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 Rutabaga Oven Fries

You opened your box and discovered a weird thing you've never seen before. Looks a little like a beet or a potato or a turnip, but not really. And it's covered in wax?! Those are in fact, rutabagas! Not sure what the heck to do with that? No problem! That's why we're here. Our customers tell us that they like our program because it challenges them to try new foods that they might not otherwise purchase. This week we are definitely doing that. I know rutabaga might not be exactly what you had in mind, but if we hadn't rescued these, dozens of cases would have been pitched. Until recently the only way I had ever eaten rutabaga was when my mother-in-law made it at Thanksgiving. She mashes it up

Eggplant Meatballs

This week we rescued cases and cases of eggplant that were destined to otherwise be wasted. The skin might have been a little spotted on the outside, but who cares if you're simply going to slice it and bake it anyway? At my house, many of us are vegetarians, so I'm always looking for creative ways to transform traditionally meat-based entrees into meat-free ones. This one is so good, I swear you won't even miss the meat. Eggplant Meatballs 1 eggplant 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1 egg, beaten 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley or basil (or 1 tsp. dried) 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Wash your eggplant and

Roasted Cabbage

Everything's better when it's roasted! Yes, even cabbage! St. Paddy's Day is tomorrow and we've hooked up our customers with some perfectly imperfect heads of cabbage just in time! They were grown right here in Ohio at Yoder Farm! They may be a little smaller than average or a little larger than average, but they taste ABOVE AVERAGE! And with this recipe, you'll have no idea that cabbage was once labeled, "imperfect." Not a fan of limp, boiled cabbage to accompany your corned beef? Me neither. Try something a little different this year. It will change the way you feel about cabbage. Roasted Cabbage 1 head cabbage 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 Tbsp. caraway seed

Strawberry Pancakes

It's March! That means... it's maple syrup season! We wait all year long for our annual visit to adorable Burton, Ohio to get our fill of the sweetest, freshest maple syrup on the planet. Seriously it's like heaven in a jar (or a fancy plastic bottle in this case.) And it's made right here in Ohio! Our favorite spot to indulge is the Burton-Middlefield Rotary Club's Pancake Breakfast at Berkshire High School which runs every Sunday in March. It's a family tradition of ours that dates all the way back to when my husband was growing up here. It's nothing fancy, but that's what makes it so authentic and wonderful. Since our customers are all receiving very ripe strawberries today, I couldn't he

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