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A FODMAP friendly Christmas is somewhat of an elusive beast. Dried fruit, garlic, onion, cake – the list of potential enemies is endless. Add in the fact that you’re vegetarian, and the game is basically over.
My strategy in the past, particularly when I wasn’t sure what was triggering symptoms, was to yolo at Christmas. Sometimes that still is my strategy. However, I’ve learned to alleviate the burden somewhat by bringing ‘safe’ salads, disguised as generally delicious salads. That way, I always know there will be something I can eat that won’t leave me feeling terrible afterwards.
I’ve created a little roundup of Christmas friendly salads and desserts for the FODMAPpers, vegetarians and vegans. There is a little something in there for everyone, and Uncle Greg who doesn’t believe in food intolerances won’t be able to tell the difference.
1. Roasted dukkah carrot salad with herbed tahini sauce and FODMAP friendly zucchini and miso hummus.
A delicious, zingy, bright and festive little number that also doubles as a dietary friendly hummus, if you need it to. It is gluten free, grain free, vegan and FODMAP friendly. Get the recipe here.
2. Salt and vinegar roasted potatoes.
No good Christmas salad list is complete without some form of crunchy, dark roasted potato. These salt and vinegar potatoes are outrageously addictive – I would seriously consider making two batches. They are FODMAP friendly, gluten free, grain free and vegan. You can bulk them out with some greens, zingy herbs and capers, and just eat them as is. Get the recipe here.
3. Honey and butter roasted carrot salad with halloumi and green herb sauce
It wouldn’t be a Georgeats christmas/general day if there wasn’t some halloumi in here. For best results, prep the salad ahead of time if you need to, but cook the halloumi just before serving. A small price to pay for salty deliciousness. This salad is vegetarian, FODMAP friendly and grain free. Get the recipe here.
4. Spice roasted pumpkin with halloumi, pomegranate, coconut yoghurt and herb sauce.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, amirite? All of the good things in life, combined into one convenient and portable delicacy. FODMAP friendly, gluten free, grain free and vegan, Uncle Greg will have zero complaints. Get the recipe here.
5. Vietnamese salt and pepper tofu salad with mango and vegan nuoc mam sauce.
This one is for the Aussies amongst us, who swelter away on Christmas while everyone else gets to wear ugly Christmas jumpers and sit around a fire. An excellent option for a seafood heavy Christmas, this tropical salad is gluten free, vegan, FODMAP friendly, and perfect for hot weather. Get the recipe here.
6. Spiced pumpkin loaf with chocolate chai icing.
And just like that, we’re onto desserts! This gluten free pumpkin loaf is actual parts festive, and equal parts generally delicious. You could top it with some red berries for an extra festive touch, or leave it as is. Get the recipe here.
7. Gluten free chocolate swirled brioche.
The kind of recipe that Christmas deserves – carbs, sugar, butter and chocolate. Don’t make Santa unhappy, make brioche. Get the recipe here.
8. Gluten free apple mince pie with spiced torched meringue.
This ultra festive recipe is a little higher on the FODMAP side, because fruit mince is something I’m willing to be uncomfortably bloated for. It is gluten free and grain free. If you’re very anti fructose at all times, keep your eyes peeled for my fruitless fruit mince recipe, comin’ in hot real soon. Get the recipe here.
9. Marbled chocolate, Nutella, hazelnut and sea salt bark.
Literally the easiest dessert you’ve ever made, and aesthetically pleasing to boot. Much like chocolate strawberries, a good old chocolate bark saves you a truckload of time, while also impressing guests to book. Get the recipe here.
10. Vegan chocolate pumpkin mudcake with a tahini pumpkin ganache.
If you’re ever going to prove that dietary requirements are real and they don’t necessitate rabbit food, this cake will be your ticket. Gluten free, vegan, FODMAP friendly and DELICIOUS, this is THE CAKE. The inclusion of pumpkin is a bit of a stretch in making this festive, but cover it with some berries, you know? Add some nutmeg? Use your imagination? Get the recipe here.