Artichoke dip has always been one of my favorite holiday appetizers. But until we recently reintroduced artichokes into our modified low FODMAP eating, it was strictly off the menu. But even though we are both now OK with artichokes, the amount of onions, garlic and lactose found in most artichoke dip recipes doesn’t work for us. That’s why I created my own gut-friendly take on classic artichoke dip….
All of a sudden, Thanksgiving has snuck up on me.
I’m not sure how it happened.
In September, I’d bought an appetizer idea book to inspire me to play around with some Thanksgiving starter ideas.
But somehow, the time got away from me.
That means I’ll be doing some test run appetizers this weekend. Wish me luck!
At least I have my pumpkin pie sorted. I really love the Glutino pie crust mix, and my own filling recipe. I’ll have to get it up on the blog for next year!
And of course I’ll be bringing a double batch of my gluten-free cheddar cheese scones.
Low FODMAP Thanksgiving Recipes
This will be my second low FODMAP Thanksgiving, so although I have a few standards I’ll make again, I am still on the hunt for more low FODMAP Thanksgiving dinner recipes. That’s why this week’s FODMAP Friday is all sorts of easy and delicious ideas for a low FODMAP Thanksgiving dinner:
- I always bake a pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. This year I think I’ll try out Becky Excell’s low FODMAP, gluten-free and dairy-free pumpkin pie recipe.
- Squash is always a good choice for a low FODMAP Thanksgiving dinner. I suggest you skip the mini marshmallows that accompany it as the traditional dessert and instead dish up this Whipped Gingerbread Spice Butternut Squash from Beyond Celiac as a side.
- If you love cornbread stuffing like I do, you’ll want try this low FODMAP Cornbread Stuffing recipe from Calm Belly Kitchen which includes a solid gluten-free cornbread scratch recipe.
- Although these low FODMAP Enchiladas with Pumpkin and Spinach from Treble in the Kitchen call for shredded chicken breasts, I bet they’d be FANTASTIC with your leftover low FODMAP Thanksgiving turkey.
- I’m not in charge of the turkey, but if I were I’d be trying out this Paleo Low FODMAP Turkey recipe from Jay’s Baking Me Crazy.
I’m finally back into the everyday groove after spending a week in Southern California.
My sweetie and I met up with some friends for Blizzcon—the annual Blizzard Entertainment video game celebration—and then spent a few days at Disneyland.
That’s why there was no FODMAP Friday last week. I was sequestered inside of the Anaheim Convention Center getting my geek on.
Eating Low-FODMAP at the Anaheim Convention Center
Not surprisingly, the food on offer at the Anaheim Convention Center was not at all gluten-free or low-FODMAP friendly. There was tons of wheat everywhere.
And not even ONE gluten-free beer in the beer garden.
Unfortunately, the convention center doesn’t allow you to bring in your own food.
So the way we solved our low-FODMAP eating dilemma was to head to the hotel dining options adjacent to the convention center.
We had a lunch at the Marriott and were pleased to not only find low-FODMAP options for our meal but to also have a gluten-free pound cake and sorbet dessert option on the menu as well.
Luckily, the event also invited a number of food trucks and we found one gourmet Mexican food truck that had some good options for us. I’ll be sharing my overview of the best gluten-free and low-FODMAP restaurants we ate at soon.
It’s always a good idea to assume you won’t be able to find gluten-free and low-FODMAP food when you attend conferences and events. But it is pretty typical that you can find some good food options at nearby hotel lounges and restaurants. Search Yelp or your favorite search engine
This Week’s Low FODMAP Recipes
After a week of eating out for every meal, I’m excited to get back into the kitchen. Here are some of the low-FODMAP recipes that caught my eye this week:
- The Fat Foodie has a cozy low FODMAP Caribbean pork stew that’s perfect for a Fall lunch or light dinner.
- Bobby Flay inspired this Low FODMAP Moussaka from FODMAP Life.
- Looking for a nut-free gluten-free cake recipe? Try this Passover-friendly Chocolate Quinoa Cake from My Jewish Learning.
- It’s not Thanksgiving without a green bean casserole. Delicious as it Looks has adapted this holiday classic into an easy low FODMAP recipe.
- Spice up your brunch baked eggs with this Low-FODMAP Poached Eggs with Swiss Chard and Chickpeas recipe also from FODMAP Life.
- Are you missing Oreos after going gluten-free? Kate Scarlata to the rescue! Low FODMAP ‘Oreos’.
Do you have a fabulous low FODMAP recipe to share? Let me know!
I’m spending my Friday at the Priceonomics conference here in San Francisco. But truth be told, there’s going to be some serious daydreaming about what I’ll be doing next Friday…
You see, I’m a longtime gamer. I’ve been playing video games since I was old enough to hold a joystick. And over the past 12 years, the majority of those games have been from Blizzard Entertainment. And this year we’re heading to Anaheim with some of our friends for their big fan conference—Blizzcon!
I’m incredibly excited about two days full of cosplay and geek speak at Blizzcon. But I’m also already planning what gluten-free snacks I’ll bring with me, and plotting out gluten-free friendly spots for dinner. Then, after Blizzcon, we’re going to Disneyland! It’s across the street from the convention center, so it’s a no-brainer. It’s also the one place I don’t stress about what to eat. They have so many gluten-free options and take it very seriously. I’ll be sure to take some photos so I can publish a gluten-free guide to visiting Disneyland.
Always Read the Ingredients
When you’re on the low-FODMAP diet, it’s important to always always always read the ingredients on anything you eat. Unfortunately, this goes for recipes too.
Over the past week, I’ve seen a number of recipes marked as low-FODMAP that decidedly were not. As in they contained onions or garlic level non-compliant. Not OK! that said, if you see butter in a low-FODMAP recipe, don’t panic. Butter is considered to be low-FODMAP. You can also buy butter that’s marked as lactose-free.
- One person you can always count on to be giving you truly low-FODMAP recipes is Kate Scarlata. I can’t wait to try out her Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies (low FODMAP & gluten free) recipe.
- Also from Kate this week is a DIY low FODMAP & Gluten Free Waffle Mix. You might want to bookmark this to keep in mind for a gluten-free holiday gift basket.
- I’m a huge fan of bread pudding. This one looks great: Low FODMAP bread pudding with blueberries via A Less Irritable Life
- These Brownie-Bottom Pumpkin Bars look like the perfect treat for your Halloween party.
I also published my Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe this week. It turned out so well that these are the cookies I’m bringing with me on our Anaheim trek to share with our friends.
Just when I started to feel like I was getting the hang of gluten-free baking, life had to throw me a curveball.
My boyfriend’s naturopath had him try a new treatment for his IBS, and follow it up with a month of Paleo eating.
Now, here’s the thing: He eats ice cream for dessert pretty much every night.
I know, I know, that’s usually not low FODMAP unless I’m buying So Delicious frozen desserts or a Paleo sorbet. But he loves ice cream, and it hasn’t really bothered him previously. The point here is, desserts are absolutely mandatory….