Veggie Dip

Make Your Own Ranch Dip for Vegetables (GAPS Legal)

Veggie Dip

I have never liked ranch dressing in the bottle, much preferring the kind where you place the dry mix into sour cream, and many, many years ago that was Hidden Valley Dip Mix.

Recently, just out of curiosity I decided to check the package ingredients for old times sake: Maltodextrin,  Salt,  Monosodium Glutamate, Dried Onion, Dried Garlic, Spices, Modified Food Starch, Less than 2% of buttermilk, calcium stearate, natural flavor (soy).

Ew. Not to mention it's incredibly expensive!

It is so easy to make a very good tasting ranch dressing for much less using real food ingredients, and I'll bet you have most of these items already in your kitchen!

Homemade Ranch Dressing Dip

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 cup yogurt (GAPS Legal needs to be homemade and fermented at least 24 hours)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
1 teaspoon dried parsley [affiliate link] flakes
pinch of paprika
salt and pepper to taste

Mix and refrigerate about one hour to allow the flavors to mix.  Stir once more before serving.  This makes a very creamy, thick dip for vegetables.

Fresh Cut Veggies Are Supreme

One last thing… do yourself a favor and never buy ready-made trays of vegetables. I understand sometimes it's necessary but a store bought, who knows how many days old tray of vegetables, versus a fresh cut tray, there is just no difference. At the very least, the carrots are going to be dried out or wilted, but worse the cucumbers could be starting to “go” with a slimy feel. It is just better to make your own. Yes, it takes time, but whoever you are making these vegetables for is worth it. 🙂

As you are cutting the vegetables, remember to put them together so that the colors match!

Colorful Veggie List

  • Cucumber, peel and sliced thick
  • Cauliflower, break into One head of cauliflower small head of cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 10 radishes, sliced in sliced in half
  • 4 ribs of celery, cut into 6″ pieces
  • 4 carrots, peel, cut into sticks
  • Broccoli, broken into florets
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, remove core, slice into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, remove core, slice into strips

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Make Your Own Ranch Dip for Vegetables (GAPS Legal)
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Recipe type: Vegetable Dip
Cuisine: American
 
It is so easy to make this good tasting ranch dressing for much less using real food ingredients, and you probably have most of these items already in your kitchen! This ranch style dip makes a very creamy, thick dip for vegetables.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup yogurt (GAPS Legal needs to be homemade and fermented at least 24 hours)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • pinch of paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ---------
  • Veggie List
  • Cucumber, peel and sliced thick
  • Cauliflower, break into One head of cauliflower small head of cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 10 radishes, sliced in sliced in half
  • 4 ribs of celery, cut into 6" pieces
  • 4 carrots, peel, cut into sticks
  • Broccoli, broken into florets
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, remove core, slice into strips
  • 1 red bell pepper, remove core, slice into strips
Instructions
  1. Mix the first seven ingredients and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour to allow flavors to mix.
  2. Stir once more before serving.
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Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles (Real Fruit, Honey Sweetened, GAPS Friendly)

Arizona has been experiencing a heat wave like we've never seen before, breaking records for days in a row. My air conditioner is 11 years old and struggling, I hope things cool down soon!

When it gets this hot one of the sweetest ways to cool down is to eat a Popsicle.  I'm not talking about your run-of-the-mill-commercially-processed, sugar-laden, artificially colored and flavored Popsicle.  I'm talking about a real food Popsicle made with healthy ingredients that tastes good and also contains a secret ingredient: gelatin [affiliate link].  Why the gelatin?  Two reasons… it adds a bit more nutrition and it adds a smooth silky mouth feel to the Popsicles.

Gelatin is not just nutritious, but has also been found to be very healing in the digestive tract. This healing is why gelatin is emphasized so much in the GAPS Diet. In fact it is one of the foundational parts of that healing diet and is begun from the first day.” ~Patty Lacoss-Arnold, Author of  Broth: Elixir of Life

Perfect Supplements is my favorite source for gelatin and collagen. For this recipe I used the Bovine Gelatin.

To make these Popsicles I used Tovolo brand popsicle molds.  They are BPA-free and one of the things I like most about the Rocket Pop molds is that they only hold 2.5 ounces in each mold. It looks like you are getting a much larger amount and seems to last forever but there is really only a very small amount.  This helps a lot with my son Matthew because he feels like he is getting to splurge when he can have two Popsicles.

This recipe makes 2 cups of Strawberry Lemonade which will fill six Tovolo Rocket Pop Molds. I used 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons of Tropical Traditions raw honey [affiliate link] but you can use more or less depending on you and your family's tastes, plus you might be able to get buy with less if your strawberries are sweeter. Try the lemonade without any honey, then add a little at a time.

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

  • 6 large strawberries (6 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 tablespoon powdered gelatin
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about two lemons, juiced)
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons raw honey (or sweeten to taste)
  • water
  1. Rinse strawberries in cool water.  Remove stems and core.
  2. Mash strawberries until they are puréed into small bits using a potato masher.
  3. In a small cup add the hot water and gelatin.  Stir until dissolved.
  4. Add the dissolved gelatin to the strawberries.
  5. Squeeze the lemons to harvest 3 tablespoons of juice and add to the strawberries.
  6. Add water until you have a total of 1-3/4 cups.
  7. Add honey to taste.
  8. Add water until you have a total of 2 cups of liquid.

If you are using the Tovolo molds, press each mold upright into the base.  Fill just below the top and set the handle on top.  Freeze overnight for best results.

One important tip: When you place the handles into the Popsicles, do not press them down.  Just let them sit lightly on top of the mold. If you engage the handle, they will be extremely hard to remove once they are frozen.  I have done this more than once and keep forgetting because it feels so natural to just push the handle down until it snaps into place – but don't do it!

Removing the Popsicles

Place the Popsicle into a glass and fill to the level of the handle with warm water. After a minute or two, try pulling on the handle. If the Popsicle doesn't come out fairly easily, replace the warm water and let it sit another minute or two.

By the way, if you try to remove before they are completely frozen the handle may pop out without the Popsicle. If this happens, put a few drops of water into the opening, re-insert the handle and allow to freeze completely.

Be sure to rinse the Popsicle molds and handles as soon as the Popsicle is eaten as the molds are tricky to clean if the juice dries inside.  Soak in warm soapy water if that happens.

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