A big part of eating healthy and making over EVERYTHING is not consuming prepackaged foods--and that includes condiments--a general rule is to just avoid preservatives altogether. Convenience just isn't a part of eating healthy these days. The good news is that the taste of homemade food is always worth the time it takes to make it. (I'm lucky that I love to cook!)
I've been experimenting with chia seeds, so I thought I'd throw a spoonful into the ranch dressing I was whipping up to go on our sandwiches. It turned out GREAT. It's similar to adding poppy seeds--except you're getting in some awesome nutrients with the chia seeds. I loved the texture.
Remember, you can add more or less seasonings to suit your own preferences. This is just a small recipe that I mixed up to spread on sandwiches. You wouldn't want to make a big batch, because, unlike the store bought stuff that's full of msg and sugar and who-knows-what-else, it won't last long in the fridge (which is a GOOD thing!).
I used a mix of half and half and lemon juice to make the base. Additionally, you could just use sour cream (Daisy brand makes a sour cream without additives--go with the regular, full-fat version, and avoid low-fat items--they have to replace the fat with something, and it's usually worse for you than the fat--your body NEEDS healthy fats. I promise.)
Chia Seed Ranch Dressing
Measurements are approximate--I didn't measure; just eyeball it.
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoons Half & Half (OR Heavy Whipping Cream)
Mix together in a small bowl. It should immediately start getting thick.
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds (ground works fine too)
1 Tablespoon Chives (fresh or dried)
1/2 tsp parsley (fresh or dried is fine)
1/2 teaspoon garlic or onion powder (or both)
Salt and pepper to taste.
Let sit for at least 5 minutes. The chia seeds will start absorbing some of the liquid and it will get thicker.
Use immediately or you can store this in the fridge for up to 3 days or so.
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