No onions, no garlic, no honey, no wheat, no what? Are you on a highly restricted diet for fructose malabsorption and wondering if you can stick with it long-term? Your food may be limited, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Stop focusing on the forbidden and celebrate the pleasures of the table with food so good everyone wants to eat it. Join me as I explore my favorite cookbooks, both old and new, to find delicious ways to use the foods on the low FODMAP diet.
Until recently, food limitations were part of daily life for every cook, either because of wartime rationing, poverty, lack of transportation or seasonal availability. Yet people created great meals. The question was, “What can I do with what I’ve got?” Sometimes all it takes to make a glorious new dish is seeing what another cook came up with and modifying the recipe to suit the ingredients on hand. Generations of cooks have developed a multitude of recipes that you can eat with little or no tweaking, but their solutions are scattered among thousands of cookbooks and magazines.
One of my goals for this blog is to make it easy to find those recipes. And, while I love to spend Saturdays in the kitchen, I think week night cooking should be simple. That means I’m on the look out for ways to cook from scratch while saving time in the kitchen.
There’s a growing body of evidence that indicates that fructose found in sweeteners is bad for everyone. Because of this, I limit sweeteners that contain fructose even though some of them, such as regular sugar, are allowed on the low-FODMAP diet. This is a completely separate issue from fructose malabsorption, which concerns a person’s ability to absorb fructose.
There are 36 vegetables that I can eat on the low-FODMAP diet (I’m not including a couple of the allowed veggies because they’re difficult to find where I live in Alaska). I hope to post at least three different ways to cook each of the veggies on my list. In addition to vegetables, I plan to include recipes for other dishes, including gluten-free baking and dinner ideas.