Ugly Food Makeover

Turning "Ugly" Food into Beautiful Meals

Each week we share a healthy recipe or simple preparation method for one or more of the items inside our box to help you reduce waste and find adventure in your kitchen. Dig in! 


Eggplant Rigatoni

Looking for something a little different to do with all that eggplant? Here's a unique pasta dish to try. It's our grandmother's recipe for Eggplant Rigatoni. She wasn't Italian herself, but she married into my grandpa's Italian family and she happened to love to cook, so she learned all of her mother-in-law's family recipes from her homeland. It's an extra special one for me, because I like to think of my grandma preparing this for her family, nourishing my dad and his sisters as kids. If you don't want to take the time to make the pesto, you can use store-bought... we won't tell. :) For Pesto: 3/4 cup sun dried tomatoes 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 6 cloves garlic 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/4 c

Vegetable Stew

On these cold February evenings, what better way to warm up than with a hearty vegetable stew? This one will allow you to use up the onion, potatoes, carrots and tomatoes found in this week's box. Share pictures after you try this recipe or of whatever you create! We're on Instagram and Facebook @perfectlyimperfectproduce and on Twitter @perfectlytasty. Cook this one before the 60 degree temps arrive this Saturday!? Or wait until next week. It will certainly cool down again. Cleveland weather is as crazy as our produce. Vegetable Stew 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 10 baby potatoes (or 5 larger potatoes), quartered 4 large carrots, chopped 3 stalks celery, chopped

Baked Apples

Time for a little dessert, don't you think? Oh, but this one won't leave you feeling guilty that you didn't stick with your New Year's resolution to eat healthier. Because this is made with fresh apples and only a bit of butter along with whole grains, nuts and no refined cane sugar. So now you can have your dessert and eat it too! And what better way to use up "imperfect" apples than to bake them up until they are warm and soft. The perfect ending to a busy week. Enjoy! Baked Apples 3 apples, any variety 1/4 cup butter, melted 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/8 cup whole wheat or gluten free flour 1/4 cup pecans, chopped 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar) 1 Tbsp. honey 2 Tbsp. coco

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