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low fat low fiber diet (longish)

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My fiance just got out of the hospital and is on a low fat AND low fiber diet. I already tried control-F "low fat" and got nothing on this board.

Here are some guidelines:

Meat and fish: skinless chicken, other meat trimmed of fat, fish but no shellfish.

Vegetables: limited to peeled potatoes, beets, carrots, asparagus tips, tomato sauce.

Fruits: canned fruit, applesauce, fresh fruit that is cooked and peeled.

Milk: 1% or skim, some low-fat yogurt and cheese.

Beverages and juices: coffee, tea, fruit juices such as apple, grape and cranberry.

Pasta and some refined cereal is also allowed.

So far, I've roasted beets, grilled fish with the George Foreman grille, and poached various meat and poulty in chicken broth with potatoes and carrots.

An other ideas? Thanks, everyone.

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  1. low fiber diet? when is that ever good for you? if he went to med school he almost surely knows crap about what's good for you.

    how about soba. no fat.
    http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/...

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    1. re: goody

      If you have gallstones or IBS, you might be a low fat, low fiber diet, depending on how your body reacts to fiber.

      1. re: goody

        Goody ,

        there are many of us that have a condition called Gastroparesis where your stomach is paralyzed and you cannot eat fiber as we dont digest it. It just builds up in the stomach and forms a sort of fiber ball called a bezor (sp?) and is very horrible and painful. The recommended diet for someone with Gastroparesis is low fat, low fiber....and recipes and foods are almost impossible to find that meet both those criteria as everything low fat has fiber in it these days.

        Thank you so much for posting this Rachel. You helped me in more ways then you know.

        1. re: goody

          Goody, I have a condition called gastroparesis, which literally means stomach paralysis. A person with gastroparesis can become very very ill after eating high fat and fiber foods because their stomach can't digest them. I'm going to guess that the OP's fiancé also has gastroparesis since his restrictions sound a lot like mine.

        2. I'll offer you a link to an Epicurious recipe for chicken in spicy tomato sauce; it's very tasty for low fat! Can he have spices? BUT, I would just substitute tomato sauce for the canned tomatoes if you'd like to try it. You can also skip the 3 Tablespoons of olive oil and just brown the breasts in a non-stick skillet sprayed with Pam. Rachel, there is a website called DeliciousDecisions.org sponsored by the American Heart Association. You could get some ideas there too for low-fat cooking.
          Hope your fiance is better soon!

          Link: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/rec...

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          1. re: Val
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            Caitlin McGrath

            Val, I've found that you've recommended a number of recipes on epicurious.com that I also use (had to remark, because this is yet another one). You can also slice up the chicken breasts and just poach them in the sauce. How much chile powder to use depends less on the recipe than on your taste and the heat of your chile.

          2. Hi! Several recipes come to mind.

            1) Grilled asparagus tips with yoghurt and ginger and garlic. Minced ginger and garlic into a paste in a blender and marinade your asparagus tips with it and the yoghurt and salt for about an hour. The yoghurt and garlic and ginger paste should just lightly coat your asparagus. When you are ready to eat, heat up your skillet, and pan-grill it. Very delicious!

            2) Pan-grilled chicken breast - marinade the chicken breast with yoghurt, ginger and garlic paste, curry powder and salt for several hours (preferably overnight). Then pan-grill it when ready.

            I will also like to recommend several recipes in Delia Smith's website. The oriental chicken (low fat) is very good, and you can also try the oriental steamed fish, or the bake fish with potatoes, etc. Just follow the url, and when you are in her site, search for "chicken", "fish" or any other recipes you are looking for. It is a great site!

            Hope this is helpful, and wishing your fiancee a speedy recovery!

            Link: http://www.deliaonline.com/search/sea...

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            1. re: Sally Doodah

              I think pan-grilled or baked chicken breasts would be a great idea and you can vary the seasonings or different marinades many of which don't include much oil or do but then most of the marinade is drained and just helps with the marinading process.

            2. Hey, you might like this one French Chicken in Vinegar Sauce ... is your fiance allowed to have sauteed onions at all? No fat in this...shallots are good instead of the onions, too.

              Link: http://www.nikibone.com/recipe/chicke...

              1. Ideas for dishes off the top of my head...:

                1. Bouillabaise (sp?) or other tomato-based seafood soup (w/o shrimp). Check to see if crusty white bread is low-fiber enough for his diet...

                2. Asian chicken-noodle dish. Pasta or rice noodles tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, grated ginger, little rice wine vinegar & scallion while hot. Marinate chicken in a mixture composed of the same ingredients, saute it, serve w/ steamed asparagus and carrots.

                3. Chicken Parmesan- Chicken coated in panko(if allowed) and a little Parmesan and baked, served w/ tomato sauce and pasta.

                Hope your fiance recovers well!

                1. The vegetable limitations seem odd to me. Surely there are plenty of others that are acceptable?

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                  1. re: Lee

                    A lot of vegetables have a lot of fiber, so I surmise that's a big part of the limitation.

                  2. Alhough skim milk isnt the best eay to make cheese sauce...

                    Macaroni and cheese

                    Welsh rarebit

                    Scalloped potatoes and ham

                    Pot roast and potatoes/carrots

                    Can he have vinegar? Cold marinated beet salad

                    Turkey meatballs and spaghetti

                    Gnocchi

                    Frico -- Italian potato and cheese pancake

                    Cooked mashed potatoes and carrots together with grilled fish or lean beef

                    1. you've got lots of ways to go with fish, depending on what you can access that's good. broiled, grilled, poached, steamed, baked en papillote. work with fresh herbs and citrus juice.

                      pork loin is very lean (i never cook it because of that, lol) and plays nicely in recipes that call for white meat chicken.

                      roasted beet salad with fat-free feta.

                      carrots can be simmered in veg or chicken stock, then turned into a dip or soup with some added ginger, spices and then thinned with more liquid. beets make great hot and cold soups, and the asparagus tips will make soup, dip or spread too. i suspect there must be other low-fiber veggies which will work too. for example 1 cup of peeled zucchini has less than 1 gm of fiber. mushrooms are also very low-fiber.

                      you can cook down fruits/berries, sieve out the seeds and make jams, chutneys and spreads. these can be stirred into cereal or used with chicken or pork as a flavor complement.

                      spray potatoes with cooking spray, toss with dried thyme and roast as sticks, chunks or fries. boil/steam, then mash, and spread onto cookie sheets. top with fat-free cheese and bake til golden and crisp.

                      can he have rice? eggs?

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                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                        Yes, can he eat eggs?

                        That opens up a lot if other choices

                        Spanish torta

                        Crust less quiche

                        Frittata

                        Omelettes

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          even if it's just whites with a smattering of yolk...

                          what about vegan butter subs, like earth balance?

                          1. re: hotoynoodle

                            Doesn't Earth Balance have basically the same fat content as butter?

                            We use vegan Smart Balance because my partner is dairy allergic, but I'm pretty sure the fat content is right up there.

                            And yes , egg whites would be the answer

                            Angel food cake!

                            1. re: C. Hamster

                              no idea about earth balance, sorry. i cook full-fat, but low-carb.