A Pain Free Thanksgiving
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).
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.