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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Roasted Vegetable Pasta

When you have lots of vegetables that need to be used up quickly, our Roasted Vegetable Pasta is the perfect solution. And roasting is a simple and healthy way to prepare fresh vegetables. In the summer time you could also grill them. Here's what you'll need. Feel free to substitute vegetables for whatever you have lingering around. 1 lb. whole wheat pasta 1 zucchini, sliced 1 eggplant, chopped 1 red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 red onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1/2 cup pinenuts, toasted 1/4 cup feta cheese 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped For Dressing: 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil juice of 1 lemon 1/2 teaspoon salt pepper Preheat oven to 425. Cho

Apple Crisp

Perhaps you’re looking for a dessert to make this holiday season that’s special, but not too heavy or rich. Apple Crisp is a perfect solution! And imperfect apples are perfect for such a dish since you're only going to chop them up and bake them anyway. We used these funky looking Honeycrisp apples, but any variety will do. Fruit Filling: 4 apples, sliced juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 cup coconut sugar or regular sugar 2 Tbsp. flour Topping: 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/2 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup coconut sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. salt 1 stick of butter Vanilla frozen yogurt or ice cream (optional) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut apples into thin slices or bite sized chunks. In a large bowl, mix

Burrito Bowl

On those nights when you just don't think you have anything around to make a decent dinner and you don't have a lot of time to fuss, the Burrito Bowl always comes through to save the day. Each of the ingredients are common items you're likely to have on hand. Plus, it's a perfect way to use up veggies lying around in the fridge. Here's what you'll need. Burrito Bowl 2 cups prepared brown rice 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 baked chicken breast (or 1 package of tofu) 1/2 onion, sliced 1 bell pepper, sliced 1 can black beans 1 can corn 1 avocado, diced (optional) Shredded Mexican Cheese Salsa Hot Sauce Limes Cilantro Prepare rice according to package directions. In a 375 degree oven cook chi

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower is a perfect substitute for mashed potatoes when you need to add more vegetables into your diet... don't we all! And it's a great way to use imperfect cauliflower. Who cares if there's a bit of discoloration on one tiny piece if you're only going to steam it and mash it up? It's so simple and delicious, you'll wonder why you haven't been cooking cauliflower like this forever! 1 head cauliflower 2 Tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons butter 1/4 cup grated Parmesan 2 cloves garlic 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon pepper Cut cauliflower head into smaller florets. Cook in boiling water for about 10 minutes or until soft. Drain well. Pat cauliflower with a

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