A lot of parents tell me that they're close to giving up on their kids to eat their vegetables. I'm not saying that it's the easiest feat to accomplish, but when parents hang in there and make the extra effort, seeing their little one chomping down happily on a nutritious veggie is a very rewarding and satisfying experience. When I prepare vegetables for my kids (which is daily), I often try to utilize a bit of fun to encourage them to eat more then just one or two bites. I've got lots of veggie methods_ I roast them up with a bit of maple syrup, slice them thin and bake up chips, add a sprinkle of zesty herbs, let the kids squirt something yummy on them like Braggs or even add a delicious dip.

When I was a kid, Ranch was one of my favorite dressings, but it usually came straight out of a store-bought squeeze bottle, loaded with additives. This weelicious Ranch Dip recipe recreates that great taste I used to love, but is incredibly fresh, healthy and just s creamy. If you're a parents who's had an uphill battle getting your kid to eat veggies, try serving up this recipe before dinner when the kids are really hungry and want something to munch on. You can put it out with an assortment of cut up veggies like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, cucumbers or sugar snap peas. I find that if I just start eating a bit on my own (without saying a thing to the kids), shortly after they are mimicking what I'm doing, dipping away and enjoying every last bite!

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Ranch Dip (Makes 1/3 Cup)

Prep Time: 1 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Yogurt (I use Greek Yogurt)
  • 2 Tbsp Vegansaise or Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Chives, chopped
  • 1 Tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • kosher salt to taste

Preparation

1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
2. Serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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38 comments

  • Peggy

    How long can this be kept in the fridge?

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    • Katie

      I would also like to know how long this would last in the fridge... Any ideas?

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    • Catherine

      I would keep it up to a week or two :)

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    • Evgenii

      For dry foods, I would suggest Innova Evo, Wellness Core or Nature's Variety Instincts. They are grslineas which means they'll have less carbs and don't have any of the allergens found in most other dry foods (corn, wheat or soy).For canned foods, there are tons of good ones out there. One very good one is Nature's Variety Instincts. This is what I feed. It's $1.79 per can. I think it's one of the highest priced canned foods out there. Which DOESN'T mean it's the best, but it is very good and it has worked very very well for my problem child.See the What to feed link for other suggestions. This is a very handy link you can go to the sites and use the store locators to find where the food is sold in your area.I'm also linking you to my blog so you can learn more about identifying other good foods.EDIT: I think kanan meant to say that it's good you're switching to CANNED. LOL

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  • Julie

    Have you tried this with non-dairy yogurt? What would you recommend? We usually buy Silk soy yogurt.

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    • Catherine

      Silk soy yogurt would work as well :)

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  • Maha

    Awesome! I've been looking for a simple ranch dressing recipe. My 2.5-year-old will eat anything with ranch dressing, and yes, I usually just give it to her out of the store-bought squeeze bottles. It's how I can get her to eat many veggies and even fish!

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  • Lori

    This is awesome! How does it compare to the taste of store bought ranch? Thanks!

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  • Tiffany

    I am a big fan of the garlicky-stays on your breath for hours variety of restaurant ranch and I've found that I can make it at home for tons fewer calories using low fat sour cream and non-fat buttermilk. I add dill, minced onion, garlic, salt and mustard powder. Sometimes I add a little parmesan cheese to thicken it some. My daughter, who's a picky ranch eater, too, loves it. I need to try it with the yogurt. Great post! A friend turned me on to your site and I can't wait to peruse it!

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  • Lacey

    I am going to make this for sure but for me and the husband :-) that's what I love about all of your recipes, they are both kid and adult friendly!

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  • Catherine

    Can Kefir be used?

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    • Catherine

      I don't see why not! It might be a little watery than using yogurt but I'm sure it will be fine :)

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  • Deann

    ok I'm a pretty picky ranch dressing eater, hate the store bought stuff, love the restaurant stuff. I have a recipe that is ok, but this one is pretty good! I think the lemon juice and little bit of dijon make it perfect.

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  • Carla

    May I ask why you prefer Greek yogurt? I've noticed it has been your preference in a number of recipes.

    Thanks : )

    Carla

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  • JZ

    I cannot speak for her but in my opinion it is bc Greek yogurt is thick and creamy and really good, while also being good for you! you could compare it to the consistency of sour cream with much less fat and all of the pro-biotic benefits of yogurt. it is not as \"tangy\" as traditional plain yogurt. give it a try! Oh! and it is also great to marinate meat in. The acidity will tenderize just about any cut of meat (and you can rinse of the yogurt before grilling, etc. if you like). :-)

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  • Sue

    You mention roasting vegetable in maple syrup. I would love a recipe for that? What temperature? And do you add anything other than maple syrup? Also, what vegetables do you suggest?

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  • Amy F.

    I make an effort to not buy bottled dressings at the store and haven't had any ranch dressing in my mouth for a while. This dip is great! Not sure my picky toddler is ready for it yet, but his parents are.

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  • Lili H.

    Thank-you! My son loves ranch dressing but he has a HORRIBLE topical reaction to the store-bought stuff anywhere it touches. This gives him no reaction! (I used homemade yogurt ( http://girlsguidetobutter.com/2010/02/crock-pot-yogurt/ )and just put it in a strainer with cheesecloth in a bowl in the fridge to get a nice thick consistency).

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  • Maggie

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. It's simplicity and fresh taste are spot-on. We've already made a second batch, and it's certainly going to be added to our weekly repertoire. (My toddler loves it as much as we do).

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  • Michelle

    Just made this for my daughter's lunch veggie dip... so easy and tastes great to me. I asked my daughter what veggies she would eat in her lunch (I asked because most come home untouched), and she said \"how about some broccoli with ranch... you know, the kind that you get from McDonald's\"?! So I consult weelicious :) I'll let you know her review :) I hope one day she appreciates that I made her a healthy lunch everyday in her cool planet box.

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  • Fenella

    So excited to try this. We are trying to avoid as much processed food as possible, but my kids (and myself) are huge ranch dressing fans. Will definitely be trying this. I bet it tastes much better than the store stuff!

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  • Kassy

    I just made it and it tastes soo good. Next i'll try it with non-dairy yogurt!

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  • Lisa

    Very tasty recipe but I had to sub the yogurt for sour cream since I didn't have the greek yogurt in the house. Will try with yogurt next time. Very good as a dip for chicken fingers and veggies :-)

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    Thank you! My kids love Ranch dressing, but it is so junky I have been trying to find an alternative.

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  • Tammy

    This ranch dressing is A-MAZE-ING! Holy yum fest! I needed a quick dip and I came across this. It was so incredibly tasty! I haven't eaten ranch in forever because of all the garbage that goes into it, so what a pleasant surprise! I've been telling all of my friends and family about it. Thank you for returning ranch into my life. :)

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