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Kids & Veggies: Non-Dairy Ranch with Home Made Mayo

Posted Feb 10 2013 3:38pm

My goal: to get my kids to actually eat a vegetable or 2 in their lunch at school. Really, why does this have to be so hard? Carrots are an easy choice, but lately they have been coming home uneaten.  It only took a few questions to find out that it’s not that they don’t like the carrots, but they’re tired of them. I thought maybe changing it up



with some dip would make it a bit more enticing. Although I don’t eat hummus, my kids like it. Sabra makes individual packs of plain hummus that are convenient for lunches.  One day we ran out of hummus but I noticed that we had some left over ranch dressing from

a party. It was Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. I’ve never been a fan of ranch dressing personally, but Brent likes it so we had some in the house.  As my kids sat and ate their raw carrots, I did what any good nutrition teacher would do…I read the label & was disgusted by the ingredients!

It wasn’t even the combo of soybean & canola oil, 2 oils I avoid like the plague, but the myriad of preservatives & chemicals listed. I thought to myself that it must be easy to make it. I found a few recipes online and played with them.  My Dude is my taste tester. He is the pickier one of my 2 kids so if he likes it, then I know it’s good! After a few tweaks, this is the recipe that had him say “oh, this is SO good! It’s even better than the one from the store!”

Coming from someone who isn’t really a huge fan of ranch dressing, this one is actually good. Maybe it was the buttermilk in the regular ranch recipes that I didn’t like. This one is dairy free, paleo friendly, and really tasty.

Non-dairy Ranch Dressing

1 cup paleo mayonnaise* (see recipe below)

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp dried chives

½ dried dill weed

Non-dairy ranch dressing with home made paleo mayo

Non-dairy ranch dressing with home made paleo mayo

½ garlic powder

½ onion powder

½ tsp paprika

1/2 tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

Water to desired consistency

Add ingredients to a medium size bowl and whisk to incorporate. Slowly add water until you reach desired consistency.

Paleo Mayonnaise

4 pasture raised organic eggs yolks

4 tsp lemon juice

2 tsp white vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

¼ tsp salt

1 ½ cup light olive oil (must use LIGHT olive oil)

Using a food processor, blend egg yolks through salt until completely mixed.  Leave food processor on and slowly, using the liquid drip attachment, drip the olive oil in. This should take about 5 minutes to complete.

So there you have it. Two super easy recipes to make home-made mayo and ranch dressing. Not only are these recipes easy, but they will save you money in the long run. I bought a large container of light olive oil at my local bulk store and I actually had all the spices and herbs in my pantry with the exception of the chives. Now I know you might be thinking that you can cut corners and just use the regular mayo that you have from the store to make the ranch. While this is better than buying bottled ranch dressing, store bought even organic mayo, is still made with vegetable and/or soybean oil. So when I say that I avoid these oils like the plague, I mean it. These oils are found in almost every processed food out there. You can’t just make canola oil by pressing the (genetically modified and pesticide full) rapeseed naturally.  There needs to be a chemical procedure to remove, deodorize, and alter the seed into oil. These oils are among the most chemically altered “foods” in our culture yet they get promoted as heart healthy. It’s really sickening, actually. If you want to read more about why you should never eat vegetable oils, click here. Wellness Mama   is a great blog that I follow. She wrote a very in-depth and nicely organized post on vegetable oils. I know that as a full plate mom, you may not have the time to read her entire post. But really, this stuff is just junk plain and simple. These vegetable oils are found in the cheapest and not-so cheap processed foods so to me it makes sense to keep them out of your diet and the diet of your family.


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