 Million Meals in the month of September.  You can go into the restaurant and donate $2, and get $5 off your next meal. OR – share an artist inspired image from their Mac Grill Give Facebook  Gallery and they’ll help connect a kid with 1 meal. By sharing one of my favorite Italian recipes with you, Macaroni Grill is connecting 500 children with a meal.

Italian Breaded Baked Parmesan Porkchops

Italian Breaded Baked Parmesan Porkchops
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  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7 porkchops, thick cut
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  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Grease a 13x9 baking dish.
  3. Beat eggs & milk.
  4. In pie plate combine breadcrumbs & Parmesan cheese.
  5. Heat the olive oil & butter in a skillet & fry pork chops quickly on both sides (4 minutes each side).
  6. Dip porkchops in the egg mixture.
  7. Coat in the breadcrumb mixture completely.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes or until cooked through.

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  1. That is such a sad number. I can't stand to hear about kids going hungry. I could never imagine my son going through that. I will be going by Macaroni Grill and making a donation!Amanda
  2. this is a great campaign! I love to marinate our porkchops in italian dressing for even more flavor!
  3. That's fabulous! I need to look for a Macaroni Grill around here! Thanks for the recipe!
  4. Very sad, but I am glad to see companies are organizing campaigns like this. Yummy recipe, too!
  5. Wow!  Those pork chops look amazing and what a great campaign!
  6. Rhiannon Rowland says:
    We don't have a Macaroni Grill anywhere close...but I will head to their facebook page!   It's sad that kids anywhere have to go without food.
  7. I am going to make this next week, thank you for sharing. Recipes are my favorite! and this sounds and looks so GOOD!!!
  8. I will look at children a little differently after reading this. Is this one a hungry child? Thank you for the recipe. Pork chops are a challenge.
  9. Hi, what exactly do you do with the butter and olive oil? it says just to heat it in a skillet, it doesnt say what to do with it after heated?

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