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! 


Pineapple and Green Bean Salad with Asian Sesame Dressing

It's happening, friends! Do you feel the weather shifting? All my fingers and toes are crossed for this being our last full week of winter weather here in Cleveland. I'm craving bright and crunchy salads, and I hope you are too! This week we got green beans in our boxes and it inspired this salad! Pairing crisp green beans with sweet pineapple and a nutty sesame dressing is just what you'll be craving on these warmer days! Also, make extra of the dressing, I promise you'll want to drizzle it on everything! Before we dive into the recipe, I want to share a restaurant kitchen secret for bright and snappy green beans. An ice bath! After you cook and drain your beans, you're going to want to add

Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta Bake

I am such a huge fan of Mac & Cheese, and this roasted butternut squash sauce makes any noodle look like it's covered in a super cheesy-goey sauce, but it's really just blended veggies! You can keep this recipe entirely vegan, or you can sprinkle the top with parmesan, it's completely up to you! This recipe comes together with just a few pantry ingredients, and is loved by adults and children! Roasted Butternut Squash Pasta Bake 1 butternut squash, cut in half 1 white onion, peeled and quartered 1 clove of garlic, skin still on 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/4 teaspoon red chili flake 1 cup veggie or chicken stock 1 lb pasta (I used a whole wheat penne) 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 2 tablesp

Pineapple & Hot Pepper Salsa

All the bright colors and fresh flavors in this week's box have me feeling like it's summer over here, even though it's still grey and cold here in the CLE. Make this beautiful salsa this week and you'll feel it too. Maybe if we start making summer food, summer will actually come! The sweetness of the pineapple and citrus combine perfectly with the heat of the peppers. This salsa is the perfect snack with chips, would be a dream in your fish taco, or would be off the charts on top of grilled chicken. It's the perfect use for so many of the items in this week's box and it's so easy to make. Pineapple & Hot Pepper Salsa 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered 1 cup pineapple, chopped into bite sized p

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