I am a big fan of meal prepping and homemade meals. What combines these two together? Homemade spice mixes! I used to buy various spice mixes at the store but I have long since grown out of it. I promise you will too once you take a careful look at the ingredients list. The first time I read what the maker put in the taco seasoning of one popular brand I literally grabbed my head in horror!
That’s why I prefer to make my own spice mixes and store them in a glass jar for later usage. This way I don’t have to wonder about what is inside and my meal prep game is much quicker because I don’t look around for each individual spice all the time.
One of the most commonly used spice mixes at my house is the ranch dressing herb mix. It allows me to make a fresh batch of ranch dressing in a matter of one minute! On my blog, you can also find a recipe for another probiotic ranch dressing but if I don’t have the time to make that one, I simply use the herb mix from this recipe, combine it with some sour cream and mayo, and voila – I have a ranch dressing ready to use that is still very healthy!
- measuring cups
- a mason jar with a storage lid
- 1 cup of dried parsley
- 3 T. of onion powder
- 3 T. of garlic powder
- 3 T. of dried dill
- 1 ½ T. of pepper
- 1 ½ T. of dried basil
I don’t use salt in my herb mix because I am careful about my family’s salt intake. I taste the food I made to see if it needs any salt and only then I allow myself to season it with salt to taste. However, if you know you like salty flavors then feel free to add some salt to the mix.
- Add all the ingredients together in a mason jar. Shake well to combine.
And that’s it! If you want to make ranch dressing then mix 2 tablespoons of the dry herb mix with 1 cup of mayo and 1 cup of sour milk OR buttermilk. For a ranch-flavored dip get 2 tablespoons of the mix and 2 cups of sour cream. It’s a good idea to prepare them a few hours beforehand and put them in the fridge to cool – this way, all the flavors and spices will blend nicely.