Providing recipes for those with acid reflux can be tricky business. Individuals react differently to different foods, especially if their reflux is caused by food allergies or their reflux has caused a very sensitive stomach. However, I will keep sharing what works for my family, because as a mother of a young son with acid reflux disease, and another son who can eat anything he wants, coming up with menu ideas to suit everyone has been one of my greatest challenges.
The dinner menu that follows can be easily modified, especially for those with acid reflux disease. I hope this dinner will warm you and your family on a cold winter's eve.
Creamy Potato Soup
4 cups milk
4 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. flour
dash of pepper
cheese for topping
Directions: Peel and cut potatoes into small pieces and cook in salted water. In a heavy pan, melt the butter over low heat. Stir in the flour and cook until bubbly. Slowly add half of the milk. Add the hot potatoes to the mixture. Use a fork to break up the potatoes a bit. Add the rest of the milk and salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat until hot. Garnish with a sprinkle of your favorite cheese or cooked bacon.
To modify the recipe for a sensitive stomach: Cook the potatoes until tender. Smash half of the potatoes with a fork or in a blender, and leave the rest in pieces. Add rice milk until you reach a desired consistency for creamy soup. Add salt. Cook until hot. Garnish with rice cheese. I make this soup for my son all the time and he loves it!
Cheesy Texas Toast
4 slices of your favorite bread
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoons butter
Directions: Place the bread on a baking sheet. Mix the cheeses, mayonnaise, and sour cream together. Butter the bread and top with the cheese mixture. Place under the broiler until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
To modify this recipe for a sensitive stomach: Place rice bread on a cookie sheet and top with canola spread, rice cheese, and a dash of salt. Place under the broiler until the cheese melts slightly, about 3 minutes (rice cheese doesn't melt quite as well as some other cheeses, but it will get hot and gooey).
Warm Apple Crisp
6 cups peeled, sliced apples
¼ cup water
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ oats (old fashioned or quick)
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. butter or margarine
Directions: Combine the first five ingredients and mix well. Arrange apple mixture in an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Combine the remaining ingredients and sprinkle over the apples. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees or until apples are tender.
To modify this recipe for a sensitive stomach: Instead of apples, ubstitute whatever fruit is best tolerated, and eliminate the lemon juice. Assemble and bake as above.