Thursday, February 12, 2015

Southern Ketchup AKA Ranch

Like any good Southerner, I love ranch. It's just one of those things. However, practically every ranch that comes in a bottle is downright gross..  sure, I will eat it in a pinch but it's not like "restaurant ranch" or maybe I should say steakhouse restaurant ranch, for whatever reason, they seem to have the best.

Now, I have tried a few of the fancier cold bottle ranches that you find in your vegetable section and some of those are good, particularly the various yogurt ranch brands you can find.

But alas, none are quite like that of restaurant offerings..   so, among a few other things I decided I will never buy bottled again, ranch is one of those, it's mind bogglingly <--yes, bogglingly..easy to make at home. Now, you CAN go the full fat route here and it IS good..   1 package of hidden valley (haven't tried any others) ranch dressing mix, 1 cup milk, 1 cup mayo - whisk, store - it gets thicker once it sets for a bit.

I've made it just like that and it was yummy but unfortunately or fortunately since I am on the road to healthier eating and a more trim waistline, whole milk and full fat mayo isn't going to cut it because let's be honest, 1 teaspoon of dressing ain't going to cover it.

So today, I swapped whole milk for part whole milk, part silk cashew milk. I swapped mayo for 3/4 light mayo and 1/4 greek non fat yogurt.

I also tossed in some dried cilantro and a touch of hot sauce. It is absolutely lovely and although I am not going to divulge the nutrional info because I am a bit green in that department and I dont want to give out incorrect info...from what I calculate, it is about half the calories, maybe even less than that of the bottled junk or if you were to use the full fat versions of mayo & milk. You could scale this back further of course if you used all greek yogurt or non fat mayo if that exist & 2% milk or any of the nut or soy milk varities..

Anyway, I am pretty happy with how it turned out and even more happy I don't have to dump half of my days calories trying to sauce up my salads...

As a side note, I am having photography block or something, I can't seem to get the lighting, angle, anything down recently..   oh well? You catch my drift.  :]

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