Memorial Day “Taco Bar” Party



Memorial Day parties seem to imply the certainty of firing up the BBQ.  Although the warm weather and day-off from work scream “time outside,” that doesn’t necessarily mean you must have the traditional grilled hamburgers, hot dogs and pasta salads….especially when you have Crohn’s. Carcinogens from open flames, red fatty meats and salad dishes can cause a onslaught of digestion problems for people with IBD. But planning an outdoor party can get tricky when you have specific foods you have to avoid on a restrictive diet. You certainly don’t want to feel like you are an outsider at your own party when it comes to the menu….you want to participate just like everyone else.  Striking the balance of preparing a meal that everyone can enjoy but with options that you can actually eat is the ultimate goal.  Here is where the “taco bar” comes into play as one of our favorite party options with Crohn’s. Continue reading


Kimchi Potato Hash


Anytime I see a dish with fermented foods incorporated into the recipe I am immediately intrigued due to the incredible gut health benefits. Unfortunately, often times either the recipe doesn’t seem that appetizing, or there are just too many “unfriendly” Crohn’s elements to make it worth trying.  However, when I stumbled upon this Kimchi Potato Hash by Bon Appétit I definitely wanted to check it out for a few reasons. Continue reading

Valentine’s Dinner With Crohn’s – A Meal You Can BOTH Enjoy


Valentine’s Day with Crohn’s can often cause uncertainty. Whether you are in a new relationship or one that is decades old, you want to show your partner how much you care and appreciate them. But if just the thought of overcrowded restaurants (and bathrooms) seem to cause a panic attack,  you can still show your loved one how much you care by ditching the crowds and enjoying a delicious dinner at home. Obviously, if for health reasons you aren’t up for going out, you probably aren’t up for slaving for hours over dinner either.  So what are your options when either cooking all day or the typical fatty chunk of steak with red wine won’t cut it?  Well we were thrilled to find the Crohn’s Dish that meets our criteria for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice


Salmon, mangos and avocados on one plate…I like this dish with Crohn’s for so many reasons. Although everyone with Crohn’s tolerates foods differently, Salmon seems to be one of those “go-to” foods that you can always count on, even during flares. Salmon has been widely noted for its countless health benefits. By providing a surge of anti-inflammatory Omega-3 oils into your diet,  while simultaneously promoting easy digestion (and even healing properties) this seafood can seem to do no wrong. Now top it off with an onslaught of additional nutrients that are easy to digest in a healthy mangoavocado salsa (with coconut water, just because you want to make it RIDICULOUSLY nutritious) and you may just have your most Crohn’s Friendly dish ever.

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Spaghetti Squash With Thai Peanut Sauce


Cooking with Spaghetti Squash is a great gluten-free alternative. The versatile veggie can truly be used in place of pasta in just about any recipe. Roasting the squash for delicious caramelization will get you hooked, and you’ll easily forget about that other plain old grain pasta. For many people with Crohn’s, going gluten-free is just one piece of the dietary puzzle when making pasta dishes. Many individuals also limit dairy, as well as tomato sauce (due to digestive irritation caused from the tomato’s seeds, skin and acidity.) These restrictions can leave few available pasta recipes that aren’t totally boring that you can actually eat. Continue reading

Kombu Chicken Soup with Carrots and Mushrooms- By Bon Appétit

    kombu-chicken-soup-with-carrots-and-mushrooms.jpgLaura Murray       

Let’s face it… A LOT of foods just don’t work for individuals with Crohn’s, making some sort of restrictive diet almost always inevitable. When the same old bland food day after day just won’t cut it, getting flavor wherever you can get it can become an obsession.  But taking risks on new foods can be down right terrifying… You never know how your body is going to handle it. That is where broths can become a Crohn’es BFF.

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