This delicious 21 Day Fix ranch dip (or dressing) uses my favorite not-so-secret-anymore ingredient: cottage cheese! It’s such a creamy, dreamy, protein packed ranch!
Ok, so everybody knows that putting some yummy ranch on the side of a kid’s plate greatly increases the odds of those veggies actually getting eaten, right? Well, the truth is, there are plenty of adults out there who need some help in that area, too (looking at you, my two beautiful sisters!)
I think it’s pretty fantastic to make your own sauces and dressings for plenty of reasons (especially when it’s as easy as this!). Ever read the back of a bottle of Kraft Ranch Dressing? Aside from the fact that a 2 – tablespoon serving will cost you 110 calories and 11 grams of fat (and that most people really have no idea how much they’re putting on their salad and are probably using more than that) there are all sorts of ingredients on there, that personally, I’ve never seen in nature. Have you ever seen monosodium glutamate (MSG, btw), polysorbate 60, artificial colors (that’s right, in a WHITE dressing – what?!) or calcium disodium EDTA in their natural habitats? I didn’t think so. Plus, you’ll feel like Martha-freaking-Stewart. Maybe next you’ll churn your own butter or something.
Alright, let’s now put those yucky words out of our minds and think of some nice ones. Like… low in fat, 21 day fix approved, no artificial anything, super-fast, easy, fresh, protein-packed and oh-so-tasty. Personally, I like those a whole lot more.
Side note: My favorite thing in the world to make this in, is one of the cups that came with my Ninja blender. They’re the perfect size for making dressing and are quick and easy to clean-up! Bonus: my Ninja is a great, high-speed blender, without the Vitamix price-tag!
You can leave this a little on the thick side for a dip, or I’ve given instructions to thin it out for a dressing. Either way, those veggies are about to disappear!
- 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
- 2 tbs 1% or 0% Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 tbs (2 1/2 tbs if you want to use this as a dressing) low-fat milk, skim milk or unsweetened plain almond milk
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 3/4 tsp dried dill
- 1 1/2 tbs green onion, minced
- 1 tbs fresh parsley, chopped
- a pinch of salt and black pepper, to taste
- In a blender, add in the first 7 ingredients (through dill) and blend away until the mixture is SUPER smooth.
- Pour into whatever container you're going to keep your ranch in (it should last a good 5 days in the fridge). Stir in the minced green onion and fresh parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Yum!
Container Equivalents: This recipe is a RED, count it as you would cottage cheese or greek yogurt. If you use half of a red container, count it as half of a red. If you use a quarter of a red container, count it as 1/4 red.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 6 tbs for a dip; 3 tbs for a dressing
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 68 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 182mg Carbohydrates: 8g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 7g Protein: 7g
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