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.

LOFFLEX recipes

These recipes were ‘donated’ at a recent recipe drive at the hospital. They are suitable for the LOFFLEX diet for people who have crohns disease and have been previously treated with liquid/elemental diet therapy at the advice of their Consultant. It stands for low fat, low fibre limited exclusion (diet!) The recipes are wheat free, gluten free, egg free, dairy free, so will be fine for lots of other folks too! Will post more later in the week.

Smoked Salmon Risotto – donated by Eimear Bradley SRD

Ingredients – serves 2

70g Smoked salmon

1 Finely chopped pepper

180g Arborio or risotto rice

Black pepper


1/2 Tablespoon of garlic infused or garlic flavoured oil (do not use Garlic!)


1. Fry risotto rice in 1/2 tablespoon of garlic infused oil

2. Make stock with boiling water and seasoning/herbs/small amount of salt

3. Slowly add stock to risotto and stir consistently for 25-30 minutes.

4. Skin peppers (blacken skin over a flame the put warm pepper in a plastic bag, allow to cool and skin will be easy to remove) chop finely, add to risotto during cooking.

5. Flake smoked salmon over the top and serve hot.

Beef Stroganoff with butternut squash (serves 4) – donated by Rachel Sharp SRD


400g beef rump steak, trimmed of fat (and gristle)

1 tbsp dairy free margarine

1 tbsp olive oil

250g mushrooms (without stems)

250g Butternut squash – peeled & chopped

400g white rice

1 tbsp rice or potato starch flour

300 mls boiled water

6 drops of gravy browning (no wheat or additives)

3 tbsp Soya cream

1/4 pack flat leaf parsley

1. Freeze beef (will allow you to slice it thin) and slice thinly, then season

2. Peel, de-seed and chop butternut squash into cubes. Boil for 9 minutes until soft.

3. Boil rice (cover with water just above the level of rice in the pan and simmer till soft)

4. In a large non stick frying pan, melt half the butter with half the oil, increase the heat and sear the beef in batches until browned on both sides. Remove from the heat and set aside. Repeat this process with the mushrooms.

5. Add the remaining butter and oil to the pan and melt. Stir in the rice flour for 1 minute, then gradually stir in the stock (300mls water + gravy browning) cook till thickened, then stir in the soya cream, season to taste and add both the beef and butternut squash, add etra water, if needed.

6. Drain the rice & serve hot with the creamy stroganoff.

Please note: Everyone’s dietary tolerance of foods, with crohns disease, is individual. If you suspect you have problems with these ingredients please check with your dietitian if the ingredient is OK for you, before trying the recipe. The recipes are designed for stage 1 of the LOFFLEX diet, but occasionally people can have reactions to foods in stage 1, so it is very important to keep in touch with your dietitian, when following the treatment.