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! 

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Chicken Paprikash Stew

Holy Polar Vortex, am I right? I hope you're staying as warm as you can, and are making all the hearty comfort foods to keep you mentally warm and cozy, too. This week we got a ton of organic peppers, potatoes and some onions. We seem to always have celery and carrots in the fridge, and to me, that just screams stew! This recipe really is a one pot Perfectly Imperfect wonder, using everything we got in the box! The best part is that we don't even have to venture outside because it was all delivered right to our door! I wanted to put a spin on a loved Cleveland staple, chicken paprikash, and turn it into stew. Paprikash gets its beautiful red hue from Hungarian Paprika, and is finished with a

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Organic boxes went out today, and we know you're going to love what's inside! Avocados, beautiful radishes, Brussels sprouts, and huge heads of organic iceberg lettuce. I love Iceberg lettuce for a crunchy texture! It's the perfect vessel for these Asian Lettuce Wraps, as it holds the toppings well, doesn't wilt easily under the warm chicken, and stays fresh in the fridge with a moistened paper towel. For the filling, I seasoned ground chicken breast with some items I have in my pantry, like soy sauce, sesame oil, salt & pepper. If you want to prep this for lunch for the week, you can keep the cooked chicken separate to reheat, and layer the warm chicken on the lettuce cups and toppings!

Winter Tomato Jam

I was scrolling through our recipes last night and wishing for warmer weather and all the ripe, juicy tomatoes the summer months brought us. We may not have summer tomatoes for a while, but we do have delicious little grape tomatoes in this week's box, and they're crisp, sweet, and a delicious addition to salads, scrambles and taco toppings. To elevate their flavor profile, we turned them into a jam which can be spread on savory breakfast toast, an exciting layer on grilled cheese, swirled into olive oil for bread dipping, or mixed into balsamic vinegar for a hearty and flavorful salad dressing. We kept it simple by adding the grape tomatoes whole, and letting them sauté low and slow with

Cauliflower Appetizers

On January 10th we teamed up with Prep Kitchen Cle to host an event featuring our rescued produce, some delicious small bites, and a chance to get to know the blogger community in Cleveland. Not only did we have a great time, but we ate some really delicious things. I wanted to share these two cauliflower-centric appetizers that I whipped up for the guests. These bites are not only easy, but very flavorful, so I know you're going to want to try them at home! We made a grilled cauliflower & asparagus brushetta, and a charred cauliflower tikka masala hummus. You can serve either with veggies, grilled bread & pita, or on top of a large bed of greens if you aren't in the appetizer mood! Here'

Green Onion Ranch

With the "Big Game" just a few weeks away, I have all things ranch on my mind. I want to dunk my carrots in it, drag my wings through it, drizzle my breakfast hash with it, and cover my salads in it. It's just a solid staple in so many of our fridges, but if you haven't made it from scratch, you're missing out. I think salad dressings sound intimidating sometimes, when in reality, you just dump a few things in a blender or food processor, let it go for a few seconds, and voila, you're done. This Green Onion Ranch is nothing short of quick & easy, and is a play on a green goddess, but with the flair of ranch. I'm using the organic green onions in this week's organic box, and a leftover lemo

Sheet Pan Breakfast Burritos

I have food on the brain, 24/7. When I'm not in the kitchen cooking, I'm looking at recipes, looking at new restaurants in the area, looking for anything new and creative that I just "have to try". A few weeks ago, I had a delicious breakfast burrito at a pop-up coffee shop, and I've been wanting to recreate it ever since. If you're anything like me, prepping things that you can freeze and reheat are essential for winter survival. Sometimes, that snooze button gets tapped one too many times, and you've eliminated your chance for breakfast before rushing out the door. That's where freezer burritos come into play. If you have a ton of sweet potatoes on your counter like me, this sheet pan bu

Apple Pie Oats

Happy New Year, Friends! Hoping you and yours had a wonderful holiday season! Now that it's 2019, we are ready to get back into the swing of things, and what better way to start than with breakfast. If you're like me, you grew up eating instant oatmeal, and there's something so nostalgic about smelling warm cinnamon and apples together in some oats. This week, we're using the apples from our box to recreate this winter favorite, and it's just as easy as ripping open the envelope, I promise. These apples are a little bumped and bruised, which makes them perfect for cooking, and the flavor is delicious! I'm adding a little bit of sweetness with maple syrup, but if you prefer zero added sugar

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