Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Grandma’s Pot Roast

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A few weekends ago, my grandmother invited me over to her new apartment for lunch.  That may not seem like an especially impressive sentence, but as many of you know, that’s not all there is to it.  To feed someone with dietary restrictions like mine (fructose malabsorption, Paleo, autoimmune protocol) can be a massive, massive undertaking.

I sent her a list of foods I can eat, and she came up with a most devastatingly delicious meal.  I went back for seconds.  And thirds.  And since that weekend I’ve made it myself twice.  It’s the kind of meal that I could eat every day. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Meatball “Noodle” Soup

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One of the Paleo tricks I’ve learned since being on this diet is using spaghetti squash to make “noodles.”  It’s really amazing, you cook the squash and the flesh comes out just like pasta!  The taste is mild, but the texture is just a little bit more vegetable-y than real pasta–but all in all, a great way to fool yourself!

I like to make this in the morning in a crock pot so it can cook nice and slow and it’s ready by dinnertime. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Gut-Healing Bone Broth

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It has begun!  Yet another new diet!

I’m three days into my low-FODMAP autoimmune Paleo diet.  Ugh.  Right now I must be in withdrawal because I’m just a wee bit cranky and dreaming about peanut M&Ms.

I was going to go more in-depth today but I sliced my thumb open cutting sweet potato french fries and it hurts to type, so I’ll be brief.

What better way to start off a brand new diet to heal my gut than with a recipe for gut-healing bone broth?!  The purposes of this broth is to break down all the bones you throw into it so that the gelatin (among other things) is released, which is very very healing.  Gelatin can help improve joint pain and even skin elasticity!  It also inhibits infection, fights inflammation, and (very importantly) supports digestion. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Homemade Hot Dogs

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Do you remember the first time some kid told you what hot dogs are made out of?  I always thought it was a big fat lie to gross me out.  There is NO WAY they are made out of intestines.  That is insane.  Now, after working on Bizarre Foods for over four years, it’s just a reality.  But there’s nothing quite like coming to grips with that idea like holding those intestines in your hands. Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Fried Cheeseburger Spring Rolls

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Lately I’ve been looking for a good recipe that uses rice paper in kind of a fun way, but mostly I’ve found the standard spring roll ingredients, so I decided to make one of my own!  I needed some help with the part about frying the spring rolls (also hard to find) so I used this recipe for guidance (and it actually would work as a “fun” recipe itself, but there are just too many ingredients we would have to omit). Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Sichuan Beef and Sticky Rice

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I don’t really like Thai food that much, but there’s a Thai restaurant nearby that makes an awesome crispy sweet beef dish that I’m sure is not FructMal friendly.  I was craving it one day and hoping I could make my own, and I found this recipe on BellaOnline that’s not too far off–certainly delicious in its own right, and pretty straight forward to make.  You can serve with any kind of rice, rice noodles or gluten-free pasta, but why pass on the chance to make your own sticky rice? Continue reading

Fructose Malabsorption Recipes: Cheeseburger and Fries with Sticky Rice

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This is one of my favorite meals!  Well, it is now anyway.  I love sticky rice, but you can use regular white rice if you don’t have a rice cooker.  If you can make the sticky rice a day or two ahead of time, it will be better. Continue reading