Cooking for the Sensitive Gut

Prawn, butternut squash and ginger laksa

Welcome to Cooking for the Sensitive Gut. This brand new website is dedicated to bringing great recipes and tips on eating well for people with a sensitive gut.

Often people with the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease or other gut related condition canbe sensitive to some but not all food.  The launch of this website coincides with our appearance at this years Allergy & Free From show at Olympia next Friday 4th July at 11.00am in the Sainsbury’s Kitchen where we will be showcasing the kind of cooking we do to get around problems we know patients experience. If you would like to come along and meet us you can down load your free ticket here.

Each post on Cooking for the Sensitive Gut will include a recipe and some guidance on things to watch out for when you plan and cook meals for yourself and other people.

Eating onions can be a problem for some people because they contain large quantities of fermentable carbohydrates known as fructans. Fructans escape digestion in the small intestine and can cause gas to form which can cause pain and bloating.

If you like the taste of onions in cooking a way round this is to use just the green tops of spring onions or leeks which do not contain these problematic fructans. The recipe below show you how to do this.

Another problem with flavouring food is that commercially prepared stock often contains onions. A way to get round this is to use just a small inch of stock powder but boost the flavour using a little soy sauce and fragrant herbs such as ginger and coriander.

This recipe also works well with sliced chicken breast or smoked tofu. It is a versatile dish and can be easily adapted for meat and fish eaters or vegetarians.

Serves 2


  • 1/4 small butternut squash
  • rapeseed oil – a little
  • 200ml coconut milk – reduced fat is fine
  • 200ml water
  • pinch of vegetable stock (optional)
  • 1 tbsp ginger, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • green leaves of 3 spring onions, chopped into rings
  • 100g water chestnuts
  • 150g raw prawns
  • ½ lime – juice and zest
  • 1 head of pak choi, sliced
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander


Peel the squash and cut the flesh into small dice, roughly 2cm square. Warm a little oil in a large saucepan, add the cubes of squash and cook until lightly browned.

Pour in the coconut milk, water and pinch of stock if using and bring to the boil. Reduce the broth to a simmer and add the grated ginger and spring onion leaves. Continue cooking gently until the squash is tender. Add raw prawns followed by the sliced pak choi and cook briskly for 5 minutes. Finish the laksa by adding the lime zest and juice followed by the chopped coriander. Adjust seasoning and serve in bowls with steamed rice.

NB 30g butternut squash is low in Polyolmanitol and Oligos – GOS and should be tolerated by most people with IBS. A 60g serving contains a moderate amount of these components.

For more information on how to manage your sensitive gut see

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This entry was written by Joan Ransley and published on June 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm. It’s filed under Dinner, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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