A new series about my relationship with food, my experiences, and a dose of humor!
Do you know how to pinpoint your favorite food of all time? I’ll tell you. Live with IBS for most of your life. Once you fear eating anything beyond the most simple foods, take note which dish you’d actually risk horrible pain for! Mine is salsa and chips.
“Even now, I hold on to fears. I perseverate about what, when, and how to eat. The act of planning, preparing, then eating can be too much at times.”
Can I still…like food?
I’ve previously written about my discovery of ‘Low-FODMAP’ to manage my IBS symptoms, which led to my discovery of pain-free eating. From that first moment of freedom I was fully convinced eating certain “high-FODMAP foods” would never again be worth the pain!
Except, what about my favorite food? Chips and salsa! I’ve always loved tomato-based sauces. Salsa with tortilla chips was the absolute best snack, in my opinion! Unfortunately, do you know what most sauces have in common? Garlic and onion ingredients. (Which I would now prefer to wear around my neck rather than to consume!) 🧄🧅🧄
New mission: create a delicious salsa that adds spice to life and is quick to make! Do you see where I’m going with this? I made the salsa. 😋 I know, it’s awesome! Fresh salsa is always tastier than processed jars from the store, and this could be cheaper, even healthier! 👌
I have three states: 1) not hungry, 2) grumbly tummy, or 3) hypoglycaemic! Haha, it’s silly…but also true. 😅
There is a reason that quick is key. Sometimes I feel suddenly snack-y! On a serious note, my history living with IBS has resulted in a turbulent relationship with food. The queues that should tell me I’m hungry are still difficult for me to decipher.
Even now, I hold on to fears. I perseverate about what, when, and how to eat. The act of planning, preparing, and then eating can be too much at times. This is why I accumulate quick, simple, delicious recipes – for those days when I am desperate for something wholesome. Here’s the very first one!
Snack-y Salsa 🌶
Makes 4 cups of low-FODMAP salsa, great for dipping chips, for tacos, or as a salad topping!
- 28 oz canned whole tomatoes
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- (at least) 1 Cup chopped green onion (greens only)
- (at least) 1/2 Cup chopped cilantro
- 1 Habanero pepper, chopped
- (at least) 1 tsp ground black pepper
- (at least) 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- Ensure canned tomatoes are unseasoned.
- A smaller pepper will be spicier! Remove all seeds and the white from inside pepper, then add to mix in small amounts to achieve desired spiciness.
- Sample freshly blended salsa using a chip, and wait a few moments to gauge the heat. You can always add more seeds and/or ground pepper spice it up.
- Best if allowed to refrigerate for a day.
- If you prefer thicker salsa, leave some tomato juice aside (however, salsa will thicken as it refrigerates).
- Wash all ingredients
- Add tomatoes to blender
- Squeeze lime wedges, add juice to blender
- Chop cilantro (include stems for a stronger flavour)
- Add chopped cilantro to blender
- Chop green onion
- Add chopped green onion to blender
- Cut habanero in half, removing whites and seeds
- Dice habanero
- Add habanero to blender (See note)
- Wash hands thoroughly after touching pepper and seeds
- Add salt, ground pepper and cumin
- Blend for 20-30 seconds, taste test for heat.
- Pour into sealable container and refrigerate.
- Cilantro won’t stay fresh for long. After washing, it can be frozen in containers (with a sprinkling of water).
- To remove strong flavors from your blender: Chop a whole lemon. Add with a cup of water to your blender. Blend, then empty and wash blender.
- Add fresh chopped ingredients before serving, such as avocado or bell pepper!
What do you think? Ready for a party (at home, in front of a great Gilmore Girls episode)? I thought so!
Life, et cetera
I am starting this blog series because too many people feel alone in dealing with their mistrust of food. No one should feel alone. We eat for fuel every single day! The way we eat should indicate a healthy view of ourselves: that we deserve what’s good for us. We deserve to feel great! 😊
I’m going to prove to you that you only need a few very simple steps to thrive. Start by figuring out what your very favorite food is, and make it work for you!
Thank you for reading! 💙