Ranch Dressing and Dip
Before Jake was tested for allergies, he had a reaction to Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. A welpy rash appeared all around his mouth. I read the ingredients and assumed the problem was milk related. Isaac had already been diagnosed with several allergies, one of which was milk.
During the allergy testing process, Jake had no food allergies. However, he was very allergic to formaldehyde and aspartame. I brought up the ranch dressing. The doctor looked at me like I was crazy. He said, “That is not food. It is nothing but chemicals.”
Well I don’t know about that. I mean there are chemicals in the dressing, but all chemicals? Anyway, I have not purchased any ranch dressing in a couple of years now. After making my own Italian-style dressing for years, I was really beginning to crave ranch dressing. So after reading several different recipes, I branched out and experimented on my own.
1 Tbsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp lemon juice
1/2 cup mayonnaise
goat milk to desired consistency (I use about 1/4 cup.)
In a small bowl, combine all the seasonings. Add the lemon juice and mayonnaise. Stir it together well. Slowly add the milk and whisk until well combined. Add more milk until you get the consistency you desire. My family prefers ours to be thicker than runny.
Pour into a small jelly jar. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for a day or two.
This recipe makes what we need for one dinner for our family of seven. It is an easy recipe to whip up right before dinner.
We had always like dipping our vegetables or potato chips in ranch dip, too. I had also stopped purchasing the ranch dip packets at the store after the whole “chemical” comment from the doctor. This recipe is wonderful for dip, too.
2 Tbsp parsley flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
8 oz sour cream
Stir it all together in a bowl and chill well before serving.
These recipes have enabled my family to enjoy ranch dressing and ranch dip again. They are delicious and chemical-free. I hope that your family likes these recipes as much as we do. Try them this weekend.