Friday, March 5, 2010

What got me motivated

Salad dressing.

Seriously. Salad dressing. A month or two ago, I made some buffalo wings. But we didn't have ranch dressing. Whoops. So I decided to do a quick google on my phone and see if I could come up with something close enough. And lo and behold, there were quite a few recipes out there. I ended up taking a little from one and a little from another and coming up with something that works for us. I just whipped up my fourth batch a couple of days ago to go with, you guessed it, buffalo wings. And the remainder will be snack dip for the boys.

For some reason, this just sort of blew my mind. Certainly I knew that just about anything could be made at home. Heck, if a friend could teach me to make sushi(thanks, Shannon!) anything is possible. But ranch dressing isn't made.... it's bought. Right? Wrong!

Nicole's Ranch Dressing Recipe

•1 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
•1/2 Tbsp. dried chives
•1/4 Tbsp. dried tarragon
•1/2 Tbsp. lemon pepper
•1 Tbsp. salt
•1/4 Tbsp. oregano
•1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder

Combine all dry ingredients in an airtight container.

To make actual dressing, combine 1/2 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup sour cream, and 1 tablespoon dry seasoning mix.

This was a snack for the boys on the day I made the cookies and protein bars. Ansel's plate is on the left, Kadin's is on the right. Both finished all their vegetables! I'm also proud to report that they'll eat vegetables without dip, but I do like to offer them some fat in what they eat so that they feel satiated and aren't just snacking without end(although they do snack a lot anyway).


  1. NO way! I can't believe you can actually make this at home... I mean i knew it but.. i didn't...

    im just now working on "flavored"/compound butter lol

  2. Yep, that's how I was, too. Like, MAKE salad dressing?!

  3. Oh, I'll have to try that when I make the next batch of yogurt (this batch has a little honey in it, doesn't exactly say ranch to me!). I wonder if I could sub mayo for the sour cream as we don't always have that? Then I could make up ranch on the fly, a little here and there, we go through spurts!

  4. I'm stealing this (with credit) for garden recipes needed for Enrichment this week. We're going to make it from home dried herbs and garlic powder, and homemade lemon pepper! Thanks so much, Nicole!

  5. It's the tarragon that was tricky, right? Cause I made some awesome tarragon green beans this past week. Yum!