Recipe: Ranch Dip

Somebody asked me for a homemade Ranch Dressing, and I needed one myself, so here we go! And I LOVE the way this one lets you mix the spices before hand, and add them to the dairy base when you’re ready for it! Easy! Enjoy the link. Lisa’s blog is fantastic, and she is a fellow Charlotte blogger! 80k like her facebook page. Wow, that has some great potential for impacting the ‘Real-Food World’ for good! Recipe: Ranch Flavored Dip « 100 Days of Real Food.

PS: use organic or grass-fed, or hormone free sour cream (it will be labeled “hormone free” on the container if it is). I am going to try it with organic plain whole fat yogurt (Greek if I can find it), since we use plain yogurt in place of sour cream most of the time. Once you put the food under it, it tastes almost exactly the same anyway, so why not get the probiotics by using yogurt?! Let me know if you like this, and I’ll do the same!

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater

Begged-for Broccoli

broiled salmon and BFBroccoli

Begged-For Broccoli with broiled salmon. Beautiful. (also, I love alliteration) copyright 2012

Yes, seriously, my kids beg me to make this broccoli, at least once every week. The original recipe was at (pictures there too), and he adapted it from The Barefoot Contessa. The originals used lemon zest and fresh basil, but I have not tried either of those in this recipe yet.

GET this:

  • 1 head chopped broccoli or one bag  (Trader Joes has a bag of organic broccoli that feeds my family of 4) Here is a link to the benefits of broccoli. It has lots of Vitamin C!
  • olive oil or coconut oil (there is debate about whether olive oil should be used for high heat) and s&p (sea salt, not the processed white stuff)
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves, whole or sliced (I leave mine whole because my daughter likes to eat them that way) See this link to read why garlic is super duper healthy for you! Use as much as you can handle in this recipe!
  • lemon (juice from about a fourth of one lemon). See my post on lemons if you want to know health benefits. You can certainly use more lemon if you like, but we prefer it light on the lemon taste.
  • 1/3 cup (or as much as you can handle!) grated Parmesan cheese (the good stuff, not the kind you shake out of a green container. bleh.) I use raw milk parmesan from Trader Joes. See this link for a video on what raw milk cheese is and its health benefits. You can also search that site for much more information on raw milk.

DO this:

  • Heat oven to 425
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper (this can get messy!)
  • Spread your broccoli florets and garlic cloves & cover with oil and s&p
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes. Yes, the edges of the broccoli are supposed to get a tad brown and crispy! Remove from oven and immediately squeeze lemon juice over it, then sprinkle cheese on top. Add more oil and s&p to taste. Serve while it’s hot!

That’s it! Get ready to have a family who begs for broccoli, and be prepared to make some more soon! If you want to print this without all my commentary, use the Print Friendly button below.

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater