It’s usually the most wonderful time of the year. The holiday season brings families together, particularly around the dinner table, but when you have SIBO, IBS or gut issues in general, what should be a joyous time can be daunting. To help alleviate the stress of the holiday cooking season, we’ve handpicked a selection of our favorite holiday friendly LFE approved recipes from The Good LFE Cookbook.

Each of these recipes follow the Low Fermentation Eating diet and are designed to be SIBO and IBS friendly while being tasty enough for everyone to enjoy and promoting good gut health.

Crab Cakes with Simple Cornichon Remoulade

Almond meal and a few shrimp ground into a sticky paste hold these crab cakes together without overpowering the crab’s natural sweetness. Use the highest quality crab you can and be sure to pick out any shell.

Butternut Squash Sage Soup with Cashew Cream

Simply put, this is autumn in a bowl. 

Skirt Steak with Salsa Verde

Skirt steak is a tender, flavorful cut of beef and is simple to cook. It needs only salt, pepper, and a very hot pan—just a few minutes on each side to reach a juicy medium rare. Skirt steak is its most tender when cooked medium rare, so if needed, use a meat thermometer to ensure it doesn’t overcook. Slice against the grain for optimum tenderness. 

Whole Roasted Chicken

Salting the chicken and letting it rest gives it a crispy skin and adds flavor. Starting the roast breast side down keeps the breast meat from drying out. We sometimes roast two chickens at a time to serve six with enough leftovers to add to salads and sandwiches and sautéed with chopped onions for last-minute chicken tacos. 

Roasted Delicata Slices with Warm Spices

Every time I make this I’m asked what the trick is for making this squash so tasty. Delicata squash is just that good all on it’s own. All it needs is salt, olive oil, and an oven hot enough to get it nice and crisp. If the pan isn’t too crowded, the squash will crisp on both sides without flipping it over. Or, if you are using a couple sheet pans and it’s steaming rather than crisping, it’s easy enough to flip the slices with a wide spatula and turn oven to broil for two minutes to make it crispy.

Dress it up for a dinner party with Salsa Verde and crunchy roasted squash seeds or just top with flaky salt. Usually half of a medium-sized squash per person is sufficient and will provide plenty to snack on before it makes it to the table. Depending on how hungry your guests are, you might have some leftovers.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

A basic, creamy mashed potato recipe that can be played with to your liking. We love the creaminess the cashew cream adds, and the olive oil can be replaced with butter or ghee; other options can be added based on what you are serving.

Flourless Chocolate Raspberry Torte

The base of this recipe is a luxurious flourless chocolate cake - already a fantastic cake, but I had a couple pints of berries calling my name.  I made a quick jam and voila, an easy bright summer twist on this lush flourless chocolate cake.  You can also add a little of this jam to your morning toast with ghee and crunchy salt.

Lemon, Ginger & Thyme Vodka Cocktail

Have this brisk and flavorful syrup at-the-ready for entertaining. Lemon, thyme, and ginger —three distinct flavors that mix surprisingly well together. Serve chilled or as a hot toddy.

Good LFE Coookbook for SIBO, IBS and Gut Health

Discover Hundreds of LFE Recipes in The Good LFE Cookbook

Packed with delicious, fresh and easy-to-execute recipes, our cookbook opens up a new world of eating options for anyone contending with SIBO, IBS or other gut health issues. Every recipe follows Low Fermentation Eating and is designed to maintain your microbiome balance and bring back the joy of eating.