Red peppers make a fantastic base for flavourful SCD legal and low FODMAP dishes.

Trying to follow the combined SCD (grain-free) and low FODMAP diet without dairy and with a limited nut intake forces a certain re-establishment of the rules of composing a meal. Gone is the starch – obviously – thus creating a sizeable nutritional and structural gap in most dishes. More to the point, without dairy, nut butters and sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup, it’s nearly impossible to create dips, dressings and ‘bread’ spreads (I use the term bred loosely). Thus, I became very excited upon discovering that black olives and red peppers are allowed on both diets! Both of these are very flavourful, which minimises the need for seasoning and solves the everlasting garlic dilemma. Once again, this is a recipe you’ll want to prepare in stages. It’s most convenient to throw a few red peppers in the oven together with whatever bulk roast-up you’re preparing (yes, I made a word, everybody needs to get their kicks somewhere) and then freeze them. When the fancy for some delicious low FODMAP pâté strikes you, thaw them and voilà!

Roasted Red Pepper and Olive Pâté

(yield: 8-12 portions, preparation: 5 minutes, total time: 5 minutes)

  • 1 roasted red pepper
  • 1 can black olives in brine (6 oz drained)
  • 1/8 tespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Drain the olives and place in a tall container together with the red peppers. Blend in short bursts to the desired level of smoothness, be careful as it will splatter. I like the pâté to still have grains of black and red. For a spicier option, add a pinch of chilli. Enjoy with bread, roasted meat or as a dip for vegetables.

Low FODMAP pâté - red pepers and olives

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