Fresh Is Best!
Ever since our daughter was diagnosed with severe IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and IR (Insulin Resistance) dietary needs have had me in a very crazy uproar. Her food is so darn limited. Not only are the diets for both these medical problems the complete opposite, one of the guidelines for my daughter’s food is: No boxed, canned or jarred food…..simple, right?!?!?! NO!!!!!! (oh yeah, no fast food either…ugh!)
It sounds extreme, especially in our crazy, busy world, doesn’t it? The idea of not using food out of a box, jar or can is that there will be no chemicals, preservatives and words I cannot pronounce in her food. In other words, everything is fresh (or cleanly frozen, meaning when I read the ingredients on the bag of frozen peas, that is what it says – Ingredients: Peas.)
If it is a sauce, I am suppose to make it from scratch. That includes B-B-Q Sauces, cheese sauces and salad dressings. While you can find a recipe to make ranch salad dressing pretty much on any recipe site, I had to modify and really spice down my recipe. My daughter has a sensitive pallet. Which is a nice way of saying she takes after her dad, she doesn’t like spicy stuff. (Insert frustration here!)
Needles to say, this does not happen as much as I would like it to, but I try to do as much as I can.
Ranch dressing is my daughter’s favorite salad dressing, but like with anything else commercially made, there is a lot of stuff in it she should not have. The other problem is she is really picky and doesn’t like the dressings that have a strong vinegar taste, which is pretty much all of them, but somehow, she loves ranch…(she is a kid so I can’t really explain it….lol)
Below is the recipe for the Ranch Dressing I made for her one day and she loved it! It is really, really spiced down so feel free to alter this recipe any way you like to fit your taste buds.
Ranch Dressing-Simple, Easy
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
1/4 Cup Sour Cream
1/8 tsp McCormick Garlic Bread Sprinkle
1/8 tsp McCormick Garlic Pepper
Stir and use as needed. Store the rest in a glass jar in refrigerator.
Now I know what you are saying right now, “Rebecca, if you are trying to be good to your daughter’s bowel system, why you using spice combinations that have junk in them.?” Well here is the deal with that, the McCormick Garlic Pepper doesn’t have anything I can’t pronounce in it and seems safe enough. The McCormick Garlic Break Sprinkle does have some preservatives and other things I can’t pronounce, but were are talking an 1/8 of a teaspoon here. That’s is miniscule in the scheme of things. And while the sour cream is a milk/diary product, my daughter eats very little dressing on her lettuce, which is what she calls a salad. So again, in the scheme of things…it’s all good. For her it is at least. So that is that on the my freshness/from scratch scale.
Experiment with this recipe and make it your own. Comment below and let me know what you come up with!
Till Next Time,
Rebecca & The Gang
Finding Our New Normal