Saturday, February 25, 2012

Protein Ranch

Protein Ranch Dressing: (Serves 4)
1 Cup Cottage Cheese (Watch your label, sometimes low fat doesn't mean low calories and the regular cottage cheese is only a few cal. more)
3-4 tsp. Buttermilk Ranch Dressing mix
1/4 C. water (or milk if you prefer: Milk will add more calories) add more water if the consistency is too thick for your liking.

Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. (About 3 min.) Enjoy!

42 comments:

  1. What program or app do you use to calculate your nutritional values?

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  2. I'm going to do this.....sounds really good and the idea that it is protein is great!

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  3. Can you tell that it's cottage cheese at all? Taste/texture? I have a picky eater.

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  4. nevermind....I see it! Sorry! :)

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  5. i just really wish they made a ranch packet without msg... boo.

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    1. If your store has the Lays ranch packets, there is no MSG in them. Lays makes a couple of other flavors too.

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    2. You can also make your own ranch seasoning.

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    3. Wildtree does. Stacyg.mywildtree.com

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    4. No, it isn't "just salt". It is, perhaps, a type of salt, but there are many types of salts, and this particular one is a known trigger for migraine in a fairly large number of people.

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    5. Lays is marketed as MSG free, but contains maltodextrin, yeast extract, spices and natural favors. All of which contain hidden MSG. MSG is a highly addictive flavor enhancer and it is linked to obesity, migraines and other diseases.
      Don't just take my word for it. Google truth in labeling, or MSG induced obesity.

      that said, it is very easy to make your own ranch mix. You probably have everything in your kitchen already. chives, dill and parsley, 2 parts each plus garlic powder and onion powder, 1 part each. salt and pepper to tast.

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    6. http://www.braswells.com/

      It's really yummy too! I order online. :)

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  6. Here is an excellent recipe for making your own ranch dressing seasoning. . .http://www.5dollardinners.com/2011/04/homemade-ranch-dressing-mix.html

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  7. This looks great... btw that program is myfitnesspal.com, I love it!

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  8. Thanks! This sounds like a great option!

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  9. Just made this, turned out GREAT! I used fat free cottage cheese, and 1/4 cup 2% lactose free milk. Ended up being pretty thick so I addded 1/4 water as well. My total calories ended up being 20 calories per 1/4 cup!

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  10. I just made this with full fat, small curd cottage cheese, water, and store-brand ranch dressing mix. I can't believe how great it turned out! I was skeptical that the consistency would be off but nope, it's nice and smooth like regular ranch. And you can make it as thick or as thin as you want. I won't be buying ranch dressing anymore!

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  11. hmmm... I was so excited. I only used the water though and it tasted liked blended up cottage cheese. It still had cottage cheese texture. Maybe I should have used milk?

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  12. This looks good, but I can't find Buttermilk dressing packets without MSG and all sorts of other terrible things in them.

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    1. Wildtree has MSG, no preservative ranch. Www.stacyg.mywildtree.com

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  13. I wanted you to know that I found this recipe on Pinterest, and pinned it a few weeks ago. I just made it, and OH MY GOODNESS!!! Delicious!!! I made it for a veggie dip and used the new Hidden Valley Ranch Dill packet. Yummy!!! Can't wait for my party tonight!!!

    Thanks for posting, this is fantastic!!

    Emily

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  14. Yummy! This is by far the best low fat Ranch dressing recipe that I have tried. I used plain Greek yogurt for my last experiment and it was pretty good, but this is much better. I used fat free cottage cheese and low-fat buttermilk intead of water and the Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Recipe packet. I also added a whole fresh jalepeno and some fresh cilantro for spicy version of the original. Delish!!!

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  15. I am super picky about how my ranch taste, but I just made some of this using fat free cottage cheese, water, and hidden valley packet... YUM! no more buying ranch for me! I actually cut this recipe in half as well, since I live alone and not sure how fast I would use it up... worked amazing!

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  16. LOVE this!! I used regular, small curd cottage cheese, 1/2 packet of ranch mix, and water. Then put through my blender because I knew if there were chunks in it I would not full the kiddos or hubby. It worked, they all LOVED it! Looking forward to making my own ranch mix now!

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  17. Thank you so much for sharing this. I LOVE it! I hate fat free dressings and pretty much only eat Ranch, but I've had to give it up as I'm trying to watch my calories. Thanks to you I can eat it again!!

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  18. I couldn't find ranch seasoning without MSG so I tried a packet of italian dressing seasoning and it turned out great! Its so easy! I'm not buying dressing anymore.

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  19. At taracooks.com/?p=2293 you will find a great recipe for homemade ranch dressing mix. You can make a batch and keep it in a mason jar. No msg, and all of the ingredients are super easy to find.

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  20. I second the recommendation to make your own salad dressing seasoning mix. You can use some of the recipes from the internet, or just make up your own as you go.

    Just use whatever you think is best in it: fresh garlic, garlic powder, fresh herbs, dry herbs, parmesan, mustard, avocado, cayenne, bleu cheese, anything, really!

    You really don't need a packet from the store to make ranch dressing. They are so expensive (the main reason why I never buy them), and, as many of you have pointed out, they have MSG.

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  21. Does anyone know how long this will keep in the fridge? Should you just go by the date on the cottage cheese?

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  22. The powder I used has 0 calories... how did you get that many in your powder?

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  23. This was wonderful for salad. Thanks so much for the idea!

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  24. http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeysbuttermilk.html

    Ranch dressing mix you can buy in bulk. No MSG.

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  25. This might be a "duh" sort of thing, but it didn't "click" for me until after the fact. It's dressing, not dip. So if you add the water, it's reeaaally runny for dipping veggies. If you want to use it as veggie dip, you might want to omit the extra liquid. (It tastes yummy, though!)

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  26. How long does it last (keep in the fridge)

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  28. I made this with unsweetened, plain almond milk instead of milk or water, and Penzy's buttermilk ranch dressing base and it was fabulous! For those worries about preservatives in ranch mix, the Penzy's brand has no MSG or other preservatives. They have a website and sell all kinds of different dressing mixes that might work for those of us with IC. Thank you for the recipe!!

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