Happy New Year!
It looks like we’ve successfully rang in the new year… I had a great Christmas, quiet but not boring, wintery but not too frigid, and most importantly, everyone came down with the flu AFTER Boxing day (actually, I haven’t gotten it yet – thank you thank you thank you).
The Husband surprised me this year by wrapping a couple of gifts for me that were a nod to my ongoing efforts to follow a low FODMAP diet.
The Mother-In-Law lives in a Seniors residence, and the family often takes her out for lunch. We go to a typical pancake house, which makes it a challenge for me to select something that’s gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free and low FODMAP. I don’t want to make a spectacle out of ordering, so I managed to come up with something that’s become ‘the usual’ for me.
I order a side salad (often a regular salad is entire head of lettuce and that’s just crazy), checking to see that no shredded cheese or onion is added. Usually, a side salad at these places is pretty predictable: head lettuce, grated carrot, tomato, maybe some shredded red cabbage. All ok. For protein, I ask for a side of bacon. Hold the dressing.
I bring my own dressing – I make it up at home and bring it with me. A real challenge to get it there without marinating the inside of my purse!
I picked up a ‘Dressing to Go’ container at my local grocery store – it works pretty well, but is a pain to put the top on – the container itself is soft silicone so pressing down on the lid results in a geyser of the contents…
The Husband, bless him, has been paying attention to my cursing and picked these travel containers up at a shop that specializes in camping/backpacking gear. They aren’t supposed to leak, and will carry just enough dressing for a lunch-sized salad.
The dressing I make is typically (and these measurements are approximate, I just eyeball it):
Gutsy Broad’s Dressing To Go
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2-4 Tbsp orange juice
- salt and pepper to taste
It’s incredibly yummy over the bacon and greens, and also works well over tuna on the salad (I admit to bringing a small pop-top tin of tuna to a restaurant if I’m looking for a change).
It’s always a relief to figure out another piece of the ‘living with IBS’ puzzle. Eating out for lunch – my solution isn’t a fancy solution, but it’s doable, stress free and lets me join in on family time.