simple ranch recipes for busy weeknights
This post is sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Spring is our family’s busiest season. We’re pushing hard to finish our homeschool curriculum, my daughter’s cheerleading competitions are in full effect, out of town guests are coming and with the weather so nice, I like to squeeze in some outdoor adventures. There’s not a lot of extra time for anything, including elaborate meals. It’s always nice to have some kid-friendly, easy recipes and a super flavorful seasoning up my sleeve like Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker.
When you have a seasoning that can take a dish from okay to WOW, you stick with it. The Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker is something to keep in your pantry as it goes so well with a wide variety of meals from mac-n-cheese to baked potatoes. We don’t eat meat in our home, so I wanted to share two simple yet flavorful vegetarian recipes with you guys using this seasoning.
If you do the cooking in your house, I’m sure you are familiar with the pre-dinner cravings. Sure as the moon rises, as soon as my skillet hits the flame, the family descends on me moaning about how hungry they are. This is why I usually have a snack idea ready to go. A new favorite with my kids is Ranch Pretzels using Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning Shaker. At only 3 ingredients, you can’t go wrong with this snack. It’s not only great for hungry kids, it works well as a snack for entertaining all guests. See the RANCH PRETZEL recipe here.
We eat a lot of cauliflower in our house as it makes for a great animal protein replacement. You can roast cauliflower whole, sear it into steaks, pulverize it into rice, all kinds of things. This simple recipe takes roasted cauliflower to the next level using just a few ingredients you already have in your pantry. Get the RANCH CAULIFLOWER BITES recipe here!
I will say, this toasty, seasoned panko topping made for the ranch cauliflower bites is crazy good! You could use this topping (or crusting) in so many delicious ways – on mushrooms, to top a casserole, crusted on a protein… This toasty mixture is a secret weapon!
Ready to brighten up and add a lot of flavor to your dishes?