GP friendly potato soup recipe

November 6th, 2013 by Carrie, the Just Mildly Medicated gal

Now I am no foodie. The idea of following specific directions and having a finished product always appeals to me but *Dysautonomia causing me to not being able to stand for very long and never knowing how I will feel makes cooking low on the hobbies list.

The new diagnosis of *gastroparesis explained some of my other food related issues. I love the eating part but every time I ate I had terrible stomach pain and bloating. Now that I am working to find GP (gastroparesis) friendly foods and am getting back to eating well for me I will share things that are working.

*Dysautonomia (or autonomic dysfunction) is any disease or malfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

*Gastroparesis, also called delayed gastric emptying, is a medical condition consisting of a partial paralysis of the stomach.

So I was watching The Chew and this really fun gal who blogs at The Pioneer Woman was on. She was making a dish that was clearly not going to work for me but I loved her so much I logged on and looked through her cooking section for some time. My family loves potato soup but when I order it I seem to always be a bit let down. It either has something in it that upsets my GP, or the consistency is to thick or thin.  I decided to give it a go but knew I would need to change a few things up.

Now this is GP friendly for me, GP is different for everyone and you may need to switch things around to make it your own.

The Pioneer Woman recipe  calls for:

Ingredients

  • 6 slices Thin Bacon, Cut Into 1-inch Pieces
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 3 whole Carrots, Scrubbed Clean And Diced
  • 3 stalks Celery, Diced
  • 6 whole Small Russet Potatoes, Peeled And Diced
  • 8 cups Low Sodium Chicken Or Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt, More To Taste
  •  Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cajun Spice Mix
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Fresh Parsley
  • 1 cup Grated Cheese Of Your Choice

I used turkey bacon instead of regular bacon, celery salt but no celery (big GP no no), and although in my pic below it has All-purpose Flour we did opt for Gluten Free at the last minute. I tolerate white bread but GF is a bit easier for me and I have a son with Celiac Disease who said he’d be willing to try it.

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Following her instructions we starting with the slicing of the bacon. Then threw it in the soup pot.

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While the bacon was cooking I stirred it around a few times and then diced half an onion and two handfuls of baby carrots

(yes, that is a very real measurement)

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When the bacon is done take that out of the soup pot and put the carrots and onion in the pot. Stir occasionally while you peel potatoes and dice them as well.

Add the diced potatoes to the pot with salt and pepper and stir that around a bit.

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After about 5 minutes I added 8 cups of chicken broth (my normal GP staple)

Let that boil and cook for 10 minutes, during that time add 3 tabs of flour and a cup of milk in a bowl and mix until its smooth. Then add that to your pot.

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Stir that so its all blended and you’ll see your soup begin to look like potato soup, but you’re not done yet!

Check the softness of your veggies and if they are soft you can use a blender for this part or just a plastic container and a potato masher. I’m super classy so I did the latter.

Scoop out about half of the soup and blend to a puree or mash it, mash it good.

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This is when I started losing my steam but I promise its almost done and is going to taste so good!

Add your lovely mashed mess back to the pot along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of heavy cream (this makes all the difference)

Stir your soup all around and add a little somethin somethin, for me it was a bit more salt and pepper, celery salt and the Cajun seasoning that The Pioneer Woman suggests.

Now you are ready to call the family to the pot, or fill a big ole mug and cuddle with a book.  Top it with extras like the bacon and whatever else tickles your fancy. I opted for just some of the turkey bacon but the options are plenty.

This made about 8 to 10 cups and though I ask you not to hold me too accountable I added each ingredient and came up with each cup being about 140 calories and I am currently watching potassium and each cup has about 340 mg.

Now an added note; I had one cup and found it very GP friendly, especially considering how hearty it is. The next time I was a bit over indulgent and went for a second bowl, I had stomach pains, bloating, and a sensation of over ‘fullness’ associated with GP.

Now the photos on The Pioneer Woman’s blog are amazing, mine are bad lighting and some were taken by minors, I do encourage visiting her blog and looking for ways to try and make GP friendly meals. If you have one you want me to use on my family as test subjects just let me know ;)

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3 Responses

  1. KELLY says:

    AS A LONG TIME GP PATIENT. SOME GP PATIENTS HAVE TROUBLE TOLERATING DAIRY (MILK AND CHEESE) AND FAT (FROM THE CREAM). SO IF IT GIVES YOU PROBLEMS YOU MIGHT TRY REMOVING DAIRY. I KNOW SEVERAL OF MY GP FRIENDS HAVE FOUND THEY DO MUCH BETTER IF THEY EAT A LITTLE BIT EVERY TWO HOURS. SO MAYBE EAT THE CUP AND WAIT TWO HOURS THEN HAVE YOUR 2NDS.

  2. hayley-eszti says:

    mmm sounds yummy, I´m a vegetarian so I´d replace the meat with a veggie alternative but I think I might give it a go!

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