When the people at Kraft asked me to come up with a nutritious low carb recipe featuring one of their many salad dressings, I knew it would be a fun project. There are so many delicious Kraft Salad Dressing flavors to choose from though, that I had trouble narrowing down my options!
I’m a huge fan of the Kraft Roku Blue Cheese dressing, but since blue cheese is kind of a love it or hate it thing, I thought it might be too risky.
I also love Caesar dressing, but the strong flavor profile limited my options and I wasn’t feeling it for this project – especially because I wanted this recipe to be kid friendly.
I finally decided to go with the Kraft Original Ranch, because you just can’t beat the classics. Seriously, who doesn’t love Ranch dressing?
Also, I knew that it would be widely available for any of you that are looking to try this recipe. And you should – because it’s super easy, and tastes amazing! Even Hungry Jr. liked this one – and he’s not usually a huge broccoli fan!
Generally when people think of ranch dressing, they think of pairing it with raw veggies – always delicious. I wondered though, how it would taste cooked right into the veggies instead. I was running with scissors on this one people!
Of course a little cheese never hurts, so I threw some of that in there too. To keep it from drying out, I added a little heavy cream – though you could easily substitute a lower fat option like half and half or milk if that better fits into your eating plan.
Roast these four simple ingredients together for about 40 minutes, and the result is a tangy, cheesy sauce that perfectly complements the slightly sweet flavor of the roasted broccoli.
An easy and versatile side dish, you can also add in some other veggies and/or some chopped chicken pieces to the pan before roasting, making it a nutritious and inexpensive one pot meal that the whole family will love!
While this low carb broccoli recipe may not be the prettiest girl at the ball – I can guarantee she’s got the best personality!
Cheesy Ranch Roasted Broccoli – Low Carb and Gluten Free
An easy, versatile, and nutritious low carb side dish recipe that the whole family will enjoy!
- Yield: About 6 servings
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1/4 cup ranch dressing
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream (you can substitute milk if you prefer)
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
- Toss all of the ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl until the broccoli is well coated. Spread out the broccoli mixture in an 8 x 8 (or equivalent) oven proof casserole dish. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees (F) for 30 minutes. Remove and stir – if not tender enough for your preference, place back in the oven for another 5 – 10 minutes, or until desired tenderness is reached. Serve hot.
Approximate nutrition info per serving: 135 calories, 11g fat, 3g net carbs, 4g protein
- Serving Size: Generous 1/2 cup
Feel free to experiment with some of the other great Kraft Dressing varieties with this recipe as well! I’m thinking the Three Cheese Ranch, Peppercorn Ranch, or Ranch with Bacon Pieces would all taste amazing in this recipe!
If you’re looking for more recipe inspiration, you can also find some creative recipes featuring Kraft Salad Dressings over on their website! I’m definitely going to be giving that Warm Reuben Spread a try ASAP!
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