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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.

Zucchini Cornbread (Low FODMAP)

If you like zucchini and spoonbread, this is the recipe for you! I sought out to make a lightened up, healthier version of cornbread and ended up adding too much liquid to the batter. The result was a delicious moist cornbread, almost a cross between spoonbread and regular cornbread. For those of you not familiar with spoonbread, it is a southern dish similar to a savory pudding or soufflé. The moist texture of this cornbread comes from the grated zucchini, Greek yogurt, and lactose-free milk. The maple syrup gives the bread a nice sweetness. Here are the ingredients: cornbread ingredients
After you have all the ingredients measured out, combine the wet and dry ingredients in two separate bowls. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, then mix in the grated zucchini. Bake for about 40 minutes and you’re good to go!

cornbread1 cornbread2
Zucchini Cornbread (Low FODMAP)

Ingredients:
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup FODMAP friendly gluten-free flour (such as King Arthur)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (this is very low lactose and should not pose a problem for FODMAPers)
1/4 cup maple syrup (white or brown sugar can be substituted)
6 Tbs butter, melted (for an even healthier version add less butter and more Greek yogurt)
1/2 cup milk
2 small zucchini, grated (about 2 cups)

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a medium bowl combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to blend.
3. In another bowl combine eggs, yogurt, maple syrup, butter, and milk. Stir to combine.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir just until mixed. Fold grated zucchini into the batter.
5. Pour batter into a buttered 8×8 baking dish.
6. Bake 30-40 minutes until the top is lightly browned and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
7. Store cornbread in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.