Ranch Mix and Garlic Salt: A Betrayal

I hit a plateau a few months back. Could not work through it. I did some reading and bought keto sticks. You pee on them so see how deeply you’re in ketosis – it’s a nice little indicator of whether you’re accidentally eating carbs.

I was moderate in ketosis. Not bad. I did the sticks for a few days, when suddenly disaster struck!

Just kidding. No disaster. But I was suddenly very light – barely in ketosis! I’d had brussels sprouts and sirloin roast for dinner. Super low carb!! WTF! Then I started reading labels. I had added two seasonings to my brussels sprouts:

  • Hidden Valley Ranch Mix – the second ingredient (after salt) is MSG! Corn starch is also abundant in there. And there’s 1 carb per 1/4 teaspoon. I’d added about 24 carbs in the 2 Tablespoons of ranch mix that I’d added to my veggies. WTF!
  • Lawry’s Garlic Salt – Sugar and starch. Right there on the label. Dang it!!!

So I made my own. Here are the recipes I used.

Ranch Seasoning

Adapted from Happy Money Saver

  • 1/4 c buttermilk powder – this is the base of the recipe. We’re supposed to use 1/2 cup, but there are lots of carbs here, so we’re cutting it in half. This is why you’ll be able to use about half the amount.
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dill
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp onion flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp dried portobello mushrooms

I don’t like mushrooms, but I bought some (Trader Joe’s had dried shiitake mushrooms so that’s what I ended up with) and chopped them up and the mix is really excellent.

I also didn’t bother to blend it.  I just mixed it up and stuck it in an empty spice container. It’s fantastic! I season brussels sprouts, riced cauliflower, or anything else that finds its way into my skillet!

Garlic Salt

Three parts salt to one part garlic powder. Read the label on your garlic powder to make sure it’s just garlic. That one was too easy!

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