Confession… I am not a veggie lover, especially cooked veggies. I have PTSD from my parents making me sit at the dinner table until all of my veggies were eaten. I would gag several times while trying to swallow them and would eventually have to wash them down with milk. As an adult, I have learned to eat them, but have never really enjoyed them much. That being said – I LOVE raw veggies dipped in Ranch! Not just any ranch… It has to be the ranch dip in the little packets mixed with sour cream. I can eat raw broccoli all day long as long as it’s dipped in ranch. Our youngest son unfortunately has not yet acquired a taste for veggies either, so I always have a baggie of fresh, cut up veggies in the fridge. I make him take at least one bite of whatever vegetable we are having with dinner and if he doesn’t like it, he is allowed to grab a handful of raw veggies out of the fridge to eat them. And he does. He really likes them raw, dipped in ranch, just like me. And as long as he is getting the vitamins, I really am not too concerned with him gagging down the ones I have prepared for dinner.
So, after years of paying the “Hidden Valley” prices ($2-3/pack), I stumbled upon this recipe from http://www.thedailyblarg.com/2013/01/simple-homemade-ranch-dip-recipe.html and now I make my own! This recipe is even better than the little ranch packets and probably costs less than $.25 to make. I always have all of these spices on hand, so, as long as I have some sour cream, I’m in business! I use the low-fat sour cream too so I can feel better about eating an entire tub of dip :).
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup mayo (I leave this out and add 1/2 cup extra sour cream and it is still wonderful, your choice)
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dill weed (Some of you may not have this in your pantry. Get some because you are going to be making this a lot! And it’s wonderful on fish too!!!)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp salt (I find that 1/2 tsp is plenty salty so start off with 1/2 tsp and add more if needed)
If you have time to let the dip rest in the fridge for an hour or more, you can just combine all of the ingredients and you’re done.
If you are wanting to have it right away, mix the dill, salt and parsley with two teaspoons of hot water. This will allow the flavors of those herbs to bloom.
Let stand for one minute and then mix with the rest of the spices and sour cream (and mayo of you prefer it). That’s it! Way too easy, right? Enjoy with your favorite fresh veggies!