Feed the Hungry Children My Dinner

“Eat your food. There are starving children in XX!”

This ploy to get you to eat has been used by parents for many decades, and possibly even longer. The guilt that you should be so thankful that you should eat instead of letting food go to waste. While I agree we should not waste food, the guilt trip is not really the most effective strategy. Also you know the child is thinking that the parent should just package up the dinner and send it off to those starving kids!

When my wife was young, she was once told to eat her dinner and that there were starving children in India. A number of months later her family was going on a little trip and when she found out where they were going she didn’t want to go. She was concerned that they were going to see all the starving children in……Indiana!

The pork loin I made was well short of the 5 pounds the recipe calls for. Just watch the temperature of the meat and you’ll know when it is done.

The orange juice and soy really enhance the natural flavor of the pork.

Getting the marinade ready.

I neglected to pick up a baking bag, so I triple wrapped it in foil.

A delicious roast.

Orange Soy Pork Loin

Prep Time: 5 min | Cook Time: 2 hr 30 min | Makes: 10


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 (5 pound) boneless pork loin roast


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2. In a medium bowl, stir together the orange juice, soy sauce, olive oil, red onion slices, rosemary and garlic. Place the pork roast in a baking bag, and set in a roasting pan or baking dish. Pour the orange juice mixture over the roast, making sure to coat entirely. Close the bag according to package instructions.

3. Bake for 2 to 2 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, until the internal temperature of the loin is at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Remove from the oven, and let stand for about 10 minutes to settle the juices. Carefully open the bag and remove the roast. Slice and serve with a little of the drippings drizzled over.

Nutritional Info:

Nutrition Amount Per Serving (10 total) Calories 397 cal 20% Fat 25.2 g 39% Carbs 3.3 g 1% Protein 37.2 g 74% Cholesterol 110 mg 37% Sodium 561 mg 22% See More Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Source: http://m.allrecipes.com/recipe/69744/orange-soy-pork-loin

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Categories: Baking, Fruit, Low Carb, Main Dish 2, Pork, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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13 Comments on “Feed the Hungry Children My Dinner”

  1. September 27, 2012 at 11:21 am #

    OMG this looks delicious and amazing!!! I’m def going to keep your blog around! I’ve been running out of ideas! haha


  2. bamboogirl
    September 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm #

    I can’t imagine you serving up a bowl of anything bad to your kids.. Some people don’t have the creativity to make even a handful of your recipes or they just cook it wrong or don’t cook it at all. Your kids are training their tastebuds to be chefs!


  3. September 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Yummy! And yes I don’t think our parents did us any favours by making us eat all our dinner even when our hunger was satisfied… Our two border terriers dogs are always delighted when there are some left overs!


  4. ctminnesota
    September 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    So…was it child-friendly? I’m really struggling with finding healthy recipes with interesting new flavors my kids will eat. So far, I’m 0 – 2 this week 😦

    I had a recipe similar to this one & ditched it for fear of the O.J. How strong is the orange flavor? Or is does it just add sweet to the soy saltiness?

    Thanks, Chef!


    • September 27, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

      It was present, but not overpowering. As my boys are 17 and 14, and the pickyness is mostly gone, I’m not sure their experience translates to others but they liked it.


  5. September 27, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

    Erh! Can I come for dinner please?


  6. Naomi
    September 27, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I just love that story. The minds of children….


  7. September 27, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

    Reminds me of a time I was teaching a class in “Non-Western Literature.” A student came by my office and said she was really looking forward to my class on “Midwestern Literature.” It was definitely more India than Indiana!!


  8. September 28, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    It looks delicious, really mouth watering 🙂


  9. September 28, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    I used to agonise about what my children would or wouldn’t eat. Once my grandsons were well into the solids and had a couple of teeth to chomp with, they ate whatever their mother made for dinner. Smart lady.


  10. September 28, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Those threats of having to clean your plate is part of the overweight problem. Children naturally know when to stop eating but develop the habit of having to clean their plates from adults, the result is overeating because we need to clean our plates. It becomes ingrained. Sorry stepped on my soapbox for a moment. Your recipe looks yummy 🙂


  11. September 29, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    Let them go hungry, and I say that because that was the option I always chose as an extremely picky child–but I always tried things so that way I could definitely say I didn’t like it and no one could ever dispute it–because I’d tried it. Maybe have them take a bite before they can choose to not eat it, tell them that one bite is their get out of dinner free card? But really, you’re just going to make them resent you and their food if you FORCE them to eat it, but I also think you should not make them another dinner. I used to just go hungry and then I learned to cook (between 6 and 8) and so if I never liked a meal my mom or dad made I would cook myself something. You’re definitely not going to hurt them if you let them go hungry, and since you’re offering HEALTHY food to your children and they’re choosing not to eat it (you’re not starving them, they’re being picky eaters), I don’t think you’d be arrested…although I may be doing that thing I do where I have faith in the future of humanity.



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