Cooking and Adulting: Vegetable Hash

We teamed up with our friends at Imperfect for some basic adulting: cooking a meal. We made a vegetable hash while sharing tips and questions about cooking and adulting like the struggle of cooking for one, the struggle of meal prepping for 7, and how to make a produce box work.

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How to Make a Vegetable Hash

The great thing about a vegetable hash is that it works with whatever veggies you have on hand. Here are the main categories we try to incorporate and the specific vegetables we used from this week's Imperfect produce box.


  • Leafy Greens (Kale)
  • Root Vegetables (Onion, sweet potato, beets)
  • Winter Squash (Delicata squash)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Your Favorite Protein (Eggs!)
  • Your Favorite Sauce (Greek Yogurt & Sriracha)


  1. Chop everything
  2. Heat olive oil in large sauce pan
  3. Add onions, sweet potatoes, and beets
  4. Cook for about 15 minutes
  5. Add squash
  6. Cook for about 3 minutes
  7. Add kale
  8. Cook for about 1 minute
  9. Remove from heat
  10. Cook your protein and prepare your sauce
  11. Layer everything together to suit your taste buds!

You Said It

Thanks to everyone who participated! We loved receiving your questions and hearing your stories. Here are some favorites:

1. Cooking for 1-7 Isn't Easy

When you're cooking for one, it can be hard to keep up with eating your food before it goes bad. When you're cooking for seven, it's just plain hard to keep up. We talked about how repurposing the same meal throughout the week can help as can partially prepped meals like Dodi's Big Ass Salad Method and meals in a bowl.

2. It's Soup Season

We asked what you were eating for dinner and you were eating turkey chili, roasted spaghetti squash, and caprese sausage. YUM! Recipes please. Everything you were eating made us so excited for all the warm and cozy meals that come with this season.

3. Stem It Up

We had questions around eating Kale stems, but you advised us to "stem it up!" and we did. Thanks for the tip! Here are 7 Tasty Ways to Eat Kale Stems.

The Good Stuff

Here are a few of the recipes, products, and food waste tips we shared while cooking!

Homemade Potato Chips

The potato skin is where a lot of the nutrients are hiding! Instead of throwing them away, try making potato chips with them instead.

Toasted Delicata Squash Seeds

Rather than throwing away the seeds from your winter squash, try toasting them instead. Here's a recipe.

Dodi's Big Ass Salad

Get food prepping inspiration from Dodi's Big Ass Salad method. Rather than fully prepping every meal for your week, make it easier on yourself to cook as you go by prepping and storing ingredients. 

5 Easy Meals in a Bowl

We mentioned our love for meals in a bowl. Here are 5 of our favorites complete with recipes and directions.

Food Waste Tips

Check out the Imperfect Blog for helpful and practical food waste tips like how to use up excess producehow to pickle your produce to make it last, and principles for a life free of waste.

OXO Good Grips Silicone Egg Poachers

If you want to add a poached egg to your vegetable hash but haven't mastered the method, check our Rachel's favorite "Poach Pods."

More About Imperfect

1 in 5 fruits and veggies grown in the U.S. never makes it off the farm, typically because it doesn’t meet the strict cosmetic standards of grocery stores. Imperfect works directly with farmers to find a home for this "ugly" produce through a subscription box delivery in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, Portland and Seattle. Customers save money, eat healthier, support farmers, and fight food waste. The Imperfect community keeps over 100,000 lbs of produce from going to waste every week, and to date, we have kept over 7 million lbs of produce from going to waste.

Sign up using the code DTGS and get 20% off your first box!