Veggie Dip
 
What better to dip yellow cauliflower into than “ranch” dressing?  It’s a great alternative to hummus and will get the pickiest of eaters to eat some fresh veggie sticks.  Cut up raw carrots, zucchini, cucumbers or broccoli to dip!

 

Vegan “Ranch” Dressing/Dip/Spread
makes about 1 1/2 cups
1/2 Tb. vinegar + 1/2 C. soy or rice milk (to make buttermilk)
1 C. vegan mayo (I used Earth Balance’s Mindful Mayo)
1/2 C. vegan sour cream (I like Tofutti brand)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3 tsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped (or if using dried, use 1 tsp.)
1 Tb. fresh chives, finely chopped
kosher salt to taste
In small bowl, mix together vinegar and soy or rice milk.
Set aside to “curdle”.
In medium bowl, use a whisk to combine mayonaise, sour cream, garlic powder, parsley and chives.  Slowly pour in part of the buttermilk and stir.
You can use more or less, depending on the consistency you want.  
Add salt to taste.
Use as a dip or spread on a sandwich!
*Of course, you could mix in any herbs you like.
Veggie Roll-up

 

I used the “ranch” dressing/dip/spread on a veggie tortilla roll-up for lunch yesterday and it was sooo good!  I’ll be having another one today.  If you don’t want use a tortilla, try regular ol’ bread, rice paper, nori (dried seaweed sheets), or lettuce to roll it up with.
Veggie Roll-up
makes 1 tasty roll-up or sandwich
1 whole wheat or sprouted wheat tortilla
1-1 1/2 Tb. “ranch” dressing/dip/spread
1 C. mixed salad greens
1/2 avocado, slightly mashed or chopped
1 Tb. fresh tomatoes or salsa* (I made homemade salsa with my garden tomatoes)
1 Tb. sunflower seeds
1 tsp. chia seeds
kosher salt to taste
Lay tortilla flat.  Spread on “ranch” dressing/dip/spread.
Layer on salad greens down the middle.
Pile on avocado, salsa or tomatoes, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and salt.
Tightly roll it up starting from one edge and slice in half diagonally to be fancy.
I was wishing I had some grilled eggplant or zucchini to add to this.  Go crazy with whatever veggies you have on hand to add. 
*We have a ton of tomatoes in the garden right now and after making homemade salsa, my 7 year old son decided it would be a good idea to throw it into the food processor.  So he processed it.  Then he processed it some more.  It turned into a mush and looked really unappealing but it actually tastes delicious as a sandwich spread!  No reason wasting good mashed salsa puree, right?

Before you go, be sure to check out the Veggie Kids Shop!  It’s newly revamped with products that can help you and your family on your health journey.  Head on over there now!

3 Comments

  1. Nay Nay, so glad you like it! I ate it for 3-4 days in a row!!

    Samantha, haha! You’re too funny! You thought I turned to the dark side with some popcorn chicken!?? Hillarious!

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