Oi Gente!!

I’m so excited and just wanted to share some news with you guys!!

For those of you who already follow me on social media, you might have seen some of my tags or references to Imperfect Produce.  If you don’t know them, you can find out a little more by clicking here but in a nutshell, Imperfect Produce is a business built with the goal to “prevent food from being wasted”.  Basically, they found out that “about 20% of the produce grown never makes it to a human mouth, in large part because it is simply the wrong shape, size, or color”.  Obviously they were super upset and decided to fight back, because, as they say it “it’s the right thing to do”.  So, they source this ugly imperfect produce that big businesses don’t want, and sell them… for cheaper!  Umm yes, please!!  Oh, and they deliver.  I knoooow, effing great!!

Anyway, 20% you guys!!!!  We should all be super upset about this.  I truly believe that, as conscious humans, we should all try to make meaningful decisions, as small as we may think they are, to do the right thing, like our Imperfect friends.

 

 

Is food waste something you think about?  If yes, what do you do to avoid it?  If no, why not?”

 

So, on my end, I learned about food waste very little.  My parents would talk to us time and time again about how we shouldn’t waste food because 1) having access to food is a privilege not all humans have and 2) food is expensive, yo!  My mom would always say “in this house nothing gets wasted, everything is transformed”.  She would plan dinner with leftovers from 2 dinners ago, and transform it into something new.  By the way, she still takes pride in saying that phrase and ‘transforming’ dinners into lunches or into other dinners.  Anyway, she’d also go bonkers if we didn’t want to eat something she prepared, or if we put too much food on our plates and then couldn’t finish.  She’d say to us “do you know how many kids are going to bed hungry tonight and here you are not finishing your dinner!!?”  *shaaaame

 

Long story short, to this day, if I have to throw something away I get a huge sense of guilt.  I try to avoid it as much as I can.  I am not perfect by any means ( I know, duuuh) I do throw food away more often that I’d like it to be true 🙁 .  BUT, I can say that I am very conscious about my choices and habits to try to minimize unnecessary waste where I can.  Believe me, as a food blogger, I cook a lot and avoiding waste can be hard but is extremely important.

 

Having said all of that, here is whyyyy I am so excited today.   The Imperfect team sent an email the other day to say that, to date, the Imperfect Produce community has helped save over 4 million pounds of produce from going to waste!!!! Weeeeeeeeeee

 

If you’re feeling super stoked too and are wondering what other things we can do to help stop food from going to waste, you can check out this blog post by our Imperfect team.

As you can see, their number one thing to do is refer a friend to join Imperfect Produce.  If this is the first time you are hearing about them and wish to join the imperfect team let them know Aline Shaw sent you their way so you can get 10 bucks credit!  Whaaaaaaaaaaa

Being able to purchase produce that would have otherwise been trashed, solely because it looks different, or is not ‘standard’ sounds so awesome. I personally looooooove this idea!   I hope you do too!! 🙂

 

Watermelon Salad with Mint Yogurt Dressing

Noooooow, check out the recipe for a yummy salad I made using a number of “imperfect” ingredients – make it too! Take a picture and share with me #cookingwithaline

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad with Mint Yogurt Dressing
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Ingredients

    For the Salad:
  • 1 cup of cooked Israeli couscous
  • 1 small imperfect watermelon, diced
  • 1 small head of imperfect frisée lettuce, hand shredded
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • ½ cup of imperfect mint leaves
  • ½ cup of plain European style yogurt
  • S+P to taste

Method

  1. Put all the salad ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Add all the ingredients for the dressing to a blender or food processor, and pulse until smooth
  3. Dress your salad
  4. Bom Apetite!!!
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http://www.alineshaw.com/watermelon-salad-mint-yogurt-dressing/

 

 

 

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