Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Dip

 One of my favorite grocery stores stocks a snack combo of mini pretzels and garden vegetable cream cheese dip.  I often nab one when I am there because I don't live in the town with that store so I have at least a half hour drive home.  It's good to have a little something to munch on on the way home.  A month or so ago I was craving that flavor combo but I wasn't going to town any time soon.  Plus, I know I can make it for a lot less!  I checked out the ingredients and tested from there.  

It's easy to make and the ingredients are simple.  The spices are the same as my  Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing with the added flavors of carrot and crunchy green pepper.  I was lucky enough to have green peppers from the garden but store bought will do well here too. I didn't include the red bell pepper or cucumbers but it wasn't only because I didn't have peppers on hand and I detest cucumbers (unless they are pickled!)

A little note....I grate the carrot fine and it ends up giving it a slight orange tinge to it.  If you stir the cream cheese and sour cream together first and then add your vegetables the orange won't leak out as much.  It doesn't affect the flavor and I don't mind it. If you are making it for the next day you could wait until then and stir the carrots in.  Honestly, your guests, family and/or friends will be too busy devouring it to take note of it's color. You could also grate it larger if you want more crunch (and less color.) I've given you spice and herb measurements as a guide. Change it up to suit your taste, it's your dip!

I enjoy this dip with gluten free pretzel chips or gluten free pretzel sticks.


Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Dip


8 ounce pkg cream cheese (I use lite)
1/2 cup sour cream (I use lite)
1-2 Tablespoons milk (as needed for consistency)
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
2 dashes onion powder
2 dashes salt
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 small carrot, finely grated


In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream and herbs and spices.  You can taste it now and change up the flavors to suit you.  Stir in the green pepper and carrots.  It is best to let it set for a couple hours (or longer). Serve with pretzel chips, pretzel sticks or your favorite cracker.  

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Beef Enchilada Skillet

This dish is so easy and you can have it on the table in a snap.  When you read the ingredients list I know you are going to ask...."I thought you didn't buy canned creamed soups?"  I don't.  However, in this case I do.  I use Amy's Organic Cream of Tomato soup.  The first draw was that it doesn't contain flour for a thickener.  The second, that the other ingredients besides tomato are water, cream, sugar, onions, salt and black pepper.   That's all, no funky preservatives or funny names. 

Someday I will try my home canned roasted tomato sauce to see how to re-create this dish using that.  I am thinking that it will be really good!

Ground pork would be a good substitution in this dish or maybe a mix and match with the ground beef. 

Beef Enchilada Skillet                                                          Printable Recipe

1-1/2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 small can condensed tomato soup (use Amy's Organic for gluten free)
3/4 to 1 cup salsa
1/4 cup water
6 - 6" corn tortillas
1 to 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar or Mexi blend cheese

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing is popular type of salad dressing here in America.  It boggles my mind that, on occasion, there are restaurants that don't serve it.   Every time I ask for it and they don't have it, the server tells me that they get asked that a lot.  You'd think the owner would get the hint and get the dressing!! 

Those who love ranch dressing also put it on sandwiches, wings, fries, any fried food you can name. I like mine on my Homemade Chicken Strips with Whiskey BBQ Sauce.  Some Midwesterners are even into dipping their pizza in it!  I, myself, never tried it and never will but to each their own.  

This homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing doesn't use a pre-measured packet and is so simple to make.  Your greatest patience will be practiced waiting as the dressing chills and the flavors mesh in the fridge.  I've given you spice and herb measurements as a guide.  Change it up to suit your taste, it's your dressing!

Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing                       Printable Recipe

5 Tablespoons mayonnaise (I prefer Hellman's Canola)
3 Tablespoons sour cream (can use lite)
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
2 dashes onion powder
2 dashes salt