Following a low-FODMAP diet during the Christmas season can be challenging. Here are some recipes, tips and ideas to help you have a stress free low-FODMAP Christmas.

Roast Turkey Dinner

Gravy – to make a gravy start by making the stock.  Many stock cubes are not FODMAP friendly however it is easy to make your own. A good stock is necessary for creating a delicious gravy. The stock can be made the day before.

In a saucepan add the turkey giblets (most turkey’s come with these, otherwise you can remove the wings and use these instead), 2 carrots, 1 celery, 2 bay leaves, 1 tbsp soy sauce and 1 parsnip. Add 750ml of water and bring to the boil, simmer with the lid on for 2 hours. Remove the lid and simmer for a further 20 minutes. Drain and set aside, season to taste. Add the stock to the turkey juices in the roasting tin and thicken using about 1 tbsp of corn flour mixed in cold water. The amount of corn flour you use will depend on how much liquid there is. Add one tsp at a time.

Cranberry sauce – cranberries are low-FODMAP. To make your own cranberry sauce in a saucepan mix together 100g of brown sugar, 100ml of orange juice and 250g of cranberries.  Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes until the cranberries are soft. This will keep for several days so can be made well in advance.

Bread sauce– you can use gluten free bread and lactose free milk to make bread sauce.

75ml cream, 300ml lactose free milk, 100g white gluten free breadcrumbs, pinch of nutmeg, 6 peppercorns, 3 spring onions the green parts only and 1 tbsp of butter. You can buy lactose free dairy by Arla from most Tesco stores.

  • Put the green parts of the spring onions in a pan with the milk, cream, peppercorns and bay
  • Bring to a simmer then turn off the heat and leave to infuse for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in the breadcrumbs, bring back to the simmer and cook for a couple of minutes (add a splash more milk if you like your sauce thinner).
  • Stir in 1 tbsp of butter and season with salt, white pepper and nutmeg, then pour into a serving jug or bowl.

Vegetables – low-FODMAP vegetables that work well with a roast turkey dinner or with a vegetarian nut roast include roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots and spinach. You can have a 86g serving of green beans or 38g of brussels sprouts too.

If you are looking for an alternative to turkey then try our recipe for duck breasts with a spiced orange and soy sauce.

Planning is key for those who follow a low-FODMAP diet especially over the Christmas period. If you are having guests then try the gluten free blinis and carrot dip which are both quick to make and can be made in advance. The clementine and walnut cake makes a delicious festive dessert and is a great alternative to a traditional Christmas pudding.