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March 11, 2012 11:39 PM
I do half light sour cream and half light mayo + the ranch dip mix. I actually have a different brand my mom got somewhere (not Hidden Valley) but I've got a whole jar of the ranch powder and I only use 1-2 teaspoons of it for 2 cups of dip. I use it as dressing too, so good!
Edited by maremare312 On March 11, 2012 11:40 PM
March 11, 2012 11:46 PM
Bolthouse Farms makes a yogurt ranch dressing that tastes very similar to HVR. I use nothing else, cuz it's YUMMY!!
March 12, 2012 1:19 AM
I know a ranch dressing that only has 15 CALORIES per 2 TABLESPOONS! :D

12 oz (1 package) silken-firm or lite silken-firm tofu (such as Mori-Nu)
3/4 tsp each garlic powder and onion powder
1 tsp dry dill
1/3 cup water, or more or less depending on desired thickness (I use 100g)
scant 2T apple-cider vinegar
1 and 1/2 vegetable broth cubes (I use Rapunzel brand. You can use more or less, depending on desired saltiness.)
2 T low-fat Veganaise (or regular) (If you leave this out, you’ll still have a nice dressing, but it won’t be nearly as yummy!)

Combine all ingredients, and blend until creamy. (I use a Magic Bullet.)
March 12, 2012 1:47 AM
Mix it with Fage Greek Yogurt instead. WAYYYYY more protein than sour cream.
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March 12, 2012 1:49 AM
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For dressing, I use the Hidden Valley Ranch packet, 1 cup skim milk, and 1 cup plain (or even vanilla) greek yogurt. I keep it in one of those plastic squeeze bottles like they have at Subway. With the squeeze bottle you can evenly distribute it across your salad/veggie wrap and easily control the amount used.


Great idea about the squeeze bottle. Hadn't thought about that. I love my Fage yogurt. Protein Power!! :)
  8782296
March 12, 2012 2:29 AM
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March 12, 2012 2:48 AM
What you might want to try to is mixing it in fage Greek yogurt.
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March 12, 2012 5:26 AM
I am a chef at an elementary school, our kids love ranch, but with the autolyzed yeast, msg and preservatives, I hate using the mix. We make our own using pureed fat free cottage cheese, buttermilk, garlic, parsley, dill, celery seed, salt & pepper. The kids love it and can eat all they want as it is higher in protein, vitamin A & D and fat free.
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March 12, 2012 6:35 AM
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I am a chef at an elementary school, our kids love ranch, but with the autolyzed yeast, msg and preservatives, I hate using the mix. We make our own using pureed fat free cottage cheese, buttermilk, garlic, parsley, dill, celery seed, salt & pepper. The kids love it and can eat all they want as it is higher in protein, vitamin A & D and fat free.


Off topic, but I just wanted to say....I SO wish our schools here served our kids better foods! Kudos to you! Since our family has started eating healthier, our kids are CONSTANTLY talking about how nasty their school foods are...
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March 12, 2012 7:51 AM
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My friend told me mixing ranch seasoning into greek yogurt makes a great veggie dip. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm inclined to believe it...


This is what I do. I eat raw veggies with the dip which is really low in calories before dinner so that way I get my veggies in and I don't overindulge for dinner. :)
March 12, 2012 1:04 PM
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March 12, 2012 1:07 PM
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I am addicted to Ranch....only HIdden Valley. Does this taste just like the original Hidden Valley Ranch? I would so use it if it was even close! It's the one thing I just refuse to give up, but hate how high in calories it is!


Me too! I'm a ranch snob I guess....it has to be either Hidden Valley or, fresh restaurant style. I'm not giving it up, no way. The bottled Ligh Ranch - NOT fat free - tastes just the same as regular but with less calories.
  16060203
March 12, 2012 2:03 PM
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/dry-buttermilk-ranch-mix/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e7=Home%20Page

Here is a link to make your own ranch...not sure what the info is on it but figured I would send it.
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March 12, 2012 3:10 PM
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I'm also a ranch lover, and I now only buy Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing.
I find it to be even more wonderful than Hidden Valley-- nicer texture and more flavor!!

Nutrition Facts for 2 Tablespoons:
45 calories (30 from fat)
3g fat
0.5 saturated fat
5mg cholesterol
270mg sodium
3g carbohydrates
0 fiber
2g sugar
1g protein


I LOVE this stuff! Their Blue Cheese dressing is great too!
  230197
March 12, 2012 8:01 PM
I agree about using the pkg vs fresh ingredients. You can control what goes in your dressing.
  19146897
March 12, 2012 8:14 PM
QUOTE:

I'm also a ranch lover, and I now only buy Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing.
I find it to be even more wonderful than Hidden Valley-- nicer texture and more flavor!!



I LOVE the bolthouse yogurt dressings...I will have to look for that one. I might even have to make a special trip to the store tomorrow!
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March 12, 2012 8:22 PM
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Walden Farms Ranch 0 calories. Havent tried it but love the 0 calorie blue cheese.


I also love their blue cheese. Other products that we use are the pancake syrup and the honey mustard grilling sauce, both 0 calories
Tried the chocolate sauce and the chocolate dip and they were both a no go for me though.
March 12, 2012 8:23 PM
I buy, Kraft Fat Free Ranch Dressing, its only 48 calories per 2 tbsp.
  16329482
March 12, 2012 8:28 PM
i just made some ranch tonight using blended lowfat cottage cheese to get all the chunks out and then a hidden valley packet. i thought it tasted great and my kids didn't even notice the difference. much healthier than sour cream! or mayo!
March 12, 2012 8:32 PM
QUOTE:

I'm also a ranch lover, and I now only buy Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing.
I find it to be even more wonderful than Hidden Valley-- nicer texture and more flavor!!

Nutrition Facts for 2 Tablespoons:
45 calories (30 from fat)
3g fat
0.5 saturated fat
5mg cholesterol
270mg sodium
3g carbohydrates
0 fiber
2g sugar
1g protein



bolthouse farms' dressings are the bomb! and so low-cal!
March 12, 2012 8:33 PM
Hi I am Melissa and I am addicted to ranch haha. I am so picky on the ranch too, hidden valleys light took me a bit to get used to. The only other brand remotely close is Safeway's. I have done the packet in Greek Gods yogurt. Only Greek yogurt I can use cause it tastes just like sour cream. Btw that yogurt brand I have also used to make a mock stroganoff and it tasted beautifully. I personally can't stand Kraft ranch but I want to try the bolthouse now. Thanx for info
March 12, 2012 8:38 PM
I LOVE ranch and make my own dressing all the time, using the fat free sour cream and fat free milk....just keep in mind it won't be super thick though if you want it as a dressing....

I also make a dip using the hidden valley ranch packet.....

1 packet ranch dip or dressing mix

1-2 small plain greek yogurt (can also use any type of sour cream, up to 16 oz,)

1/2 package bacon bits

1/2- 1 cup fat free shredded cheddar cheese (you can also use low fat or full fat, up to you)


Mix all together and serve as a dip for veggies or crackers. Even my kids like this.
  8534985
March 12, 2012 9:00 PM
I get a good (NO REALLY) good ranch at walmart called Marketside Light buttermilk ranch 50 calories for two tablespoons or there was a litehouse yogurt ranch that was 60 cals for two tablespoons!!!!
March 12, 2012 9:14 PM
QUOTE:

I'm also a ranch lover, and I now only buy Bolthouse Farms Classic Ranch Yogurt Dressing.
I find it to be even more wonderful than Hidden Valley-- nicer texture and more flavor!!

Nutrition Facts for 2 Tablespoons:
45 calories (30 from fat)
3g fat
0.5 saturated fat
5mg cholesterol
270mg sodium
3g carbohydrates
0 fiber
2g sugar
1g protein


Love this dressing also! It's really good. We also bought a few of the other flavors to try.
March 12, 2012 9:23 PM
Thanks for this thread!
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