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! 


Mango Salsa

Salsa; always a perfect use for imperfect produce! We’re dreaming of summer cookouts and the fresh, bright colors of the season. This salsa is the perfect addition to your fish tacos, on top of your grilled chicken or with tortilla chips. 1 mango, diced 1/2 bell pepper, diced 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved 1 teaspoon jalepeno, minced 1 Tbsp. olive oil 1 Tbsp. lime juice 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 Tbsp. chopped cilantro Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Mix well to combine. Let sit for an hour or so to let the flavors soak in. Find all our recipes on our blog, “Ugly Food Makeover,” at

Blackberry Pie Smoothie

Blackberries are loaded with nutrients. One serving has 35% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C! They are low in calories and sodium and are an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, blackberries may help fight against cancer and other diseases. They can also help reduce inflammation and boost immunity. Here’s a simple and delicious way to enjoy all the benefits of this special fruit. 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, uncooked 1/2 cup almond milk or 2% milk 1 frozen banana 1/2 cup frozen blackberries 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt 1/8 tsp. cinnamon 1 teaspoon honey Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 2 large

All-American Veggie Burger

It’s baseball season. And what’s a ballgame without a burger? Here’s our meat-free version of a ballpark classic you can enjoy while watching the Tribe from home. 4 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 cup onion, diced 1 cup red bell pepper, diced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. Heinen’s Two Brothers seasoning (or Montreal Steak Seasoning) 1 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup cooked brown rice whole wheat buns In a large skillet add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, onion and peppers. Cook over medium heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook a couple of minutes longer. Set aside. In a

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