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Month: March 2017

How to Adapt Recipes for Instant Pot in 5 Simple Steps

How to Adapt Recipes for Instant Pot in 5 Simple Steps

You already know how to adapt recipes for a slow cooker. But how can you get more use out of the appliance of the moment: the instant pot? What’s an instant pot? We’re glad you asked. It’s an electric appliance that functions the same way […]

How to Adapt Recipes for a Slow Cooker

How to Adapt Recipes for a Slow Cooker

Besides meal planning, there are few other things that make weeknight meals as stress-free as a slow cooker. Tossing ingredients in and coming home 8 hours later to a fully cooked meal is something of a miracle. Even more miraculous: You can easily turn some […]

Low FODMAP Brands: How to Buy Everything from Broth to Pasta Sauce

Low FODMAP Brands: How to Buy Everything from Broth to Pasta Sauce

Knowing what’s going into your body and reading ingredient labels are always good ideas, particularly if you have a food allergy or intolerance. If you’re one of the 45 million people who are sensitive to carbohydrates, being aware of what’s in your food can mean the difference between a happy eating experience and digestive chaos.

Sensitivity to carbohydrates – or FODMAPs, as this group of related molecules is commonly called – affects up to 15% of the US population. This can include high-fructose foods (like apples and honey), high-lactose foods (like milk and soft cheeses), gluten, and polyols found in artificial sweeteners.

Read more about FODMAPS in our intro here.

While sidestepping gluten and dairy seems fairly straightforward, avoiding other fructans can be tough, especially onions, garlic and scallions. These are common flavor-boosters, especially in store-bought versions of some delicious kitchen staples like tomato sauce, spice mixes and pesto.

But fret not! We’ve compiled some of favorite low FODMAP brands to help you navigate the grocery store with confidence: confidence you’ll find something delicious and confidence you’ll feel great after you eat.

Pesto

Seggiano Raw Basil Pesto is made from a few simple ingredients, all of which are FODMAP-friendly. Feel great about adding this mixture of olive oil, cashews, basil, sea salt and pine nuts to any dish.

Broth

Most packaged broths contain some form of dried onion or garlic powder, which can spell trouble if you’re dealing with sensitivity. Consider Casa de Sante’s vegetable stock powder, made without onion and garlic, but with tons of other dried veggies including carrots, parsnips and red pepper. Simply stir into boiling water for a quick and easy broth.

Pasta Sauce

While many pasta sauces add onion and garlic for flavor, those brands won’t feel awesome if you’re sensitive to allium. Rao’s released a delicious Sensitive Formula Marinara for just this reason! It’s made from Italian tomatoes, olive oil, carrots, celery, salt and basil, so you can top your gluten-free pasta or vegetable noodles freely, knowing you’ll feel great after you mangia.

Cooking Sauce

When homemade sauce just isn’t an option (hello, weeknight dinner), a premade version can be a lifesaver. Many of these, as we’ve learned, contain garlic, onions or shallots, but FODMAPPED’s Butter Chicken Curry Simmer Sauce is FODMAP-friendly. Use with your favorite poultry or low-FODMAP legume for a simple, delicious one-pot meal.

Spice Mixes

Making your own spice mixes is an easy way to control your own blend (and they store well so you can make once and keep for many weeks), but in a pinch, skip the stress and head straight for Casa de Sante’s entire line of low-FODMAP mixes. Each is certified safe for a low-FODMAP diet and is free of onion, garlic and their cousins. They offer versatile combinations like lemon herb, taco seasoning, BBQ rub, spicy Indian and Tuscan herb.

Salsa

FODY offers an alternative to traditionally onion-heavy salsas in their low-FODMAP line. Their salsa contains no onion or garlic pieces; instead, this product includes natural flavors from a minute amount of garlic and onion extracts, similar to those found in a garlic/onion infused olive oil.

– Amy Height

What to Know Before Starting a Low FODMAP Diet Plan

What to Know Before Starting a Low FODMAP Diet Plan

If you suffer from some post-meal tummy trouble (bloating, constipation, gas or abdominal pain) after eating a plant-heavy meal, a Low FODMAP diet plan might be the solution. Hold on, you say. What’s a FODMAP? FODMAP is an acronym for the group of saccharide-containing molecules […]