Acid Friendly Meals for the Holiday - Part I
As the holiday season approaches, many are searching for meals to make that are friendly to sensitive stomachs. For my next three SharePosts, I will provide you ideas for a scrumptious breakfast, a festive dinner, and party fare that will start you on your way to a happy and healthy holiday season.
Holiday Breakfast Menu:
- Rice or Bread Pudding
- Turkey Bacon
- Fruit Smoothies
Rice or Bread Pudding: I make one or the other of these almost every week for my son - the recipe is the same whether you use rice or bread. Use 2 cups cooked rice or cut up bread squares (my son eats rice bread because of food allergies). Add 1 Tbs. softened margarine or butter, 2 eggs (we use egg replacer), 2 cups milk (we use rice milk), 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. gluten free vanilla, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup raisins (optional). Mix ingredients together. Put in buttered 1.5 quart baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for a total of 60 minutes, stirring gently about every 20 minutes. Sprinkle with a little cinnamon or nutmeg if tolerated. If even a little spice triggers your reflux, try sprinkling the pudding with a little brown sugar instead. (You can also make these in small individual baking cups).
Turkey Bacon: I started making this for my son with reflux, and now we have all switched over to turkey, versus pork bacon. The flavors are great, and the fat and grease are really reduced. Baking it is even better. Just take a baking sheet with edges and line with aluminum foil (some like to use a baking rack over the pan). Lay your bacon on the foil and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes depending on your personal preference for crispiness. Remove from the oven and place between two paper towels until ready to serve.
Fruit Smoothies: All you need is a blender, some ice, fancy glasses and a little imagination. For my son with reflux, we make him a smoothie using 1 cup rice milk, 1 banana, a big squirt of honey, and either ice or a 1/2 cup rice ice cream. The rest of us love using regular milk, about 2 tablespoons peanut butter, a banana, a squirt of honey and ice.
*Remember, managing acid reflux can sometimes be more of an art, than a science. These recipes work well for my son with acid reflux disease, but everyone is different. If there is something in these recipes that you know aggravates your reflux, try making a substitution.