Two amateur cooks explore the world of cooking for a Crohn's and Colitis diet

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Curried Pesto Zucchini Linguine

In a previous salad post, Marnina lamented about how she had not eaten a real salad in many years.  For the most part, the only salads that she can eat must consist of cooked veggies and a bit of iceberg lettuce if she feels like her intestines are up to the task.  She gets overwhelmingly excited when she finds a salad recipe she can eat, which is exactly what happened when we found a pasta salad made of zucchini instead of real pasta.  Zucchini is one of Marnina’s safer veggies, especially because of its soft outer layer and its low-residue nature.   Marnina aims for an intake of less than 3 grams of fiber per food item, which is generally considered a low residue/low fiber diet. (more…)

Beet and Carrot Salad


Marnina had not eaten a salad in almost 8 years….until last week.  And no, we are not talking about tuna salad, egg salad, or any of those ‘salad’ imitations.  We are talking about the traditional salad—lettuce mixed with veggies.   We have known that iceberg lettuce is low fiber and has a high water content, but Marnina had been too nervous to experiment with it because it is still roughage, and the mechanical and chemical digestion that occurs in her body may not break it down enough for her already diseased intestines.  Last week however, Marnina decided she would try it.  We ate a small bowl of salad as the first course of our meal.  Eating a salad before our meal was weird but at the same time comforting. Our salad comprised ONLY of iceberg lettuce and salad dressing (Marnina cannot eat cucumbers or any other raw vegetables).  Marnina made sure to pair her salad with the rest of her meal so that the lettuce would not be digested alone. Then she entered what she likes to call “the waiting period”—the period up until 24 hours after eating a certain food to see if she will get sick. She had succeeded! She did not get sick.

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