Well, friends, summer has finally arrived! Some of my favorite summertime must-dos include: a trip to the quaint island of Nantucket, floating on my frosted donut shaped inflatable raft at Ogunquit Beach in Maine during low tide, eating fresh picked Maine blueberries and lobster…and kicking it back a bit more with friends and family. How about you?
I love grilling up a storm too. Today, I thought I would provide a few low FODMAP BBQ menu inspirations and products you might want to try as we gear up for the 2018 summer BBQ season!
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Kick off your BBQ with some tasty + easy to prepare apps that you and your guests can enjoy while playing a little badminton, horseshoes, cornhole and sipping on your favorite iced beverage.
A few of my favorite summertime low FODMAP appetizers include:
Caprese bites: No recipe needed, just place a small fresh mozzarella ball, a sweet basil leaf and grape tomato on a cute toothpick or mini skewer. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, if desired or a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Low FODMAP hummus with carrots, cucumber spears and red pepper strips
FODY low FODMAP certified salsa and corn chips (I love adding a little fresh chopped cilantro into the salsa to add an extra pop of flavor, though this salsa is amazing on its very own).
A cheese plate is always a good idea, right? 🙂 Select your favorite low FODMAP cheese ( I go for Brie and sharp cheddar), grapes, low FODMAP crackers ( I like rice crackers or Blue Diamond almond nut thins), olives and salted pecans or peanuts.
Simple low FODMAP grilled burgers (use ground chicken, beef, pork or combo!), form patty, top with FODY Steak Spice Blend Seasoning Grill up! So simple and this seasoning blend pairs perfectly with all types of burgers. Add a slice of cheddar or Swiss if you feel like a bit of melted cheese.
Flavorful Low FODMAP Shrimp Kabobs for 4: Purchase frozen deveined and de-shelled extra large shrimp (about 1 pound bag). Rinse 24 extra large shrimp in colander to defrost then add to medium glass bowl. In a small bowl, whisk 1/4 cup FODY garlic infused oil, juice of two lemons, 1 tablespoon fresh dill and 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle mixture over shrimp. Add bite size pieces of: red bell pepper (1 large bell pepper), zucchini (1 medium), and summer squash (1 medium) to bowl, as well. Stir to coat. Marinate veggies and shrimp in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Thread 3 shrimp per skewer, alternating with vegetables, creating about 8 skewers. Grill over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes per side–shrimp should be opaque and cooked through and veggies lightly charred.
Side Salad Dishes to Share
And of course, a few sweet endings to make your BBQ complete!
Two of my latest favorite low FODMAP treats are the Chocolate Walnut Brownies and Chocolate Chunk Cookies from my latest book, The Low FODMAP Diet Step by Step with recipe developer Dede Wilson. These chocolate treats are so delicious and failproof!
Of course, I have many desserts on my blog, but these three recipes have been super popular:
Flourless chocolate cookies are easy and amazing!
And of course, you can’t go wrong with homemade low FODMAP “Oreos”.
Grilled pineapple spears are yummy too.
Or keep it easy and toast up some marshmallows by the campfire…a delicious way to end a great BBQ. Most marshmallows are made with light corn syrup NOT high fructose corn syrup and can be enjoyed on the low FODMAP diet. Just don’t eat the entire bag!
Homemade marshmallows are super fun to make too. If you like to get crafty in the kitchen, check out this good homemade marshmallow recipe.
For more inspo, considering following my Instagram feed where I share other low FODMAP finds, recipes and tips.
In other news…I have been traveling like a crazy lady. 😉 Last week in Austin, then to Maine for the long weekend, then to NYC on Tuesday and today I hit the airport again….I am off to Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in Washington DC. DDW is one of my favorite conferences–all about gut health topics–including all the latest research. I will be sure to do a recap on my return.
Also I will be hosting a Facebook live on the International Foundation for Functional Gut Disorders FB page on June 4th at 1 PM EST…the IFFGD facebook page can be found here. Tune in and please ask your burning IBS and low FODMAP questions!
By the way, I would love to hear from you…what would you like me to post on my blog next? Any recipe requests or interest in any specific gut health topics?