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! 


Italian Stuffed Peppers

Imperfect green peppers! We have lots of them! So guess what you'll find in our boxes this week? You guessed it! While these peppers might look a little wrinkled, bruised or discolored on the outside, on the inside they are perfectly fresh and delicious. Like we always say, "Don't judge a book by its cover!" Our recipe for Italian Stuffed Peppers is the perfect use for imperfect green peppers. Here's how to make them. Italian Stuffed Peppers 4 bell peppers 2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 cups onion, chopped 2 cups mushrooms, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 package tempeh or 1 pound ground beef or chicken 1 tsp. dried basil 1 tsp. dried oregano 1/2 tsp. salt a dash of crushed red pepper flakes 1 jar ma

Veggie Omelette Casserole

In every one of our boxes you'll find a recipe showing you a healthy way to use one or more of the items included. Sometimes it's simply a quick and easy preparation idea, other times it offers instruction on how to cut or store certain items and often it is a full recipe for a healthy meal. This week's box includes our recipe for a delicious egg casserole. It's the perfect way to use up all the vegetables left lingering in your refrigerator at the end of the week. This time we used some leftover roasted potatoes, along with some onion, mushrooms and kale. It's perfect for a special breakfast, a protein packed lunch or even for dinner, our Veggie Omelette Casserole is a delicious and nutriti

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

On a cold, winter morning, there's nothing that's much better than a warm bowl of oatmeal. But those prepackaged packs of flavored oatmeal are full of sugar. You're much better off starting with whole grain, rolled oats and adding fresh fruit to it so that you can control the amount of sugar. It doesn't have to take long either. Here's our simple recipe for Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 cup water 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tsp. honey 1/4 cup natural applesauce 1/2 cup apple, diced 1 Tbsp. chopped walnuts (optional) Combine all ingredients, except for the diced apples in a medium-sized microwavable bowl or in a small saucepan. Stir well. Heat in microwave on high for 2 to 3 minut

Baba Ghanoush

We can't think of a better way to use imperfect eggplant than our recipe for Baba Ghanoush. It's the perfect accompaniment to pita chips or vegetables in place of hummus or ranch dip. We like to use it as a spread on our sandwiches and of course it is a very important part of any Middle Eastern meal. We enjoy it with falafel or mujadara. Baba Ghanoush 2 large eggplant 1/4 cup olive oil 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1/4 cup tahini 2 garlic cloves juice of half a lemon 1 Tbsp. pine nuts Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Wash eggplant and slice it in half lengthwise. Place both on a rimmed baking sheet, flesh side up. Brush the flesh of each side with a bit of the olive oil. Sprinkle with a bit of the

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