So many of us have dietary restrictions. If you are like me and can’t tolerate some foods, you know that the holidays can be tough! It is hard not eating at parties and events because you are unsure of the ingredients! But I no longer feel left out, I have plenty of delicious recipes that DO fit my needs.
This recipe for Southwest Chicken Stew is one of my favorites from the Palate Pleasing IBS-Friendly VSL#3 Recipes website. It is low FODMAP, gluten free, dairy free and IBS-friendly. I also frequently prepare the VSL#3 recipe: Curry Chicken Salad that is also free of gluten, dairy and FODMAPs.
Southwest Chicken Stew Recipe:
Southwest Chicken Stew
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
- 3 tablespoons cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons garlic infused oil
- 1/2 large dried ancho chile pepper
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 bunch scallions green part only, thinly slice
- 1 large yellow bell pepper chopped
- 3 cups water
- 1 28- oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes not drained
- 1 teaspoon oregano leaves crushed
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- Optional Topping: 6 tablespoons sour cream
- Sprinkle cornmeal over all surfaces of the chicken pieces.
- Heat oil over medium heat in a Dutch over or large stockpot until fragrant.
- Arrange chicken in a single layer and sauté on the first side for 7-8 minutes.
- Use a spatula to turn the chicken, scraping the crispy parts off the bottom of the pan.
- Add the vegetables around and between the chicken pieces and brown for 10-15 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove the chicken pieces, shred or cut into bite sized pieces and return to the pot.
- Ladle into bowls; garnish with chopped cilantro and sour cream if desired.
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IBS and Probiotics = VSL#3
According to a Harris Poll* conducted on behalf of VSL#3, the following was found amongst 607 U.S. adults ages 18+ who have been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis (UC) or ileal pouch:
o Nearly half of IBS, UC, ileal pouch sufferers (46%) believe all probiotics are pretty much the same.
o Roughly 2 in 5 IBS, UC, ileal pouch sufferers (41%) don’t understand which strain of probiotics is best to help treat their symptoms.
o Nearly half of IBS, UC, ileal pouch sufferers (49%) are not at all knowledgeable about the differences between a “medical food” and a “dietary supplement.”
- While many people are familiar with the general term “probiotics,” most do not understand the importance of knowing which specific strain of organism should be used for which specific disease or condition.
- It is suggested that adults should take at least one billion cells (also called colony-forming units or CFU’s) daily. VSL#3 has at least 112.5 billion CFU’s.
- Probiotics work in three areas of the gut: the microbial barrier, chemical barrier and physical barrier.
*Harris Poll conducted the GI Issues Survey on behalf of VSL#3. The survey was administered online within the United States between April 1 – 7, 2015 among 607 adult’s ages 18+ who have been diagnosed with a digestive or gastrointestinal condition, irritable bowel syndrome, or ulcerative colitis, ileal pouch (“sufferers”).
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