Thursday, March 29, 2012

A little something for your time

****UPDATED JUNE 2012 JULY 2013 SEE BELOW****

I made some homemade salad dressings today, so I thought I would share with you. Through a medical journey my husband is on, one of the many demands being made of him is to lose weight and eat better. I'm a BIG proponent of not only salads and snacking on veggies, but also making it tasty and painless in the process. For my husband, that requires RANCH dressing. Obviously ranch dressing is not healthy, especially considering it's only a condiment of sorts. So in the meantime, I have been searching for an alternative. I, ladies and gentlemen, have found our salvation in Greek yogurt.  So below I share with you my humble recipe.

1 cup Dannon Oikos plain nonfat greek yogurt
1 packet hidden valley ranch (dressing, not dip)
1/2 cup 1% milk

Whisk together in bowl and chill for 1 hour before serving.  As you can see below this filled my canning jar.  There is a lot of talk about HOW much milk to use, to get the right consistency and I found this dead on for 'regular' ranch or any other creamy dressing.

The best part....this ENTIRE jar of dressing, is only 255 calories, 1.75 grams of fat, 42 carbs and 34 protein. That calculates to 8pts on the new points plus system. For an entire jar of dressing. I would hazard a guess that this would yield about 20-24 servings. 

The best part for ME, is my husband LOVES it! Go me!

****UPDATE****
Some of you are accidentally buying the DIP mix instead of the DRESSING mix with pretty horrid results, so I wanted to post the below for you. They are both in little packets, and looks fairly alike, especially if like me, you walk past and grab it as you go. But there is a difference and I'll post the photos below. It usually looks like there are a lot of those little cardboard holders, but really they are all different. I'll post the two below so you know what to look for.
*******ANOTHER UPDATE*******
I've seen it mentioned the concern for MSG in the HVR packets and I wanted to share a new blog post with you all. This is a new ranch recipe that I found on another website (go give her a holler!)
It can be made full fat as per the recipe or you can make it low fat/low cal with buttermilk and Greek yogurt in a similar fashion to this recipe. Because you make the ranch mix yourself, it cuts down on MSG and preservatives added to the ranch packet.  Enjoy!

This is what you want. The dressing
mix. Can also be used for ranch chicken
and in hamburgers.
This is what you do NOT want.
This is JUST to make the dip
that you use for veggies, like they
sell pre-made in the dairy section.

I hope that helps!!