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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Since our family started on a journey to better health through better eating habits over a year ago, there have been many a challenge.
Our first change we made was to cut out refined sugar. After reading this info, we couldn't deny that we had to make a change.
Once you start reading labels you will be astounded at how many things have sugar in them! Getting away from sugar lead only naturally to making many more things from scratch. If you make it yourself, YOU can control what goes in it.

We also started eating many more salads along the way and instead of ranch (which my Texan husband just loves!) we opted to make a vinaigrette in order to avoid all the nasty sugars and soy based ingredients in that tasty bottle of creamy goodness. But that left something to be desired.

Enter homemade ranch dressing. Iv made ranch before but it was from garden fresh herbs and those are just not easy and available all the time. Plus most of the recipes Iv found used mayo, and good luck with finding a healthy mayo unless your making that yourself too! Which by the way is very easy and healthy, but since you need to use pastured eggs from a trusted source, which I didn't have, that meant no ranch with mayo.
Finally though I found I great recipe that used alternatives to mayo,  and dried seasoning that taste AWESOME!
Here is the original recipe. My version has a few tweaks...but I wanted to make sure to link back to where I found it.

Here's how our family makes it and we LOVE it!

Ranch Dressing Mix

5 Tablespoons dried minced onions
7 teaspoon parsley flakes
4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dill

 Mix together and store in an air tight container. For dressing: Mix 2 Tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup Sour Cream (make sure its real cultured sour cream) and 1 cup buttermilk or plain yogurt. Another alternative is using plain kefir, making it even more healthy! Also make sure to use FULL FAT dairy in this, the low fat stuff does nothing for the taste of ranch and for that matter its not as healthy for you as full fat is.

 Enjoy! Comment if you try this out!

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