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! 


Garlic & Lemon Roasted Beets

So you're opening up your Perfectly Imperfect Produce box and you're super excited (I hope) about all of its contents, until you get to that mysterious looking item at the bottom. "Cool! But what IS this?," you think? "And what DO I DO with it?" Have no fear, that's why we're here! We know that some of the items we include in our boxes might not be as familiar to some of you as others. That's one of the things we think is so special about our program. Yes, we are saving food that might otherwise be wasted and offering it at lower prices to help the people of Northeast Ohio eat healthier. BUT, what makes it even more fun is that we are encouraging our customers to try new foods that they've n

Zucchini Bread

Normally the recipes I share here are pretty darn healthy. Today I'm sharing something a little on the sweeter side. But it DOES include veggies, so that cancels out the sugar, right? ;) This week I was flipping through my Grandma's cookbook that my aunt put together for me. I love that many of the recipes are hand written with scribbles and food splatters. Most have no instructions. It makes me realize that I must have inherited my love of cooking and inventing creations in the kitchen from her. She passed away at only 65 when I was 8 so I never got to ask her many questions about her love of cooking. Baking her recipes makes me feel closer to her though. Anyway, I came across her recipe fo

Cauliflower Rice

Growing up (and until about 3 years ago) cauliflower was at the top of my "least favorite vegetables" list. But that's because I really had only witnessed it as the sad veggie everyone left behind on every raw veggie tray. For me, raw cauliflower is a little like what I imagine it would taste like to eat styrofoam. ;) Oops, did I say that out loud? In recent years though, I have come to discover just how delicious this nutrient rich vegetable can become. I suppose I didn't realize how versatile it is. It really soaks up the flavor of whatever you use to season it. Most of the time I just chop it up into florets, toss it with some olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika and roast i

Steamed Artichokes

My kids LOVE artichokes! They actually request them when they have sleepovers at my in-laws'. That's how good my mother-in-law's secret recipe is! So good that even a 5-year-old eats them... by choice! What's even better is that it is pretty darn simple! When I asked her if she would be willing to share her recipe, she replied "Well, it's not very sexy." In my book, simple food is definitely "sexy." It's healthy and food that takes less time means I have more time to do all the other crazy things in my life. So here goes... What You Need: 2 to 4 artichokes water lemon 1 or 2 cloves of garlic 1 bay leaf butter or mayonnaise parsley Using a sharp knife, cut the stem so the bottom of the artic

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