Low FODMAP – Meatballs with tomato sauce, over fries

I’ve felt better this last week. I’m guessing it’s from the low FODMAP diet, or at least the eating small snacks or meals constantly… but I can’t rule out that week of bleeding either. Confounding is a bitch when you’re trying to find any cause-effect relationship.

I’ve been trying my best to keep up with new low FODMAP recipes, but haven’t had anything worth sharing in a while. Tonight’s dinner, however, certainly needs to be shared. It was delicious. And, my day was topped off by remembering Pepsi makes a couple of their sodas with real sugar. Today, for the first time in a month I had a soda- a mountain dew. It was glorious. I’m still going to try to not drink them often, especially since I’ve also been off caffeine for two weeks or so, but nothing beats a soda every once in a while.

Without further adieu, meatballs with tomato sauce, over fries

Ingredients

  • low FODMAP friendly fries (we use Kroger brand crinkle fries)
  • shredded mozzarella cheese

For the sauce

  • garlic-infused olive oil
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes
  • red 1 cup red wine (I prefer Rex Goliath pinot noir)
  • dried oregano
  • ground black pepper
  • ground white pepper
  • fresh basil paste
  • ground sage
  • ground thyme
  • dried rosemary
  • 3 teaspoons raw turbinado sugar
  • red pepper flakes

For the meatballs (adapted from Low FODMAP Ninja)

  • 2 slices of Udi’s white bread (I used the heels)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green spring onions
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Soak the slices of bread in the coconut milk until soggy.
  • While the bread is soaking, cut green onions and parsley.
  • In a pot, or saute pan, add some garlic-infused olive oil, about a table spoon. Heat over medium heat.
  • Add the can of diced tomatoes, with liquid, into the pot. Add wine and sugar and let begin to cook down. Add spices to taste. Keep cooking until the sauce has reduced.
  • Once bread is soggy, remove from the coconut milk and add to a medium sized bowl. Add the green onion, parsley, parmesan, ground beef, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Shape the meatball mixture into 1-inch balls, and place on a baking sheet. Bake ~10 minutes, until no longer pink inside.
  • Once the meatballs have finished cooking, add to the tomato sauce; keep over low heat to stay warm. Cook fries according to package directions.
  • Top fries with meatballs, sauce, and shredded mozzarella. 🙂

In other news: I still haven’t heard back from any doctor regarding my ultrasound results. I got the report back on my patient portal on Saturday, but really want to hear back from my specialist’s office about it, because I the results have left me with a lot of questions…

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