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Southwest Ranch Salad

This is simple to make and you can even pack it up to go as it travels well. All the southwest flavors mingle nicely and it’s a refreshing lunch salad. If you don’t like Ranch dressing, substitute any other low fat or no fat dressing.

Southwest Ranch Salad
Southwest Ranch Salad

4 servings
380 calories per serving

4 c mixed salad greens
15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
10 oz. frozen corn, thawed and drained
1 large red pepper, chopped
4 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 c low fat shredded cheddar cheese
½ c low fat ranch dressing
2 T cilantro, chopped

Arrange greens on plates and top with beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Top with dressing and cilantro.

Spinach and Ranch Snack

This tastes much like the spinach dip you often find in a hollowed out bread bowl – but this one adds many more veggies and is a much healthier and lower cal option.

Spinach and Ranch Snack
Spinach and Ranch Snack

18 servings
170 calories per serving (2 T dip and 15-17 crackers)

1 c low fat sour cream
¼ c light ranch dressing
10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 shredded carrot
½ c finely chopped yellow bell peppers
Wheat Thins or Triscuits

Mix sour cream and dressing then stir in veggies.

Roast Beef Ranch Sandwich

Tangy ranch dressing, spicy horseradish, and lotsa meat and veggies – my kind of sandwich 🙂

Roast Beef Ranch Sandwich
Roast Beef Ranch Sandwich

4 servings
334 calories per serving

4 small Club Rolls
32 slices thin sliced deli roast beef (Oscar Mayer pre-packaged meats are great)
1 small red onion, sliced
1 small tomato, sliced
2 c shredded lettuce
8 T non fat ranch dressing
3 T horseradish
4 T shopped parsley

Mix ranch, horseradish and parsley and refrigerate at least ½ hour. Place meet on rolls and spoon on the prepared dressing. Top with onion, tomato and lettuce.

Ranch Popcorn

Some of the simplest snacks are the best – adding ranch flavor to popcorn is just a match made in heaven. And this is so easy to do !

Ranch Popcorn
Ranch Popcorn

1 serving
184 calories per serving

6 c air popped popcorn (you can use microwave popcorn, but the calorie count goes up a bit)
2 t Molly McButter
2 t Dry ranch dressing mix

Pop popcorn and spread out on a cookie sheet then spray with ICBINB and sprinkle with the Molly McButter. Then spray again and mix with the ranch dressing mix.

Turkey and Ranch Wrap

Simple, quick, and a great tasting lunch wrap.

Turkey and Ranch Wrap
Turkey and Ranch Wrap

2 servings
340 calories per serving

1 T light Ranch dressing
1 Whole wheat wrap (80 calorie version by Smart and Delicious)
1 lettuce leaf
6 slices deli turkey breast
2 slices tomato
1 Laughing Cow light cheese wedge
2 avocado slices

Spread the cheese on the wrap then fill with the rest of the ingredients and wrap it up. Here is a video that shows you how to make a wrap that does not leak 🙂

Lo Cal Ranch Dip

This dip would be equally as good used as a salad dressing (even though it is nice and thick). But as a dip for vegetables, it makes the perfect healthy snack.

Lo Cal Ranch Dip
Lo Cal Ranch Dip

2 cups
87 calories per serving (1 serving=3 T)

1 c light mayonnaise
2 T lemon juice
2 T chopped parsley
2 T chopped green onion
1 packet Equal
1 T dry ranch salad dressing mix
1 T Dijon mustard
1 ½ t minced garlic
¼ t salt
¾ c buttermilk

Combine mayo, juice, parsley, onion, Equal, mustard, garlic, ranch mix and salt and whisk well. Then whisk in buttermilk and cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve with veggies.

Five Layer Salad

Simple and easy and oh so decadent with the addition of cheese and bacon. This lunch salad really hits the spot !

Five Layer Salad
Five Layer Salad

4 servings
225 calories per serving

5 oz. mixed greens
½ English cucumber, coarsely chopped
½ c low fat ranch dressing
¼ c real bacon pieces
½ c finely shredded low fat cheddar cheese

Layer all ingredients on a serving platter or individual dishes and pour on dressing.

Spicy Chicken Salad

And here is my first retread of the week….this salad is so spicy and so enjoyable. I have been looking forward to making it since the last time I made it back in January. But I am usually too busy testing NEW recipes and I had not gotten back to it. That is, until today. My mouth is pretty happy right now !

Hot, Hot, Hot !! But just the right amount of hot – – – almost like eating hot wings together with the celery and carrots – all in one mouthful.

Spicy Chicken Salad
Spicy Chicken Salad

2 servings
120 calories per serving

6 oz. cooked cubed chicken (Perdue Shortcuts works great here !)
3 T fat free mayonnaise
3 T chopped celery
3 T chopped carrots
1 1/2 t Frank’s Red Hot sauce
1/2 t dry ranch dressing mix

Combine the mayo, hot sauce and ranch dressing mix. Place chicken in a hot skillet and saute 3 minutes to heat up. Add chicken, celery, and carrots to sauce. Mix well and serve.

Turkey Sandwich Lunch Platter

Quick, easily portable and a great lunch. If you gotta have mayo instead of mustard, then use low or no fat and reduce the light ranch dressing.

Turkey Sandwich Lunch Platter
Turkey Sandwich Lunch Platter

1 serving
305 calories per serving

2 slices 45 calories wheat bread
5 slices deli turkey
1 slice tomato
1 lettuce leaf
1/2 c baby carrots
1/2 c celery sticks or broccoli florets
1/4 c light ranch dressing for dipping (or onion dip made with no fat sour cream)

Make your sandwich and enjoy !

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