Chicken Cabbage Stir Fry

chicken cabbage stir fry

I am always on the lookout for low calorie, fast, simple, and tasty recipes – and this one is a winner.  Fast, tasty, and flexible – use it to clean out the fridge and use up the odds and ends in your veggie drawer.

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Homemade Latte – Stop Buying Expensive Coffee

ditch the coffee shop

I am a fan of coffee – specifically expensive fancy coffee – or Dunkin Donuts iced coffee.  We don’t have a DD here – so it’s a Denver trip treat.  Anyway, I just figured out a way to make my own Lattes that will save my pocketbook – and doesnt require me to put on my “nice” yoga pants & leave the house.


ditch the coffee shop

First the equipment.  It does require a few things you might or might not have.  Investment is small to get going, and in the long run at $5 a cup – you’ll make up the cost in no time.

Stainless Steel Stovetop Expresso Maker

I have a Primula Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso maker ($25 for the 4cup variety at Amazon)   – I had an aluminum Bialetti but it gets all funky in the bottom from the aluminum reacting with the heat/liquid so I had to go to Stainless.  Worth the slight difference in price.  Mine looks like the silver pot in the pic above

French Press

A lot of us have one of these collecting dust in the back of a cabinet.  Dig that puppy out – you’re going to learn a new way to use it!  I have an inexpensive Bodum model from target that looks like the orange one in the pic

So here’s what you do – make an espresso, 2 shots is my fave

In your cup add about 2 Tbsp of your favorite flavoring syrup.  I love vanilla bean flavoring and make my own using this recipe from  You can also buy this from the store but it gets a tiny bit spendy when you drink as much coffee as I do.

While your espresso is perking, warm some milk on the stovetop to very warm, but not boiling….then follow this brilliant video by Sam Hewitt on Youtube – make it as frothy as you like – its up to you:

Fast & Simple Easy Ranch Dressing Recipe


If your house (and kid) is anything like mine – Ranch Dressing is a major component in getting vegetables down the hatch.  My son will only eat a salad with ranch dressing, and only eat raw veggies if dunked in ranch dressing…..the problem is – Hidden Valley Ranch in the bottle from the grocery is gross, and litehouse Ranch is awesome, but expensive.

If I’m a with it mom that week, I have a packet to make ranch from, but I’m usually NOT that “with it” – so I came up with this fast & easy Ranch Dressing recipe that pleases the kiddos and is made from mostly pantry staples.  They’re staples in my fridge/pantry – probably in yours too.

Fast & Simple Ranch Dressing

Fast & Simple Ranch Dressing


  • 1 C Mayonnaise (can use light or fat free if you want)
  • 1/3 C Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. Dried Dill Weed
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Salt (more to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp Pepper (more to taste)


  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well with your immersion blender or a whisk, refrigerate and enjoy!