Vanilla peanut butter oatmeal 

  
Trying to go low FODMAP and not alter your grocery budget is HARD! I am stuck eating the same thing day after day, or so it seems. So many things I eat seem to be sweet since I struggle to cook savory things without garlic and/or onion.  On Monday I start the experimental phase, which adds some promise, but the thought of a whole second month of this is depressing. I hope my kids cans husband will be able to forgive me some day. 

This morning I went the oatmeal route for breakfast. (It feels like my breakfast options really only are egg scrambles, oatmeal, or smoothies.) I wasn’t excited- especially since I didn’t want to turn on the stove and EVERY SINGLE TIME I microwave oatmeal it spills all over the microwave. Also, oatmeal is usually seasoned sweetly, and I really want something savory. Food yesterday was mostly a bust, so I NEED good food today, but alas, oatmeal was the winner. 

  • 1/2 cup dried oats
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tsp vanilla peanut butter powder
  • Real maple syrup to taste. 

All in all a pretty good twist on oatmeal. Pre-low FODMAP I would have added in dried fruit and maybe some nuts. I am personally over peanut butter, but powdered peanut butter is the only approved protein powder I can find! If you can have normal flavored protein powder adding in something like cookies and cream might be a fun experiment! 

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Spicy Rice Noodles 

My husband has been secretly tormenting me lately (and he doesn’t even realize it!) 

See, I LOVE Asian food. He does not. In the past week he has brought home, both, Chinese leftovers as well as some Thai peanut salad. 

Fortunately Asian food is fairly easy to make low FODMAP, so I went to town tonight. 

Typically Wednesday night is pasta night because I can garuntee my oldest will eat and she has an extra-curricular on Wednesdays so dinner has to happen fast. Since spaghetti and the only sauce she will eat (heavy in garlic and onion) is out, I made my own pasta dish. 

(Please disregard my nails, I keep forgetting to fix them when I have a chance!)   

Spicy Rice Noodles

  • 1/2 lb rice noodles soaked and ready to stir fry as per package directions
  • 1 tbs oil 
  • 1/2 zucchini sliced in half circles 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 3 tbs brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup tamari (or soy sauce  if  you can.) 
  • 1 tbs siracha (more or less to taste) 
  • 1 tsp ground ginger 
  • Cilantro for garnish 
  • (Some shrimp or chicken would also be lovely in this dish but I didn’t have time to add it in tonight!) 

1. Heat oil in a wok, add in red pepper and egg to scramble. Once egg is firm add zucchini and cook until soft. (If you are using shrimp or chicken you would add it at this point as well.) 

2. Mix brown sugar, tamari, siracha, and ginger in a separate bowl 

3. Add sauce and noodles in with the egg/zuchinni mixture. Cook until noodles are soft. 

4. Serve with cilantro sprinkled on top. 

My kids didn’t eat this with me tonight, but they kept wandering into the kitchen wondering what smelled so amazing. When you have clinical picky eaters, sometimes that alone is a win! 

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade 

My new favorite treat drink! Super simple, but it sadly looks like all of my other smoothies. 

  • 6 or so frozen strawberries 
  • 3/4 cup (usually more like a handful) spinach 
  • 1 cup of Kirkland Organic Lemonade

I throw that in to my ninja single size blender- sometimes with a teaspoon of sugar 😉- until blended. It is delicious!!!! 

Someone asked me “why add the spinach?” Valid question. You don’t need to, but I feel like it doesn’t hurt. I am always looking for ways to add iron into my diet because I am boarder line anemic and I don’t feel like it hurts the flavor! Yay iron! 

Coconut rice

I don’t have a photo because it just looks like rice, but coconut rice is amazing! 

  • 2 cups long grain rice 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (14 oz) of lite coconut milk

I put it all in the rice cooker and seriously it is amazing. My husband wanted some curry or something to serve over the rice. I liked it with some scallions mixed in. Regardless, if you are looking to up your rice game, give it a shot. 

Breakfast 

  
I am a mom of little kids. I needed something I could use to tie me over between wake up time and when I can actually make food for myself after school drop off. These Royal Hawaiian Orchards Mauka Blueberry Pomegtanate Macadamia Crunch have hit the spot. They have almonds which is an “eat sparingly” item regarding FODMAPs, so I have to limit myself to an once or so a day, but these have become a life saver. A $15/bag, put me over budget at Costco, lifesaver. 

Note- I know there is speculation regarding dried fruits and low FODMAP, but I needed something. Also, I am trying this to see if there is something more than lactose causing me grief (which there probably is because I have still had issues while being 100% low FODMAP- which means that it is something non-related.) These clusters make me a better mom and my family needed that. End rant. 

Gluten Free Bread 

  
After talking to all of my friends who have to deal with a gluten free diet, they all said this bread was the way to go. 

Seriously? 

Let us first note the price, that $6.39 on the bag is the normal price, but I got it on sale for just under $5.00. Keeping that in mind, it is tiny. The loaf is about half the size of a normal loaf of bread. Double the price for half the size? The economist in me just about died. 

I bought it. 

I needed bread. I wanted a sandwich! 

This bread is so small that nearly 1/3 of a standard deli slice of cheese hangs off the edge.

Additionally it crumbled in my hand as I ate it. We had Bacon Sandwiches for dinner (no one in the house likes raw tomatoes so we do bacon, lettuce, and bread. Maybe some cheddar.)  Anyway, the bread on my tiny sandwich was crumbling to bits by the time I got about half way through my BLB (bacon lettuce and bread.)  

Zero structural integrity. 

Of course I will buy it again. 

I will cry as I pay for it, but turkey and Swiss lettuce roll ups just leave you wanting more (bread.) 

Chocolate Covered Blueberry Breakfast Shake

Man, this was too good to call a smoothie. Super simple, super delicious! 

  

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 tsp coco powder
  • 2 tsp powdered sugar

Had I thought about it, I would have included some chia seeds. Additionally, I would have included some spinach if there were any in the house. 

In the fruture I will use this as a treat, not breakfast. I do promise that I will be having this one again. Yum!