Sometimes meal planning with dietary issues can be a real drag… When I was new to following a FODMAP diet I really struggled to put a varied menu on the table. The difficulty level went up a notch if I tried to make it appealing to The Husband and The Son – and there were many evenings of intense frustration. Or boredom from serving the same thing over and over again.
That’s why I’m going to do a series of dinner menus, hopefully to help someone who is getting started, or just tired of thinking up the answer to: ‘what’s for dinner?’. The first one, appropriately, is Menu #1 :
Ham is one of the foods I found that by reading a label carefully, I could find one that had minimal additives and ingredients – I particularly watch for garlic. This one from Harvest meats I know my tummy can handle:
The slices were of nice size and easily grilled for a few minutes on the BBQ. I didn’t brush them with a glaze – just kept it simple.
The Herbed pasta is really easy. Mini Recipie:
- Cooked rice pasta
- Olive Oil
- Italiano blend (I make my own, without onion or garlic)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Toss and serve! The trick, I found, was to use enough olive oil to prevent the pasta from cooling into a thick gooey mass.
I chose to have a Garden Salad as the veggie – my garden gave me a stellar crop of lettuce this year, and nothing says summer like a fresh salad. Finding a salad dressing is really tough, so I make my own. Here’s another Mini Recipe:
- Orange Juice
- Brown Sugar
- Olive Oil
- Salt and pepper
Shake and pour.
The salad dressing keeps for a while in the fridge, so probably the pasta takes the longest to cook and serve. It all puts together to get this:
To rate this meal, out of 3 stars (3 being the most), I’d give the following:
Ease of grocery shopping: * * *
Ease of preparation: * * *
Family friendly rating * * *
The ease of grocery shopping is assuming that you’ve already found a place where you can buy your gluten free pasta – I have been pretty lucky and found my favourite brand in most grocery stores I’ve shopped in. The bags of pasta (I buy Tinkyada) keep a long time and are easy to transport, so I can stock up if I think it will be difficult to find when I’m on the road.
Happy eating (yes! even with IBS!)