This low FODMAP chicken Alfredo pasta bake is good old comfort food at its finest! You can add your own twist to this classic family favourite by adding an extra handful of your favourite fresh herb.
Dairy Free Tips: I've made both versions of this dish. A full blown dairy version for my flatmates using cheddar and parmesan cheese and a dairy free version for me - both worked well! When making a dairy free version use an unsweetened milk replacement (I like rice milk), a dairy free spread and vegan cheese.
FODMAP Tip: If using vegan soy based cheese check it does not include onion, garlic or coconut flour in the ingredients. Cheddar, Colby, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses are all low FODMAP.
Leftovers: This bake makes a lovely lunch the next day and reheats well in the microwave.
Choose gluten free pasta, not spelt or wheat based pasta as these can be high FODMAP. Also avoid pasta products that have added high FODMAP ingredients like inulin, soy flour, lupin flour, and amaranth flour.
If some of your household are not low FODMAP or gluten free then you can cook them normal pasta, however make sure you cook it separately.
Buy a gluten free plain flour or gluten free all purpose flour. The one we used contains these ingredients: maize starch, rice flour, tapioca starch, rice bran, & guar gum. Avoid flour blends that contain soy flour, chickpea/besan/gram/garbanzo bean flour, lentil flour, coconut flour, amaranth flour, or lupin flour.
Buy a bunch of spring onions/scallions with long green leaves. You can use the green leaves in your low FODMAP meals, just make sure you avoid using the white stem and lime green stems as these are high FODMAP. Once you've harvested the leaves pop the spring onion/scallion bulbs into a glass of water on the window sill. The leaves will reshoot so you can harvest them again.
Low FODMAP milk options include lactose free milk, almond milk, hemp milk, macadamia milk, quinoa milk, rice milk (3/4 cup or less per serve), soy milk made from soy protein (not whole or hulled soybeans), UHT coconut milk (1/2 cup or less per serve).
Make sure your low FODMAP milk does not include high FODMAP ingredients like inulin (chicory root), agave syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, molasses, or honey.
If using a dairy free alternative choose one that contains 120mg of calcium per 100ml serve, and 3g of protein per 100ml serve (this info is in the nutrition label).
Check the vegan cheese does not include onion, garlic, inulin or coconut flour in the ingredients. Cheddar, Colby, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses made from dairy are all low FODMAP.
Broccoli heads (these are also known as florets) are low FODMAP in ¾ cup servings according to Monash University. Just avoid larger servings as these can become high FODMAP.
Herbs and spices are naturally gluten free, however they can become contaminated during manufacturing processes. If you are highly sensitive to gluten, check the dried herbs and spices do not contain a warning for trace gluten. If you are just on the low FODMAP diet you do not need to worry about this.
Use a dairy free spread or olive oil spread instead of butter. Butter is considered low FODMAP.
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