Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing

Writing this post about Ranch Dressing helps me remember how far my sweet husband has come in his journey!  Ranch dressing was just HIS thing.  Every salad needed a thousand croutons, bacon, and a mound of Ranch Dressing. I don’t think he ever had anything else before he met me.

Then one day, he tried a vinaigrette, and I’m pretty sure that’s when I knew I was going to marry him 😉

Final

The point is–I realize Ranch Dressing is a food group to some. I was never big on Ranch, but for me it was BBQ sauce.  So–I get it!

The real thing is atrocious. Like, really, really bad. It has no place in our diet. But there’s good news, I promise.  Most of the ingredients are FAKE anyways, so there’s always a way to make fake stuff the REAL WAY.

This looks innocent, right? (Photos taken from www.hiddenvalley.com)

Hidden Valley

Well, let’s take a look at what’s REALLY going on. This is some bad mamma jamma:

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For the very first ingredient, you see soybean oil.  Soybeans are one of the top genetically modified crops in the United States. Sugar is most likely made from GMO sugar beets.  You see chemicals, and MSG, and artificial flavors.  Think about that. Artificial flavors.  That means they are fake. They are made in a lab.  And remember, if it’s made in a lab, it takes a lab to digest.  We aren’t labs. We’re people. We’re human, and we can’t process these kinds of foods.

Feel blah after you eat? Feel tired?  Your body spends most of its energy digesting food.  So what you put in your body DOES matter. If it spends all day trying to digest foreign ingredients, it doesn’t have much room left to get you through your day.

Here’s the good news.  You don’t have to give up ranch dressing.  That’s the cool thing about this journey. We aren’t giving up stuff (well, except the bad stuff!).  You just have to find a better way to eat the things you love.  I mean, I don’t know about you, but I can’t live without chocolate chip cookies!

Here’s an EASY, quick way to have Ranch Dressing.  Use it on a salad, as a vegetable dip, or make something fancy like these Beer Battered Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (I used gluten free beer and gluten free flour blend).

Buffalo Cauliflower

Read this recipe to hear my thoughts on Vegenaise!

Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup Vegenaise (soy-free variety if necessary)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 T fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • ¼ t garlic powder
  • ¼ t onion powder
  • ⅛ t black pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, and store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

 

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