Christmas is my favourite time of the whole year, particularly as it’s my birthday just 4 days before as well! It’s a great time for celebrating, seeing friends and family, curling up by a log fire and Christmas Tree and enjoying a warm drink… all whilst watching It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone and other Christmas classics!
For those of us with IBS, it can be a bit of a daunting time of year, with lots of invites to Christmas parties, friends gatherings, Boxing Day buffets and New Year’s Eve soirées! So to make it all a little easier, I have picked out some of my favourite recipes from some of the best Low FODMAP bloggers, for foods you can make and take along to these parties or just have to enjoy at home.
If you’re anything like me, cranberry sauce is a must with your Christmas dinner, so I was really pleased to find this great recipe from A Little Bit Yummy! Just please note to watch your serving size!
Beer Battered Yorkshire Puddings
It’s not just Christmas Dinner… I find any Sunday roast (not matter which meat you have) pretty pointless without a Yorkshire pudding! These ones from ‘She Can’t Eat What’ are devine, just fill them with Low FODMAP gravy and you’ll be in roast dinner heaven!
I’m glad that most of my favourite vegetables are Low FODMAP (at particular serving sizes). This dish is delicious, especially with the olive oil and maple syrup to get that sweet roasted taste. Carrots, sweet potato, beetroot, all the best ones are in here!
These little Christmas treats are so simple to make (don’t forget to get the kids involved!), yet work as brilliant gifts, you can leave them out for Santa Claus or take them to work for a festive afternoon ‘pick-me-up’!
Making your Christmas Dinner Low FODMAP is pretty easy too! You can pretty much enjoy everything you would normally have as long as you control your portion sizes and ensure you use Low FODMAP versions.
Turkey is Low FODMAP so there’s no worries there – just don’t add garlic to the skin etc. Pigs in blankets (my favourite!) are also fine, but just be sure to check the packet for the sausages to make sure they are 100% pork and no added garlic, onion, leeks etc. You can use this recipe for Low FODMAP stuffing, see above for Low FODMAP vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and cranberry sauce. Roast potatoes are fine (as long as you don’t add any high FODMAP herbs to them like garlic) and finally for the gravy, we recommend using the Compton’s Gravy Salts and Massel 7’s Beef Cubes!
Now I’m not a fan of sprouts and the only time I ever see them on the table is at Christmas, but if you like them then you’ll be glad to know 2 Brussel Sprouts are Low FODMAP, so you can still have a taste of them!
And there you have it, a delicious Low FODMAP Christmas Dinner!
Don't forget to check out our blog on managing IBS and following the Low FODMAP Diet at Christmas, which gives you hints and tips to avoid those nasty flare-ups! Just click here.
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