January 17, 2014

Savvy Bites | Ranch Dressing & Ketchup *Whole Life Challenge APPROVED*

I think the hardest thing about this challenge for me is not being about to get too creative because simple condiments like ranch dressing and ketchup are off limits.  Plus ranch and ketchup are the two most used condiments in my house!  But since they are full of sugar and dairy {even the homemade ones} I decided to figure out a way to make them Whole Life Challenged approved!  

Ranch Dressing {Whole Life Challenged Approved}
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp dill
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/8 tsp dried thyme

1 cup Homemade Mayo {see RECIPE}
1 cup CHILLED coconut milk {*w. no guar gum}
1/2 juice of a lemon

Mix together all dry seasonings.  Mix together mayo and coconut milk.  Add seasoning into mayo mixture.
Store in a container for up to 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.
It is super important for the coconut milk to be cold and the mayo to have been made in advance.  The first time around I made this with room temp coconut milk and just made homemade mayo and it was thin... Still super good, but thin.  The second time around... all chilled and dressing was the perfect thickness!

I served the ranch over a salad with Almond Crusted Chicken Breasts {RECIPE HERE} another Whole Life Challenged approved recipe and totally delicious!

Ketchup {Whole Life Challenge Approved}

6 ounces tomato paste
2/3 cups apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup water
2 tbsp of sugar substitute {Truvia}
2 tsp onions, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground allspice
1/8 tsp ground gloves
1/8 tsp pepper

Combine ingredients in food processor or blender until the onion disappears.  Store in air tight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.

At first I didn't have a lot of faith that this would come out good.  I read a few recipes and thought... it was missing something.  But once I adjusted some of the ingredients this turned out really good!
I used my smoothie machine, but next time I think I will use my food processor.  The onions still have some body to them... and I think the processor will smooth them out and I will chop them smaller!  After I transferred it into a squeeze bottle I went to squeeze some out... 
and yes this happened!  Once this was all cleaned up, I snipped a little off of the top to make the whole a little bigger... all is good now!

Now that I have the basics.... BBQ sauce is next!


angietrue said...

Good for you for trying this and for posting it for us.that salad looked good.