A Pain Free Thanksgiving

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • When I think about Thanksgiving, thoughts of indulging in large quantities of food with friends and family usually come to mind. But if you are living with acid reflux this can be a recipe for pain and discomfort. So if you or someone you love is living with acid reflux and hoping to have a pain free Thanksgiving, I am going to provide a stomach-friendly menu that hopefully everyone can give thanks for.


    (The following recipes are based on a single serving, with some left over. If more than one person at your table needs to enjoy Thanksgiving conservatively, just increase the recipes proportionally).

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    Roasted Turkey
    Cook turkey in the oven, basting continuously in its own juices. Follow the temperature recommendations on the package - the cooking time will be based on the weight of the bird.


    Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
    Peel, halve and boil two potatoes in water until tender. Drain. Mix potatoes with 1/2 to 1 cup of rice milk (depending on the size of the potatoes), 1/2 cup of rice cheese, a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and a spoonful of whatever oil product is best tolerated (my son tolerates butter-flavored canola spread). Use a potato masher or mixer on low speed to reach the desired consistency.


    Easy Apple Stuffing
    Whip about 2 - 3 tablespoons of butter (or spread) and a dash of salt in a bowl. On a cutting board, cut up 2 pieces of rice bread (or whatever bread is tolerated) into 1 inch squares. Toss bread squares in butter and salt. Place in a glass baking dish. Decorate with whatever fruit is best tolerated, such as chunks of apple. Bake covered at 350 degrees until bread/stuffing is browned around the edges (about 20 minutes). (Stuffing may be sweetened by adding a few tablespoons of apple juice or cider in the dish before baking if either is tolerated, but this is not necessary.)


    Fruit in a Creamy Maple Sauce
    In a small sauce pan, add 3/4 cup of maple syrup. Add 1/4 cup of rice milk (or light cream if tolerated) and a dash of cinnamon. Heat slowly to a low boil, stirring continuously. Remove from heat. Fill a glass bowl or cup 3/4 the way to the top with the creamy maple sauce. Drop in a handful of cold fruit, whatever is best tolerated. Add a small dollop of Rice Dream vanilla ice cream on top, or a spoonful of whipped cream.


    Be sure to modify any of the recipes above to meet your individual needs. Also, remember that it is better to start out with a small portion, and then come back for seconds later in the day, than to eat a large amount at once.


    Bon appetite!


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Published On: November 19, 2008