Homemade Ranch Seasoning is my new lifesaver. Yes, a ranch seasoning has that much power; let me explain. Since the beginning of May, I’ve been trying my best to watch what I eat – more specifically, my calorie intake. I’ve never been skinny; in fact, I was a whooping eleven pounds when I was born!
For most of my life, I never really felt like a fat person. The only time it really bothered me was when I needed to shop for clothing. Outside of that, I had perfect health, great relationships, and a generally good time doing whatever I loved and living my life.
As I got older though – in my thirties – I began to feel like my weight was holding me back. I guess on some level, I had convinced myself that being overweight was fine and it was who I was. After moving to Toronto and having easy access to big and tall clothing stores, it made accepting the overweight issue much easier.
About four or five years ago, my lifestyle changed completely. Within five or six months of coming out, I lost one hundred and twenty pounds. I was so proud of myself! I was eating not-so-good food on occasion, but often paired chicken or steak with salads or sautéed veggies. I was walking to and from work every day; I bought a bike; and, I joined a gym.
Fast forward a year or so… the bike remained locked up; the gym membership expired, and after moving a little further from work, the walking stopped. This is where John.e comes into the picture – the vegetarian.
Loving to cook, and wanting to impress him with home cooked meals, I would often whip up comfort food in vegetarian format, forgetting that obtaining the flavours of comfort food, more often than not, involved extra cheese, excess amounts of bread, cream-heavy soups, and loads of carbs, etc.
As a result, I gained back 65 pounds. So now, it’s time to get rid of that nonsense once and for all. After all, I’m getting older and the excess weight puts me at risk for health issues – and really, I don’t have time for that!
I’ve incorporated lots of salads and veggies into our regular mealtimes, but the store bought dressings usually kill my efforts. With this seasoning, I can sprinkle some into a 1% sour cream and have a wonderfully tasty, creamy dressing! Think chip dip, soup stock, chicken seasoning, etc. This Homemade Ranch Seasoning is very versatile and the possibilities, Dear Reader, are endless!
Lastly, I’m happy to report that since the beginning of May, I’ve lost 48 pounds and counting!
Homemade Ranch Seasoning
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
- 1 tablespoon dried chives
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
In a food processer, add all ingredients and pulse until well mixed. About 5 or 6 pulses lasting 3 seconds each will be enough to blend the ingredients together.
Store in a clean mason jar and keep in a dark, cool cabinet.
Makes approximately 12 tablespoons of seasoning, which goes a long way!