Cooking for a Family with Mixed Dietary Needs: Incorporating Low-FODMAP Meals that Everyone Will Love

Posted on November 06, 2023

Navigating the kitchen when your family members have different dietary needs can be challenging. But fear not! We’re here to show you how to create delicious, inclusive meals that cater to everyone, including those following a low-FODMAP diet. Get ready to please every palate with these tips and tricks:

1. Communication

Discuss dietary needs and preferences with your family. Encourage open dialogue, and together, come up with a plan that ensures everyone’s needs are met.

2. Meal Planning

Plan your weekly meals in advance, taking into account the different dietary requirements. Look for recipes that can easily be modified to accommodate low-FODMAP needs without compromising on flavour. Or check out our extensive list of low FODMAP recipes on our website or app.

3. Build on Basics

Create a foundation of low-FODMAP ingredients that form the basis of your meals. This includes lean proteins, gluten-free grains, and a variety of low-FODMAP vegetables and fruits.

4. Prep Your Ingredients

Wash, chop, and portion out your ingredients in advance. This not only saves time but also ensures that everything is ready to go when you start cooking.

5. Customise Toppings and Sauces

Prepare a variety of toppings and sauces that can be added to meals according to individual preferences. Offer a range of options, such as low-FODMAP herbs, spices, salsas, or dressings, allowing each family member to personalise their dish.

6.Family-Friendly Favourites

Modify family-favourite recipes to make them low-FODMAP friendly. For example, use gluten-free pasta or bread for pasta dishes or sandwiches. Replace high-FODMAP ingredients like onion and garlic with flavorful alternatives like garlic-infused oil or spring onion (green part only).

7. Flexibility with Sides

Accompany your main dishes with versatile low-FODMAP side options. Roasted vegetables, simple salads, rice, or quinoa can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their dietary needs.

8. Sharing Platters

Create interactive meals with a “build-your-own” approach. Offer a central platter of low-FODMAP proteins, vegetables, and toppings, allowing each family member to assemble their own customised meal, ensuring inclusion for all.

9. Grab and Go

Enjoy the convenience of having ready-to-eat meals on hand. Simply grab a container from the fridge or freezer, reheat, and savour a delicious, homemade low-FODMAP meal without the hassle.

10. Get Everyone Involved

Encourage family members to participate in meal preparation. This not only lightens the load for you but also fosters a sense of togetherness and investment in the meals being prepared.


Remember, patience and understanding are key when accommodating different dietary needs. With a little creativity and planning, you can create meals that bring joy and satisfaction to everyone around the table.

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