While we haven't officially taken the Eat More Fruits and Veggies challenge over at Heavenly Homemakers (one of my new favorite sites), we've been trying to do just that: eat more fruits and veggies. We like veggies but I'm a lazy lunch lady. Because it takes time to cut all those buggers into finger-sized pieces, lunch often is eaten with a lone baby carrot or scoop of applesauce to "count" as our selection from the produce section.
What's a mom to do? Serve dip, of course! Dip makes everyone beg for peppers and cucumbers and cherry tomatoes, making Mom feel like a heel for saying, "No. Eat chips." But the veggie dip from the market is a chemical slough and the Unseen Ranch of the Lowlands mix is full of all sorts of mystery items. Even the recipe from an old cookbook included MSG as an ingredient! So this afternoon I started playing around with some recipes, starting with a ranch dressing mix recipe I found at Heavenly Homemakers. This is what I came up with:
(makes 2 cups)
16 oz. container of sour cream (I like Daisy brand. It contains one ingredient: cultured cream. Yay.)
3 3/4 tsp. dried minced onions
1 3/4 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
2-3 drops of hot pepper sauce
1/2 tsp. dried dill
Mix spices into sour cream and refrigerate at least a few hours for flavors to marry.