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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…

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!

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.

Tic Tac Controversy

I was happily chomping on a box of orange tic tacs at work today when one of my colleagues stops by and says “hey, those have gluten in them ya know!” I looked up shocked. ” They can’t can they?” I asked. He just nodded and walked away. Ah pooey, Mr. Grimgluten reaper!  But now I can’t get the idea out of my head, so I’m looking it up and it seems they have CORN gluten not WHEAT gluten.

Image from pennypinchinmom.com

I guess it’s to be a day of learning because I didn’t realize gluten wasn’t specific to Wheat products exclusively… but now I wonder when my Doc said “no gluten” if she knew this an meant no on corn or wheat. After reading a bit,  it seems that Corn Gluten is a misused term so she probably didn’t mean avoid it.. So weird.

Here is how I found out about the claim they are gluten free: http://www.tictacusa.com/sections/faq/index.swf

Corn Gluten is assumed okay for Celiac’s and other GF Folks http://www.celiac.com/articles/186/1/Corn-Gluten—Is-it-Safe-for-a-People-with-Celiac-Disease-Who-are-on-a-Gluten-Free-Diet/Page1.html

Korean Food for the Win!

What a treat for an afternoon. Just imagine sitting back in a fun modern setting as your bowl filled with rice, Korean marinated short ribs and other treats is set in front of you…all topped with an egg yolk.

Gorgeous Image thanks to Jackie at http://www.jackiewrites.com

I had met a good friend for lunch and she suggested a restaurant that has been in Fremont for about a year named Revel. When she mentioned it was Korean I knew I was in business. I am able to have a little bit of gluten like the amount in soy, so I often lean toward Asian food when I’m in doubt. But this, this amazing wonder was such a huge treat. I hadn’t had anything quite like it, with a raw egg yolk ready to stir in and make the dish creamier (they easily remove this if it makes you nervous) Boy was it good. (and I guessed about 10 points eating only 1/2 Cup of the rice.. not bad!)

If you are in Seattle give this a whirl… Revel for the win!