(Frozen) Fruit Mousse

Fruit is a difficult one - you're supposed to eat loads of lovely fruit for the vitamins, antioxidants and so on, but much of it is very high-FODMAP, and even having too much of the low-FODMAP fruits can mean you're eating too much sugar. When I was discussing my diet plan with my gastro dietitian and told her I sometimes have a whole banana and a handful of raspberries with yoghurt for breakfast, she told me I need to half the fruit content - and no juice, of course! So I'm always cautious with fruit recipes - I make up for it by eating tonnes of veg at every opportunity instead, but occasionally it's nice to let it all go and have a fruit mousse!

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Banana and Melon Crumble

I had some fruit to use up and couldn't think of anything more interesting than a smoothie other than crumble. I didn't expect it to be a winner, but the surprising combo is actually delicious! This makes four small-ish portions or will feed two or three hungrier mouths. Given the limitations on fruit consumption in terms of FODMAPs, it's best to go easy and have small portions of desserts like crumble - serve with dairy-free ice cream or homemade lacto-free custard (or both!).

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Pasta Salad with Coriander "Pesto"

This is a wonderful summery pasta to serve for dinner, lots of happy colours and satisfying textures - and you get to have it for lunch the next day as well! It would also go really well with a barbecue - try with my Unreasonably Good Slaw and Barbecue Ribs or Spicy Chicken Wings. Use whichever Gluten-Free pasta you usually use - the best kind I've found is brown rice pasta, it holds its shape better and is the most similar in texture to normal wheat pasta of all the GF options I've tried.

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Zesty Roasted Aubergine Dip

This is one of those lovely rich colourful recipes, the sort that has me snap-happy to catch all the vibrant greens and dramatic reds. Such a Romantic (and a romantic)! This is a really creamy dip, full of delicious veg and subtle spices, and it’s wonderful to find something so flavoursome and satisfying that is also basically zero-FODMAP! It’s very zingy from the lemon zest and bright coriander, with a chilli hit (add as much or as little chilli powder as you fancy) so it’s a surprisingly refreshing dip.

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Slow-Cooked Barbecue Ribs

This is a great way to ensure you get the tenderest ribs you can imagine, such a brilliant and memorable dish for a casual dinner party, or to crack out at a barbecue. Cook long and slow and they will be falling apart, in all the best ways. This is also a great shortcut to creating homemade pork stock as a by-product.

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Nut Pastry

This is one of my favourite "oh my gosh did I really create this on the spur of the moment" recipes. It's easy (probably the easiest pastry you'll ever make), healthy (no FODMAPs, and plenty of healthier fats, as well as being low-Gi) and absolutely delicious (...it's a fave!), and is guaranteed to provide the wow factor when you have guests over.

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Buckwheat Granola

It's so difficult to find a low-FODMAP cereal that tastes good and doesn't cost the world - but it's surprisingly easy to make your own! You can adapt it to have whatever you want in it so you're never disappointed at breakfast time :)

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