Got Leftovers? A Christmas rice salad Low FODMAP and Gluten Free

DSCF1100modI have a hobby – I collect vintage Christmas decorations. The one in the picture, the watering can, was part of my granddad’s Christmas decorations and I remember it when we used to visit his house. It does look a little the worse for wear now, and granddad passed away a number of years ago, but I have happy memories when I use it so I would not throw it away. I have a number of other family decorations that come out every year and I have also bought some more – second-hand, this year. A number of the shops are selling vintage look baubles – but in my view you can’t beat the real thing! Using second-hand or ‘left overs’ is a really good idea – too much in life is disposable these days and this is a really environmentally friendly and economical way of living.

I have made this recipe using chicken as we had some chicken to use up, but it can also be used with turkey leftovers, I am sure you will have some to spare!


150 g Brown basmati rice

30 g Wild rice

20 g Camargue red rice

1 Tablespoon of garlic Infused oil

15 g Fresh Tarragon

2 Chicken breasts

1 Tablespoon of grained mustard gluten-free

1 Tablespoon of light mayonnaise (gluten-free or egg free mayonnaise if needed)

40 g pine nuts

5 Radishes

5cm Slice of cucumber

Salt + pepper to taste.

Fresh salad leaves to decorate

Serves 3-4


If using fresh turkey or chicken coat the meat in oil and chop the tarragon and add it to the chicken – roast in an oven till cooked. Cool quickly. If using cooked meat then add the oil and tarragon to the rice and use the meat cold.

Add the rice to a pan with water and simmer till cooked and soft, cool quickly.

Mix the mayo and grained mustard together and add to the rice with the chicken, pine nuts, sliced radishes and chopped cucumber add salt + pepper to taste and serve.

If you are sensitive to resistant starches this dish can be served freshly cooked and hot – just serve the radish and cucumber on the side of the plate.

I wish all my readers a happy calm gut holiday!

Stir fry beef low fodmap


This recipe is suitable for a Low FODMAP diet, lactose free, wheat free dairy free and some advice later will show you how you can modify this recipe suitable for Crohn’s and colitis too. Give it a go – also check out the following tool to help you monitor your symptoms of diarrhoea it is not a diagnostic programme so if you have a diagnosis and wish to know more read on…….

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1 tablespoon of Ginger, chopped

4 tablespoons of Tamari soy sauce

1 tablespoon of golden syrup

1 tablespoon of garlic infused oil (to ensure it is totally FODMAP free you need to purchase this)

1 pak choy

1 courgette

1 red pepper

1 spring onion, green part only

1/2 tin of bamboo shoots

250g of lean beef – cut into strips.


Chop ginger and add to a pestle with the golden syrup and garlic infused oil, grind to form a paste

Add this to the beef and chopped spring onion pour on the Tamari, mix well and leave to marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Chop the vegetables thinly and heat a wok – I use a non stick wok so I don’t need to add any further oil to this to cook the meat.

Add the meat first and cook, then add the vegetables and keep stirring till the vegetables are cooked.

Serve with boiled rice – ensure you use freshly boiled  rice and eat whilst hot to avoid resistant starches, if this is a problem for you.

20131103_53modIf you have colitis and don’t tolerate red meat you can use chicken or fish to make this recipe. If you are experiencing diarrhoea symptoms and have been advised to have a low fibre diet, you will need to reduce the amount of vegetables in this dish, 1/2 carrot and 1/2 a skinned red pepper cut finely and cooked well will be adequate (boil for 10 minutes – boil the pepper whole for 10 minutes and the skin will peel away, before you put the vegetables into a wok) and use powdered ginger instead of ginger root to make up the recipe. Discuss the iron content of your diet with your dietitian or IBD team – do not be tempted to try iron supplements without discussing this with your doctor or dietitian, they can make symptoms worse. Low FODMAP diet is suitable if you are in remission (your inflammatory markers or CRP are normal) with your colitis and are continuing to experience symptoms, your dietitian can advise you how to use the diet, to see which foods result in symptoms.

20131103_57modFor Crohn’s to make this diet suitable for LOFFLEX you can use the modifications which have been suggested for the low fibre diet.

Please note I do not endorse any medication companies but this app tool might be useful – only use medications on advice from your healthcare professional.

The non Moroccan eat – FODMAP free

My first eating out Low FODMAP and I chose a Moroccan restaurant next to the hotel. Felt this might be a challenge – but I’m always up for that! My choices were a little restricted but I chose a plain meat dish, I asked the waitress what the fish dish of the day was, to which she replied there wasn’t one, so a steak was the choice to have, she informed me that this would be served with plain salad leaves and chips.

Now this is not what I would normally choose but needs must for the experiment so I said this is what I would have. It was actually really nice and the chips were thick cut and still had their skin on adding to the fibre content of the meal. The leaves were undressed and included a full grilled tomato. The dish also included a sauce, which was served in a separate dish so could be avoided, probably would contain at least onion and garlic, but perhaps I should have asked. Now for your sake ;-), I also decided to have a sweet to see how easy this would be, I didn’t have much choice as the dishes included plenty of pastry and baklava, I chose a chocolate coated meringue. This was huge, a veritable titanic iceberg! What utensils do you think they provided to eat this with? A knife and fork, yes, really! A real effort had to be made to prevent it from being propelled across the restaurant. More went on the floor than in my mouth, probably for the best – very undignified, but lots of fun! I only managed about a third of it in fact, along with my really lovely mint tea. A nice meal, perhaps not what I would normally choose, and not Moroccan, but it was more than acceptable and would mean that I could eat out FODMAP free, should I wish too.