Heartburn Friendly Cooking: Get Fired Up for Father's Day

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • Reflux Friendly Cooking is a 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!


    Get Fired Up for Father's Day: Even if Dad is living with acid reflux disease, you can still treat him to a couple of ball park style hot dogs on the grill with some healthy and reflux friendly fixin's. Surprise him with roasted sweet potato fries served on the side.

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    Ball Park Hot Dogs

    - High quality hot dogs
    - Toasted rice or tapioca buns if wheat is not tolerated
    - A ripe avocado sliced into long slivers
    - Shredded lettuce
    - Rice Cheese if dairy is not tolerated
    - 1 part Ken's Steakhouse Marinade mixed with 1 part honey
    - 1 part honey mixed with 1 part honey mustard


    These days, hot dogs come in a variety of choices. The key is to look in your local health food store or high quality grocery store for hot dogs that are fat free. You can also choose from hot dogs made from turkey, chicken, or soy in addition to pork. Of course, choose the regular size versus the jumbo hot dogs so portion sizes are kept reasonable.


    Wipe the grill clean before using (this cuts down on excess fat that may have been left on the grill). With a clean paper towel, lightly oil the clean grill to help prevent sticking, especially for foods that are low in fat. Grill the dogs on all sides. Just before the hot dogs are done, lightly oil or butter the buns and place directly on the grill just long enough to put grill marks on the bun. Let your Dad choose from the healthy choices above for toppings.


    Sweet Potato Fries

    - 2 medium sweet potatoes
    - 2 Tbs. olive oil
    - ½ tsp. salt
    - ½ tsp. oregano or parsley (or whatever herb is best tolerated)


    Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Lightly coat a cookie sheet with cooking oil. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1/4 inch "fries." Place in a mixing bowl and coat with the oil and seasoning. Using your hands, gently toss so they are all evenly coated. Place the fries directly on the cookie sheet, but keep some space between the fries. Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Then, take them out of the oven and using a spatula, gently turn them over. Cook for another 15 or 20 minutes and serve warm.


Published On: June 16, 2010