Dairy-free ranch dressing? Yep. SO DELICIOUS! Absolutely anti-inflammatory with tons of fresh taste as well. I’ve always said that New Year’s resolutions are for the birds and don’t work. Instead, I have instituted a permanent and life changing commitment goal. Every single year I work to eat half a plate of vegetables at every meal I possibly can. I’ve been doing this since 2015 and my body and health has improved.
I get bored with the same foods all the time, so try to vary raw vegetables and cooked recipes. Raw vegetables and fruits are extremely nutritious because cooking breaks down the components naturally found in foods. Eating “raw” stimulates your digestive system. This also helps you tap into more of the fiber, nutrients, and enzymes in both vegetables and fruits. If you are struggling to get a family member – or yourself – to eat veggies, I understand. Just a bit of dip (raw or not) might encourage more healthy bites.
Why You Should Eat Half a Plate of Vegetables
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The 2020–2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise incorporating more fruits and vegetables into U.S. residents’ diets as part of healthy dietary patterns. Adults should consume 1.5–2 cup-equivalents of fruits and 2–3 cup-equivalents of vegetables daily.” We Americans consume way less fruits and vegetables than we should on a daily basis. Rotating cooked and raw vegetables is a great way to increase those numbers and fill your diet with taste and nutrition.
Raw Vegetables Last Longer with These Storage Tips
Raw vegetables are easy to slice up and store in the refrigerator. Celery, carrots, and other “tall” stem-like veg are particularly long-lasting. But they need to be stored properly. Store in a glass filled with a bit of water for more than a week in the refrigerator.
Both dairy-free ranch dressing seasoning mix and ranch dressing recipes are below. If you want a whole list of ideas to use the dairy-free ranch dressing seasoning mix, CLICK HERE .
Creamy Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing & Dip Recipe
- 1 Cup dairy-free, soy-free mayonnaise
- 1/3 Cup coconut milk, unsweetened (or coconut crème if you want thicker dressing)
- ¼ Cup chopped green onions
- 1 ½ Tbsp ranch dressing seasoning mix
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- Salt to taste (optional)
- Combine all the seasonings in a jar and shake like you mean it
- Serve as a snack. To travel with the snacks, place the dressing at the bottom of small ball jars, then stack vegetables vertically on top and placing lid on top. Easy to prep and store in the ‘fridge for transport to school or work the next day
- Store in an air tight jar in the refrigerator
Ranch Dressing Seasoning Mix Recipe
- Combine all the seasonings, mixing well (or grinding with a mortar and pestle for a finer consistency)
- Place in an air tight jar
- Store in a cool, dry location