Low Histamine Spring Roll Stir Fry (Also Low Salicylate, Low FODMAP, Low Lectin, Low Oxalate) for people with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance
Salicylate Intolerance is something I’m seeing more and more in the Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance population. Especially with people who have Mold Toxicity!
A number of my clients have dealt with significant Salicylate Intolerance. When they eat too many salicylates, they get:
- very loud ear ringing
Some of the most common Salicylate Intolerance symptoms are:
- Aspirin allergy
- Ear ringing (tinnitus)
- Nasal congestion
- Sinus infection and inflammation
- Chronic cough
- Itchy skin, hives, or rashes
- Digestive pain and symptoms
- Tissue swelling
You can learn more about Salicylate Intolerance and which foods are high Salicylate here:
Now, not everyone with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome or Histamine Intolerance has salicylate issues. This is a problem I see in about 10% of my clients.
And if you do add Salicylate Intolerance to that list, it can feel pretty frustrating.
Nearly all herbs and many fruits and veggies are high salicylate.
That can make it hard to get flavor when you have to eat low salicylate.
That’s where this recipe comes in. It’s flavor-packed and should work for nearly all of us dealing with these kinds of food intolerances!
This blog post has a delicious, low-histamine stir fry recipe. And it helps lower histamine, lower inflammation, and helps you detox.
But first, it’s important to keep our ingredients low histamine. Particularly, the chicken.
How to Keep Chicken Low Histamine for People with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance
First things first: When it comes to histamine, the source of your meat matters! Make sure you are starting with pasture-raised chicken that was frozen right after slaughter.
Learn how meat can cause histamine issues by reading this post:
Once you have chicken from a good source, how should you cook it?
Here’s how to keep histamine levels from building up in chicken.
Start with a frozen chicken. You can make a chicken from frozen to finished in 55-90 minutes, depending on the size.
You’ll need an 8-quart Instant Pot to do this. Here’s the recipe for the Lowest Histamine EVER Chicken.
Here’s the Instant Pot to use:
The Instant Pot is a super easy way to make chicken. And it keeps the meat low histamine. You can read about how to do this here:
You can prepare chicken like this for any meal. And it’s great to freeze after it’s cooked. So, when you need chicken for a recipe (like this one!) all you need to do is thaw.
Okay, now we’ve made sure the chicken is low histamine. Let’s look at a couple of histamine-lowering and mast cell-supporting foods. We’ll be using these in this recipe. Let’s start with cilantro.
Cilantro – What to Know for People with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance
“Cilantro” is sometimes also known as Chinese parsley.
Now, maybe you said, “Yuck!” the minute I said cilantro. Some people just don’t like the taste. If this is you, you may have the “soap gene!” People with this particular gene think cilantro tastes like soap.
I can understand why you wouldn’t want to include it. So, I’ve got a different option for you. Keep reading.
If you do like cilantro, great! Cilantro is a wonderful herb with antihistamine properties. And it’s known for supporting the body’s detoxification of heavy metals.
In animal studies, cilantro showed some anti-inflammatory properties. There just haven’t been a lot of human studies done on cilantro for inflammation yet.
Cilantro leaf essential oil has also been shown in studies to combat candida. So, if you’re dealing with candida alongside mast cell activation syndrome or histamine intolerance, cilantro may be worth considering.
Next, we’ll look at traditional Mediterranean parsley and its benefits.
Parsley – What to Know for People with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance
Parsley is another great herb to freshen up any meal. We often see it as a garnish. But parsley can brighten the flavor of a lot of dishes, too.
And parsley is rich in nutrients, including the antihistamine vitamin, Vitamin C. And it’s rich in antioxidants.
Parsley is also rich in a flavonoid called apigenin. Studies show apigenin has been shown to inhibit histamine release. And to lower inflammation.
Some additional health benefits include:
- Digestive support
- Immune support
- Blood sugar support
- Liver support
- Brain/cognitive support
- Antibacterial and antifungal
The two main types of parsley are:
- Curly parsley (often used as a garnish)
- Flat leaf/Italian parsley.
If you’re sensitive to oxalates, however, you’ll want to go for the Italian, flat-leaf parsley. The Italian version is lower oxalate for a normal serving size.
Now we’ve covered a couple of the flavorful herbs in this recipe. Next, let’s go over what we’ll use for “rice” – rutabaga!
How to Make Rutabaga Rice for People with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance
Rutabaga can sit in storage for a long time. For that reason, you’ll want to choose small, firm ones over large, softer ones. The smaller ones will be lower histamine than the larger ones.
Fun fact: Rutabagas are also known as “swedes” in many parts of the world!
RUTABAGA RICE RECIPE
- 1 medium rutabaga
- Salt to taste
- Peel the rutabaga.
- Chop it into pieces.
- Run it through a food processor with the grater attachment. The food processor grates it into small pieces…Like rice!
You can grate the rutabaga by hand with a grater. But that is going to take a lot of time. And it’s hard work. So, I prefer to use the food processor with the grater attachment.
If you don’t already have a food processor, this is the one I use. It’s worked great for a long time:
Okay! Now that we have our rutabaga rice, it’s time to make our Low Histamine Spring Roll Stir Fry.
Low Histamine Spring Roll Stir Fry (Also Low Salicylate, Low FODMAP, Low Lectin, Low Oxalate) for People with Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and Histamine Intolerance
- 1 bunch asparagus, optional (omit for low FODMAP)
- 1 carrot, shaved (medium salicylate; optional)
- 2 Tablespoons ghee
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed (substitute garlic infused olive oil for low FODMAP, but won’t be low Salicylate)
- 2 cups “riced” rutabaga
- 2 cups shredded green cabbage
- 2 cups shredded chicken, cooked
- 1 teaspoon unrefined salt (like Celtic or Real Salt)
- 2 green onions, chopped (use green tops only for low FODMAP)
- Several sprigs fresh organic cilantro, chopped
- Several sprigs fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
- Steam asparagus until nearly done. Take off heat. Drain and set aside.
- Melt ghee in a medium non-stick, non-toxic skillet. Add garlic and cook for about 60 seconds. (If using garlic infused EVOO, drizzle it on at the end).
- Add riced rutabaga and shredded green cabbage. Stir fry on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. You want some light crunch.
- Add chicken, salt, green onions, and steamed asparagus and carrot shavings, if using. Mix together and heat until warm.
- Sprinkle chopped herbs on top.
- If using garlic-infused EVOO, drizzle on top.
- Enjoy and be sure to freeze your leftovers!
What did you think of this recipe? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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