Herbs! and a recipe for homemade ranch dressing


Spring is arriving both outside and at the local farmer’s market. The root vegetables are now making room for lettuce, peppers and herbs!

Herbs are a healthy and easy way to spice up your next recipe. They contain antioxidants called polyphenols, which aid in preventing cell damage that can increase your risk of developing heart disease and certain cancers.

Throughout the world, many cultural cuisines are defined by the herbs that they use, typically those that are locally grown. With food preservation techniques and global food distributions we can be India one night while transporting over to Mexico the next – all in the comforts of your own home!

Have you ever read a recipe that called for fresh herbs, when all you had were dried, or vice versa? A general rule of thumb for the conversion between the two is: 1 Tablespoon of fresh is equivalent 1 teaspoon dried. (Fresh herbs are 80-90% water, hence the larger volume) Try either fresh or dried in our

Homemade Ranch Dressing:


  • ¾ cup buttermilk (1.5% M.F.)
  • 1/3 cup low-fat or fat-free Miracle Whip
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives (or 1 tsp dried)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh basil (or ¼ tsp dried)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced

Combine all the ingredients together in a glass bowl with a wisk. (Keep chilled in refrigerator as it is a dairy product.)

Serves 16
Nutritional analysis per (1 Tbsp) serving:

  • 6 calories
  • 0.2g fat
  • 1g carbohydrate,


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