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IC Diet Project Thanksgiving 2015 Recipes

The IC Diet Project is a collaborative effort of three IC authors to bring healthy, fresh and flavorful recipes to patients who struggle with bladder, stomach and/or gut sensitivity. Founded in 2013 and made possible by the generosity of Prelief, it features seasonal recipes that have been enjoyed thousands of patients. This year, we celebrate Thanksgiving and the holidays with four feature columns sharing some of our favorite recipes. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Tip #1 – The Turkey

Bev Laumann shares a recipe for a tender, juicy  and succulent turkey meal using the age-old technique of brining. There are many techniques available: dry brining, wet brining with water or wet brining with apple cider, the result is often a moister bird. Bev shares an apple cider brine recipe that will be fun to play with!

Cider Brined Turkey Recipe

Thanksgiving Tip #2 – The Stuffing

You’ve probably had many great debates about the type of stuffing to use in your bird. Some like the simple white bread, celery and onion route while others prefer something fancier with sausage, fruits, nuts and so forth. When you struggle with a sensitive bladder, stomach and/or bowel, however, basic white bread stuffings can turn what should be a joyful day into a misery. If you haven’t tried a gluten-free stuffing, yet, you should even if you have to make a second batch just for yourself. Jill Osborne shares a recipe that her sister used last year – Gluten-Free Cornbread Stuffing With Sausage, Apples & Roasted Pecans

Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing With Sausage, Apple & Pecans recipe

Thanksgiving Tip #3 – The Veg

Yams and sweet potatoes are tasty sweet treats that many of us think of as “comfort food” and are most often served during the winter months. Invariably baked with sweetly pungent spices they give a delicious scent to the whole house when they are baking. Sweet potatoes, by the way, are great sources of vitamin A (they have more than carrots). They’re also a great source of fiber. Bev shares a tasty recipe for Maple Baked Sweet Potatoes!

Maple Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Thanksgiving Tip #4 – The Pie

For our family, playing games Thanksgiving evening when everyone is ready to sit, relax and settle down is the perfect way to end the day. My mom, age 86, still loves to play Apples to Apples, The Train Game, Pictionary and even charades, causing much laughter and good times for every generation present. And it’s during games that my sister or I will slip away to assemble the dessert table. My sister will bring her favorite gluten free cookies while my brother brings some sort of cream pie to every occasion. I’m a Thanksgiving purest. I like the traditional fall flavors of pumpkin, gingerbread and roasted nuts. (Check out the Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe that Bev shared last month!) The challenge with traditional pecan pie, though, is the high sugar and fat content. I ALWAYS reduce all sugars by half whenever I make holiday desserts, cookies and breads and no one seems the wiser. Coconut oil makes a satisfying and less fatty alternative to butter though, honestly, throwing in a dash of buttery goodness offers some of that caramelized flavor we love.  Jill shares a Healthier Pecan Pie recipe filled with lip smacking goodness without the extra fat and sugar!

A Healthier Pecan Pie Recipe


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By |2017-01-31T09:13:55+00:00November 22nd, 2015|Diet & Food, IC Diet Project, Interstitial Cystitis Network Blog|Comments Off on IC Diet Project Thanksgiving 2015 Recipes

About the Author:

My Google Profile+ Jill Heidi Osborne is the president and founder of the Interstitial Cystitis Network, a health education company dedicated to interstitial cystitis, bladder pain syndrome and other pelvic pain disorders. As the editor and lead author of the ICN and the IC Optimist magazine, Jill is proud of the academic recognition that her website has achieved. The University of London rated the ICN as the top IC website for accuracy, credibility, readability and quality. (Int Urogynecol J - April 2013). Harvard Medical School rated both Medscape and the ICN as the top two websites dedicated to IC. (Urology - Sept 11). Jill currently serves on the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Panel (US Army) where she collaborates with researchers to evaluate new IC research studies for possible funding. Jill has conducted and/or collaborates on a variety of IC research studies on new therapeutics, pain care, sexuality, the use of medical marijuana, menopause and the cost of treatments, shining a light on issues that influence patient quality of life. An IC support group leader and national spokesperson for the past 20 years, she has represented the IC community on radio, TV shows, at medical conferences. She has written hundreds of articles on IC and its related conditions. With a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacology and a Masters in Psychology, Jill was named Presidential Management Intern (aka Fellowship) while in graduate school. (She was unable to earn her PhD due to the onset of her IC.) She spends the majority of her time providing WELLNESS COACHING for patients in need and developing new, internet based educational and support tools for IC patients, including the “Living with IC” video series currently on YouTube and the ICN Food List smartphone app! Jill was diagnosed with IC at the age of 32 but first showed symptoms at the age of 12.