They might not be pretty, but unperfect veggies make perfect meals. A little while back I was introduced by a friend to a wonderful website, Misfits Market. This website gathers fruits and vegetables from farmers that either can’t or won’t sell “un-perfect” produce. The farms they pick from are certified organic and non-GMO. They want to make the best fresh produce available to anyone and everyone for an affordable price.
You’re getting great produce, sometimes a little ugly, but still good and edible for a reasonable price. This allows everyone an opportunity to have fresh produce and eliminate more waste. This is great! So not only is this website making this great produce available at a great price, it’s healthy, the farmers don’t use harmful chemicals, they help to eliminate waste and all the packaging is either recyclable or compostable.
When I received my first box it was awesome. I ordered items that I would not normally buy when shopping at the store. When you go shopping, if you’re like me, you seem to buy the same ole’ thing. But for some reason with the website, I got “adventurous” and tried different things.
My box included baby broccoli, zucchini, and yellow squash, leek, cabbage, oranges, lemon, tomatoes, potatoes, celery, onions, and two different types of apples. I was so excited, but what to do with all this? Well, my step-son helped with the baby broccoli and one of the zucchinis. Then I decided to make a soup with most of the rest of it.
Potato leek soup is one of my favorite soups in cold weather and I had all the ingredients right out of the box. So I cut up the leek and some potatoes. I then cut up celery and zucchini. I simmered the leek, and celery in about 2 Tbs. of butter for a bit until they were clear then added some water to cover.
The potatoes, zucchini, and some mushrooms came next. After they cooked for about half an hour I added some cornstarch for thickener. If I would have had instant potatoes I would have added them instead. I put 3 Tb. of cornstarch in about 8 oz. of cold water, stirred it up until it was dissolved then added it to the soup. You want to make sure you stir this mixture as it heats to keep the cornstarch from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Homemade is the best!
While the soup was simmering I put together the ingredients for bread in my bread machine. If it wasn’t for my bread machine, we would not have homemade bread. I have tried and tried to make bread by hand for years but for some reason, I just don’t have what it takes to get the kneading done right. It would always come out like a brick. When I was younger, my dad threw a loaf out the back door and it didn’t even break.
I usually take the dough out before the machine bakes it so I can put it in loaves. I separate the dough into two loaves and put it on a flour-covered baking board, let it rise again for about 30 minutes then into the oven. There’s nothing better on a cold evening than homemade soup and bread.
I love my Misfits box and I can’t wait until I get my next one. If anyone wants to try this website here is their link: https://www.misfitsmarket.com/?promo=COOKWME-TA4EPS I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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