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! 


Spring Niçoise Salad

Although we all may be experiencing a bit of cabin fever at the moment, don't forget that we are entering one of the best seasons (in my book)... SPRING! With the daffodils beginning to peek out, the birds chirping again, and being able to walk outside without having the air hurt my face, I don’t know what I am more excited about! I am also most definitely pumped about all of the produce that is coming into season. This week's PIP box is full of so many bright colors and flavors! In light of many travel plans having to be cancelled, and in an effort to tie in most of the ingredients in this week’s box, I decided to transport us all to the south of France and recreate a rather famous French d

Paleo Kohlrabi Apple Slaw

This week you may have received an unfamiliar root vegetable that might resemble an alien. Do NOT be afraid. We're here to help! That's what we do! We send you unique rescued produce and then we show you how to transform it into a nutritious and delicious dish. Our friend and long time customer Ally Grubba from @platedbyally turned this funky veggie AKA Kohlrabi into a yummy side dish. You might recognize Ally from some of the photos on our website. She and her now husband, Taylor, allowed us to capture them getting creative in the kitchen with our produce. When she's not cooking or working full time, she's teaching yoga. Here's the healthy dish she's making with this week's box! PALEO KOHLR

Eggplant Falafel Salad Bowls with Tahini Sauce

This week you might have received an assortment of leafy and crunchy vegetables that are perfect for big, satisfying salads. And with spring right around the corner (next week!) we’re ushering in all the bright, fresh flavors with open arms! These salad bowls make great use of whatever goodness you received and they're topped off with a fun spin on falafel and a super simple tahini sauce. Roasted eggplant is delicious in its own right, but we’re incorporating it into falafel (along with roasted garlic and onion) for a unique twist on this nutritious plant-based protein option. For a kid-friendly version, serve the falafel with sliced cucumbers, bell pepper and grape tomatoes, with tahini sau

Walleye with Broccoli & Romanesco Risotto & Fennel Apple Slaw by Aurelia

Executive Chef James Balchak at Aurelia in Chagrin Falls changes his menu daily to feature what is available during the season or even that very day. He sources all his ingredients from local farms, fisheries and suppliers. This "local fresh" approach allows him flexibility and creativity in the kitchen, supports local agriculture, and it also makes him a food waste warrior. James' methods embody our "use what you've got" mentality; he's helping farms move what needs to be used now and he's got everything covered from the broccoli stalk to the orange zest. We get him and he gets us. So we brought James this week's box of Perfectly Imperfect Produce to see how he'd use it to create today's da

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