Don’t you love finding a new food product to add to your pantry to make some delicious meals? Well, I received a special delivery the other day so I can share my new find with you!
I’m sure most of us remember how restrictive this low FODMAP diet felt when first getting started on it. Who could imagine never cooking with onion, not eating that daily apple, or spitting pips from a juicy wedge of watermelon in the summer? There’s a time of eating strictly low FODMAP to get those dreaded symptoms of IBS under control, and then comes the stage to learn what our bodies can cope with. With a bit of gentle challenge, and I recommend the advice of a FODMAP-trained dietitian, we can find foods to include in our individual low FODMAP diet. For me, that has included spelt.
Spelt, aka triticum, is an ancient relative of our modern-day wheat. It has regained popularity in recent times as healthier, more nutritious grain. According to Dr Jaci Barrett of Diet Solutions, FODMAP content of spelt products vary according to different processing variables. I have found I can happily include spelt in my diet and have tried several spelt products, including breads and flour to cook with, without problem. The most recent has been San Remo’s new spelt pasta range.
San Remo’s Spelt pasta has a yummy flavour, some call it “nutty”, and that al dente bite I remember in wheat pasta – oh how I’ve missed that!! This pasta cooks in 10-12 minutes, holds its’ shape, even in a pasta-bake, and leftovers reheat beautifully. Have I tempted you yet?
I know not all low-FODMAPers can eat spelt, and if you need to stay gluten free then spelt is not for you. For those of you who do enjoy spelt, I have 6 spelt pasta packs to give away courtesy of San Remo. Each pack contains a box of spelt spirals and a box of spelt spaghetti. So give a “thumbs-up” on our Facebook page and/or share your favourite pasta recipe in the comments below to be in the running for one of these delicious prizes (prizes will be sent to Australian addresses only – sorry International friends).
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This has been my lunch several times lately. Simple, quick and of course, delicious.
125g spelt spirals
125g can tuna slices
1 tomato, diced
¼ cup olives, sliced
2 teaspoons capers, chopped
½ cup baby spinach, roughly chopped
freshly grated parmesan
Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to the pan. Add tuna, tomato, olives, capers, and spinach, mixing well.
Divide pasta between 2 bowls. Top with parmesan and a grinding of black pepper to taste.