For some time around here, I’ve been implementing new modes of eating- healthier ones! The past 18 months has been rough on me physically and emotionally and I had let some bad habits creep in, and after 2 miscarriages inside of 12 months, everything in my body felt “off.” My solution in the new year has been to be intentional about my intake of gluten, dairy, sugar and soy and to reboot my metabolism in the process.
My lunches have to be quick, and so salads seem to fit the bill nicely. I try to have meat (chicken, tuna, grass-fed beef) ready to go in the fridge- I’m usually still helping the kids with school work as I cook and if I don’t have this step ready, I’m tempted to reach for what is easy, and not my ideal. I’ve had to get creative in creating salad combinations I actually want to eat day after day! One way I spice things up is to make my own dressings. A ginger asian dressing over greens, bell peppers and chicken; tuna nicoise and my current favorite, taco salad. Its simple- dark, leafy greens, avacado, tomato and some organic corn chips. It needs some zest and I had a hankering for a ranch flavor so I whipped one up.
The beauty of making your own ranch (or any style) dressing, is that its fast, fresh, cheap, usually only requires ingredients you have on hand and is missing gross additions like sugar, monosodium glutamate and preservatives. Here’s how I whip mine up:
About 1/4 organic mayonaise 1 Tbsp black pepper and the juice from 1/2 lemon into a small bowl. I tend to like a lot of pepper and sometimes a pinch of salt too- so don’t hold back if you do too!
Next, add in 1 minced clove of garlic and 1 Tbsp of cilantro or parsley. Again, I go crazy and dig a lot of cilantro.
If its a little thick, you can add some milk to thin it to your preferred texture. I used unsweetened coconut milk and I think you could use soy or almond too if that’s your preference. Then I used about 1 tsp. of chile’ powder for some mexicana kick. YUM. You could leave this part out if you just want a typcial ranch. You could also add in some minced celery if you want more of a cool, mild flavor.
Its also delicious as a dip for veggies and chips. Enjoy!