Banana Oatmeal Muffins

 

It’s easy enough to make these #glutenfree by using certified #glutenfree oats and oat flour in place of the oat bran.  With only three tablespoons each of honey and margarine, these are #lowsugar and #lowfat but full of goodness.

Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350F.

Whisk together in large bowl:

1 egg

3 T. margarine

3 T. melted honey

1 tsp. vanilla

Mix in:

1/2 c. mashed banana (about one large)

1/2 c. plain non-fat yogurt

Mix together in a separate bowl:

1 c. oat bran

1 c. oats

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 – 1/2 c. chopped nuts

1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

After mixing dry ingredients thoroughly, add to wet ingredients and combine until just moistened.  Fill muffin cups about one-half full.  Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then remove from pan. Yield:  12 muffins

 

 

Colorful Quinoa Salad

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1 c. quinoa

2 c. water

Combine quinoa and water in large pot, bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat to low, simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Let cool.

In large bowl combine the quinoa with the following:

2 c. diced cucumber

2 c. diced pepper

1/3 c. toasted sunflower seeds

2/3 c. toasted sliced almonds

1/2 c. raisins

1 small can mandarin oranges, drained (reserve juice)

 

Dressing:

Combine in a jar or other container with a lid, shake well, pour over salad.

1/3 c. reserved mandarin orange juice

1/4 c. olive oil

1 T. each dill, Italian spice blend

1 tsp. mustard

1 tsp. lemon juice

salt and pepper

 

Serves about 8 – 10 as a side salad

 

Amazing High Protein Breakfast Bowl

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So versatile, so good

1 kiwi, chopped

1 small banana, sliced

1/3 c. oats

1/4 – 1/3 c. milk

3/4 c. plain 0% Greek yogurt

1/2 T. each chia seeds, hemp hearts, and ground flax

(Can add 1 T. honey or other sweetener to sweeten if desired)

Slice fruit into bowl, add remainder of ingredients.  Stir and enjoy! Serves one.

 

Notes:  Any combination of fruit can be used.

Can be adapted as follows:

Gluten free oats can be used to make this gluten free.

Non dairy yogurt can be used to make this dairy free.

To make low FODMAP use lactose-free yogurt,  appropriate low FODMAP fruits  and sugar or maple syrup instead of honey.

29 grams protein.

Oatmeal, Nut and Fruit Balls

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Oatmeal ball (or bar) with nuts, fruits, chia seeds and hemp hearts. No added sugar or salt. Gluten free.

This is labour and time intensive (took me about an hour, excluding cutting the bars up). You will use a lot of muscles stirring the wet and dry ingredients together. To avoid a pain flare:  I would suggest using a heavy duty mixer to incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry. Or enlist someone else’s help. My husband cut the bars up for me and his hands hurt afterwards!  However, given the cost of similar bars in the store ($3.00 and up) it is worth it.

Dry Ingredients

3 1/2 cups oatmeal (oats)

1/3 c. chia seeds

¼ c. ground flaxseed

½ c. hemp hearts

½ cup Nuts (I used walnuts)

½ cup dried Apricots

½ c. raisins

Wet ingredients

1 medium Apple, chopped

200 g dates, pitted and chopped

½ cup natural Peanut butter

½ cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup plain 0% fat yogurt

Mix dry ingredients in large bowl. Place dates in water on stove and cook until mushy. Puree.  Puree apple in water. Combine dates, apple, oil, peanut butter & yogurt in small bowl. Mix into dry. Mix well. Using a one ounce measuring scoop, scoop out the mixture and roll each scoop into small balls. Alternative, place entire mixture into 9 x 9 pan. Refrigerate. When cool, cut into bars.  Wrap each ball / bar individually in saran wrap. Keep balls refrigerated until use as the balls lose their shape when warm.  A great snack or have one for breakfast with some fresh fruit and non fat Greek yogurt!

Pasta Salad {Gluten Free, Low Fodmap}

 

Eating low fodmap for IBS is not easy. I slip on and off the low fodmap wagon frequently. After a particularly bad tummy day I made this pasta salad.

1 package Catelli Gluten Free fusilli style pasta. cooked according to package directions

picture from sheletthemeatcake.com
picture from sheletthemeatcake.com

1/4 zucchini, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2/3 c. frozen green peas
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
3 green onions, green part only, chopped
1/2 small cucumber, chopped
Dash of rice vinegar
Various dried salad herbs, about 1 T. each (thyme, oregano, dillweed, tarragon, cilantro)
1 T. celery salt
1 T. chili powder
1 T. pepper
1 tsp. salt or to taste
3/4 c. mayonnaise
a bit of olive oil (1 – 2 T. )

Combine in a large bowl and chill before serving. About 8 servings. If you can handle dairy you could add some cubed cheese. Cooked chicken or hard boiled eggs would work also for protein to make this a complete meal.  *Catelli Gluten Free Pasta has corn, white and brown rice and quinoa grains.

Nectarine Crisp {Gluten Free}

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4 c. sliced nectarines
1 T. sugar
1/2 c. gluten free oats
1/2 c. brown sugar (packed)
1/4 c. gluten free flour (I used oat flour)
1/4 c. butter or gluten free margarine

Preheat oven to 400.

Place sliced nectarines in 9 x 9 glass pan. Sprinkle with sugar.

Mix oats, sugar, gluten free flour in a small bowl.

Cut in butter with a pastry blender.

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Spread over nectarines. Bake for 30 minutes or until topping is browned and the fruit beneath is simmering. A wonderful summer dessert!

Salad Rolls {Gluten Free}

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After a friend of mine made salad rolls and brought them to our luncheon a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to try making them myself. These are nice as an appetizer or even a main course when it’s too hot outside to cook.

Recipe and instructions:

You will need a package of rice paper wrappers. I bought mine at a health food store but it’s likely these are available in less expensive stores such as Superstore in Canada.

First prepare your filling ingredients. You will need:

Shred or slice thinly one cooked chicken breast or cooked pork. Cooked shrimp will also work. Slice very thinly (or shred) an assortment of vegetables. Here I used a pepper, cucumber, and green onions. Quantities used for  the vegetables were about 1/2 pepper, 5 or so green onions, and about one-third of an English cucumber (which was enough for 10 salad rolls) Also, about a tablespoon of broccoli slaw and a leaf of fresh basil per wrapper was also used.

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Fill a large bowl with warm water. Take the individual rice wrapper and soak it for 5 seconds in the water. Place the wrapper on a plate or the counter and let it sit for 30 seconds to soften.

Then, fill wrapper with a small amount of each of your ingredients, placing the ingredients near the bottom of the rice wrapper. The rice wrapper pictured below likely had too much filling; I tended to over fill mine and then, when it came time to eat them, they became “deconstructed salad rolls.”

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Carefully draw the sides of the filled rice wrapper towards the middle. Then fold the bottom in towards the middle and roll up.  Lather, rinse, repeat for as many rolls as you have filling for.  I had enough filling for about 10 salad rolls.  Cover with saran wrap once you’re done making the rolls so they do not dry out.

**Salad rolls are pretty versatile. Today I made them using shredded carrots, thinly sliced pieces of romaine lettuce, pepper, broccoli, and leftover canned salmon.

Enjoy with peanut sauce or your favorite dipping sauce.

Peanut Sauce:

1 c. water (GF chicken broth could also be used)
2 T. cornstarch
¼ c. peanut butter
1 T. oil
2 T. wheat free / GF soy sauce
2  – 3 T. Thai sweet chili sauce or to taste

Whisk together in a small pot and heat over medium heat until peanut butter is melted. If this becomes too thick, add  a little more water or broth.

Sweet and Sour Chicken {Low Fodmap and GF}

Image credit: simplyrecipes.com
Image credit: simplyrecipes.com

4 skinless chicken breasts

1 cup water

1⁄3 cup rice wine vinegar

1⁄3 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp wheat free soy sauce

1 tbsp  cornstarch

1⁄4 tsp  hot pepper flakes

1 red pepper, cut into strips

1 yellow pepper, cut into strips

1 tsp ginger

14oz can pineapple chunks

1⁄3 cup cashews (optional)

In a small bowl, combine 1⁄2 cup of water, vinegar, honey, soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger, and pepper flakes. In a nonstick skillet with 1⁄4 cup of water, cook chicken breast (or microwave). Cut into small pieces and set aside. In same skillet, add peppers and 1⁄4 cup of water. Simmer until peppers are crisp-tender. Add chicken, pineapple and sauce to skillet and stir-fry. Bring to boil and add more cornstarch if necessary to thicken sauce.

Spoon out onto a platter and sprinkle with cashews. Serve with rice. Makes 4 servings

A Note About Garlic

I find there is a bit of confusion amongst experts regarding whether garlic powder is tolerable on a low fodmap diet.  I read on Standford University Medical Center’s handout for the low fodmap diet that garlic powder is okay but fresh garlic is not. Other experts say no garlic except garlic infused oil. Personally, I’ve used garlic powder and been okay.  If you want to add garlic to this dish, you can do so with a little bit of garlic infused oil:  cook a garlic clove in a bit of oil until the garlic is browned, remove garlic, add oil to this dish.  Here is a recipe to make garlic infused oil in bulk:  http://fructosefreeme.com/2012/03/29/garlic-infused-olive-oil-that-keeps-for-months

Barley and Brown Rice Salad

Photo credit: gobarley.com
Photo credit: gobarley.com

This versatile recipe is very tasty.

1/2 c. pearl barley, rinsed

1/2 c. brown rice, rinsed

2 c. water

dash salt

2 cups diced vegetables – I used a mixture of celery, green onions, and carrots)

1/2 c. each dried cranberries and chopped walnuts

1/2 c. crumbled soft cheese – I used Boursin, but feta or goat cheese would work well too

Dressing:

1/2 c. oil

1/4 c. vinegar

2 – 3 T. each maple syrup and mustard

2 T. soy sauce

salt and pepper

While this version is vegetarian, chopped diced chicken, canned tuna, or tofu can also be added.

Bring water to  a boil.  Add rice and barley. Cover and lower heat to medium low and cook for about 40 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes or until any remaining water is absorbed.  Combine with remaining salad ingredients in a large bowl. Mix up dressing in a jar and pour over salad.  Refrigerate for a few hours to cool and let flavors meld.  Serves 4- 6.