The elimination phase of the low FODMAP diet is not a long term diet. Many high FODMAP foods are nutritious and excellent for maintaining healthy gut bacteria, so we need to reintroduce as many as we can back into our diet. Here are some things I've discovered.
When I saw this recipe for southern fried chicken on a low FODMAP blog, I immediately remembered the great flavour of the KFC coating from my childhood and knew I had to try to recreate that flavour, but with (once) happy chickens and much less salt and oil!
Another (and often more complicated) area of eating out is when family and friends are catering for you. Here are some of the situations that have come up for me and how I try to navigate any potential problems to make sure I don't miss out on good food or company because of the low FODMAP diet.
I've recently rediscovered my love for prawn cocktail. It was always my starter of choice at restaurants when I was younger and I suddenly realised I'd not eaten it for years. Now it's regularly back on my lunch menu.
This delicious ham recipe was passed to me from my gran and works just as well served as part of a roast meal as it does served cold with salad or in sandwiches.
Pulled pork is one of my barbecue favourites, far preferable than any sausage. It's very simple to make and is a great dish for entertaining as it once you have it in the oven, a bit of gentle forking just before serving is all that's needed.
My latest discovery is granola, which is basically a crunchy muesli. It has so much flavour in it and has a wonderfully texture, so has quickly become a firm breakfast favourite.
Growing up with relatives in the Midlands, one of the special landmark treats of staying with my grandparents was having bacon and oatcakes for breakfast. Lightly fried and served with a couple of rashers of bacon and a blob of ketchup, it made for a delicious start to the day.