Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

It’s been hard to get excited about cooking lately. I used to love to cook! Thick bubbling foods loaded with onions and garlic and…well…FODMAPs. But things are coming around. The more I do this whole fructose malabsorption thing, the easier it gets. And yesterday I needed to use my chicken and like a bolt of inspiration straight from heaven, satay hit my brain waves and I took off with it and ran!

Thankfully it was a good run and the meal was delicious! So delicious that it would be one I would serve to guests as a special meal! I was sorely low on groceries so I didn’t have any veggies to go with it but ideally I’d have served it with a salad or stir fried bok choy or perhaps an asian cucumber salad. (My mom has an amazing recipe for it and I will share it soon!)

Chicken Satay

1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast

1 lemon squeezed

1.5 t Stevia (I used Truvia)

1/4 t dried red pepper flakes

1 1/4t ground coriander

1/2t ground mustard

pinch of saffron

1/2t black pepper

3/4 C coconut milk (used So Delicious unsweetened)

3T Gluten Free low sodium soy sauce

1. Slice and skewer the chicken strips, weaving the skewer through. Lay in a shallow baking dish.

2. Mix together the above ingredients well and pour over chicken. The lemon juice will curdle the coconut milk a little but don’t worry! Let the chicken marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.

3. Grill on high a few minutes on each side until nicely browned. Meat will be very moist and tender!

Serve with steamed rice and peanut dipping sauce.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

1 1/2 C coconut milk (Same as above)

1/8 – 1/4 C of curry powder (to taste)

3/4 C unsweetened natural peanut butter (I used crunchy, so good!)

1/2 T salt

3/4 C dextrose

2 T white vinegar

1/2 C water

1. Pour everything into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring the entire time.

2. Turn heat to medium low and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. It should be thick by the time it’s done.

3. Remove from heat and let cool.

Dip your satay in or simply pour over a bowlful of chicken and rice! Very delicious and the dextrose ensures it’s not too sweet!

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Low FODMAP Curry

Yikes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted! It’s been a rough few weeks with mama being sick and out of commission! Makes it hard to come up with new recipes when I’m just trying to survive each day! 😉 Lots of grilled meals lately!

But today I got back in the game and made a low FODMAP curry for my son and a non-low FODMAP version for the rest of us! I try to serve up the same meal for our family but sometimes…I just have to cheat!

Anyway, it isn’t the most beautiful dish but my son said to me after eating a few bites, “You are the best cook in the whole world!”  I guess it was a hit!

Low FODMAP Curry

Russet Potatoes peeled and cubed

Ground Turkey

Mixed frozen veggies (if tolerated)

1/2C Lactose-free yogurt

1T Curry Powder

1/4 stick of butter

Sautee the ground turkey until mostly browned through. Add in potatoes and butter and cook for about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, stir together the yogurt and curry powder. Pour over the meat and potatoes, add in the frozen veggies and cover. Let it simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are cooked through.

Serve it all poured over steamed white rice.

Easy and yummy! I bet it’d be great with green onions as a garnish!

 

 

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Trialing Food

Oh what a trial trialing new foods is! You just never know what you are in for! For Father’s Day, my dear sweet husband wanted an ice cream maker so he could make ice cream for our FM child. He wanted to make a lactose free or low lactose ice cream that used dextrose/glucose as it’s sweetener so it would be safer for our big boy.

Well the experiment seemed to work well. The ice cream was made with lactose free 2% milk, heavy whipping cream and cream. Both creams are lower in lactose than milk so we figured it would be safe in small amounts. Dextrose and cocoa powder (unsweetened) gave it the flavor. It was creamy, cool, delicious, and our kids were in heaven!

Fast forward to the next day…eep! It was nearly 24 hours later when we got the reaction. Tummy aches, explosive diarrhea, and ridiculous behavior! I realized something was wrong when he was supposed to be “resting” and I hear all this thumping from his room. I walk in to find a masterpiece on every wall in orange crayon. Every. Wall. I just about died! And of course, he had a major accident too so I sent him to the shower and called my husband in and we both just sat there laughing so hard we couldn’t breathe. Sometimes, that’s all you can do or else you will cry.

Without further ado, the masterpieces:

It’s entitled “Castlevania” according to the artist.

And this is “Jack and the Beanstalk”

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Low FODMAP Beef Stew

One of the more frustrating convenience foods I’ve had to give up is commercial stock and broths. Every single brand here in the states contains onion and garlic! Onions and garlic contain fructans and we have yet to trial them with our boy so they’ve been out.

Yesterday was a grey, gloomy day so it was a perfect day for stew! It was rather easy and I can honestly say, I did not miss the flavor from onions and garlic in it! It was very tasty! I couldn’t fuss around getting a better picture because the smell was driving my kids crazy and they wanted to EAT! 😉

2 lbs stew meat

1.5 C water

3 Russet potatoes

3 Carrots

3 Celery stalks

2 tsp. dried oregano

1 tsp dried thyme

1/4 C fresh basil shredded loosely

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1/4 C. potato starch

Throw it all in the crock pot in the morning and enjoy that evening! It was really thick so if you like it soupier, add more water.

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Tuna Salad Snack

My kids have really been enjoying canned tuna these days. And tuna salad is yummy in a sandwhich but it isn’t very fun. So last week I whipped up some tuna salad and put it on rice crackers topped with a little lettuce and voila! Yummy, nutritious, AND fancy snack!

I just winged the recipe but here it is:

1 can of albacore tuna in water

1/4 C mayo

1 pickle, diced

Rice crackers*

Lettuce

Mix the tuna, mayo and pickle until blended. (If pickles aren’t tolerated, just stir in some dill) Scoop a spoonful onto a rice cracker, top with a sprig of lettuce or sprouts or even herbs. Yum!

*A note about rice crackers, make sure you get the plain ones. Any of the flavored kinds more likely than not contain onion or garlic powder.

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The diagnosis

Earlier this year, in fact, just a month ago, my oldest son was diagnosed with fructose malapsorbtion. It was not an easy road to diagnosis. The way was paved with frustration, anger, heartbreak, and confusion.

Months before our diagnosis, my previously potty trained son started having accidents all the time! It started with skid marks in his undies. We would get upset with him and tried everything to get him to make it to the bathroom, rewards, video game time, having to clean up after himself, punishments. I’m ashamed of how often we were so upset with that boy about the potty situation. But nothing we did helped. In fact, he seemed to be having accidents more frequently. We’d find undies hidden in his room. And then, it wasn’t just skid marks, it was full blown accidents. So we put him back in pull ups and took him to the pediatrician.

The pediatrician gave us a simple diagnosis of encopresis, which is loss of bowel control due to constipation. How could this be? My son was never constipated. But we accepted the diagnosis and began a treatment of Miralax twice a day with follow up in a month. Well we did it. And boy was it messy. But there was no real improvement with my son’s bowel movements and he was now in pain all the time.

We went back to the pediatrician who referred us to a pediatric gastroenterologist. Of course, when I called to schedule an appointment we wouldn’t be able to get in for months.

So we waited. And my son continued to struggle. And we continued to struggle.

The day finally came and I can tell you, as we were ushered back and met the doctor I felt relief. He was committed to getting to the bottom of things and I knew we were in good hands. An x-ray showed that my poor little guy was extremely impacted. So we were told to continue the Miralax at a smaller dose, along with a laxative. And wait for test results. He ran bloodwork for thyroid issues as well as celiacs. And we’d follow up in a month.

So we waited. Everything came up negative. My son was going to the bathroom but still in tons of pain.

Our day finally came and the x-ray showed he was clear of impaction (yay!) but he was full of gas, hence why he was in pain. That’s when the doctor mentioned fructose malabsorption. To test for FM, your child must be on a restricted diet the day before the test. The day of the test, he had to drink a fructose solution and give a breath sample frequently over the course of 3 hours.

To make a long story short(er) he came up positive for fructose malabsorption and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).

Since then, we’ve been trying our best to treat his tummy issues with a low FODMAP diet. I hope to share my stories as a mother of a FM kid and share the foods we enjoy that are easy on his tummy.

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