Monthly Archives: November 2012

Miso Soup with Black Rice Noodles

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The picture doesn’t really do this justice. The broth is a beautiful deep purple colour from the black rice noodles, the tofu is silky and full of flavour from being marinated before hand, and then there are the tender noodles, salty wakame seaweed and the full flavour of the miso.

Maybe you can tell I’m a little excited about this warming bowl of delight. Miso soup is not something I have ever seen on the menu in england. Having said that, I have never been to a japanese restsurant; nor would I know where to find one. So dishes like this do excite me. It feels great to be able to create something reasonably authentic that can’t be bought in town. I even ordered my miso online because I couldn’t find it anywhere.

Recipe (2 small portions or 1 greedy one)

1 heaped tsp miso paste
Cubed tofu (up to 10 cubes per person)
50g black rice noodles per person
Cube of ginger, grated
1/2 tsp dried wakame seaweed

Heat a mug of water per person and stir in the miso paste until disolved. Add everything else in and simmer until noodles are cooked. Enjoy!

For pre marinated tofu

Lay cubed on kitchen paper and weigh down with heavy pans for 10 minutes. Lay cubes in a dish of tepid water with a teaspoon of miso disolved in for 20 to 30 minutes and they are then ready to be heated through in your soup.

Quinoa, Grapes and Baked Veggie Chips

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I have been eating much better lately. I still have quite bad symptoms but I’m getting better at dealing with it and looking after myself.

Here we have quinoa with roasted beetroot, orange peppers, sweet potato and tomatoes. In the snack pots we have grapes and sweet potato and carrot baked chips.

I’m really enjoying quinoa at the moment. I even ordered some red quinoa to try.

I will try and post more recipes soon!

Homemade Kale Chips

Everyone is always talking about how good kale is for you. While I doubt it is fodmap friendly, I thought I should introduce it into my diet.

I have used it before as a dressed salad leaf but it can be a little to tough raw, so I thought a good start would be to have a go at homemade kale chips.

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These are super easy and a lot tastier than they look. All you need is:

A few handfuls of chopped kale
One or two tsps olive oil
Salt and pepper

Preheat your oven to 180c or about 370f. Lay out your kale in a single layer on a medium sized baking tray. Pour over your oil and seasoning and massage it into the kale until all is coated.

When your oven had reached the correct temperature, put your tray of kale in for about five mins. Keep an eye on it though as it catches quite easily and it will have a bitter flavour if you allow it to brown too much. Allow it to cool and crisp up before eating.

Next time I make this I will experiment with different seasonings. It’s so easy!

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The Weekend

So this week didn’t quite go according to plan. I wad good for the most part but had a weekend treat that included wheat…too much wheat.

I find it hard to be good when it doesn’t seem to have any effect on my symptoms. Although there is one good thing to report. I have been adding a tablespoon of gluten free oats to my shakes and I am enjoying the taste and texture it adds. Give it a go!

So just a quick one for today but I will report back with more meal ideas and recipe ideas soon! I hope you are all well.

Thursday 15th Nov 2012

I have been a lot more mindful of what I eat today so I thought I would take pictures to give you (and myself) some inspiration. So here it is…

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Breakfast was a bowl of gluten free oatmeal made with unsweetened almond milk.

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Lunch was cherry tomatoes, grated carrot dressed with sesame oil and lemon juice, sesame seeds and toasted cashews.

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Dinner was a bowl of spiced pumpkin soup. Unfortunetly it was from a tin as I was short on time.

I snacked on grapes, satsuma orange and carrot and orangr juice. My symptoms are still awful but I feel better knowing I am being good.

How is everyone today?

Highs and lows

My ibs has been really bad now for the past four weeks. I’m going to see the doctor on monday but I know medication isn’t the only answer. As you most likely know if you are reading this, diet and exercise plays a huge role. So I promised myself that I will get back on the clean wagon and sort myself out.

So far this week I have made it to the gym once and not really commited myself to the diet. I will posting meals and snacks that I have that are clean, nutritious, and most imoortantly, ibs friendly as I have them. So if you are in the same boat, stay tuned for ideas and tips that might help.

Wish me luck!