FODMAP Diet week 2 was a little easier. I decided to be adventurous by making a shrimp, bacon, and tomato based pasta. It came out sooo well, I had to pat myself on the back.
This was the first pasta dish I have had in 6 months, and it did not irritate my stomach at all. No cramps, bloating or urge to go, stomach was silent. I almost cried! lol Below are the ingredients I used for the sauce:
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 tomato
- 1 can of diced tomatoes (plain)
- 1 can of tomato paste (plain)
- fresh herbs recipe size: basil, thyme, sage,
- olive oil infused with garlic 2TBP
- balsamic vinegar 1tsp
- dried oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- salt/pepper & sugar
All ingredients except for the tomato paste, bay leaves, and sugar were put into a blender. After my sauce was blended I put in a pot, added the bay leaves, and let simmer for 30 minutes. I eventually added the sugar.
For the bacon & shrimp I did the following:
- 6 slices of thick slices bacon chopped
- 1 pound of raw shrimp, size depends on you
Sauté bacon in garlic olive oil, cook for 5-7 minutes (I like my bacon crunchy). Add in shrimp, a splash of balsamic vinegar , salt/pepper, fresh basil and cooked the concoction for another 3-4 minutes until shrimp is pink. Once done add the bacon and shrimp to the sauce and include a little bacon juice :). Stir and served over quinoa linguine.
Gluten-free pasta is something I will never like lol so I was grateful that I had ample sauce, but below was the brand I used.
Unfortunately, the pasta only lasted over the weekend 😦 So for the week I baked a turkey breast with the leftover fresh herbs I had (basil, thyme, sage, oregano) and stuffed it under the skin. As sides I cooked white rice and green beans. Left over turkey made some tasty, gluten-free turkey sandwiches with dijon mustard, yummy!
I saw the nutritionist again this past Friday, she was very impressed by the variety of my recipes and how I have tackled this diet. But she added a few challenges. I was complaining how I’m sick of drinking only grape and cranberry juice, her response was well let’s get off the juice all together , and do fruit flavored water. . . . . that was not what I wanted to hear! lol I reluctantly agreed, and told myself I’ll do “no juice days” I can’t survive off of just water, that’s craziness. She also suggested a couple of supplements. Omega-3, 1000 mg with EPA and DHA, aka fish oil right? And I told her how I’ve been stressed and can’t sleep, she stated my magnesium levels might be low. She suggested I try a magnesium supplement called “Natural Calm”.. I ordered both online, much cheaper. Lastly, she wants me to drink benefiber with every meal . . . . yeah . . . I decided to do it with just dinner. I had benefiber with every meal Saturday and I think I lost 5 pounds Sunday morning, can’t imagine doing that everyday lol
I stated how I’ve been cooking with so much butter and salt she suggested to substitute the butter with coconut oil. So I found the brand below at my local Giant.
Also, I found some treats! Check it out below, all found at my local Giant or Food Lion grocery store.
So far week 3 has been a struggle 😦 I’ll give an update next week.