Alex Roque

Writer By Night

Low Fodmap Holiday Meals

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2013 was the year that I switched from being very much on the Paleo diet to needing to be low fodmap. I was worried that trying to be both would be too limiting, since there are many things I technically couldn’t eat from either category.

So then when the holidays came around, I had to change up everything to make food that I could eat, but also that other people could enjoy. I thought that it might be helpful to share some of the work I did looking up recipes and making necessary adjustments!


Deviled Eggs

My family is from the mid-west, and I don’t know if this is a mid-west thing necessarily, but it is a family thing. I LOVE deviled eggs. And they contain things I can eat! If you have more time than I did, you can also make your own mayonnaise. My favorite recipe was from Everyday Paleo, which can still be low fodmap by replacing it with lemon juice if you aren’t able to have apples.

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Brussell Sprouts and Green Apple Salad

I first read about this delicious dish from the lovely Kirsten at ChemoBites. The recipe is from A Healthy Life For Me. I did use this even though I myself haven’t incorporated apples back into my diet, but separated out a little bit for me without them. You could probably sub with something that is still the same profile as an apple! I also didn’t add the blue cheese, but no one really liked it so it wasn’t missed. ;) My whole family loved this dish, even though they had never like brussel sprouts. I think that says it all!

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product!

I forgot to take a picture of the finished product!

Main Dish and Sides:

Rosemary Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

Snagged this recipe also from ChemoBites. So this one we fudged a little bit – we couldn’t find purple potatoes, so we used standard russell and red potatoes. The end product was still just as delicious, I’m sure. We also went a little less smashed and added some rice milk, which with the olive oil helped thicken them up a little bit.

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Gluten-Free Lasagna Rolls

So the initial recipe from ChemoBites is for a pumpkin lasagna, but my family loves meat and doesn’t like pumpkin. So I wanted to use this recipe as my base for the gluten free, dairy free side of things. In the end, I made a ground turkey, Kale, Ricotta stuffing for the lasagna, and but used the above for the pasta and sauce. So this dish was probably the least-fodmap, but everyone loved it! I completely forgot to snap a picture. D;

Kale with Roasted Cauliflower and Pomegranate Seeds

I went a little rogue on this dish, but that’s partly because I really prefer cooked kale over raw. But the dish sounded really good. Another ChemoBites recipe, and I also got to borrow the molasses direct from her! Much of my family hadn’t really eaten kale before, so I feel this was a good gateway recipe.


For another family dinner, they were having turkey, and I really wanted to have stuffing. So I ventured out to make my own. I started with a recipe that I found on tumblr, and then had to also look up how to make my own cream of chicken soup, since I couldn’t find it any in my area. I snagged that recipe from In the end, this was super successful, and people kept sneaking bites of my own stuffing, since everyone else just had the boxed stuff. ;) 

Cornbread Muffins

I didn’t make these from scratch, but I love the premade mix from Pamela’s. Whole Foods sells it for sure, and sometimes Ralphs, in my experience.

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I really wanted to make something a little fancy for dessert, and when I found this recipe from I knew I had found the right dish. I had to use regular cream, and also used rice milk instead of just lactose-free milk. For the strawberries, I used a dark chocolate infused balsamic, and oh man, it was heavenly. I ended up serving them in these cute little glasses because why not. It looked fancy. 2013-12-26 16.47.55

So there you have it! It’s still possible to eat some amazing food even with allergies. 


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