When we started our organic food journey, I thought it was going to be pretty simple...avoid junk foods, processed foods, high fructose corn syrup, etc....but that was only the tip of the iceberg! I knew that there would be more salads and veggies involved but never realized how processed and chemical ridden the dressings and dips I was putting on them were!
Take for example the lengthy ingredient list for Kraft Ranch Dressing.... can you pronounce or identify all of the ingredients? And I am totally not knocking Kraft - they don't profess to be organic and many other ranch dressings have the same ingredient list. I just wonder why you would even bother with the salad and veggies!
Ingredients: WATER, SOYBEAN OIL, VINEGAR, SUGAR, SALT, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF EGG YOLKS, WHEY (FROM MILK), MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, GARLIC JUICE, BUTTERMILK, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, XANTHAN GUM, PHOSPHORIC ACID, POLYSORBATE 60, SPICE, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, TARTARIC ACID, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SORBIC ACID AND CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (TO PROTECT FLAVOR). CONTAINS: EGG, MILK.
Size: 16 FL OZ
I mean c'mon, I am no "conspiracy theorist" but my body is real...why would I load it with ingredients that are modified and labeled as artificial?
So I went on a quest to find an amazing ranch dressing! Here is what I came up with! It has only a few ingredients and is so versatile.....You can make this dip/dressing SUPER healthy by making it with greek yogurt or you can make it non dairy with some Tofutti and soy milk! The choice is yours but no matter which way you make it...you will love the results!
- 1 16 ounce tub of your favorite sour cream, plain greek dressing, or even cream cheese (for a stiff dip or spread)
- 1 Tablespoon of Dill
- 1 Tablespoon of Chives or Green Onions
- 1 Clove of Crushed Garlic (you can use garlic powder if you like)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- A teaspoon of lemon to brighten the flavors
- Add your choice of milk to thin it out for a dressing
Toss all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir! That's it!
You can use this one recipe to create so many different dips and dressing!
Toss in a diced jalapeno for a spicy kick, tomatoes and peppers for a southwest punch of flavor, or creamy avocado for a rich and creamy treat!
Even if you are not eating "clean" or "organic" it is still an awesome dip to serve to friends and family at get togethers and it is certainly a better option than the ones in a bottle!
It is now safe to resume dipping your broccoli and dressing your salads! Enjoy