Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ranch Dressing...

Okay, so my husband has been on board with all of our quests to eating healthy food, because he is also very conscious of what we put into our bodies, and how we feel as a result of what we have put in. His weakness comes in several forms, but two on the top of his list are: Fiery Habanero Doritos (yes, MSG) and Ranch Dressing (yes, MSG). I try, however, to not take away anything of this great importance until a suitable substitute has been found. Now, of course, Trader Joe's does have an Organic Creamy Ranch Dressing, and it does not contain MSG. However, a friend shared this with me, and it is MSG free, as well as amazingly cost effective. Two of my favorite things.
So, the following is a mix for a powder to make ranch dressing. This recipe makes enough to last a long time...and can be stored up to a year in an air-tight container. (Recipe compliments of Everyday Cheapskate)

15 Saltines
1/2 cup dry minced parsley flakes
1/2 cup dry minced onion
2 Tbspn. Dry dill weed
1/4 cup onion salt
1/4 cup garlic salt
1/4 cup onion powder
1/4 cup garlic powder

Put saltine crackers through blender or food processor until powdered. Add parsley, minced onions, and dill weed. Blend until powdered. Dump into bowl, stir in onion remaing ingredients.

To make ranch dressing, mix 1 Tbspn (YES, just 1 Tbspn!) of the powdered mix with 1 cup mayonnaise (I use light) and 1 cup buttermilk. Makes 2 cups ranch dressing.

Also, if you mix 1 Tbspn. of the powdered mix with 3 pkg. of cream cheese, you can use this as a yummy spread for wraps, or roll it in nuts to make a cheese ball.


Christine H. said...

You've got to be kidding me! Where do people come up with these things? That's awesome, thanks for sharing...Does it taste good? Can I not use the onions, and onion powder instead?

Jennifer said...

Yum! That looks so good. Have you found any Saltines that don't have any hydrogenated oils in them? I would love to know a brand name if you have one. Thanks for the recipe!

hestermom said...

Yes, it tastes good!!! And, since you add the mayo, and the buttermilk, you can at least control some of the fat, and the buttermilk is from cows not treated with rBST.
You know what a no-no onions are in our house, but I went ahead and used them. As long as it is mixed really well, you don't taste them too much. I was too chicken to leave them out, fearing I would ruin the recipe. =)
Jennifer: I got "Back to Nature" brand, organic Saltines...they happened to have them at 99 cents only, so I stocked up!!! They don't have hydrogenated oil, just organic expeller-pressed safflower oil. =)

hestermom said...

P.S. Hey Jennifer, it won't let me look at your profile or anything? I don't know how it works, but can you make me your "friend" or something, so I can read your blog....?

lnstryker said...

You are insane, that is all.

but I love you anyway :-)

Jennifer said...

I am not quite sure how I registered myself w/ Blogger... I think I was just experimenting with blogging sites one night- so all it has is my name, no profile or personal blog. I am Amber's SIL though if you want to make sure I am me! :) My mom directed me here and I really enjoy your thoughts! I especially like how your family is all on the same page with being committed to better eating.

Anonymous said...

I came across your blog as I am searching for an MSG free ranch dressing recipe. I am finding that there are a lot of "HIDDEN" MSG names and it makes me so MAD !! I was about to try your recipe and looked at the ingredients on the box for "Nabisco" saltines. has malted barley flour which is a secret name for MSG according to the website malted barley contains MSG or its business end - the free amino acid glutamate - in amounts large enough to cause reactions in those sensitive to it .

So watch out for any reactions. Looks like I will be on the hunt for MSG free saltines !

Faith said...

I'm SO sensitive to MSG that buttermilk sets me off. Could I use sour cream or maybe plain yogurt? I don't react to them as much.