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Salmon, sesame, green bean stir fry

1 Feb

20131005-213906.jpgContinuing with my healthy eating theme, I have been back on the stir fries over the weekend. So quick, so easy, so delicious. I have loved this article on buzzfeed for some inspiration, a great selection of blogs that I probably would never have found otherwise, and a lot of them are easily FODMAPable.

Let’s be honest, stir fries are great. A great way to eat a load of fresh veg, and they take about 20 mins from getting in the door to sitting down to eat.

I made the Asian Salmon and Green Bean Stir fry over the weekend, and also another prawny stir fry – they are the best thing for healthy, new year eating, especially if you’re also going to the gym and want something quick and easy when you get home.

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The key is not to buy the ready made stir fry veg – on the FODMAP diet there are things in there that aren’t going to be any good for you, and my opinion, there’s waaay too many beansprouts and not enough of the good stuff – peppers, baby corn, courgette etc.

All stir fries are fundamentally the same – meat or tofu and loads of FODMAP friendly veg (peppers, courgettes, green beans, corn, etc), It’s the sauce that adds a bit of interest. So here for you are some suggested, easy stir fry sauces that you can use with your favourite veg, meat or fish.

GF Soy and Wasabi

  • 2tbsp x GF Soy sauce
  • 1-2tsp x wasabi (or to taste)

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GF Soy and dried chilli

  • 2tbsp x GF soy sauce
  • 1tsp x dried chilli flakes

Ginger, lime and chilli

  • 1 cm fresh ginger, grated
  • juice of half a lime
  • fresh or dried chilli flakes, to taste

GF soy, sesame, maple and spice

This was a recent trial based on the delicious Maple, Peanut, Sesame Chicken recipe and it works really well as a stir fry sauce

  • 1tbsp x maple syrup
  • 1tbsp x sesame oil
  • 2tbsp x GF soy
  • 1tbsp x sesame seeds
  • fresh chilli (to taste)

 

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My first #MeatFreeMonday (it’s not FODMAP, I confess – it is GF though!)

7 Jan

IMG_4415-1Ok, Ok, I start with a confession, my first blog of 2015 is not actually FODMAP, I know, on a FODMAP blog – what am I doing?! Well, I’ve always thought, what with the restrictions on fruit and veg, how easy is the FODMAP diet for a vegetarian, or even more so a vegan? For me, a meat eater, I know that if I go out for dinner I am inevitably going to be able to find a meal which consists of meat. rice or potatoes but most veggie options seem to be pizza or pasta, or a bean burger or something of that vein which is not good for a FODMAPper. And I am still confused quorn? is that ok? I dont think so… And tofu is a beast I have never attempted (but I will, promise!).

So I should be being more helpful really and actually try to find something – I know. But in my defence, this recipe sounded delicious, Red Thai Curry lentils. I love all thai food, and lentils are another thing I have never attempted, but I got some in a GF hamper from my lovely dad and step mum, so I thought hell, I’ve never cooked them and rarely eaten them, so I decided to give them a go, and better still I have been eating small portions of this for the last couple of days and my tummy has been fine (had it not, I probably would have sworn off lentils forever and definitely wouldn’t be sharing this with you! And, of course, these are as delicious as I thought they would be!

As always I used the recipe as inspiration and made a few little tweaks.

I used this red curry paste:

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It’s super tasty, gluten free and not too oniony/garlicy.

Makes about 5 portions

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup lentils (I used red split)
  • bunch spring onions (green part only)
  • splash of oil
  • 3 tblsp red curry paste
  • 1/2 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp minced ginger
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • coriander to garnish (this actually really adds to the flavour)

Method

  1. Cook lentils according to instructions (approx 10mins boiling) once cooked, drain and put to one side
  2. Heat up oil, add spring onions and fry on a medium heat for a couple of mins.
  3. Add the red curry paste and fry for 2 mins, stirring
  4. Add the garam masala, tumeric, ginger and sugar, give it a stir
  5. Add the coconut milk and tinned tomatoes and stir for a further couple of minutes,
  6. Add the lentils back in, give it a stir, and leave to simmer for 20-30mins, stirring occasionally.
  7. Et Voila, delicious filling lentil curry. sprinkle with a little coriander and you are good to go!

(and anyone doing WW a portion of this is approx. 8 propoints & it’s very filling)

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Our Fabulous Fod-a-licious Brunch

21 Sep

Last weekend we held our first official Grub Club advertised brunch club. Our Fod-a-licious debut and what a blast it was! Fifteen friends and strangers joined us for a Sunday afternoon of delicious FODMAP friendly food, cocktails and great company held in a fantastic East End, iconic building with spectacular views of London.

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The afternoon began with JM’s mum’s homegrown rhubarb jam and fruity cocktail followed by SF’s delicious foccacia – a firm favourite for all who has the pleasure of sampling it. It was served with her very own pesto – bowls supped clean! Next up was the surprise puttensca coodle salad. What’s the surprise? Well, whats a coodle? Hint: All you need is a coodler and a courgette!

Main courses included JM’s Mediterranean seafood and sausage paella, tattie and sweetcorn fritters and  SF’s super tasty

blue cheese quinoa bites with a homegrown mega spicy chilli jam (SF is well known for spice-ing the life out of us).  To finish off we presented a trio of Lemon Lovelyness which consisted of SF’s famous lemon mooose and cake and our very own home brewed Limoncello. Yum!

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Our guests, not being on fodmap friendly diets like us, were surprised to find that they found our cuisine without garlic, onions and wheat (to name but a few fodmap unfriendlies) absolutely delicious. And it wasn’t just because they were tipsy on our cocktails and home brew!

So our first serious forage into the supper club business was a total success. Will we do it again? Yes we will! A lot of hard work on our part but worth it for all the fun had by us and our lovely guests. Keep an eye on our blog and twitter for our next one coming very soon. This one’s going to be a belter!

Blue Cheese Quinoa Bites

21 Sep

 

IMG_3370.JPGPlease tell me that I am not the only person who has a real issue with the word quinoa?? No matter how many times I tell myself it is pronounced keenwa, as soon as I try and say it out loud, out comes qwinoa. Anyway…

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These blue cheese quinoa bites went down really well at the supper club, even when people claimed to be stuffed, I watched them pop another couple of leftover quinoa bites into their mouths!

I found the recipe for Blue Cheese Quinoa Patties through @cookingquinoa and decided to low-FODMAP them and give them a go – my second attempt was better than the second, and I am looking forward to giving them another go!

This made about 15 “bites” – you could make smaller quantities or bigger patties if you prefer

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Ingredients

To make the quinoa

  • 1 cup quinoa (about 200g)
  • 500ml of veg or chicken stock
  • 2 spring onions (green part only) chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • bunch fresh parsley
  • oil for cooking

For the patties

  • 5 x eggs
  • 4oz (115g) blue cheese
  • 3 x spring onions (green part only) chopped
  • 1/2 tsp chili flakes
  • 3 tbsp gluten free flour
  • handful of gluten free breadcrumbs (approx. 4 slices of bread)

Method

  1. add some oil to a saucepan and put on a medium heat
  2. add the chopped spring onions, and cook for a couple of minutes
  3. add the quinoa, sat, chilli flakes and stock and cook following the instructions on the quinoa packet – it’s worth checking the amount of liquid recommended here too (boil for approx 18 mins, until the stock is all absorbed and the quinoa “tails” come away from the grain)
  4. Once quinoa is cooked, remove from the heat, stir in the chopped parsley and leave to cool for 10 mins.
  5. once slightly cooled, add the eggs, cheese, spring onions, chilli flakes, flour and breadcrumbs (I toasted bread and then whizzed it in a blender, seems to be the easiest way of making breadcrumbs in my book!)
  6. Give it all a good stir – the blue cheese may melt depending on how warm the quinoa is – either melted or in chunks works well in these so don’t worry either way!
  7. I left mine to rest over night for the supper club, but you can cook it straight away if you wish. Either way, both times I have made this it has been pretty liquid and I was a bit worried, but it worked fine, so don’t worry!
  8. Heat some oil in a frying pan then add a dessert spoon of the mix per bite to the pan, cook until browned (about 4 mins) and flip. I served mine with some mild green chilli jam and some extremely spicy red chilli jam with a side of rocket.
  9. Enjoy!

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Ps – have you noticed we’ve got some nice new photos? These were taken by our lovely housemate Jules @fotoburd at our supperclub (except the rubbish one of the frying pan – that was taken on my iphone!)

Chocolate Orange Flapjacks

19 Feb

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Very sorry for the radio silence coming from the Fodalicious camp over the last couple of months, first came trying to find a new house, then Christmas, then moving and all the jazz that comes along with all of that. Well now that we are just about unpacked in Brockley, I had found some time to cook again! For the last few months I have not been so FODMAP-friendly, and have survived on a diet of Amy’s rice Mac & Cheese, chicken soup, pestopasta and take away. Not ideal! But here we go, back to the discovery of new, tasty, FODMAP meals!

Yesterday I decided to start with the very easy Chocolate Orange Flapjacks as that was just what I was in the mood for!

Ingredients

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  • 4tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g dairy-free spread/butter/margarine
  • 250g oats
  • 75g sugar
  • 50g gluten-free flour
  • 50g dark chocolate roughly chopped
  • grated zest of one orange

Method

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  1. Pre-heat oven to 190
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  3. Add the golden syrup and dairy-free spread/butter to a pan and heat until the butter is melted.
  4. Add the grated orange zest and allow to infuse for a minute or so
  5. Add the remaining ingredients, other than the chocolate, to the pan and stir
  6. Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add the chopped chocolate and stir – I add this at the end so that there are areas of the flapjacks that are very chocolatey and other bits that are not – if you want them to be totally chocolatey add the chocolate at the same time as the orange zest and allow to melt before adding the rest of the ingredients
  7. Put the mixture into the lined baking tray and even out using the back of a spoon
  8. Bake in the oven at 190 for 15-20 mins
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Tom Yum Inspired Thai Chicken Soup

13 Nov

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The Fod-a-licious kitchen was a-buzz with cooking last week (think two Tazmanian devils in a whirlwind of flour!) in aid of a little dinner party we were holding on Friday night – the fruits of our labours will all be blogged shortly, but we made – burgers, BBQ sauce, flat bread, brownies and the Tom Yum inspired soup detailed below! All of which were FODMAP, Gluten and dairy free, well other than a small amount of milk choc in the brownies, but that didn’t need to be there, as I will explain when I get round to blogging that recipe!

Thai food is my absolute favourite, I spent a couple of months there a few years ago, and on my return all I wanted was more Thai food! So this is a tasty and easy, great for winter soup. Which I am sure is not very close to the original (no prawns for example), but I love it! I have looked at lots of recipes and they are all fairly similar, so this is a bit of a mix of everything, super easy and super tasty. I also think it doesn’t necessarily need the chicken, it works well as a light vegetarian option for non-meat eaters.

Ingredients

  • splash of oil
  • 1 x bunch of spring onions, green part only
  • 3 x stalks lemongrass (or you can use the ready-minced stuff, I normally do, but yesterday I discovered a “thai-mix” in the veg section in Asda, so for once had fresh lemongrass)
  • 2cm x galangal or ginger, minced or grated (I normally use the ready-minced ginger, but the mix had fresh galangal in it too)
  • 1 red chilli (or more/less to taste)
  • bunch of coriander
  • 3 x chicken breasts (or 6 thighs, or you could use any leftovers from a roast), for a vegetarian option you could leave this out, or replace with tofu, Prawns and fish would also work well.
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 x courgette
  • green beans
  • baby corn
  • 1 litre chicken stock (I used Knorr Touch of Taste as it has no onion or garlic and gives a nice flavour)
  • splash of gluten free soy sauce

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Method

  • Heat a splash of oil in a pan and add the spring onion
  • “Bruise” the lemongrass stalks with a rolling pin and add to the pan
  • Add the galangal, chopped coriander roots/stalks and half the chili
  • Add the chicken stock and the whole chicken breasts, leave to boil for 40 mins (approx.)
  • Remove chicken breasts from the soup mix
  • Add the chopped veg, I used peppers, courgettes, baby corn, green beans, but as usual with my recipes this was a case of what was in the fridge, you can use your preferred veg, but these do work well.
  • Add the remaining chilli (to taste), coriandar leaves and soy sauce
  • shred the chicken breasts using two forks and add back into the pan
  • Serve!

I served mine with @Wbites gluten-free flatbreads, the cumin was a little overpowering, but I think with a bit of a mix up of the spices, possibly with some ground coriander instead of cumin it might be a bit more complementary.

I also sometimes add rice noodles to fill it out a bit, but this time, with all the veg and chicken it was choc-full of ingredients, so I didn’t feel it needed anything else. If you do use rice noodles, just pop them in at the end to heat through in the warmth of the soup

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JM’s FODMAP free burgers

9 Nov

It’s fair to say that alongside sausages, burgers are our all time favourite food so making them FODMAP free and delicious has become a bit of a mission for us. I found this BBC Good Food recipe and adapted it to my own style and let me tell you, they were super tasty! You can make as many as you want with this – it’s great to make a big load and freeze them. You can also add or take away spices depending on your taste. I’ll be trying out a few variations that’s for sure! You can get about 10 big, juicy burgers out of this recipe and they’re super quick with prep time at about 30mins.

1kg/2lb of a good minced beef

300g/10oz of Genius Gluten Free bread whizzed into crumbs

4tbsp Worcestershire sauce

2tbsp of wholegrain mustard

1 small bunch of parsley finely chopped

1 bunch of spring onions finely chopped (green bits only)

2 eggs, beaten

Crumble the mince and breadcrumbs in to a large bowl. Add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, parsley, spring onions, 3 tsp’s of salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Mix and crumble everything together with your hands. Add the eggs and, using your hands, mix until the ingredients all come together in a big, meaty mass.

Either separate or shape the mix into your 10 juicy burgers or, using a cookie cutter, fill and shape for a more standard and equal size. Separate for store using either cellophane or baking paper. Chill or freeze until ready to cook for at least 24hours to set the meat. Defrost in the fridge before cooking.

To cook you can either fry or grill. We griddled – around 3/4 minutes each side depending on size and cooking preference. We serve in gluten free buns with smoked streaky bacon, blue cheese, iceberg lettuce and a beef tomato with a side helping of SF’s homemade bbq sauce.