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! 


Crispy Caper & Parmesan Romanesco

TGIF! Happy Organic Friday! As you unpack your boxes today, you may not recognize one of the funny looking green cauliflower type vegetables! It's called a Romanesco and it's actually a cousin to broccoli! The Romanesco vegetable has a very mild and nutty flavor, is even more crunchy than a cauliflower and can be eaten both raw or cooked. After removing the outer leaves and core/stem, we tossed the florets with some cooking oil, parmesan cheese, spices & capers. Capers are a small little green ball that pack a salty punch and when roasted, become crisp and crunchy, which is a really great texture to pair with the roasted Romanesco. I skipped salt since the capers and parmesan are salty, s

Perfectly Imperfect Pickled Peppers

Perfectly Imperfect Pickled Peppers, say that five times fast! Hope you're having a great week and enjoying the gorgeous weather Ohio has been having the last few days! We can't get enough sunshine and color and hopefully these colorful peppers will inspire you to get creative in your kitchen! These pickled peppers are a mix of pickled and marinated and once they sit for 24 hours, they're perfect on salads, over grilled chicken, chopped up in olive oil for a bread dip situation, or just straight out of the jar! You can mix the marinating liquid with equal parts olive oil for a flavorful salad dressing, as well! You know us - we like to keep waste to a minimum! If your grill is out and re

Roasted Vegetable & Dandelion Pesto Pasta

I know what you're thinking.... "dandelion what now!?".... Dandelion Pesto! More like yum-o, you know what I mean? Spring has sprung over here at PIP Headquarters and we are so excited for you to get your colorful box of organic goodness this week! Among the tomatoes, asparagus and other assorted veggies, you might get a bundle of weed lookin' greens! Dandelion Greens! Dandelion Greens are a mildly bitter green that are packed with vitamin A. They're delicious sautéed, eaten raw in a salad, or blended into a sauce, like this pesto. It's important to clean your dandelion greens really well before eating them, they hide a ton of dirt and sandy particles. Trim the rooted edges, and then thor

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Spring has sprung over here at Perfectly Imperfect Produce Headquarters and we are so excited for you to get this week's box full of colorful fruits and veggies! If you follow our blog each week, you know we do our best to provide you with a quick, healthy, and delicious recipe featuring one or more ingredients from the box, but this week, we really think we nailed it with using both veggies and fruits to make this delicious take on a favorite take out, Sweet & Sour Chicken! Dice up the colorful mini peppers and the pineapple, and sauté them with diced chicken. We squeezed our PIP oranges to add to an easy pantry based sweet and sour sauce! If you have any leftover broccoli or green onions f

Colcannon Breakfast Stacks

Happy St. Patrick's Day, PIP Friends! I'm sure you've noticed by now, but your organic box is a pot of gold this week to celebrate St. Paddy's Day in the most delicious of ways! We truly have a ton of cabbage. Be sure to catch us out at the Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade biking through the route with cabbage, carrots and potatoes in tow that will be donated to St. Patrick's Cathedral's food pantry after the parade. This year, let's try something new! Let's make a promise to just skip the green eggs, ok? Why not make something festive, delicious and hearty enough to soak up plenty o' Guinness. These Colcannon Breakfast Stacks are screaming St. Patricks Day Brunch, with enough leftovers to

Cabbage and Vegetable Soup

Growing up, my mom used to make this big pot of cabbage soup whenever she felt like she needed a reset in her nutritional goals. I'm not one for diets these days, but I am a fan of healthy foods and whether this soup has cleansing magic or not, it's just really delicious. The flavor base is made of fresh ginger and garlic which are always a plus if you're feeling a little under the weather. If you're fearing a wee bit of a headache post weekend celebrations, make a batch of this soup and you'll be back to your magical self, in no time. With St. Patricks Day on the brain, we have a ton, and I mean a ton, of cabbage. Be sure to catch us out at the Cleveland St. Patrick's Day Parade biking t

Green Beans with Lemon, Garlic & Parmesan

If you're feeling lucky and looking for green this month, we've got lots of green beans to share with you this week in both our organic and conventional boxes! Talk about a pot of gold! Adding some fresh lemon zest, garlic and salty parmesan cheese really takes your average veggie side dish to a whole other level. If you're like me and like a little heat, add a pinch of chili flake. The secret to this recipe is simmering the green beans in a small amount of water until the water is gone, then letting the green beans get crispy in the hot pan before tossing in the sauce. This adds crunch and a layer of toasty flavor. Let's dig in! Green Beans with Lemon, Garlic & Parmesan serves 2 Ingredien

Fennel & Apple Roasted Chicken

Raise your hand if you feel personally victimized by fennel. Do you love it? Hate it? I know- raw fennel has a sharpness, tasting like anise or licorice. However, when you roast it, the sugars in the veggie get to caramelize, making a sweet and savory bite of deliciousness that pairs perfectly with root veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes and take on the perfect sweetness of apple. Lucky for us, we can add all of these things, in one pan, to make a one pan roasted chicken and veggies. This meal is perfect for Sunday Dinner, or for dinner any night of the week with the promise of leftovers for lunch! Yum. Be sure to keep the chicken carcass to boil for stock- perfect for soup! That's

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