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Ranch Dressing

Ranch Dressing

Here recently I have been doing a ketogenic diet.  This is an extremely high fat low carb diet that has to be done with clean real food and healthy fats.  This ranch works perfect for that. I actually call it my keto ranch.

Ranch Dressing


ham salad w ranch dressing

Whisk together all ingredients. Store in refrigerator.

I use 2 Tablespoons at a time usually, but I eat fairly large salads.  Pictured above is 3 cups spinach, 2 oz nitrate, nitrite free ham, 1/2 oz shredded carrot, 1 oz raw cheddar, and the ranch.  Pictured below is 3 cups spinach, 2 oz shredded chicken, 3 slices of nitrite, nitrate free bacon, 1/2 oz shredded organic carrot, 1 oz raw cheddar, 1/5 tomato, and the ranch.  Other salad favorites to add are boiled eggs, avocado, black olives, mixed greens.

Chicken bacon salad with ranch



Homemade All-Natural Taco Sauce

Taco Sauce

  • 1 3/4 cup   Tomato Sauce
  • 1 1/2 TBS   Vinegar
  • 1 TBS   Honey
  • 1 TBS   Cumin
  • 1/2 TBS   Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp   Chili powder
  • 1 tsp   Cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp   Garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp   Oregano
  • 1/4 tsp   Turmeric powder
  • salt & pepper to taste (dash)

Combine ingredients together in a pot and heat on low until it begins to bubble and is thoroughly incorporated.  Serve on tacos, nachos, Mexican pizzas or whatever you wish 🙂


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Strawberry ‘n Honey Sauce

My daughter was whipping up some french toast when I said “we don’t have any maple syrup” she puckered her lower lip and put on her sad face.  I said “I can whip up something using honey if you’d like”  She immediately brightened with an excited “YEAH!”.  Thus was the origin of the Strawberry ‘n Honey Sauce 😉

Strawberry ‘n Honey Sauce

  • 2 c raw honey
  • 1 c strawberry preserves (homemade if you have it or Organic store bought)
  • 1 t vanilla

Combine ingredients in a pot on the stove and heat on medium heat stirring frequently until all ingredients combine well and are thoroughly heated.  Pour over whatever you like and enjoy 🙂

Purchase pre-made HERE

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I now have a new favorite dip.  I call it Salsaguac (Salsa + Guacamole – amole….).  I am sure someone else already makes this and calls it something more sophisticated.  As usual, I use all organic ingredients for this recipe.


  • 4 ripe Avocados
  • 16 oz Cottage Cheese
  • 16 oz Salsa (I use ones like Organicville Salsa while I am working on perfecting my own)
  • 1/4 t Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 t Onion Powder
  • 1/4 t Turmeric
  • 1/4 t Chili Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Cut, Pit and Peel your avocados, then mash them as well as you can until fairly smooth.  Stir in remaining ingredients.  Serve with tortilla or pita chips or whatever else you like.  Store in refrigerator.

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Vanilla-Cinnamon Pancake Syrup

Do you sometimes wish you had other flavors to put on your pancakes besides maple? Do you try to eat healthy but find the maple syrup prices CRAZY?  Or (like me) did your kids scarf down your maple syrup and you are left with dry pancakes getting cold on your plate? Well, worry no more, here is a simple easy pancake syrup recipe to solve your problems 😉

     Vanilla-Cinnamon Pancake Syrup

  • 1 c honey (I use raw, unfiltered)
  • 1/4 sugar (I used organic evaporated cane juice on this but whatever sugar you have will work)
  • 1/2 – 1 t vanilla extract (to your liking)
  • 1/4 – 1/2 t cinnamon (to your liking)

Combine all ingredients and heat on low heat until all ingredients are well combined and mixture is thoroughly heated.  Serve on your pancakes, waffles or sausage.  Store in fridge for 2 weeks.  Reheat to serve again.


Homemade Taco Seasoning

I use taco seasoning a lot and I find it is cheaper to buy the organic seasonings and make my own than to buy the organic taco seasoning.

     Taco Seasoning

  • 2 T Chili Powder
  • 1 T Cumin
  • 1 t Salt
  • 1 t Pepper
  • 1/2 t Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 t Onion Powder
  • 1/2 t Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 t Paprika
  • 1/4 t Red Pepper

Mix together.  There is your Taco Seasoning. Enjoy 🙂

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Creamy Cheese and Bean Dip

     Creamy Cheese and Bean Dip

  • 45-50 oz Refried Beans
  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 16 oz salsa
  • 1 T minced onion
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1/2 T garlic powder
  • 1 t turmeric
  • 1 t cumin
  • 1/2 t red pepper

Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove and heat until all ingredients are warm and well combined.  Serve with nacho or corn chips.