Everyday Mom's Meals: Most Kids, But Not Mine {A post for Earth Fare}

Monday, June 16, 2014

Most Kids, But Not Mine {A post for Earth Fare}

Long time readers of this blog know most of my life is inspired by my son. Everything I do somehow comes back to him; and my time in the kitchen is no exception to that rule. Most of you also know that my kid is not a picky eater, whatsoever. I mean, how many other 9 year old boys do you know that will gobble down sushi, fried calamari and frog legs? But even when a kid isn't picky per say, he/she does have things they like and don't like, just like adults. And I believe if he is a great eater 99% of the time, I can respect the small list of things he truly doesn't have a taste for. For my child it just so happens one of his top ones is something most other kids, even the pickiest of eaters, will gobble down...ranch dressing

Yep, that's right. My kid is the one at school, that while the other munchkins are demanding ranch to dip their veggies and chicken nuggets into, is saying "no thank you." I'm not sure where his aversion came from, but it's not going away any time soon. But guess what! I recently tricked him, and he has no idea! 

See, I was making a new pasta salad recipe and it called for a bottle of ranch dressing. Well, I knew my little man well enough to know if he saw it in the grocery cart, or in the fridge, or even on the counter as I was cooking, his radar would go up, and there would be no fooling him. But, if I bought the ingredients to make it from scratch...he would never know! Yeah, I know. It's a little devious, but a mommy's got to do what she's got to do! 

So, for this, my latest post for Earth Fare, I'm happy to share this homemade version of every child's (well, most anyway) favorite condiment. Now, the recipe I'm sharing is the perfect consistency for dip, or if using as a dressing for pasta salad; but if you're looking for something a little thinner to top a salad with, be sure to read the note before. Honestly, I like a thicker ranch for my salad though, so I would probably use it as is. 

If your kid is a ranch fool, you're going to be so happy you logged on today. If yours is like mine, first off, I'm shocked, and secondly, trick him/her...believe me, it works!

Homemade Ranch Dressing
1 c. mayo
1 1/2 c. sour cream
1/2 tsp. dried chives
1/2 tsp. dried parsley
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving. *NOTE* For a thinner consistency, simply add milk a teaspoon at at time, and adjust seasonings.

Shared on The Country Cook June 20, 2014

Disclaimer: I was provided with a gift card from Earth Fare in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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