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Cruising with FODMAP

Recently I was treated to a trip to Alaska on a cruise ship with 10 family members. Before you flinch thinking of spending that much time with family in close quarters I want to mention that actually our family is AWESOME and we had a great time checking out the Alaska Glaciers. This part of our family gets along great. Okay…enough bragging. Now that you know this you’ll see why my biggest concern was food.

Yeah there is a ton of food on a cruise ship and it’s available 24/7…  but not with listed ingredients and I do think much of it has a lot of “unnatural” fillers.  Before heading out I called Celebrity and told them about my diet and concerns. They told me that many people have a variety of diets and just to talk to customer service as soon as I got on the boat and they would walk me though all the food and help me find what I could eat. WOW! Talk about service.

I didn’t do this check in right away, but our first night in the dining hall our server came and asked for me by name. I was shocked to find out that just by calling to inquire they had sent that information on and my server already knew about my dietary concerns! She quickly appeared with Gluten Free bread for me to chomp on before I ordered my steak dinner. I did however gain some weight back…oh well it was still super NICE!

On the cruise there were times that my tummy wasn’t happy but usually that was when I cheated or just ate something without asking if it was FODMAP friendly. So yes, it is controllable and fairly easy to do even on a cruise ship. I was able to enjoy the trip fully no stress! YAY!WP_20140908_013

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Chicken Fried Rice A-La FODMAP style

The other night I was at home and desperately digging through my fridge wanting to avoid a trip to the store (some days I am anti-market). Being FODMAPPY I was a little stressed since my usual meals were gone… so  I looked around and created this simple FODMAP friendly dish with leftovers. Not only was it delicious, my husband liked it so much he asked for it to be put into rotation!

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FODMAP Friendly Chicken Fried Rice

  • 1/2 Cup of cooked chicken (I also made this with Cubed ham)
  • 1 Cup of cooked Rice (I used white, but brown would be good too)
  • 1/2 C Green beans cleaned and cut into thirds
  • 1/4 C of shredded carrot
  • 1/4 C Chopped Spinich (or basil I’ve done both)
  • 1/4 cup of coarsely chopped red pepper
  • 1T sesame Oil
  • 1/4 C  Gluten Free Tamari or Soy Sauce (or to taste)
  • 2 Eggs (beaten)
  • 1 tsp Water
  • 1 chopped Jalapeno (optional)

Directions:

  1. Heat the Sesame oil in a frying pan
  2. Once hot, add the veggies (carrots, green beans, pepper, Spinich, jalapeno) Saute for 2-4 minutes until peppers are slightly soft
  3. Add chicken and Rice (add a splash of water to rice if it’s day old rice and is a bit dry) . Mix all the ingredients together well.
  4. Pour in the Tamari and mix well, rice should turn a little brown. Taste as you add it, different people like different salt levels
  5. Push the rice/veggie mixture to the side so you have  a part of the pan open to pour in the beaten eggs with the tsp of water. Scramble it off to the side
  6. Once the eggs are scrambled mix them into the rest of the mixture well.
  7. Voila, you have some FODMAP friendly Fried rice! It’s pretty yummy!

I hope you enjoy this dish, it’s pretty darned good!  If you try it and add other FODMAP friendly things I’d LOVE to hear about it.

Eating at Events- Food FODMAP Fiasco

Brandon & I

Enjoying the Wedding Weekend!

Imagine this…so there you sit with your partner, at the wedding rehearsal for your lovely sister-in-law and you suddenly realize, crap I’m on this newish to me (the low FODMAP diet) and I don’t’ want to blow it, but there will be limited food options all weekend.  Have you been there or something like it? Yeah I just did this over the weekend ..and on thing I HATE is feeling like the pain the butt so I kinda panicked. Don’t get me wrong most of my family is very supportive, but I have changed diets so many times and really…I remember planning my wedding and there were so many things to worry about that remembering peoples dietary issues was not on my radar other than making sure there was vegetarian food.

So back to this weekend… there we were, at a gorgeous yard right on the Puget Sound, the sunshine keeping us warm as we laughed and chatted. One would think that as the appetizers came around it would have dawned on me that I would have to deal with dinner and my diet. Nope, I had my glass of wine and was happily chatting with family deWhidbyviewclining the tasty treats. Then we were seated and my gorgeous dressed salad with fig, blue cheese and bacon arrived.  It looked amazing, and like a HUGE NO NO… I stared at my pretty salad for a moment  as if I could ask it, can you just be something I can eat please.  It stared back as if to say, Um…No lady figure it out. I sighed…then excused myself and headed into the kitchen.  I thought if I discretely spoke to the catering staff they could help me out. I did meet some resistance from the proud chef, but in the end we worked out a meal for me eliminating my large and random seeming FODMAP list. Phew. I drifted back to the table and pawned my tasty looking figs off on my happy to receive them hubby.  Sounds like the end of the story until….

One of the hosts was worried, seeing me chat so long with the catering staff she asked what happened. I had to fess up that I had dietary issues so I had to be careful with my food. I hoped it would end there but it started a discussion. I think it is a good thing that people are interested in allergies and FODMAP diet (or any diet) but somehow I find this terribly embarrassing when I just want to enjoy and fall into the fold. But this is my lesson, I need to speak up for myself and get the food I need to stay healthy and able to enjoy this kind of time with my family.  And I did it and had a great time at the awesome wedding. Phew…

Wheatless-ish Barley

Last night I was happily enjoying my crockpot chicken over lettuce, while my boyfriend was eating it over rice. I asked for a bite, because he had it over my favorite brown rice from Trader Joe’s, the one with lots of texture called “Brown Rice Medley”.  And of course once I had dodged the cheese he had added, I got a nice ricey, chickeny nummy bite!  I loved it. Then he asked “what are the little round kinda crunchy things.” I  wasn’t sure so I grabbed the package and much to my surprise it was barley.

Trader Joe’s ‘ Brown Rice Medley”

Ah barley, the much debated “can you eat it if you’re gluten free” question.  I have read many sites and what I’ve decided to believe is that, if you are a Celiac, it’s not a good idea. If you have gluten allergies (meaning you can have trace amounts without issue) then it’s usually all good. I’m allergic and have never had issues with barley.

The reason I have found that it does cause issues for Celiacs, is the same reason some doctors advise Celiacs not to travel to countries like Tibet (an allergy to a country because they grow so much wheat! I had never heard this before.)  The reason to avoid barley if you are sensitive to cross contamination is because barley and wheat are grown in the same fields and often processed in the same plants.  So the barley would most likely have trace amounts that could cause big upsets in a Celiacs system.

So that is my research for the day. I eat barley with no issue, but it’s one to be careful of and consider if you have a Celiac, or a super sensitive system to wheat.

Chicken in the Crock!

It’s a bit chilly and gray here this fine Seattle morning. If I weren’t looking directly at a calendar for work already I would have guessed it may be March or April, but no, it’s not. It’s June… the snowing in the passes kind of June.

I sure hope the weather gets better this summer, but to lighten up my mood I thought since it’ll be a busy work afternoon I’d get something going on the Crockpot. I dug around and combined some recipes from Gina and Skinnytaste, Allrecipes and the Food Network to come up with this nice Gluten and Diary free hopefully yummy dish.  Yes yes, it is a bit risky putting this up but the recipes I combined all had good comments so I’m confident. I’ll post a picture later today… It smells wonderful!

I added some salsa and put it over chopped lettuce. SO GOOD!

Spicy Crockpot Chicken

Main Ingredients:

  • 1- 15 oz can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies
  • 1.5 C black, navy, pinto or kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 C corn (frozen or canned- drained)
  • 1 can chicken broth (Fat Free)
  • 1/2 tsp Tapateo (or hot sauce of your choice)
  • 1/2 tsp Chipolte Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • 1.5 LBS chicken breast
  • Seasoning salt to taste (I love Lowreys but any will do)

Optional:

  • Cheese (for the dairy eaters or dairy free cheese of your choice)
  • Green onions chopped
  • Chopped Cilantro

Serve Over:

  • Chopped Iceburg lettuce
  • Rice (brown or white)
  • Pasta (Gluteny or GF?)

Mix all the ingredients except the chicken, Tapateo and the salt in the crockpot.  Season the chicken with the Seasoning Salt and Tapateo and place it in the crockpot.  Set on low for about 8-10 hours or High for 5-6.  If you like shredded chicken, pull it out and shred it about 1/2 hour before the end of your crockpot cooking or you can serve a full chicken breast over the lettuce, rice or pasta no problem.  Then top it with your favorite or all of the Cilantro, green onions and cheese. Viola – dinner is served!

Have a great day! 🙂

Attack of the MilkBread Monster…

It happened to me!  It was a major attack. An attack of the “poor me’s.”  Yep pouty lower lip and all. Lucky for me wheat and dairy only irritate my system  for about 30 minutes to about five hours with no long lasting problems… well other than an irritated boyfriend who wonders why I do this to myself and he too, that lovely man, gets over it 🙂

Beloved Bread Pudding at Mama's in New Orleans!

Beloved Bread Pudding at Mama's in New Orleans!

So what happened. I got sick of it.   I just wanted to be “normal” for a bit and not dig through menus to find what I “can” eat. I didn’t want to tell anyone “oh I can’t have that” when they offered up some cake…  So what did I do…well of course I went on a rampage that lasted about a month. Yep, a whole month!  Since I had been really good for about 6 months, I didn’t get too horribly sick the first gluteny-lactosefull meal I ate (Gnocchi followed by Bread Pudding…Yeah I got that bad!), so I kept going until it got really bad again. Nope, I’m not proud but it happens and I did it to myself.   And now it’s time to knock it off.

So here I am pulling myself up by the bootstraps and jumping back on the horse. I’m off to the store to buy some smoothie makings and some nice ingredients to make some Asian meals. Tonight, Avocado Chicken Stir fry…made with Tamari of course!

So I’m back. I’m honest and yes I’m going to start taking care of myself again. I’ll get that darned Milkbread Monster under control! 🙂

Healthy, Tasty AND Gluten-free!

This is a recent discovery that is absolutely brilliant! Pizza is one of the foods I have missed the most since the majority of pizzas have both Gluten and Lactose! I did get into ordering gluten free pizzas around Seattle and found many left A LOT to be desired… Then a friend introduced me to this… it’s brilliant and low calorie!

Cauliflower pizza crust *image thanks to paleoperiodical.com!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Crust
1 medium Cauliflower (Riced)
1 egg (beaten)
1 Cup of cheese (of your choice, I use soy mozzarella, but my friend loves goat cheese)
1 tsp Garlic salt
1 tsp Italian seasonings (or just use oregano and basil, fresh basil.
Olive oil

Pizza:
Pizza Sauce to taste
Cheese (your favorite)
Choice of toppings, I do mushrooms, jalapeno and tomato!

Preheat Oven to 450, prepare a cookie sheet with cooking spray, butter or olive oil. Set aside.

Rice your Cauliflower (shred in a food processor or grate it with a cheese grater) put in a microwave safe bowl and heat it for about 7-9 minutes until soft. Let it cool. It will make approximately 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups of riced Cauliflower.

When cauliflower is cool add 1 cup of Cauliflower, 1 beaten egg and 1C of the cheese of your choice mix together. Add spices and mix again. Take cauliflower mixture and pat out in a mass about 9 inches around. Brush with Olive oil.

Top it with pizza sauce, cheese and toppings of your choice. Bake in oven at 450 for about 15 minutes or until cheese on top is melted and edges are slightly browned.

Cut into slices and enjoy! YUM!