I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want most for my patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

For a long time, I thought if I could help them reduce their symptoms and maybe their disease activity, then I was doing my job. They were feeling better, right?

And, yes, managing symptoms and inflammation are important. Those are two of the main reasons people see me.

But, I want more for my IBD patients.

I want them to enjoy eating, to look forward to a meal, to smile when they talk about food, to step into their kitchen with excitement and anticipation.

So many of my patients badly want all these things, but they’re tired of the same old low fiber, bland meal ideas. And, I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of sending them the same boring recipes time and again.

But, eating with IBD doesn’t have to be boring. Like all of us, people with IBD should be able to savor the flavors, textures (such a big one!), and the aromas of their meals.

After all, isn’t food supposed to nourish the body and soul?

That’s why I’m sharing with you 10 of my patients’ favorite recipes, proof that food can be enjoyable, even with dietary restrictions.

Healthcare providers: Please share these adaptable recipes with your patients.

To those with IBD or those preparing meals for someone with IBD: I hope you are tempted to try these recipes and that you find them helpful and enjoyable.

Click here to download the recipes.