Heartburn Friendly Cooking: Celebrate Cinco De Mayo

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide May 05, 2010
  • Reflux Friendly Cooking is a new weekly feature full of quick and easy food ideas that are acid reflux friendly and can be easily modified to meet the needs of everyone in your family! Each week I'll provide a simple menu that is designed for easy digestion. I'll also give you suggestions on how to modify the same recipe for others in your family without acid reflux disease. Bon Appétit!

     

    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Style! The holiday of Cinco de Mayo, The 5th of May, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. The victory was a glorious moment for Mexican patriots, which at the time helped to develop a needed sense of national unity, and is the cause for the historical date's celebration. So join in the mid-week celebration with a reflux friendly, Mexican-style meal.

     

    Quesadillas with Avocado Dipping Sauce: "Queso" is cheese in Spanish. A quesadilla is a toasted tortilla with melted cheese inside. But in addition to cheese, you can add almost anything. The recipe below works well for my son with acid reflux disease, but you can use a corn or wheat tortilla and add dairy based cheese, chopped jalapeno peppers and salsa to the quesadillas you are serving to those without acid reflux.

     

    Ingredients:
    - Large rice flour tortillas (most health food stores carry these)
    - 1 cup grated rice cheese
    - 1 Tbs. canola oil
    - 1 cup cooked chicken pieces

     

    Heat a large pan to medium heat. Add a small amount of oil. Place a tortilla in the pan. Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese and chicken. Reduce the heat to low and cover the pan just long enough to melt the cheese. Use a spatula to lift one side of the quesadilla and flip over the other side. Remove and cut into wedges and serve with avocado dipping sauce. If your tortilla shell is not pliable enough to flip in the pan (I find a lot of variation in the texture of the rice tortillas), you can transfer it to a cutting board and then build your wedges).

     

    Avocado Dipping Sauce: This is simple but fun, and it serves like guacamole without the garlic, lime and spices.

    Ingredients:
    - 1 avocado (peeled and the pit removed)
    - 1/2 cup rice yogurt
    - Dash of salt and pepper if tolerated

     

    In a blender or food processor, add the ingredients above and blend until smooth. Serve in a bowl to use as a dipping sauce for the quesadillas.