By Allrecipes Magazine

Ranch powder = pantry power!

Five ingenious ways to make use of an ingredient that you probably already have on hand.

Photo: Andy Lyons

Shake it up!

Take these quick weeknight recipes to the next level by shaking in dry ranch seasoning while you prep, or as a zesty topper — trust us, it's a game-changer.

Photo: Blaine Moats | Recipe: Dinner Waffles

1. Dinner Waffles

Add 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning to your favorite waffle batter. Prepare waffles as directed. Serve topped with sautéed veggies; fried chicken and gravy; or a fried egg, chopped bacon, and shredded Cheddar cheese.

2. Ranch Roasted Carrots

Toss 1 pound cut-up carrots (or carrot sticks) with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Sprinkle with 1 to 2 teaspoons ranch seasoning. Roast at 425°F until tender, 25 to 30 minutes. This works with almost any vegetable that's suitable for roasting.

3. Scrambled Eggs/Omelet

Stir 2 teaspoons ranch seasoning into 2 beaten eggs. Prepare as scrambled eggs or use for a 2-egg omelet.

4. Avocado Dip for Veggies

With a fork, mash together 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon ranch seasoning in a small bowl. Stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons milk to reach desired dipping consistency. Serve with cut-up veggies.

5. Chicken Ranch Pizza

Stir 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning into 8 ounces softened cream cheese. Spread on prebaked pizza crust; top with shredded chicken, chopped peppers, and onions. Top with shredded mozzarella or Colby Jack cheese. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes.

Homemade Ranch Seasoning

You can make your own dry ranch-style seasoning to keep in your pantry for quick recipe pick-me-ups. Tip: Make a big batch to pack up in jars for holiday gifts. Include a measuring spoon and tag to show how to make salad dressing and dip.

Dry Buttermilk Ranch Mix

"Perfect! I love this - I just made a batch to use as a dip and I have some left in the fridge I'll use as a dressing. I love how easy it was to throw together and I can adapt to my preferences or what I have on hand," says recipe reviewer FNChef. To prepare the mix as salad dressing, whisk together in a mixing bowl with 2 cups of mayonnaise and 2 cups of milk until smooth.

Recipe reviewer Girata says, "Amazing! I used 1 tablespoon of powdered buttermilk mix (much easier to have on hand than buttermilk) & just added water until the desired consistency. I never buy ranch anymore."

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This article originally appeared in the June/July 2018 issue of Allrecipes Magazine.