Teaming up with Macaroni Grill and No Kid Hungry to help end Childhood Hunger! (Plus my favorite pasta recipe!)

Heyya Hauties…

If you’ve been around the hautemealz.com blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that childhood hunger is an issue that is near and dear to us. You wouldn’t tell it to look at me, but I have some very personal experience with this subject (I’ve made up for it since, lol) and we do our best to support charities, ministries, and organizations that are fighting to feed kids.

1 in 5 children are hungry in America. Yes, America. They live in Oregon, California, Dallas, New York, Colorado. From coast to coast there are millions of children who have no idea where their next meal is going to come from.

This is an astounding number ­ and it’s not going to change without awareness and funds. And it’s easy to help.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill, in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry, is doing something about the epidemic as they embark on a national campaign to share ONE MILLION meals with kids in need.

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 our favorite Italian meal on our blogs, Macaroni Grill will donate $50 to connect a child to up to 500 meals.

Yeah, pretty freakin’ awesome.

So, here’s my current favorite Italian dish, and one we recently featured on the hautemealz.com menuSpaghetti with Shrimp & Italian Herb Salad.

But first…if you’re not a food blogger, you can still take Macaroni Grill up on this amazingly generous offer. Here are three ways you can help:

GIVE

Throughout the entire month of September, Macaroni Grill diners can donate $2 to No Kid Hungry and receive $5 off their next visit.  Each donation can help connect a child in need to up to 20 meals.

SHARE

Every time a fan shares a photo from the Mac Grill Give Facebook Gallery, Macaroni Grill will donate $1 to help connect a kid to 10 meals.

TAG

Fans are invited to tag a Tweet or Instagram photo of their Macaroni Grill experience with #macgrillgive.  For every tag, Macaroni Grill will donate $1 to help connect a kid to 10 meals.

Okay, here’s the recipe…

Remember, hautemealz.com is a recipe for every night of the month, a grocery list for every week of the month, all for just $5 a month! Classic, Lighter-Side, Low-Carb/Diabetic-Friendly/ & Gluten-free menus available.

Enjoy!

-Chef Perry

Spaghetti with Shrimp
Yield: 2 servings Active Time: 15 min. Total Time: 15 min.

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cups dry white wine
  • 1/2 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled and deviened*
  • Salt, to taste 3 oz. spaghetti
  • 1 tbsp each. finely chopped fresh parsley, oregano, and basil.
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground, to taste

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

While the water is heating up, add 1/2 of the oil in a 12in skillet over medium-high heat. Add tomatoes, chile flakes, and garlic; cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes. Add wine; cook until reduced by half, about 6 minutes.

Add spaghetti to the boiling water and cook until al dente, about 7 minutes.

Meanwhile add the shrimp to the skillet; cook, turning once, until just pink, about 3 minutes.

Using tongs or a pasta-fork, add pasta to the skillet along with the remaining oil, parsley, and lemon juice; cook, tossing, until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

*See our video post, How to peel and clean shrimp and prawns!

Italian Herb Salad
Yield: 2 servings Active Time: 20 min. Total Time: 20 min.

  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2/3 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 tsp. honey
  • 1/3 tsp. salt, plus
  • Black Pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 head romaine, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/3 Belgian endives, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 5 tbsp. pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/3 cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

Blend the lemon juice, lemon peel, honey, salt, and black pepper in a blender.

With the machine running, gradually blend in the oil.

Toss the lettuce, endive, olives, parsley, and basil in a large bowl with enough dressing to coat.

Season the salad with more salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

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For more information, please visit: macaronigrill.com/macgrillgive, fan us: facebook.com/romanosmacaronigrillor follow us on twitter @macaronigrill

About Romano¹s Macaroni Grill®

Romano¹s Macaroni Grill is an Italian restaurant serving hand-crafted pastas and crave-able entrees in over 200 locations world-wide.  The restaurant blends 20 years of tradition, such as the honor system house wine, with progressive culinary inspiration from all regions of Italy and the U.S.  The casually-elegant atmosphere is comfortable for any occasion‹from celebrating birthdays to celebrating Tuesdays. For more information, visit http://www.macaronigrill.com.

 Share Our Strength¹s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry   

Share Our Strength¹s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is a national fundraising event that brings together thousands of restaurants and millions of consumers to help make sure no child in America grows up hungry.

Every September, participating restaurants raise funds in a variety of ways to support the No Kid Hungry® campaign, Share Our Strength¹s® national movement to end childhood hunger in America. Through Share Our Strength¹s No Kid Hungry Campaign, $1 can help connect a child facing hunger to (10) meals. This amount is based on the individual experiences of Share Our Strength¹s grant recipients and is provided to illustrate how community investments can be used to help end childhood hunger.

Share Our Strength¹s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry is nationally sponsored by Sysco, American Express, Ecolab, ONEHOPE Wine, Food Network, Clear Channel and the National Restaurant Association. Visit DineOutForNoKidHungry.org.

Share Our Strength is a non-profit 501c3 organization.

For more information, visit nokidhungry.org.

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