The word ‘diet’ has become a rather daunting word.
There’s a common misconception that going on a diet means weight loss, food deprivation and generally being hungry. Diets are therefore often seen in a negative light. In actual fact, ‘diet’ just means the food that someone regularly eats or that someone restricts themself to, often for medical reasons and not just to lose weight.
When I tell people that I follow the FODMAP diet, many of them assume that it’s just another one of those fad diets. I’ve always been against these. For one, I enjoy food too much and two, I believe that eating well and exercising regularly is the way to a healthy lifestyle. So don’t be put off by the big list of foods that shouldn’t be eaten on the FODMAP diet – I’ve never had to go hungry!
In an attempt to prove this, I created this meal – it was healthy, filling and, of course, low in FODMAPs.
Ingredients for the sweet potato chips (serves 2):
- 2 medium sized sweet potatoes
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into chip-like shapes. Spread them out evenly on a baking tray and drizzle with oil, maple syrup and the seasonings, making sure all sides are covered.
Cook them in the oven on 180°C for about 45 minutes, or until golden and starting to crisp. Turn them over halfway to ensure all sides are cooked through.
Ingredients for the Mediterranean vegetables (serves 2):
- ½ red pepper
- ½ orange pepper
- 1 courgette
- 1 tbsp garlic oil
Wash the vegetables and slice them into small chunks.
Spread them out on a baking tray, drizzle with garlic oil and sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
Cook on 180°C for about 30 minutes.
Ingredients for the steak (serves 2):
- 2 steaks
- 1 tsp rapeseed oil
Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the steak. Heat the oil in a griddle pan, or frying pan if you don’t have. Add the steak, turning once and cooking each side for 4-5 minutes depending on how well done you like it.
When ready, remove from the pan and plate up.
Add the sweet potato chips and the vegetables and enjoy – you won’t be going hungry!
Note: fodmappers should limit themselves to 1/2 cup of sweet potato in one serving.