Tried & True Food

Easiest Paleo Ranch & Guacamole!

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Eeeek! I picked these carrots from MY OWN GARDEN today!!! This is very exciting for me since it’s the first time an attempted garden has actually yielded something substantial. And there are still two more rows of carrots and a row of parsnips out there! They are a bit smaller than they probably should be since we were in the U.S. for a month at the time when I should have been getting them started. I’ve left them in even though it’s mid-November because my dad (an expert vegetable gardener of 40 years) said they will get sweeter in the cold. We’ve had two mild frosts so far, and the carrots seem to have weathered (haha) the temps pretty well. I even got a little fall color in the stems of one of the carrots…I just love the beauty of real food!

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I chopped up all the orange carrots and a few of the purple for a midday snack, but the rest of the purple carrots will be roasted. I love roasted purple carrots, and I haven’t found them yet here in the UK so I’m super excited for that. The snack carrots were dipped in homemade ranch (recipe below) and I also whipped up a quick guacamole (recipe also below) to have alongside Siete’s Lime Tortilla Chips, which are unbelievably amazing. I actually like them better than regular corn chips (which granted, I haven’t had in years…) because they are so light and crisp, and don’t leave me with that heavy feeling afterwards that I always got from popcorn and chips.
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I like to keep things simple, and I’m not one for following a recipe too closely, so here are basic guidelines for my ranch and guac dips, so you can make it your own!

Ranch Dressing

*Note: I’m not saying this is the best paleo ranch dip out there. In fact, I know it’s not. It’s just the fastest and easiest cause when the mood for ranch strikes, I don’t usually have a lot of time to look up a recipe and do it the right way. The best I can do is keep a batch of the seasoning mix made up and on hand, but sometimes, I’m just throwing a bunch of seasonings in the bowl with the mayo and it’s a done deal. 

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup coconut milk or other non-dairy milk
2 tsp Paleo Ranch Seasoning (make 3x or 4x the recipe and store) from RealSimpleGood.com
Add all ingredients to a bowl, mix, and adjust to taste as needed. Store in the fridge for up to a week.

Easiest Guacamole

*Note: I DO think this is the best guacamole. And the fastest.

3 ripe avocados (which means you have to buy 6 and hope for the best…)
juice from two small limes
1 cup cilantro
sea salt to taste

Place all ingredients in a food processor and go to town. Or, use a fork to mash by hand. Adjust to taste. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for no more than 1-2 days.

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