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 even though Monash OK’s up to 1/2 cup of canned artichoke hearts. However, 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….
garlic-infused olive oil
I don’t remember when or where I first had aioli. But I do recall that it was paired with a perfect baguette. And after that first experience, I made aioli at home pretty often, to eat with french bread as a carb-o-licious snack. Then I started dipping french fries into it. Which naturally led to roasted veggies. Adopting a low-FODMAP diet meant saying goodbye to the grated garlic that’s the key component of aioli.
Adopting a low-FODMAP diet meant saying goodbye to the grated garlic that’s the key component of aioli.
But it didn’t mean having to say goodbye to aioli, thanks to garlic-infused olive oil. Since our gluten-free, low-FODMAP diet meant making a lot more food from scratch, I came up with a low FODMAP faux aioli to act as a quick condiment….
Ah, lettuce cups.
These have been one of my favorite appetizers ever since I had my first one at Betelnut here in San Francisco more than a decade ago.
Unfortunately, in moving to a low-FODMAP diet, lettuce cups (and much Chinese food) went into the category of foods that I didn’t trust to order when we go out.
This was especially a bummer because I loved ordering them when we’d be on the road somewhere that has a P.F. Chang’s. (Living in San Francisco, we don’t eat at many chain restaurants. They’re simply few and far between thanks to local ordinances that limit them to encourage local businesses.) P.F. Chang has a solid gluten-free menu. But it’s hard to avoid the onions and garlic that following the low-FODMAP diet requires.
That’s why when I saw this “PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps” copycat recipe pop up on Twitter, I got inspired….
One of my big challenges this past year was figuring out how to make a bean-free low FODMAP chili. I’ve been making chili for years, but almost always with beans. And never without onions and garlic….