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Marinated Tofu Bowls

Here’s a blog post written by my lovely intern Maité Santiago:

It’s cold outside, and a nice big warm bowl of something is just right! This recipe is one that is great when you also are looking to have some leftovers to carry you through the week. The first step to this recipe is one that while beneficial is not crucial: SOAKING YOUR GRAINS!

Marinated Tofu

Why might it be helpful to soak your grains? The answer is phytic acid.

Phytic Acid is present in the bran and hulls of foods such as grains, beans, nuts and seeds,. It is what preserves and protects these foods from sprouting in your pantry. However, this natural protective element may also interfere with the absorption of the minerals offered by these great foods. Soaking your grains, beans, nuts and seeds, neutralizes the phytic acid! People with very sensitive bellies may also find that soaked grains are more tolerable. Soaking can be done while you’re sleeping or even before you leave the house in the morning. Here are a couple of links that go deeper in the subject: Nutrition StrippedMy New Roots

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Best part about this recipe is how much you can get done ahead of time or while the rice and tofu finish cooking. You can prep the veggies, tofu or even cook the rice a day ahead and then throw it all in a wok or pan. However you decide to tackle this recipe, it’s sure to satisfy and keep you warm for days to come.

Marintated Tofu Bowls

Marinated Tofu Bowls (Low FODMAP)

Ingredients:
1 cup short grain brown rice, soaked overnight (optional)
2 cups/ 16oz filtered water
14oz/397g extra firm tofu, drained
1/3 cup / 2oz low sodium soy sauce
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 inch ginger root, minced or made into a paste using a microplane
3 stems/ 65g (or use the entire bunch!) curly kale, coarsely chopped
1 medium size/140g carrot, grated or spiralized
1 red bell pepper, sliced, seeds and stem discarded
1 tbsp olive oil
green tops from one scallion, thinly sliced
Sesame seeds to garnish (optional)

 Instructions:

  1. Soak brown rice overnight with 4-5 cups of filtered water, set aside.
  2. Next day, drain and rinse brown rice and place it in a medium sauce pan with 2 cups filtered water and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, cover and let cook for 45-50 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cube tofu into bite size pieces and place in a large bowl or baking pan and add soy sauce and sesame oil. Toss and let sit for 20 minutes in the fridge. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit while the tofu marinates.
  4. After 20 minutes, transfer marinated tofu onto a lined baking sheet with parchment paper and place tofu in oven, bake for 30 minutes. Reserve the marinade left from the tofu and add in the ginger, set aside.
  5. While the tofu’s baking and rice finishes up, prep the remaining veggies.
  6. Once rice and tofu are done cooking, warm a wok or a large pan with olive oil and cook kale, red pepper in remaining marinade with ginger for 5-6 minutes. You may either toss all ingredients in a pan and cook it like a stir fry or serve ingredients separately!
  7. Garnish with green tops from scallions and sesame seeds! Enjoy.
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Vietnamese Spring Rolls (low FODMAP)

Here’s a guest blog post from Mirina Sato. Enjoy!

Hi, my name is Mirina and I had a great opportunity to work as an intern for Lauren. I’m from Tokyo, Japan and I study chemistry and economics at Smith College. Growing up in multiple places such as Hong Kong and Tokyo, I have been exposed to different types of food, diet, and lifestyle. I have been fascinated by how food can affect one’s life in so many ways. I started taking cooking lessons when I was 8 years old and quickly I developed my strong interest in cooking and nutrition. Since I moved to the U.S. for high school, I noticed a big impact of food on health and I began to appreciate the healthy diet in Asian culture that I grew up with.

Today I would like to introduce one of my favorite quick and easy summer dishes. Not only is it super easy, but also low FODMAP.

spring roll ingredients

Here are all the ingredients. Rice wrappers can be found at Asian grocery stores. We used the brown rice noodles found at Whole Foods for this recipe because they’re a little healthier than the traditional white rice noodles. For a vegetarian option, you can substitute tofu for the shrimp. **Note, make sure your mayonnaise does not contain garlic or onion powder.

chopping veggies

Vegetables – skin the carrot with a peeler, then chop off the top. Cut it into thin slices and julienne. Then julienne the zucchini. Cut the avocado in half, then into 6 slices. Since only 1/8 of an avocado is allowed on the low FODMAP diet, 3 small slices are okay to have.

Shrimp – Bring water to boil in a sauce pot. Stir in shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and drain well. Run under cold water until it cools down. Cut shrimp in half horizontally.

Rice noodles – cook according to the instruction on the package.

Now it’s time to assemble the spring rolls.

rice paper
Fill a large bowl with warm water and dip a rice wrapper to soften. Keep submerged in the water until the wrapper is pliable.

spring roll steps

Step 1. Lay wrapper flat and place shrimp, rice noodles, avocado, lettuce, carrot, zucchini, and cilantro.

Step 2. Fold the bottom and make sure you cover the inside ingredients.

Step 3. Fold the sides.

Step 4. Roll as you pull the center inwards and make sure it’s tight.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

To go with the spring rolls, I have two favorite sauces – wasabi mayo and coconut peanut sauce. They are both very simple but very different. I can never choose one.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls (low FODMAP)

I used to make these spring rolls with my mom and it was so much fun. It can get messy, but I love the fact that you can put anything in them and just eat it right away. Thank you for reading my blog post and I hope you enjoyed the low FODMAP spring rolls!

Mirina

Vietnamese Spring Rolls (low FODMAP)
Makes 6 rolls

Ingredients:
6 rice spring roll wrappers
3 large leaves of lettuce, torn into pieces
3 oz. brown (or white) rice noodles
6 thin slices of avocado
9 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (or substitute tofu)
12 sprigs of fresh cilantro
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 small zucchini, julienned

 Instructions:
1. Prepare vegetables and shrimp. (See instructions above)
2. Assemble the spring rolls. (See step-by-step instructions above)

 Wasabi Mayo

Ingredients:
2 Tbs of mayonnaise (make sure there is no garlic or onion powder in the ingredients)
Wasabi to taste  **Note that wasabi has not been tested for FODMAP, so do not use if you are on a strict elimination diet.

Instructions:
1. Mix mayonnaise and wasabi together.

 Coconut Peanut sauce

Ingredients:
1/4 cup of Peanut butter (unsweetened)
1/2 cup of coconut milk (unsweetened)
2 Tbs of sugar
1 Tbs soy sauce
Tabasco to taste
1/4 cup of water

 Instructions:
1. Put all the ingredients in a pot and slowly bring to a boil while whisking.
2. Simmer over low heat for one minute. Let it cool down before serving with spring rolls.

 

 

 

Lentil and Turkey Chili (Low FODMAP)

Here’s a fiber-rich chili recipe to go with that Zucchini Cornbread! Did you know it’s acceptable to have 1/4 cup of canned lentils on the low FODMAP diet? The FODMAPs are water soluble, so they drain out in the liquid. Since canned products sit on the shelf for a while, there’s plenty of time for the FODMAPs to leach out into the canning liquid. Just make sure you rinse them well.

To make a vegetarian version of this recipe, substitute more carrots and peppers instead of the meat. Most pre-made chili mixes contain onion and garlic powder, so for this recipe you’ll make your own with the following spices (the lentils are just for show):

spices

To make the chili, heat up 1 Tbs of olive oil in a large pot. Add the spice mixture and carrots, then cook the turkey until browned and add in pepper, zucchini, chopped tomatoes, FODMAP friendly broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer until carrots are tender.

chili 1
Next step is to add lentils, corn, and swiss chard. The combo of all these veggies makes this quite a nutrient dense dish! Simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve with Zucchini Cornbread (Low FODMAP)

chili 2
Lentil and Turkey Chili (Low FODMAP)
Serves 8

Ingredients:
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
3 carrots, diced
1/2 lb ground turkey or lean ground beef  (or more veggies for a vegetarian version)
3 small zucchini, diced
1 1/2 red bell peppers, seeded and diced
2 Tbs canned mild green chilis (If you like spice, add hot chilis)
1 26-oz container chopped tomatoes (3 cups)
3 cups low FODMAP chicken or vegetable stock 3 cups canned lentils, rinsed, and drained (2 cans)
5 cups swiss chard, rinsed, and chopped
1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
Cilantro for serving

Instructions:
1. In a large pot, heat 1 Tbs olive oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add spices and carrots and cook about 1 minute until fragrant.
2.  Add ground turkey (or beef) and cook 3 – 5 minutes until meat is browned.
3. Add zucchini, peppers, green chilis, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for about 25 minutes until carrots are tender (the smaller the carrots are chopped, the faster they will cook).
4. Add lentils, chard and corn and simmer for an additional 10 minutes.
5. Serve with cilantro and Zucchini Cornbread.

Curried Carrot & Butternut Squash Soup (low FODMAP)

It’s still cold here in Boston. I have to remind myself that it really doesn’t get warm here until June. But 30 degrees does feel nice right now! Hopefully we’ve seen the last of the big snow storms though. I saw this license plate on my way to the airport last week. It certainly made me laugh.

no snow
I was heading to the airport because I went to visit my mom to literally lend her a hand after carpel tunnel surgery. I cooked up a storm in the kitchen and am excited to share some recipes. This Curried Carrot & Butternut Squash soup is sure to warm you up on a winter day. The combination of veggies and spices will contribute vitamins and antioxidants to your meal.

Here are some of the all-star ingredients: carrots, butternut squash, spinach, cinnamon, curry powder, ginger, coconut milk, and cilantro.

curried soup ingredients

Turmeric is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties due to a component called curcumin. You’d need to get a lot of curcumin to get the potential benefits, but adding turmeric to your diet can’t be a bad idea. Cinnamon also has touted health benefits such as antioxidant properties and having a positive effect on blood sugar. We need more research on the health benefits because the results are mixed. While I don’t recommend taking cinnamon supplements, I do recommend incorporating it naturally into the diet.

spices

Here are all the spices: turmeric, cinnamon, curry (no onion), cumin, and ginger. Ginger is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

ginger&spices
To make the soup, start by heating some olive oil over medium heat. Add the spices and the ginger and sauté until fragrant. Sautéing the spices allows some of the flavor to be released. Make sure to hold you nose over the pan and take in a nice big whiff. Then add the squash and carrots and cook another 2-3 minutes. The coconut milk and stock go in next and the entire mixture cooks until the vegetables are tender. 

carrots&squashBlend the soup or leave it chunky if you prefer. Add in the spinach and cilantro and cook until the spinach is wilted.

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Curried Carrot & Butternut Squash Soup (low FODMAP)

Ingredients:
1 tsp curry powder (FODMAPers, choose a curry powder that contains no garlic and onion, such as Frontier Organic brand)
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs minced ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs + 1 tsp olive oil
1 lb carrots, peeled and cut in 1/2” pieces
1 lb butternut squash, peeled and cut in 1/2” pieces (or use precut squash)
1 cup light coconut milk
2 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock + extra for thinning the soup (FODMAPers use homemade stock with no onions)
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup cilantro, stems removed and chopped

Instructions:

1. In a medium-large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in the spices and ginger and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
2. Add carrots and butternut squash and sauté another 2-3 minutes.
3. Add coconut milk and stock. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.
4. Blend soup with an immersion blender or regular blender until smooth. Add more stock if the mixture is too thick. Or leave it chunky if you prefer.
5.  Add the soup back to the pot with the spinach and cilantro. Cook until the spinach is wilted, just a few minutes.
6. Top with a cilantro sprig before serving.