I recently saw a recipe posted on Pinterest claiming to make Ranch dressing that tasted just like the full cal version with only 55 calories for a 1/4 cup serving.....really?? Anyone that knows me knows what a Ranch connoisseur I am. That is one of the few things that I will sacrifice my weight watchers points for the full calorie version. But a sacrifice it is. Did you know that the full buttermilk version has 110 cal and 17% of daily intake of fat for a 2T serving size (it didn't list the grams for the prepared)? And the low fat version still has 70 calories and 5g of fat, again for only 2T. I don't know about you, but 2T of ranch just isn't enough for me!!!
But the low fat/low cal versions just don't taste the same. I have tried and tried but just can't bring myself to lose the flavor to save the points. Fortunately I have discovered Raspberry vinaigrette so I am not eating ranch as much as I once was, but I still like a good ranch salad. And especially with summer coming up, I am sure I will be eating even more salads.
So I decided to give it a try. I mean really, what did I have to lose? Worst case I wasted the ingredients and pour then entire thing down the drain.
So I got the ingredients at the store and tried it out last night. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! It was good, especially for so few calories/points. I actually thought it was too rich. So I will list the recipe I used and the modifications that I plan to try the next time.
Protein Ranch dressing
1 cup cottage cheese - (I used 1/2 cup low fat and 1/2 cup fat free)
3-4 tsp Buttermilk Ranch seasoning - for me, the whole packet appeared to be 3 tsp.
1/4 cup water (can use milk, but will add calories) - I just used water. Add more liquid if the consistency is too thick for your taste.
Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth (about 3 minutes).
This was only 4 WWpp for THE ENTIRE RECIPE! You can get 4-6 servings from it. That is less than 1 point per serving!!!!!!!!
I thought it was a little too rich. I think next time I will try adding more cottage cheese - since the recipe on the packet calls for 1 cup mayo and 1 cup buttermilk, I will try to increase the cottage cheese by 1/2 and depending on how that turns out, I may even increase another 1/2 cup to 2 cups total to see if it evens out the ranch flavor.
So if you are a ranch lover like me, give this recipe a try! Save your points for dessert! :-D