Online shopping and Stir-fry eats

Today I happily answered the doorbell to the UPS man! Yay! Packages! Love, love, love :) I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my latest Ruelala purchase. First of all, if you haven’t heard of Ruelala, shame on you! It is an online shopper’s dream. They feature a select few designer boutiques each and every day with a limited number of items but at major discount prices. By limited number I mean the boutique opens at 11 am and sometimes popular items can be sold out by 11:30 am. But they tell you in advance which boutiques are being featured and the prices are SO worth the wait.

I’ve used Ruelala for everything from clothes to shoes to my all time favorite–kitchen gadgets! Since I’ve been Ruelala-ing I’ve seen some of my favorite kitchen brands featured like Kitchen Aid, Cuisinart, Wusthof, Le Creuset and so many more. Last week they had a hodge podge of kitchen items featured in a Kitchen Essentials boutique. I had a store credit saved up from an item I returned last Christmas so I rushed into the boutique and snagged a few items.

I’ve been wanting to get him a rice cooker for awhile now, and this stainless steel one will match his other appliances perfectly. The good news?
  $50.00 SRP
Ruelala’s price = $39.00
I also snagged an Island Bamboo 23″ bamboo block cutting board.
The good news?
$70 SRP,  Ruelala’s price = $48.00
I mean, who doesn’t love saving money? I sure do. And to be honest, you can get even better deals on their fashion items. Also, if you are ever unsatisfied, returns are a sinch. Okay Ruelala does not know I’m endorsing them but I’m spreading the news about them because once upon a time I didn’t know of their existence and I really wish I would have been told sooner. If you want a piece of the Rue, they’re offering a special promotion now for newbies (automatic $20 credit on your account!) and if you sign up through this link I get a kick-back too once you make your first purchase. Kick-backs for the both of us? Sweet deal. :)
Okay enough babbling about my obsession with kitchen-ware. Let’s talk about some yummy eats. Today for dinner I had a delicious rice bowl and raw veggie salad with miso tahini dressing. It was mighty tasty.
Orange Ginger Stir-fry Rice Bowl
Ingredients:
1 c. garbanzo beans
1 c. broccoli florets
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
1/2 c. chopped leeks
1 tbs. coconut oil
1 c. brown rice
For the sauce:
1 tbs. grated orange zest
1/4 cup tamari (soy sauce)
2 tbs. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 tbs. agave nectar syrup
1 tbs. fresh grated ginger
dash cayenne pepper
3 cloves garlic, minced
Instructions:
1. Add sauce ingredients in small mixing bowl. Stir to combine and set aside.
2. Add coconut oil to large non-stick saute pan or wok. Add garlic and leeks and cook until leeks soften.
3. Add veggies and beans and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Pour sauce over top and continue to stir-fry until veggies and beans are caramelized and begin to brown (about 10 min).  Add 1 cup cooked brown rice or leftover veggie fried-rice and cook for 2 more min or until rice is warm.
optional: top with sesame seeds, crushed cashews or peanuts, beansprouts, or tofu. :)
Miso Tahini Dressing
1/2 tbs. brown rice miso (or whichever miso you have on hand)
1 1/2 tbs. tahini paste
2 tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 tbs. rice vinegar
1 tbs. tamari
1 tbs. agave syrup
2 tbs. olive oil
Instructions:
1. Combine brown rice miso and tahini paste in small bowl. Add a little bit of water at a time and mix until it thins out to the consistency of salad dressing.
2. Transfer to a jar and add other ingredients. Shake it up and serve over your salad of choice.
Mmmm this dressing was phenomenal. This batch makes several servings so just pop the jar in the fridge for later use.
Towards the end of the night my sweet tooth was kickin’ in so I made some delicious low-fat vegan oatmeal cranberry cookies. I got my recipe from Happy Herbivore and let me just say they turned out fabulous. They aren’t too sweet, which I love, and the consistency is perfectly chewy like an oatmeal cookie should be :) Happy Herbivore has her recipe posted here, but I used apple sauce instead of pumpkin and dried cranberries instead of raisins.
Well, I’m off to catch up on the episode of Glee I missed on Tuesday. Love fox.com :) Yes, I admit, I’m a Gleek and proud of it! Any other Gleeks out there? ;)
~Peace, Love & Veggies xo

11 comments

  1. debbie says:

    I am cooking your stir fry tonight- so excited! I was just wondering if I can substitute sugar for the agave? (Dumb question, but I am a beginning cook!)

    Also, I am trying to figure out if agave is good or bad for you…I read stuff like this and wonder….
    http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/

    Any thoughts on it? I've just never used it before…thanks so much! I love your blog and look forward to trying these cookies too! I am a lazy lazy cook and I am trying to be better – your blog is inspiring me to TRY things! :)

  2. Lindsay says:

    @debbie
    Hey Debbie! Thanks for the sweet comment. I need to figure out how to arrange my blog so I can make comment replies and they will go directly to people's emails but I'm not sure if that is feasible on blogger. Grrr… frustrating.

    As far as substitution yes you could definitely sub sugar. I would use brown sugar if you have it, it tends to be less processed. Or rice syrup is a wonderful natural sweetener too.

    I've heard some bad things about agave too. But I have 2 bottles in my pantry and I just decided to use them up! :) I have read that many agaves are highly processed and not as natural as you may think so it's a good idea to be picky when you shop for the stuff.

    I also use maple sugar a lot, but for stir-fry I don't really like the flavor so I stick to agave or brown sugar. I'll check out that link you sent me later tonight when I finish my homework and do a little research on the stuff because I AM curious.

    So glad you are cooking!!

  3. Alisia Moore says:

    It is showing the Online shopping and Stir-fry eats. They feature a select few designer boutiques each and every day with a limited number of items but at major discount prices.

  4. joshuadoesfrench says:

    rue-la-la…I was checking it out–how does this invite system work? I've been lusting over Le Creuset. I've been using some too-thin pots to braise and it's not working out as well as I'd like…

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