Saturday, March 3, 2012

One of My Favorite Things

I've become super addicted to Cobb Salads.  It started at Publix one day when I was getting some sandwiches to head to the park and I saw it there in the case.  I fell in love.  Avocado, blue cheese, turkey, bacon...and not turkey bacon!  This salad is the real deal!!  I love salad so much, but I hate to get them out, because all salad dressing contains soybean oil.  This drives me crazy!  On the other hand, it is hard to make a good salad at home, because it means you have to have so much stuff on hand.


So I've resolved to keep some homemade ranch dressing in the fridge.  I know this means we will all eat more veggies.  My kids eat salad well, better than most kids I would wager to say, but seriously what isn't good soaked in ranch dressing??  My ranch packs a one-two punch of probiotics and healthy fats and even protein.  

Here's the recipe (Yeilds 16 oz)

1 Cup of Raw Kefir (buttermilk would work also)
2 TBS. of Ranch Powder

Mix all ingredients well.  Let sit 2 hours or overnight.  Enjoy!

To make the Ranch Powder Mix:
7 tablespoons of dried parsley
5 tablespoons of dried minced onions
4 teaspoons of sea salt
1 teaspoon of garlic powder

Add to a jar, shake well.  Use 2 heaping TBS in any recipe that calls for that Ranch packet.

Finally, make sure when you eat salad you add as much fat as possible.  Fat will help your body absorb the nutrients in all of the veggies.  Real dressing (not that fat-free junk) is a good start, but don't shy away from avocado, real bacon, and cheese.  This will turn your salad into a meal that will keep you full and happy, not ready to raid the pantry for any sign of food an hour later!

Love and Butter,
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10 comments:

  1. We love homemade ranch at our house too. I love how big people's eyes get when you tell them you make your own ranch. I try to explain that I don't make it every day. I make a large container of the mix and mix it with sour cream when eve3r we run out. It is as easy as the Kool-Aid they are making!
    Thanks so much for linking up again. I hope to see you again next week. (I am off to look at your 3 Freezer Slow-Cooker meals. It is like combining two of my favorite things!)

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  2. Sounds delicious. I would like to try this one.

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  3. Love, love, love! We love it when people proclaim the benefits of fat! So lovely!

    (Stopping over from Wildcrafting Wednesday!)

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  4. Neat! I had just started making my own ranch dressing with kefir. I thought it was original with me!! I feel great about us eating this ranch dsg. now.

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    1. I love using kefir instead of buttermilk. Glad to hear someone else was doing it too!

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  5. I love this recipe! At last, a great ranch dressing. I added a tiny bit of fresh lemon juice to make it taste like the Fresh and Easy dressing. Thank you so much for this!!

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  6. Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. How long will this last in the fridge?

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  8. The mayo from Nourishing Traditions will last 2 weeks without whey or 2 months if you add whey to it. Kefir can keep for more than a month as well. So I would say it would still taste the same within a 2week window. After that you may notice a difference in texture. The seasoning ingredients itself could begin to ferment.

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  9. The mayo from Nourishing Traditions will last 2 weeks without whey or 2 months if you add whey to it. Kefir can keep for more than a month as well. So I would say it would still taste the same within a 2week window. After that you may notice a difference in texture. The seasoning ingredients itself could begin to ferment.

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