November 19, 2011

Vegan Ranch Dressing with Soy Yogurt

I started this Eat Right For Your Type diet. I'm not trying to lose weight. I'm skinny enough. I'm on this diet for health reasons.

According to Peter D'Adamo we should eat different foods based on our blood type; mine is O.

I thought I would give it a try and see if my allergies improved as well as a few other symptoms. I've been on it a few weeks now and do see some benefits so I'll stick with it a while longer.

The tricky part is finding foods I can eat and substitutions aren't always out there so I made a few of my own. I can't have vinegar and even before reading this book realized it upsets my stomach. That might seem like a small thing until you read labels and realize most condiments have vinegar in them.

I like ranch dressing and created my own. I found a few online but they always had an ingredient on my bad list like safflower oil; another no-no on the O blood type list.

I realized after making this recipe that vegans could also use it so I added that in the name.

3/4 cup plain soy yogurt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons lemon juice (this gives it the tang missing since we aren't using vinegar)
1 tablespoon parsley
1 tablespoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix together and store covered in the refrigerator.

If you are going to eat out at a restaurant just ask for your salad dry. I was able to carry my own ranch dressing in a zipper sandwich bag that I double bagged with about three tablespoons of dressing with me in my purse. That may seem a bit weird but it worked and I don't think anyone even saw me do it.

Mayonnaise has vinegar in it too so I've used this on Ezekiel bread for sandwiches. If you like mustard, sprinkle a tiny bit of dry mustard over the bread after spreading this on. I've tried making a mustard spread but haven't had good luck so far. For some reason when dry mustard is added to soy yogurt it becomes watery after sitting in the refrigerator for a while. If you put a little on right before eating it doesn't have time to break it down. I'm still working on it though and if I come up with a better solution I'll post it.