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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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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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eat quinoa

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!)

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.

Toad in the hole

24 Oct

As you might have noticed from previous posts, we love sausages in our house! So further delight ensued when I popped into M&S the other day and discovered their own brand sausages are gluten free! I also noticed that their “Free From” section is getting better all the time, with the addition of biscuits, cakes, a wide selection of breads (in the “real bread” section), crackers etc. I don’t shop there often, but its good to know.

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I much prefer the “finest” or whatever premium sausages are on offer, but as I was using these in addition to a pack of Debbie and Andrew’s Harrogate Sausages, I thought they would be OK, but they paled into insignificance when compared to Debbie and Andrew’s which were recommended to me via Twitter, and are delicious – definitely a rival to The Black Farmer, in fact I might actually prefer them. Debbie and Andrew’s have added herbs and are very meaty, which in a Toad in the Hole work really well!  The M&S ones were similar to any of the cheaper sausages, a slightly breadier, as opposed to meaty, texture, but the flavour was nice, and as I had bought the low fat version, very little fat came out, which is a plus in my book!

So after my sausage discovery I decided to make a great winter dish, Toad in the Hole. A personal favourite! Believe it or not, there are 9 sausages in the below. I was very impressed by the rise achieved from the  yorkshire pudding, and it was just perfect, crispy on the outside but really soft and squishy in the middle. My first Toad in the Hole had the same texture, which was great, but not the rise, so here I got the best of both worlds! I’m not a fan of gravy, so I had it as is and it was moist enough.

I used 2/3 of my dad’s yorkshire pudding mix (de-glutened of course!) and I decided to experiment a little with it, I initially thought about adding some mustard to the mix, but as I was planning to serve the toad with some mustard sweet potato mash, I thought that might be overkill, so I decided to add a bit of spring onion to the mix. I then panicked that the spring onion might be so heavy and knock the air out and leave me with a flat pudding but thankfully that was not the case!

I popped the sausages in the oven to brown for about 15mins, made up the yorkshire pudding mix and left it to rest, giving it an occasional mix. Once the sausages were browned, I turned them and then gave the mix another whisk poured it over, popped it in the oven for 30 mins and voila!

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Best of all, I have some leftovers for my lunch today!

Halloumi & pesto pasta salad

5 Oct

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This is another of my “what have I got to hand to make something tasty for lunch tomorrow” kind of dishes. I quite regularly find myself knocking this up after I have returned home at about 11pm and want to be in bed by 11.30 but not having to spend another day surviving on plain rice and corn cakes.

It’s much the same as the Chicken, Pesto, Pasta but for once a vegetarian dish, which for us is quite unusual!

As mentioned before, pesto often contains garlic but, as long as you can tolerate a bit of dairy Sacla basil pesto is good for FODMAP diets

Ingredients

  • 40g x GF pasta (per person)
  • 30g x Halloumi (per person)
  • cherry tomatoes
  • peppers (mixed colours) chopped
  • rocket
  • 1/2 tbsp x pesto (per person)
  • Any other salad vegetables you fancy
  • A sprinkle of parmesan

Method

  1. Boil hot water and add the pasta, cook according to instructions on the packet, approx 12 mins.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, slice the halloumi and cook – I do this in a frying pan, generally rule of thumb for when it is done is after the liquid has come out and then evaporated, remember to turn it half way through. Put to one side to cool.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked drain the water and run under cold water to ensure it cools quickly.
  4. Add the pesto to the pasta and mix through – the oil will stop the pasta sticking together.
  5. Add the salad to the pasta, mix well and then pop in a container ready for work.
  6. Try to remember to take it with you when you go!

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FODMAP Spicy Sausage Casserole

2 Oct

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In our house we love sausages. sausage sandwiches, sausage and mash, sausages with pasta and sausage casseroles. Both JM & I regularly make sausage casseroles but to our own recipes. so below you’ll find mine. Another perfect on a chilly day, or a cooking for loads of people and want something really tasty but don’t want to do anything too difficult dish.

The first hurdle was finding sausages with no rusk, wheat or gluten in them. I was delighted when after reading many, many packets of sausages that ALL of The Cooperative’s truly irresistible range were gluten-free! It even said it nice and clearly on the front! BUT THEN today i popped in to pick up some sausages and where the no gluten symbol was previously was the text “allergen update” guess what? they’ve added gluten back into some of their sausages! why coop? why?? So now you have to double check!

Thankfully the Black Farmer and Black Farmers daughter still do Gluten-free sausages that are really tasty, and you can get thick sausages and chipolatas so a bit of variety (I have heard rumours of pork & apple ones too, which if I ever found, and could eat apples I would be all over!).

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Ingredients

1 x bunch Spring Onions (green part only)

10 x good gluten free sausages

2 x peppers

1 x courgette

1 x tin tomatoes

1 x chilli

1 tsp x paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

This is another easy peasy recipe, which I do one of two ways:

  1. Slow Cooker
  • place sausages and veg in the slow cooker, cover with the remaining ingredients and leave to cook overnight or throughout the day on low while you are at work. Don’t do as I did when first using a slow cooker and add more liquid – none of it reallly evaporates, so if you are not careful you end up with a sausage soup (at one point I was eating “chili soup” for weeks after making this mistake!)

2. Oven

  • Personally I prefer the oven version as you get a chance to brown the sausages first (which you could do prior to adding to the slow cooker, but I am not a fan of making more washing up than necessary….)
  • Place sausages in an oven proof dish (I actually use the one from my slow cooker for this) and pop in the oven at 200 for approx 20 mins until sausages are starting to brown.
  • Once sausages start to brown add the rest of the ingredients, turn the oven down to 180 and cook for a minimum of 40min, I tend to leave it bubbling away for as long as possible

Serving suggestion

Ideally with some creamy mashed potato, or a baked potato, truly comfort food. If you are doing baked potatoes, stab them, cover with a little oil and salt and pepper and pop them in the oven at the same time as the sausages to brown, an hour an a half to two hours later you’ll have some deliciously crispy potatoes, like these bad boys!

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