Cod and Potato Traybake (serves 4)

Cod and Potato Traybake by The Fat Foodie

This Cod and Potato Traybake is one of those all-in-one traybake dinners that are really handy for weekday meals. Aside from prepping the vegetables there’s actually very little work involved in making it because the oven does the work for you.

I like to use cod for this traybake because it holds its shape well upon cooking and I feel that the delicate flavour of the fish allows the vegetables to sing, but feel free to substitute cod for any other fish you prefer.

I sometimes feel a bit bored with eating meat throughout the week, so a meal based around fresh fish makes a delightful change. Particularly one which is so easy to make!

I use a mixture of new potatoes, bell peppers and tomatoes for my roasted vegetables, but you could add other vegetables to suit your own tastes too. For example, whole broccoli florets and green beans are very tasty roasted (both are low FODMAP up to 75g per serving) and I never tire of the natural sweetness that can be found in roasted carrots.

I like to make a quick tartare sauce to accompany my traybake which is simply made by mixing chopped gherkins and capers into mayonnaise and then squeezing a little lemon juice into it. A sprinkling of dill never goes amiss in the mayo either.

If you’d like a low FODMAP fish dish for dinner I’d highly recommend this Cod and Potato Traybake. It’s tasty, filling and can be made in under an hour. What more could you need during the week?

Ingredients:

600g new potatoes (thinly sliced or diced)

1 red bell pepper (cut into bite-sized pieces)

1 green bell pepper (cut into bite-sized pieces)

4 tbsps green spring onion tips

4 common tomatoes (diced)

4 tbsps olive oil

1 lemon (sliced)

4 cod fillets

Method:

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/400F/Gas mark 6 and have a large baking tray to hand.

Prepare the vegetables as directed and then coat them in the oil and season with salt and pepper.

Roast the vegetables for 35-40 mins until the potatoes are soft and then place the cod fillets on top and sit the lemon slices on top of the fish.

Bake in the oven for 6-8 mins until the fish is cooked to your liking and then serve.

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Low FODMAP All-Butter Flapjacks (makes 24)

Low FODMAP All-Butter Flapjacks by The Fat Foodie

I’ve posted a recipe for flapjacks before in the form of my Iron-Rich Flapjacks which are fairly low fat and are filled with delicious low FODMAP dried fruits, nuts and seeds, but although those flapjacks are nice, sometimes all you want is a butter-enriched simple flapjack which celebrates the incredible ingredients which are butter and oats.

(The recipe for my Iron-Rich Flapjacks can be found here: https://thefatfoodie.co.uk/2018/01/07/iron-rich-flapjacks-makes-20/).

I have no shame in telling you that this is a very plain, yet classic, recipe for all-butter flapjacks and it’s a real fall-back biscuit in my house due to its tastiness and ease of baking.

Butter, in and of itself, is low FODMAP in portions of 19g or less per serving which makes these All-Butter Flapjacks a low FODMAP biscuit. In fact, butter doesn’t actually contain FODMAPs. However, all forms of fat have the potential to increase gut motility (i.e. make you poop faster/more frequently), so if you’re sensitive to fats, I’d advise you to stick to the recommended low FODMAP portion size of 1 serving.

These low FODMAP All-Butter Flapjacks are rich, indulgent and extremely delicious while adding valuable insoluble fibre to your diet. If that’s not nutritionally celebrating the best of both worlds I don’t know what is!

Ingredients:

500g gluten-free oats

130g salted butter

130g brown sugar

4 tbsps golden syrup

Method:

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/400F/Gas mark 6 and line a large tin or high-sided baking tray with greaseproof paper.

Put a saucepan over a medium heat and melt the butter and syrup together until combined.

Add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

Measure the oats into a large bowl and then pour over the syrup mixture and mix well until all of the oats are coated.

Pour the oats into the baking tin, press them down until they are level and then bake them in the oven for 25-30 mins until golden brown.

Leave them to cool down a bit and then cut them into 24 portions before serving.

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Chocolate Peppermint Slice (serves 12)

Chocolate Peppermint Slice by The Fat Foodie

When you’re in the mood for a serious piece of chocolate biscuit nothing fits the bill better than a slice of chocolate traybake. This chocolate peppermint slice recipe came about because my Mum had given me a pack of three Fry’s Peppermint Creams┬áthat she wasn’t going to use and I figured I’d be able to make something tasty with them.

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Meringue Wreath (serves 6-8)

Meringue Wreath by The Fat Foodie

It’s Christmas Eve and I think that because it’s an evening that’s inherently filled with a sense of magic and wonder it’s a perfect evening for gathering around the dinner table and sharing a relaxing, warming meal with our loved ones. However, as much as I love making a good dinner on Christmas Eve I also think that it’s always nice to make something really special for dessert, such as this festive meringue wreath.

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