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Seasonal Shopping List: Fruits & Veggies For February!

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Miso Glazed Tofu with Spice Roasted Vegetables

This weekend’s recipe is a two-parter. You can prepare the two dishes to go together or make them separately. I personally love them together for dinner, but I’ll often save the leftover tofu to throw on a salad for the next day’s lunch. There’s a great candied flavor to the tofu while the veggies inject a bit of spice into the meal. I like to think of this meal as the healthy version of potato chips and honey baked ham. It feels like an indulgence, but in reality you’re really being quite healthy.

Ingredients for Miso-Glazed Tofu:

14-16oz Lite Firm Tofu

¼ Cup White Miso Paste

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

2 Tbsp Mirin

Ingredients for Spice Roasted Vegetables:

1 Lb. of whatever vegetables you chose (I used yellow squash and zucchini)

1 Tsp. Coriander

½ Tsp. Fennel Seeds

½ Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

½ Tsp. Italian Seasoning

3 Tbsp. Macadamia Nut Oil

Salt & Pepper to Taste

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Directions:

Slice your tofu block into three layers and place in a towel to soak up moisture.

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Cover a small baking dish with tin foil

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Slice veggies. You can choose the size; just make sure they’re all more or less uniform.

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Mix oil and spices together with in a ramekin with a basting brush

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Paint over veggies and mix up so each piece is well coated

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Place veggies in oven, and then begin mixing together the miso glaze for your tofu.

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Liberally paint the glaze onto either side of each tofu slice with your basting brush.

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Place pieces into a larger baking dish

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Place into the oven along with your veggies. You can stir up the veggies at this point.

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After about 10 minutes flip tofu over and finish baking until glaze looks candied. You’ll want to take the veggies out once they just begin to brown.

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Serve it up!

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Wednes-DIY: Making Natural Dyes

I have been wanting to experiment with natural dyes for a while now, and with all the great new fall colors that have been popping up on our website (and featured in our monochromatic trend) I decided that it was time. This is such a fun, environmentally friendly project that takes a little time, but very little cash.

For today’s DIY I’ll tell you about what natural ingredients you can use to make natural dyes, and what shades of color they will yield.

What I got: red cabbage, lemons, oranges, beets, yellow onions, blackberries, blueberries, spinach.

For bluish/purple dyes:

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red-cabbage

Blackberries and red cabbage can be used to make bluish/purple dyes.  It’s important to remember when working with natural dyes that experimentation is key – depending on the amount of ingredients you use and how long you leave a garment in the dye, the color you get can vary.

For pinkish/red dyes:

beets

beet-dye

blueberries

Beets and blueberries can make a really lovely dusty rose color.

For copper/orange dyes:

onions

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I never realized what a beautiful color yellow onions can have! Their skins can make an alluring mustard yellow, coppery color.

For yellow dyes:

oranges

orange-dye

lemons

Orange and lemon peels can be used to make a soft pale yellow dye.

For green dyes:

spinach

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Finally, spinach can be used to make a beautiful shade of green.

Now what?

To make the dye, chop up your ingredients and put them in a pot with twice as much water as ingredients.  Bring the water to a boil and let simmer for an hour.  For deeper colors, you can leave the ingredients in the water (without heat) overnight.

Remove the hard materials from the mixture with a strainer, leaving you with the liquid dye.

Before dyeing, you will also need to create a fixative, which will help your fabric hold the dye.

When working with berries, use a salt fixative – put 1/2 cup of salt in 8 cups of water, put the fabric in and boil for one hour.

When working with vegetables, use a vinegar fixative – mix one part vinegar and four parts water, add your fabric and boil for one hour.

When you remove the fabric, rinse in cold water.

The fabric is now ready to dye! Just drop it in the desired color, let sit until it reaches the shade you want, remove and hang to dry.

I am going to make my dyes and start experimenting this weekend – I’ll share my results next week!