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! 


Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

"....while visions of organic spaghetti squash danced in their heads..." Just me? If you've never had a spaghetti squash, it's a long yellow oval of a squash, and when it's cooked, the insides shred into strands like....well....spaghetti. Most common recipes involve marinara sauce, but today we are switching things up stir-fry style with a 30 minute meal- Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai. If you've ever cooked spaghetti squash, I'm sure you're wondering how I'm going to conquer this task in under 30 minutes when roasting the squash could take up to a full hour- but we are steaming it in the microwave today. Pro Tip: Pierce the edges of the squash like the picture below, in a line, all the way

Sweet Potato Tots

A huge hello to our organic box friends! Hi, I'm Aubrey! You probably have seen my recipes on this page before if you got our original box, but if you're new to Perfectly Imperfect with the organic box, I just wanted to say a huge welcome! Think of me as your personal chef! You get to hear from me weekly, helping you figure out a funny looking vegetable, or helping you switch it up in the kitchen with a fun recipe. This week we are using those organic sweet potatoes/yams for our simple recipe! If you're dairy free or gluten free, or both, I will list some substitutions for you after the recipe. You can microwave or steam your sweet potato, but I'm always in a hurry to get a tot into my mou

Low Carb Shepherds Pie

Growing up, my mom always made a big pan of Shepherds Pie when the weather got cold. She would make a huge batch of homemade mashed potatoes, lots of cheese, butter, sour cream, oh the total works. Then, she would brown ground meat with some veggies, and then add a rebellious touch, some Guinness. Oh man, shepherds pie that has been simmered with beer is divine. However, today, on the PIP blog, we are making something fresh, fast and very healthy, our low carb Shepherds Pie! It's just as comforting as mom's recipe, but in half the time, and a lot less calories. I know you've heard of cauliflower mash, but have you had a cauli- kohlrabi mash? There's a ton of easy-to-add veggies in this wee

Quick Pickled Beets

I was looking for beet puns all afternoon just thinking about these delicious fridge pickled golden beets, they're a favorite in my fridge, and with all the organic beets we've been getting, it was too easy not to share. We think this recipe is un-beet-able. Wink. I put pickled beets on salads, on sandwiches, and on breakfast savory toast. You can blend them into hummus, or add them as a garnish to any dip! Try them out, you'll love them, too! The turmeric powder I add is to make the yellow pop in the beets, if you don't have any, you can omit! Quick Pickled Beets serves 4 Ingredients 3-4 golden Perfectly Imperfect beets 1/4 cup vinegar 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1 teaspoon

Broccolini & Ricotta Calzone

If you're wondering what that long stemmed, broccoli lookin' bunch in your box was this week, it's Broccolini aka baby broccoli and aspiration. Broccolini is similar to broccoli, but has those long, lanky stems, and smaller florets. It's the natural hybrid of broccoli and Chinese broccoli, gai lan. You can eat all parts of the green vegetable, stalk and leaves included! You probably noticed that it needs to be eaten right away, but if you aren't ready to cook it up today, store it in a glass of water in your refrigerator to keep it fresher, longer. You can cook it just like broccoli, steam it, roast it, sauté it, and this week, we are stirring it into creamy ricotta cheese for a calzone f

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