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Thoughts of Thanksgiving…My Most Favorite Meal of the Year!

Thanksgiving is just two and a half weeks away and I’ve ordered my turkey from Whole Foods…a 14-16 pound free range bird.  I’ve had some trouble digesting turkey since my diagnosis and have avoided it for the past six months or so.  This weekend I successfully enjoyed a turkey breast sandwich (as a calculated “dry run”) so it’s going to be roast turkey on Turkey Day!

This year’s tentative (and butterless) Gastroparesis-friendly Thanksgiving Menu:

No Fat Lobster Bisque served in demitasse cups

Maple Glazed Boneless Stuffed Turkey Breast with Wild Mushroom, Roasted Pear and Herbes de Provence Bread Stuffing.

Fat-free Mashed Potatoes with Turkey Gravy (doctored from a jar this year…who knows about next year)

Cranberry Sauce (ditto)

Crustless Pumpkin Pie with Gingersnaps and Fat-free Whipped Cream

I’ve tried to focus on what can be included versus what I can no longer have.  This is my first GP-friendly Thanksgiving so I’m trying to keep things simple.  Because I haven’t made any of these recipes yet I’m unable to share them but will take careful notes and post complete recipes as soon as I’m able for Gastroparesis-friendly recipes for Christmas as well as a few GP-friendly leftovers.  What I am certain about is the time the Big Meal will be served…nice and early so there is ample time for a post-prandial digestive stroll between dinner and dessert.

Realistically, I know this Thanksgiving will be different from the rest.  I know I will spend the day alternating between mourning my old life and resenting the new one.  I remind myself on a regular basis that there are certain situations in life where we simply do not have a choice in the matter…things are as they are and although I may not have control over what’s happened to me I am in complete control over how I choose to view my present situation.  This Thanksgiving I will be thankful for the ability to enjoy certain solids again, to be able to exercise (had paralysis in one foot during this megaflare making it difficult to walk) and for a peaceful mind (after an unpleasant experience with Reglan).  Most importantly, I’m thankful for a loving husband and his constant care and support throughout this journey.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, recipes and cooking questions for a Gastroparesis-friendly Thanksgiving.  I’d love to hear them all!  Eat well!  Be well! Enjoy! GOBBLE!  GOBBLE!

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Making the Most of Baby Food

I think it’s important to acknowledge a GP fact: baby food is a smart option for getting in some fruits and veggies especially on days where purees are necessary.  According to the information I received during my visit with a Registered Dietitian (something every GP patient should consider) all baby food fruits and veggies are allowed.  Do be careful as some 3.5 ounce jars contain as much as 3 grams of fiber.  Personally, I use them as a sneaky way to get fiber into my diet.  Adding baby food peaches or pears to my daily Activia vanilla yogurt provides a serving of fruit and thins down the yogurt and makes it more liquid-like.  My favorite product is an organic pear and raspberry baby food made by Earth’s Best.  Gerber second foods also makes an organic pear and wild blueberry.  Just as I plan to revisit juicing from time to time I plan on revisiting “Making the Most of Baby Food”.    Let’s face it, baby food veggies are not exactly delicious but with a little doctoring they can provide an easy way to get some veggies in.  I had a few packages of sweet potatoes in the pantry about to approach their use by date.  They inspired this recipe for a smooth as silk bisque perfect for the crisp autumn days ahead and the best part is…no pureeing necessary!

Baby Food Sweet Potato Bisque

Makes 2 Cups

3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock

4 3.5 ounce containers baby food sweet potato (I used Gerber 2nd foods)

1 clove garlic- crushed

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger pressed through a small sieve

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon dried thyme (ground to a powder if necessary)

1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

pinch cinnamon

pinch cloves

salt and pepper to taste (remember:baby food has no salt and you’ve used low sodium chicken stock)

fat free half and half (optional)

Bring chicken stock to a boil in a saucepan.  Add remaining ingredients.  Simmer until flavorful (approximately 15 minutes).  Remove garlic clove before serving.  Enrich with a splash of fat free half and half if desired.