Summery dinner salad with a delicious spicy bite!
Most of the fruits and vegetables that appear in our grocery stores these days may do not even closely resemble their wild counterparts. In many cases, they are more edible, but much of their nutrient and phytochemical value has been lost. How can we recoup the losses?
A rich, warming stew……and perfectly Low FODMAP.
One of the leading experts on the Low FODMAP Diet is Patsy Catsos, and the most recent version of her book was released last April. One of the many updates to the diet includes the addition of a few varieties of lentils. This is a huge plus, considering their nutritional value, and also very useful for vegetarians following the low FODMAP plan. Lentils have ~9 grams of protein per cup, plus they are a good source of iron, fiber, and other nutrients.
Red Lentils, boiled and drained 1/2 cup
Urad Dal, boiled and drained, 1/2 cup
Chana Dal, boiled and drained, 1/2 cup
Urad dal and Chana dal* can be found at many international grocery stores and are a great alternative to red lentils because they stay nice and firm.
(*not to be mixed up with an Indian dish call Chana - made with chickpeas, onions, and often garlic - so not recommended on a low FODMAP diet)
If you've ever enjoyed udon or ramen, you've tasted dashi. This Japanese broth base is very versatile and has only 2 simple ingredients - Kombu and Bonito Flakes (they also happen to be low FODMAP). It might take a trip to an Asian food market, but you can often find both items at many local grocery stores.
Recipe for Dashi (I always make a double batch because it freezes well)
Now that you've made it, how can you use it?
Dashi Poached Egg and Scallions (use 100% buckwheat soba noodles)
Oyakodon (Chicken and Egg Rice Bowls) (omit onion, use only dark green part of green onion)
The weather says it is time for soups and stews! This is one of my favorites - simple, hearty, and high adaptable (from Smitten Kitchen). Canned lentils are allowed on the Low FODMAP diet, just be sure to keep the portion size to 1/2 cup per serving.
Nothing says summer like a cool refreshing gazpacho! I love the addition of avocado in this soup. If available, colorful heirloom tomatoes give it an amazing flavor and beautiful hue.
In honor of the warmer weather, here is a delicious salad that is naturally low in FODMAPs. The best part about it is that it keeps until the next day, particularly if you only add the arugula in as needed. Omit the honey and be sure to keep the pine nuts to less than 2 tablespoons per serving.
Indian food can be difficult if you are following the Low FODMAP Diet since many recipes contain onions, garlic, or some type of legume. Here is a delicious and easy recipe that has all of the flavor, but none of the FODMAPs. It is great as a side dish, but you can also eat it with plain, lactose-free yogurt and rice to make it a full meal.
I love a one pot recipe and this is delicious! With a few tweaks, it can be low FODMAP as well:
- For harissa, use 1 T smoked paprika and 1/2 t cayenne
- For leeks, use the dark green part only
- For garlic yogurt sauce, add 1 t garlic oil to lactose-free plain yogurt
RECIPE (from the New York Times)