Crohn's friendly recipes?

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   Posted 8/14/2010 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm in the middle of a bad Crohn's flare, and I'm looking for flare-friendly foods. Whenever I google "Crohn's recipes" or "IBD recipes" or "low residue recipes", I either get info about which foods to eat and avoid or recipes for desserts or smoothies. I don't have much of a sweet tooth, and I really need some ideas for lunches and dinners other than rice with broth and snacks other than rice crackers. Any suggestions or good links?

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   Posted 8/14/2010 10:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I went on line for free books on crohns ans found a recipe book for crohns and it was free
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   Posted 8/14/2010 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Zanne one of our members is always recommending a book. Hopefully she will see this and respond. If you google low residue diets, there are some Gastro sites that have good foods that are easy to chew, easy to digest. Thats how I started working on my low res diet. I eat alot of chicken, fish and turkey. Things like mashed potatos, veggies cooked till there really soft. Remember to avoid nuts and seeds, those hurt the delicate irritated intestines. Hugs!
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   Posted 8/14/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
mlatida, many of us have worked out what's good for us to eat and we'll probably be happy to share, but it would help us to know how severe your illness is right now, and whether you're aware of any things that make you worse, and any things that make you better.

I'm going to assume you're on a fairly low residue diet at the moment, so some things that worked for me for breakfast were:
* semolina - from memory, it was about 1/3 of a cup of semolina in more than a cup of milk. Heat the milk until it's simmering; slowly add the semolina, and cook for a few minutes, stirring the whole time (this is important!). The semolina should swell and soften, and eventually you should have a tummy-friendly gruel. Keep adding milk (or milk substitute) until you have the desired thickness.
* stewed peeled apples / pears and a baked custard makes a good, balanced breakfast, especially if you have it with a slice of white toast, or some rice, or plain peeled potato.
* white rice is nice mixed with milk, with a bit of sugar if you need it
* yes, smoothies are great, as they enable you to eat fruit etc that you may not be able to cope with whole

Lunches and dinners:

* pureed vegetable soups
* poached or boiled eggs
* avocado
* steamed or grilled lean meat, like chicken or fish
* casseroles made with lean meat and root vegetables. Serve with pasta, white rice, or more mashed root veg if desired, or put on toast
* slice root vegetables thinly and grill: this can make a nice "salad" if you are travelling or need a packed lunch
* you can combine mashed veg with a egg, press into an oven-proof dish and bake into a sort-of flan. You'llprobably be able to find recipes for this online
* frittatas (sp?) made with eggs and peeled root veg. These can be good for a packed lunch too, if needed.

Hope these ideas help.

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   Posted 8/14/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. Unfortunately, I've been bouncing around medications for the past couple weeks and every time I do, my food tolerances change. I just want to make sure to stick with soft, easily-digestible foods. I'm trying to stay away from corn products (since corn has been a major eruptor for me), away from high fiber foods, and away from dairy (lots of soy). The only meats I've been eating are fish and liverworst because they break up easy so I figure they would be easy to digest and with more 'bang for your buck' in nutrition.

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   Posted 8/14/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm the same, mlatida: I can't handle dairy either.

Corn products should be pretty easy to avoid, shouldn't they?

I'm not entirely sure what liverworst is, but if it's processed meat, you might want to be careful about all the additives etc.
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   Posted 8/14/2010 5:40 PM (GMT -7)   
wow you can get liverworst? For most crohnies that might be a bit difficult. You can also use the site search for "safe foods"
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   Posted 8/14/2010 9:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It's all natural pork liverworst from Whole Foods. It's not spicy or really salty.

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   Posted 8/15/2010 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I cookbook I always recommend is called "Cooking Well for the Unwell" by Eileen Behan. She is a dietitian and understands all the needs of the body during different illnesses. There are sections for all kinds of diets that you might get put on by your doctor and each section has recipes. It is the book I go to when I am sick of custard and pudding. She has recipes for savory smoothies and things like that. Soups that are safe, but still interesting. I actually was always lending my copy out to friends who were caring for sick family members, so I bought another copy so I would always have one. It isn't just Crohn's its for all illness.

It is out of print, but you can get used copies from Amazon for about $4, well worth the cost.

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   Posted 8/20/2010 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
During a flare just eat broiled fish, broild hamburgar/tureky patty (no veggies, no starch)
Eat scrambled eggs (if you can tolerate them) No other dairy.
Make some chicken soup with pureed carrots (no other veggies)
Eat this way for a few days until diarrhea is gone, and then try to eat only cooked veggies and cooked fruits. If you think this is working for you then try the SCD diet.

Good luck
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