What does “Spices” mean?

So in the past m0004973309101_500X500onth of doing the low-FODMAP diet I have struggled with this lack of clarity in many ingredients listing. Especially in my hot sauces, so I have begun to write to companies to see that they say. So far I have heard back from only Cholula in this nice letter that says no, it’s not good for us FODMAPIANS, but a great way to correspond with your customer!

Dear Costumer;

Thank you for your interest in our product and thank you again for preferring our great Sauce. Regarding your question, our innovations team confirms that Cholula Hot Sauce contains Garlic, but not Onion within our ingredients;

In spices we have the following;

-Garlic; Yes
-Onion; No,

If you have any other questions do not hesitate to ask, we will be glad to answer, and also we wish you the best of luck with your current condition, sincerely we hope that you get better soon. Have a good day.

Regards,

Walter Alain Chisholm Sánchez
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Tel.: (52-33) 31-34-33-00 Ext: 3210
Nextel: 52*1682*189
Cel.:  +52 1 333 661 35 36
wchisholm@cuervo.com.mx

 

Thank you Cholula!

Some like it hot, Salsa that is!

What is a burrito without salsa? I’ll tell you, it’s a burrito that is missing something MAJOR! Well tonight I am giving into my cravings and making burritos for dinner, but I can’t find a low-Fodmap salsa to save my life. Onions and garlic are the main issues. But as I have also figured with Barbeque Sauce and Ketchup, I have to make my own. I have not been 100% successful on the previous ones, but I made a good Salsa so I’m going to write up that recipe.

Spicy Low-Fodmap Chipotle SalsaWP_20140717_005

  • 1 14.5 oz can of organic chopped tomatos (make sure it doesn’t have garlic or any non-fodmap friendly foods
  • 1  4 oz can of chopped chilis
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • 1  Chipotle Pepper from a can packed in Adobo (check ingredients)
  • 1 tsp of Tamari (gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1 dash of Asafoetia powder (the replacement for onion powder/flavor )
  • 1 tsp salt (to taste)
  • 1 tsp of chipotle pepper powder
  • t tsp of cumin

Add all ingredients, including juice from the tomatoes and chilies into blender and blend to your liking of chunkiness. Let it sit in the fridge for a few hours for flavors to settle.

I can’t wait, I think this is going to be a good burrito!

Escape from Salad, Low FODMAP Caper Chicken!

It’s been sunny, I’m feeling a little better already which is awesome. I’m about two weeks into my journey with the FODMAP diet and learning what I can and cannot do, and of course making some good mistakes (did you know there is onion powder in seasoning salt? Yeah there is!) But in my mad dash to stop eating salad all the time I tried updating a recipe my mom used to make and it was SO GOOD my husband requested it be a regular on our rotation. SO Here you go…

Low-FODMAP FRIENDLY Caper Chicken :WP_20140709_004
1/3 C Finely chopped Pimentos
1/3 C Capers
2t Salt
1/2 tsp black pepper (or more to taste)
1/2 tsp dill
1/2 tsp tarragon
1 C olive Oil
1/3 C of garlic infused olive oil
3/4 C Red Wine Vinegar
2 large chicken breasts

Add all ingredients except chicken together and mix well, put into a plastic bag or container for marinating then add chicken. Let marinate for 24 hours in the fridge.

Next day, when you are redy for NOM NOM land
Preheat oven to 425
Remove chicken from marinade and cook for 20-30 minutes until tender and not pink.

Then enjoy. This stuff is SOOO GOOD!

A new diet for Belly Issues

It’s been a lifetime, no literally, a lifetime of stomach pain. Starting from birth drinking soy to stop me from screaming to now where I am almost 40 (no I’m not screaming too often ;)   I go in and out of bad cycles filled with illness. BUT there is now a new hope. After trying dairy/gluten free, elimination diets, Paleo, allergy testing and all kinds of things it has been discovered I have a few things going on, one of which is SIBO and another is Epstein Barr Virus (EBV). I have been tasked to try a new diet, the Low FODMAP diet. After having my diet slapped around more than a punching bag at a boxing gym, i thought I would blog about it. So here I am, ready or not I’m going to sort out Yet another diet.  I have hope that this time it may just work! As of July 1, 2014 I’m IN!

No Need to Miss Breakfast!

A friend of mine from high school and I reconnected a while back because she too is eating gluten free. We found one another again a while back on Facebook and this commonality gave us something to chat about. I was new at the time and she was many years into the struggle. So she recommended I hit up Trader Joe’s and give a lot of their well marked Gluten Free stuff a try. I did and find so many great treasures in rices and my BELOVED rice crackers. Seriously,have you tried the Savory Thin Min rice crackers from Trader Joes…HOLY COW… they are so good my nieces and nephews and friend always eat them up…choosing them over the wheaty ones… but I digress.

Back to the one I forgot for a while then discovered again recently. A friend of mine was coming into town from Denmark and I thought it would be nice to have some foods for her gorgeous 3 year old Cecilie.  Now the wee one is not gluten free but there I was at the store and I ran across the gluten free pancakes. I grabbed the box and promptly forgot… we didn’t eat them when my friends were in town. Then I discovered them in my freezer a few days ago. I grabbed a packet, popped the coaster sized pancakes in the toaster, let them go topped with maple syrup. Delicious!  I honestly couldn’t tell they were gluten free…they weren’t super heavy or grainy, they were perfect and fluffy. AND I just dropped them in the toaster! Yup…it rocked. SO if you want something easy, give these a go. Seriously yummy…and portion controlled :)
Another win! WOOP WOOP!

Stroganoff Brilliance

One of the many foods I have missed are my creamy delicious dinner. My mother made the best Beef Stroganoff. In fact I used to request that for my birthday dinner…in June. My mother refused since it was “off season” so I had to always come up with a second option or wait until it was cold out.

Turkey Stroganoff, I know it may look a bit…interesting but IT’S SO GOOD!

Now I can do whatever I want, but her recipe takes hours and has all kinds of gluten and Dairy… since I’m watching what I eat for both health and Gluten/Dairy issues this is something I skipped until I ran across a food blogger that was new to me…Skinnyms.com. I don’t know about you but I’m always hesitant with new recipe sites since some are…um..well… uh…how to put it delicately?  Ah forget delicate, some have “healthy” recipes that resemble cardboard more than meals. Horrible…but I gave Skinnyms.com a shot and WOW… she wasn’t kidding. This is great. I made a few modifications to her recipe since it had dairy in it and I always have to tinker…but wow.. it’s super super good! Check this out:

Ground Turkey Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground lean turkey
  • 1 diced onion
  • 4 ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 1 cup fat free chicken broth
  • 1/2 C tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • Seasoning Salt to taste
  • 1 cup dairy free sour cream (or she used plain greek yogert)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Directions

Put tomato sauce, chicken broth, salt, pepper, onion powder, balsamic and garlic salt into a crockpot and stir up. Turn crockpot on low.

 Spray a large skillet with nonstick spray and  cook ground turkey until it loses its pink color, drain off any fat and add to the slow cooker. Spray pan again with your nonstick spray  sauté mushrooms and onions with a sprinkling of Seasoning salt over medium-low heat until tender.

Add mushroom/onion mixture to the slow cooker the remaining. Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours. Combine Greek yogurt with cornstarch, add to Stroganoff and continue cooking 30 minutes. Serve over gluten free pasta, white or brown rice.

Serving size 1 cup of sauce. 6 Points per cup.  Rice or pasta is extra points.

Enjoy! So GOOD!

The Tooth Twooth

teeth three years ago

teeth three years ago (Photo credit: darwin.wins)

“Is there a relationship between Gluten Intolerance and dental issues?” is a questions I found myself wandering around asking anyone and everyone when my jaw went into fits of pain.

Last August (2011) I  had a simple crown put on a tooth that had just gotten a new filling that was very large.  Well being a redhead, I had trouble getting numb, and so I ended up with three injections of Novocaine in two different flavors…or types. Ever since then I had horrible pain in my teeth and jaw. When I say horrible pain, I’m not sure that covers it.  It felt like one of two, sometimes both things. Either someone was trying to rip my jaw off my face, or they were pulling my teeth out slowly with pliers moving from tooth to tooth without warning Oh and don’t forget a jaw joint that felt like I spent the last decade chewing a whole pack of hubba bubba..sore.  Not pleasant, and no one could help. Not my dentist who gave me a night guard that didn’t help, Not our holistic doctor who gave me weird h

erbs that tasted bad and did NOTHING to stop the pain, not then endodontist who thought two root canals MAY reduce the pain a little,  not my regular doctor… nothing. Then I got a cold, and oddly enough a combination of Advil and sudafed not only dulled the pain but cut it almost entirely.  HUH?  My oral surgeon took that hint and diagnosed me with Nuropathy and set me up with a plan to “untrain” the nerves from over reacting like a silent movie star.

Yeah, that was scarey because the pain was so intense…. and because often there is no resolution or cure. After about 8 months of taking Advil, Sudafed and an anti-depressant trying to retrain my nerves to let up I saw a change, a big one…finally.  I also during this time did a fair amount of research and found many articles (like a few I mention below) that link gluten intolerance and ignoring it to teeth, gums and jaw issues.

It was pretty hellish but I’m almost off of all the meds and my nerves have learned to relax. I promised my teeth/jaw no more trips to the Dentist that didn’t believe I was hard to get numb… and they agreed to stop sending a gazillion gladiators to battle on each and every little nerve ending.

For me it was un-training the nerves, but since I had been gluten cheating a lot, I think getting that on track helped a lot. And if you read stories online you can find a lot of peopel that SWEAR about a link.  So if you have gluten issues and tooth pain, consider looking into it… but if that doesn’t work don’t give up keep asking doctors and other medical people…keep reading. I’m making my way out of the woods leaving the nasty fighters behind!

A few resources I read:

http://www.living-gluten-free.com/tooth.html

http://www.deardoctor.com/inside-the-magazine/issue-10/gluten-dental-problems/