Gnocchi with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Olives

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Happy Sunday! I truly love the weekends.  Russ and I get in our morning run, indulge in a Starbucks coffee and ease in to our day just a little slower.  The weather is slowly turning here in New England…slightly warmer…YAY, for that!

This weekend there was a big conference in Miami called Gut Microbiota for Health featuring the latest science on the gut microbiome…(the microbes that live in our intestine).  I spent some time each morning catching some of the live feed of the conference.   Our gut microbes play a HUGE impact in our health.  Especially, it seems for those of us with a sensitive intestine! I find this science so interesting…and it will be the way of the future in medicine and probably in nutritional science as well.

On a less science-y note, I do have a recipe to share with you…

I whipped up a quick gnocchi meal this week for my son, Brennan and I and we loved it.  I used a fresh gluten free gnocchi that I found in the refrigerator section at the grocery store. I just chopped up some fresh basil and heirloom tomatoes. Then I tossed in some garlic infused olive oil and olives.  And here it is…

gnocchiFresh ingredients make everything taste better, right?


Here’s the brand I use which is suitable for the FODMAP gnocchi

Oh…and by the way, I have two 21 Day Tummy Cookbooks to give-a-way.  This cookbook is only available at at the present time. It will be sold at bookstores at the end of the year when it is officially released.  You’ll love the low FODMAP recipes in the book. Leave a comment after this post for a chance to win!


63 replies on “Gnocchi with Heirloom Tomatoes, Basil and Olives

  • Scotti G. Rodgers

    I purchased the Low FODMAP E cookbook that you published and found it very helpful. My stomach is back in balance as long as I follow the guidelines. Even my husband knows which foods are high FODMAP now. I know your new cookbook will be helpful to millions who suffer from stomach distress. Thanks for all you do to help those of us who have suffered for years.

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Glad you found my e-book cookbook helpful! I appreciate the feedback! The new cookbook does have such a different variety of recipes….I didn’t design the recipes in the 21 Day Tummy but reviewed them for compliance to the low FODMAP diet.

  • Donna Hielema

    At the first of January 2013 I began to have digestive pain high in my abdomen. I had no other symptoms. As the year progressed the pain became unbearable and yet my doctors could not figure out what was causing it. Finally in December I saw another specialist associated with UNC-Chapel Hill. She put me on the low FODMAPs diet and within 3 days I was much better. I now follow this diet religiously. It has given me back my life!

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      That is great to hear Donna! I am doing a talk with a group of the MDs from UNC Chapel Hill–so happy they are on board and recommending the low FODMAP diet!

  • Joanna Thies

    Hi Kate. Thanks so much for the Nuovo brand reference and recipe! This is a great one for me to make for my family after work – quick, low- fodmap and tasty, just the combo I need! Happy almost-spring – we’re getting warm weather (60s!) in Denver, too (but if course it’s going to snow in a couple days – that’s typical Denver in March).

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Joanna, We are expecting snow this week too. Ugh! But Spring is coming….I can feel it!

  • Lora

    I’m enjoying the other 21 day book and would love a copy of this too. Thanks for the work you do!

  • Jackie

    I would be interested in finding out if we could do something to enhance our gut flora so we could digest our food better..seems that would be easier than having to follow the low-Fodmaps diet. I find that especially difficult when
    going to friends homes for dinner…

  • Mary B

    I’m with Jackie on that. It’s so hard to eat out because you can never be too sure what’s in the food. It would be nice if there was a more pro-active course to take.

  • Joannie

    I am a science geek too … And find the study of gut flora amazing. Looking forward to the new discoveries that come along. Your recipe reminds me of one of my favorite recipes from the past with pasta … I will definitely try this one. Low FODMAP is a must for me … Haven’t even been able to add in much from he elimination phase, and am happiest on this stricter routine. Would love some new recipes!! Thanks for all you do Kate!

  • Marcia Coakley

    Thrilled to see these digestion and gut biology discussions expanding.
    have also been inspired by Dr. Daphne Miller bringing the medical community into the gut biome conversation, in her book Farmacology, and the relationship of the earth/healthy farm soil biome, and that of healthy human function.

  • Lisa R.

    Thanks for your wonderful blog and for sharing the gnocchi recipe AND the Nuovo brand! I will definitely try this, and I echo a previous comment regarding how helpful it will be to have something like this in the refrigerator when in need of a quick and easy, healthy meal! Please let us know where you bought this Nuovo brand. Thanks again, Lisa R.

  • Kim

    I’d love a chance to win this cookbook, Kate! 🙂 Can’t get enough of those tummy-soothing recipes!

  • Rhiannon

    I would love a chance to win your cookbook, Kate. I cannot overstate what a positive impact the FODMAP diet has had on my health, and how big a part your blog and education have played in that! Thank you! 🙂

  • Jane

    Thanks for the gnocchi tip, have been looking for a GF version. Life has been so much better when low FODMAPing!

  • Janet

    Would love to win, it would lighten my mood after this horrible ice storm we had in central North Carolina , whew what a nightmare, certainly no cooking without power for days!!

  • lauren

    i would love to get my hands on your cookbook! your blog has been a huge help for me…i have just started a low fodmap diet [i’m about one month in] and i find that coming up with varied recipes [dinner especially] can be a challenge.
    thank you for pointing out the nuovo gnocchi. it’s on my grocery list for my next whole foods visit! 🙂

  • Lori

    Loving the book so far – can’t believe how delicious the recipes are! I didn’t realize the cookbook was only available on the website and found out when I went to Barnes and Noble to buy the 21 day Tummy! I can’t wait to get it at the end of the year (or sooner, if I am a winner!). My husband and I both are enjoying the great food and weight loss! Thanks!

  • sharon

    Hi Kate, thank you for your blog. You’ve helped me from the very beginning of my FODMAP adventure. Would also love a chance to win your cookbook!

  • Cindy Bourgeois

    Would love to get your cookbook. I have IBS and your fodmap guidance has been greatly helpful. My main problem is resisting the sweets my family leaves around the house. Also, social situations outside my home are challenging – how to make the best choices in restaurants and at parties.

  • Niki

    Hi, thanks for all the information and great recipes. My son was just put on this diet, so to be fair the whole family is too (as best we can). I need some recipes to replace my traditional ones!

  • Melissa

    Your cookbook sounds interesting. As a registered dietitian in a GI clinic I am always looking for recipes for my patients. A number of my patients are on a low-FODMAP diet and having great success.

  • Randy Courtice

    I am thrilled to find a FODMAP foodie! This is day one for me on the FODMAP plan and I see a dietician this afternoon to help guide me through. Having gone gluten free but not problem free, I anxiously tried the diet “on my own” for the past ten days and it is making a difference. I love to cook and would love an opportunity to win the new cookbook. Thanks to everyone who is on your blog — I’m taking baby steps in learning about the FODMAP plan and appreciate all of the comments.

  • Wendy

    Love the gnocci recipe. My hubby loves gnocci so it’s great to know there is a brand out there I can get that is gluten free, and I don’t have to make my own.

    Would love a copy of the book! Sounds perfect.
    Thanks so much for all you do.

    looking forward to hear more about the gut microbes…I would be ever so happy if my picky intestines would stop being so very picky.

  • Lauri

    I would love a copy of the cookbook. I started the low FODMAP diet a couple years ago due to a FM & SIBO diagnosis after 5 years of Dr’s not finding anything with all the other GI testing. So glad I found your website to navigate the low FODMAP diet as no one in the rural area where I live had ever heard about it. I educated the dietition from my Dr.’s office on low FODMAP’s! 🙂

  • Casey

    Hi Kate I love this cookbook and love your blog!
    I felt better when I cut high fodmap things out of my diet but I decided it is a little easier to go get the breath tests for lactose and fructose than deciphering a challenge program. Do you consider the results of the breath tests to be definitive? As long as it’s testing both Methane and hydrogen ? I came back negative for lactose and fructose so now I’m doing a gluten challenge to take the celiac sprue test to see if that’s my issue. I feel like doctors tests are more reliable than me trying to determine how I feel after my food challenges at home. Can you give me your thoughts on this?

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Casey, Great question. Originally, when I started implementing the diet with my clients I did regard the testing and would liberalize the diet as needed. But recent research from the Monash group shows that even if IBS patients absorb mannitol and sorbitol–(ie had a negative breath test for these sugars) –they still experienced GI issues. So…I tend to restrict all FODMAPs during the elimination phase and then challenge them with the diet to assess tolerance. Certainly you could try the diet and liberalize it if you have negative breath test for fructose and lactose. That is up to you and your health care provider. What I tell my clients–you should not have to ‘guess’ if you have a problem with the food challenge–you either feel poorly ie. exacerbation of IBS symptoms or you feel okay. A small amount of gas or tolerable symptoms post food challenge is typically not a ‘failed’ challenge in my book.

      • Casey

        Thank you Kate, that makes a lot of sense. Sounds like the elimination diet is the gold standard. If I really wanted to confirm my tolerances I should do the diet with the challenges. I find it so hard so I was looking for an easy way out. I seriously am hoping I turn out Celiac so I could explain my symptoms and know exactly how to feel better. I know that sounds crazy.

  • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

    Casey, It doesn’t sound crazy at all. We all want answers… being in the grey zone is frustrating! BUT…. hopefully the diet will provide some relief. I am planning on going to Capital Hill in June to ask for more funding for IBS and other functional disorders. We need more funding to more the research forward and help more people.

  • Lyn Saver

    Kate, Your E-Cookbook is the “bomb”! (Is that what the hipsters say?). I found the gnocci but they are “sweet potato” gluten free. I was thinking about using them with dried cranberries and nuts. What do you think?

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Yay, Lyn! Glad you like the e-book cookbook!! I can’t seem to locate the ingredients in the sweet potato gnocchi but as long as you keep the portion around reasonable–about 1/2 cup gnocchi and add no more than 1 TB per serving of the dried cranberries and just a few sliced almonds–I think you might be able to pull it off. Nice combo….

  • Laury Hunt

    Please to see the gnocchi recipe; miss my pasta so much. Had good luck with the Rao sauce for sensitive stomachs. The Barilla gluten free pasta not bad if you add things to it. This gnocchi should be at any Whole Foods? Twist bakery just started making English Muffin bread. It’s really quite good toasted even though it doesn’t brown much. Then I cut the rest of the loaf and bagged it two sliced to a bag and put it in the freezer. Much better than the frozen bread like Udi’s 🙂

    Have you heard of Heather’s Tummy Tamers – Peppermint oil capsules to help when you’re bloated?

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Yes the gnocchi is at Whole Foods. I have hear of Heather’s Tummy Tamers. Peppermint oil can be helpful to manage pain in IBS.

  • Alissa

    Hi Kate! I went to the Reader’s Digest site to purchase the 21-Day Tummy. I live in Canada so it redirected me to the Canadian site. However, the Canadian site does not offer the 21-Day Tummy Cookbook; How come? I am very disappointed 🙁

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      No idea Alissa. I will ask about that–and see if I can get any answers.


  • Kandice

    I have enjoyed the original 21-Day Tummy book but would love to have the cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Susan Lash

    I’m new; to your site and to FodMap eating – new, as in yesterday. I’m overwhelmed by it all, but also hopeful. A little about me since I think I’m going to be hanging around a lot – although I’ve had digestive issues forever, they were greatly exacerbated when I got food poisoning from seafood last April. I’ve tested positive for sibo in the past, treated with the double antibiotic regimen for fourteen days last summer and learned how glorious it was to be normal -digestively speaking. That lasted for about two weeks. I don’t know that I’m positive for sibo now, but I do have IBS-c and my GI doc suggested the FodMap way of eating.

    Your blog is a gold mine and I’m busy trying to take it all in and learn. I’d love to win a cookbook!

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Susan–Welcome! I hope you find the low FODMAP diet helpful. I do find for those with IBS-C the diet takes a little longer to be effective–so try to give it a full month. I would consider getting evaluated for SIBO again-being sure the test measures both hydrogen and methane. Methane producing microbes are linked with constipation–and generally are treated with a different antibiotic regimen–rifaximim + neomycin.

      • Susan

        Those are the two antibiotics I was on for 14 days. It was amazing how well it worked – unfortunately though it was only for 10days or so then back to IBS-c. I agree I need to be tested for SIBO again and will be seeing another GI doc in near future and will request it.

        In my research I found a probiotic that has been successful with SIBO, Life Start 2 by Natren. Any experience with it?

        Thanks for all you do!

      • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

        I am not familiar w/ life start probiotics–the research for probiotic use and benefit is scanty for SIBO….it’s an area of well needed research. I imagine probiotic choice in general will vary individual to individual as we all have our own ‘fingerprint’ of gut bacteria.

  • Liz

    Thank you for the wonderful recipes you post. I would like to hear some detailed takeaways from the conference you recently attended in Miami. I am celiac and seem to have progressed to IBS. I’m wondering what overlap there is between leaky gut syndrome and IBS – does one cause the other? Are they perhaps the same thing? Thank you

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Hi Liz, I didn’t attend the gut microbiome conference in Miami but did catch some of the live stream online from the conference. I believe an altered or imbalance in gut microbes can contribute to leaky gut. And people with IBS have an altered gut microbiome–so there is an overlap. Individuals with celiac disease can have overlapping IBS or SIBO-small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. I would consider a lactulose breath test to evaluate for SIBO and meet with a dietitian that is knowledgable in IBS and celiac to assist you with a nutrition plan.

  • christina

    Ooh this book would be wonderful! I am already mid-way through the meals on 21-day Tummy and am so amazed at how much I have changed in just 2 weeks. It is very hard to eat out and or have dinner at friends, but I am slowly learning what works and doesn’t work for me (with a few minor issues). Having more recipes to fall back on would be so awesome! Thanks for all you do and thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Rachel DeHart

    I’d love to win this book. I need to learn stuff to cook without getting a stomach ache. tall_person13 at yahoo dot com

  • Laura

    I’m starting week 3 of the low FODMAP diet and would love to receive a copy of the cookbook to help me on this new journey.

  • Amber

    Hiya! I’ve been on the FODMAPs diet for about 3 weeks now with varied results. I’m still struggling with the constant nausea and pains. How long do you think it will take before I might feel better? I love your website! It gives many varied recipes and I can’t wait to try your cornbread biscuits! Thanks again for all your hard work!

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Hi Amber–typically by 2 weeks you would see some benefit from the diet. Are you working with a gastroenterologist and dietitian? With nausea–I might want to consider a gastric emptying study to make sure you stomach is emptying in a timely manner–if it empties slowly–you may need some additional dietary modifications. Thanks for your kind feedback. 🙂 Working with health professionals well versed in digestive health is so important…don’t try to navigate on your own.

  • Lu

    Having just started I am surprised at how much I can eat on this, but it can be difficult finding equivalent products in the UK, any new recipes are alwyas a help, and for me it is good if it is batchable and freezable!

    Does anyone have any good resource suggestions for a newbie?

    • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

      Lucy…any chance you could visit with a dietitian that did the Kings College London course–it might be helpful to get some guidance and learn about UK food products that would be suitable.

  • Liz

    I have been on the low FODMAPs diet for about 10 days, and am already finding it very helpful. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1995, but in the past few years I felt as if I couldn’t eat anything without “getting sick.” I couldn’t get an appointment at the Columbia Univ. Celiac Center until May, but have self-diagnosed with IBS-D and think I finally have the answer. Your website has been tremendously helpful. I have tried some of your entree recipes and they all worked well – even my kids liked them! Thank you for all your blogging and advocacy in this field.

  • kareina

    I would really like this book! I’ve just begun to work with a GI Nutritionist that specializes in IBS.

  • Patty Tanner

    Love your blogs! I have learned so much! My husband is trying to follow the low fodmap diet and he is a very picky eater. So my challenge is trying to cook dinners for him and his challenge is what to eat for lunch when he is away from home. Breakfast is not a challenge since he eats oatmeal every morning. Thanks for all your suggestions.

    • katescarlata

      Patty–just as an FYI–tolerance to oats is variable—and the Monash U’s cut off for oats is just 1/2 cup cooked –so for most people-especially men w/ greater calorie needs, a side bowl of oatmeal plus something else would be a bit more filling.


    I am new to Fodmap as of 8/12/14 (one day after Dietician/Nutritionist counseling ). I went for this counseling to better manage my diet for my known issues of Lactose Intolerance, IBS, and just recently Gout was added. The dietician listened to my medical sob story without interruption and said I think you have yet another intolerance. She knew I was negative for Celiac but she felt I was intolerant to specifically gluten. I am now following the Fodmap food plan along with the Gout restrictions (extremely challenging, but not impossible). I am so grateful Kate for your website of priceless information (which my dietician made sure I had ). I hope I am not too late for a chance to win the 21-Day Tummy cook book.

  • Madeline Lander

    Thanks for the gnocchi recipe. My husband loves Italian food and should enjoy this dish. Thanks also for the broth recommendation! It will be a huge help in my cooking. I’ love a copy of that book!

  • Carol

    Hi, I did the 21day diet. It worked not bad but wow I was hungry. Would love to try the recipes in the new book.

  • Andrea

    I tried this recipe this past weekend, and it was a hit! No one noticed (or cared) that the gnocchi were gluten free. I couldn’t find fresh, so I used packaged, and I didn’t add the olives because I don’t like them. There were no leftovers. Thanks for this great recipe.

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