It is not easy cooking for a family of five and having SIBO. I either have to make everyone eat what I’m eating or cook two separate meals 3 times per day. If you are not prepared, meal time becomes exhausting very quickly. So often I’ve ended up with depressing, cold leftovers because I just couldn’t bother. A quick go to of a protein shake or some nuts, berries and almond milk has done the trick. Don’t get me wrong, these satisfy and can be pleasant but when you are cooking a warm meal for everyone else and this is what you are left with it can quickly feel like a prison sentence. So, what’s the solution?
This is a work in progress, however, these are some tricks that I have been using to make a dull meal a little brighter:
- Food prep – roast a huge tray of veggies and keep them in the fridge ready to eat.
- Rice – have a Tupperware full of cooked rice ready to bulk up a quick meal.
- Sauces – pesto, peanut sauce, tahini dressing and mustard are all great choices to pimp your roasted veg.
- Quinoa – I always make a batch large enough for my current meal plus leftovers.
- A side salad to add to whatever else you have makes it feel fancier.
- Vary toppings like pumpkin seeds, crumbled walnuts, avocado, olives, sautéed tofu or tempeh.
- Top with fresh herbs like mint, coriander, rosemary and parsley.
- Sprouts, yum, I don’t need to say anymore.
With all of these options it’s quite easy to come up with beautiful “bowls” that are wonderfully varied and quick.