No good family meal is complete without some side dishes. They provide a much-needed balance to your main entrées; like if you’re having a spicy main, you’ll probably want a sweet sidekick.
Here are four of our favorite low FODMAP side dishes that are fast to prep and easy to make. But, we will caution you ahead of time: These low FODMAP side dishes have a proclivity of stealing the show at the dinner table, even if your mom brings over her famous boiled celery entrée.
Need quick hors d’oeuvres to keep the kids quiet while dinner’s in the oven? This marinated low FODMAP mozzarella and olives side dish is the answer!
The prep directions are straightforward: Combine all the ingredients in an airtight container and refrigerate at least overnight, to allow flavors to meld. Bring back to room temperature before serving.
That’s literally it.
But don’t let its simplicity belie its flavor profile, which is balanced yet varied. The mozzarella balls are the perfect apparatus to soak up the delicious garlic-infused and shallot-infused low FODMAP olive oils, as well as Fody’s low FODMAP lemon and herb seasoning. We also opt for black and green olives, because we can’t decide between the two, and you shouldn’t have to either.
These low FODMAP cocktail meatballs are the best way to use your toothpicks.
These small, single bites of awesomeness are a versatile side dish that can virtually go with any main (except spaghetti and meatballs, that’s just overload).
‘Cocktail meatballs’ don’t tell you much about the flavor profile: Our low FODMAP recipe utilizes Fody’s low FODMAP ketchup in a way other than enhancing French fries. We use this no-garlic or onion ketchup as a tomato base for both the meatballs themselves, as well as the sauce to finish. We’re sure both kids and adults in the house will love these tiny mouthfuls!
If you’re having a hard time getting your kids to eat vegetables, you’ll stand a better chance with the persuasive powers of garlic and pan roasting!
Seriously, the difference between pan roasting, and boiling, vegetables is game-changing. The roasted flavor from the oven takes side vegetables to another level, and we haven’t even mentioned the garlicky kick courtesy our garlic-infused low FODMAP olive oil.
Our version of low FODMAP roasted root vegetables features all the staples - potatoes, carrots, parsnips, and Brussels sprouts – as well as a low FODMAP lemon herb seasoning to add some depth to the side dish.
After your kids try roasted root veggies, they may even start requesting vegetables with their lunch and dinner! (Are we dreaming? We’re dreaming.)
Side salads always have a place at the dinner table, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t feature at least one low FODMAP salad recipe on our list.
We chose this low FODMAP quinoa salad with kale and sweet potato as it’s extremely fast to make, with simple prep and set-and-forget elements like roasting the sweet potatoes while you work on the entree. Kale and quinoa are both nutritious superfoods, making this low FODMAP side dish as healthy as it is tasty.