I hope you and your family are continuing to hunker down and be safe. Wow, this is such an unusual time for all of us. It has been hard for me to get my head around what we are all enduring during this pandemic. I know there are many people struggling financially and the frontline health care works are living with greater levels of fear and health risk simply doing the job they love. I hope you continue to focus on the things you can control–getting some fresh air, eating some nourishing foods, keeping connected with loved ones and giving yourself some grace and wiggle room in your daily life.
I try to focus on the little positive things that have come along with these uncertain times such as regular FaceTime with my family, daily walks with my husband and dog, Lucy, and being in the kitchen more. I like sharing pictures of flowers with my friend, Meg and seeing my friends from junior high school on Zoom. I also have found that my digestive symptoms are actually even better than normal which I attribute to less dining out. There are very small “wins” all around us when you look for them. Of course, I look forward to the day we can be a little less anxious and fearful.
I wanted to share with you a quick recipe that we made with some canned goods in my house, a delicious chickpea curry.
The recipe provides 4 low FODMAP portions. If you want to add cooked chicken, shrimp or firm tofu instead of the canned chickpeas, feel free to experiment! The recipe contains diced canned tomatoes, canned coconut milk, canned chickpeas and some lovely spices.
In other news, just a quick reminder that the global virtual support group: Stronger Together is every Thursday at 4 PM EST. Next co-host is Sarah Ballou, the director of GI Psychology Services in the Division of Gastroenterology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The support group has been a great place to get some social interaction and support. We cover topics from nutrition to mental health while living in a pandemic. To join this complementary support group via Zoom, register here.
Here is the recipe! Enjoy and stay safe!
- 1 cup canned coconut milk (regular or light version)
- 1 tablespoon garlic infused oil
- 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 cup canned diced tomatoes (without FODMAP ingredients)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons turmeric
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala (I used McCormick blend, without FODMAP ingredients)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Serve with cilantro garnish, if desired and over rice.
- In medium skillet over low-medium heat, add coconut milk, garlic oil, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, turmeric, garam masala, and salt and pepper to taste.
- Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add 1/4 of the mixture over cooked rice. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.