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! 


Fall Chopped Superfood Salad

The first official fall weekend of the year is forecasted to feel like summer, so a crunchy, bright salad tossed with the flavors of autumn seems like the perfect way to showcase some of this week’s seasonal produce. With sweet roasted winter squash, tart apples, earthy beets and a citrus dijon vinaigrette, this Fall Chopped Superfood Salad is a delicious way to savor the last warm days while embracing the new season. Can we take a second to admire all of the amazing colors in this week’s box? From the orange hues of the winter squash, to the golden and ruby-striped beets, to the emerald green kale and the rainbow-tinted peppers, it’s a real feast for the eyes and the taste buds! Like all of

Cauliflower 3 Ways - Game Day Edition

Although things aren’t totally back to normal, sports fans have been rejoicing about the fact that our beloved games are back! We've been relishing game days even more lately and we're excited to whip up the delicious snacks that are part of our fall sports traditions. We have three cauliflower variation recipes that will seriously have you cheering. Honestly, you’ll forget that you’re eating your veggies! We're kicking it off with this delicious and nutritious new take on a comfort game day classic - buffalo dip! This buffalo cauliflower dip is JAM PACKED with ooey gooey delicious flavor that is browned in the oven to crispy perfection. Serve this dish with the rest of your PIP produce and

Easy Apple Snacks 3 Ways

We rescued our first local apples of the season from Quarry Hill Orchard in Berlin Heights this week and we are shipping them to homes across Ohio! One of the many perks of living in the Midwest is experiencing the fall season and all of the delicious local apples that come with it. There’s no stopping you from enjoying these beauties straight out of the box, but we wanted to share a few ways to transform them into fun mid-morning or afternoon snacks, especially now that kids are back in school or learning from home. Use a couple of those Perfectly Imperfect apples to make Apple Donut Stacks, Late Summer Fruit Salsa, or Oven-Dried Apple Chips! Apple Donut Stacks Sliced apple rounds are toppe

Vegan Squash Petit Farcis

This week we had the pleasure of continuing our monthly restaurant recipe features at Betts, a perfect new spot in The Kimpton Schofield Hotel at the corner of E. Ninth and Euclid in downtown Cleveland. Betts is your good morning meal, your afternoon staple, and your place to dine for dinner, drinks and linger a while. Centered around classic American dishes with an emphasis on freshness, quality, and healthy whole foods, Betts is your go-to in the neighborhood. We brought Chef Robert Stauch this week's Perfectly Imperfect Produce box and he transformed it into a delectable dish! At Betts, their goal is simple; create a menu featuring thoughtfully sourced ingredients, mix it with a creative

Braised Chicken with Peaches Over Orzo

Today we are conducting a live, virtual cooking demo for our partners at Metro Health in Cleveland. Here's the recipe our own Nicole Ryan, Registered Dietitian and Founder of Good Soul Nutrition, is sharing so you can create the same dish at home using this week's delicious local peaches! Peach season has arrived and we are here for it. They are truly the most delicious pieces of fruit you will find available right now. Their natural sweetness is perfect for baking, eating fresh or adding a sweet twist to your traditional savory weeknight dinners. Further, peaches are incredibly rich in many vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds called antioxidants. They are not only good, but g

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