Rainy Day Birthdays – December 23, 2015

My sister is my best friend, but she did ruin my life when she moved to California almost a year ago.  I’m exaggerating, but I do miss her very much.  We previously lived 4 stops away from each other on the same subway line and are now nearly 3,000 miles away, so whenever my sister visits we make the most of our time together.

Today is her birthday, so we spent the past few days celebrating as much as possible.  We spent yesterday wandering the city and eating / drinking at our favorite spots.  If you follow me on Instagram (@FODMOM), you may have seen a post from my favorite arepa spot yesterday.

Today we had little desire to venture too far as it was gray and rainy all day, so we had lunch with my son and our parents at a local spot Prime Meats with the best burgers around.  A few hours later, we started to get hungry again but no one could muster the energy for the rain so I went into snack-making mode for foods that could keep us all happy.   I made us a FODMAP-friendly Salsa and later some FODMAP-friendly Bourbon Punches.  The rainy birthday ended up being a huge success!

FODMAP-friendly Salsa


14.5 oz can Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes with Green Chiles (check the ingredients to make sure there are no onions or garlic included)

14.5 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes, Drained (check the ingredients to make sure there are no onions or garlic included)

1 lime, juiced

1/2 cup scallions, green part only

2 tbsp chopped chives

2 tbsp chopped parsley

1 tbsp garlic infused olive oil (recipe to follow)

salt and pepper to taste


In a medium-size bowl, combine the fire roasted tomatoes (juice included) and lime juice.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  For best results, refrigerate the salsa for several hours before serving so that ingredients can fully combine.  Serve with tortilla chips.


Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

I tend to make 1/4 cup or more of garlic-infused olive oil at a time and store for a few days so that I can use for several recipes at a time.  If using 1/4 cup olive oil, cut about 6 cloves of garlic in half and heat in the oil on low heat for ~5 minutes.  Remove from heat and cover for 30 min – several hours depending on time constraints.  Either strain olive oil as you pour into dish or pick garlic out of olive oil before use.


FODMAP-friendly Bourbon Punch


1.5 oz bourbon (Makers Mark is my preference)

2 oz almond milk (Silk Unsweetened Original is my preference, not getting paid to say that :))

dash of vanilla

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp sugar

1 egg white


Mix ingredients in cocktail shaker (no ice) until frothy.  Add ice to shaker and mix for a few more seconds.  Pour into glass and enjoy!



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