Ranch Salad dressing is one of my most beloved condiments and when I made the switch to Paleo, I still craved it in a big, bad way. I don't know about you, but when I think of Ranch Dressing I think of Hidden Valley. The thickness and taste is what I compared my many recipe attempts against.
This recipe is loosely based on Mark's Daily Apple, but moreso follows the deliciousness that is tucked in the HV green bottles. Without further ado, please try the very delicious and easy to make Ranch Dressing- Caveman style. You'll want to drink it like a smoothie!
1/2 cup of full fat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup of Kefir
4 Tbsp of dried dill
4 Tbsp of onion powder (this is the ticket to the flavor)
3 Tbsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of pepper
sprinkle of salt
For extra creaminess: Add 2 Tbsp of homemade mayo or raw milk
1.) Add the Greek Yogurt, Keifer (and optional mayo or milk) to a small mixing bowl
2.) Add spices to the wet ingredients
3.) Whisk everything together until you get the desired consistency. (Whisking is important because it will not allow the dressing to become too runny)
4.) Chill for at least 20 minutes before serving
The BF and I have gone through a ton of homemade ranch already! I'm predicting a new summer favorite!
Question of the Day: What is your favorite condiment that you could not do without?
If you are a long-time reader of APOG you are aware of my struggles with eating health, maintaining motivation for exercise and my constant exploration of new ways to accomplish being 'healthy'. So much of my life, I have battled the scale, always aware of what I ate, how many miles a week I logged and how they could equal a pants size smaller.
Fast forward to last year, and a whole new prospective on what healthy eating meant. After some reading and much discussion with the BF our house became Paleo with no access to grains or sugar. Keeping the dairy was the part I never truly relinquished control over. As of February, 10 pounds lighter and full of energy, my body was healthy- or so I thought. My high-fat diet, sans a gallbladder gave me a nasty enough attack to land me in the ER, vomiting without control, weak and tired.
After explaining to the physician my current situation "Yes, I have been without a gallbladder for 5+ years and I eat a diet in high (good) fats" he immediately told me my body was on overload. Too much fat without the bile production to properly digest = disaster.
From that point forward, I was suffering from the same symptoms for about 5 months (nausea after eating, sharp pain, multiple (urgent) trips to the bathroom etc). I began to feel stuck. I knew heading back to a life filled with grains would land me in the same spot, but staying on this path was miserable and nerve racking (I found myself constantly needing to know where the bathroom was). The recommendation of a friend led me to The Well of Life. They are a group of holistic practitioners, located close to home that focus on healing the body through a natural diet and supplements.
Three weeks ago, I had my first visit at The Well. They examined all of my organs, my body's response to stimuli, and they were able to determine that the culprit for my digestive and lady issues was my pituitary gland. They provided explanation that without the gallbladder, the pituitary gland continues to send signals for bile release after eating. That normally would trigger the gallbladder and digestion would begin. In my case, without this little organ, the bile continues to build in a little sack-like replacement and has the viscosity of toothpaste. Without the bile to digest the heavy fats, my stomach becomes inflamed, I'm running to the nearest restroom and my digestive health is in distress.
Along with supplements for my PG, I am now also taking a digestive enzyme every time I eat. This is exciting for me since I have asked multiple traditional doctors for this and was met with a bewildered look and a comment "you don't really need that- you're young!" Cool. Thanks.
The Well has been terrific in evaluating and treating my whole body instead of band-aiding just one symptom. With the use of supplements and a cleaner diet (hello Whole 30!) my body is back on track to healing and being healthy.
*Please note The Well of Life did not compensate me for this post. The descriptions listed above reflect my own thoughts and experiences.
My name is Shannon and I am 30 years old from the greater Philadelphia area. This blog tracks my journey of healthy living through a Primal lens with a little pinch of ginger sass on the side.