SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth and is often wrong diagnosed as IBS. It requires careful eating, high in protein and good fat and low in carbohydrates with no sugar or gluten. These are recipes I have tested on my daughter who has SIBO.

Mango and pomegranate salad with Italian-style pork burgers

mango and pomegranate salad

This delicious mango and pomegranate salad does a grand job in accompanying these potentially SIBO friendly Italian-style pork burgers (just eliminate the garlic and onions). It’s a tasty meal that has no carbohydrates in it.  The salad is a bit fruit heavy, but if you are not fructose intolerant, then the great qualities of the pomegranate will do you good.

Pomegranates are chock full of goodness, including the chemical, punicalagin which has high anti-oxidant qualities and has been shown to reduce inflammatory activity in the digestive system.  For that reason alone, it is worth eating them while they are in season.

NOTE:  I use organic ingredients now where I can get them. If not, we wash all our vegetables in water, salt and apple cider vinegar to reduce the chemicals on them.


In a food processor (or finely chopped), add:

2 cloves of garlic and 1 red onion (not if you are fructose intolerant or eliminate them if you have SIBO)

2 carrots

2 zucchinis (courgettes)

1 red pepper

1/2 tsp dried oregano, or a tablespoon of fresh oregano

8 pitted Kalamata olives (not marinated)

6 sundried tomatoes.  (Make sure they are are marinated in good quality olive oil)

Rind of one lemon, (preferably organic, who knows what chemicals on are on those pristine skins!)

Pinch of dried chilli, or 1 small fresh chilli (optional)

1 free range egg

500 gms organic pork mince (don’t put this into the food processor, but mix in afterwards)


When all the ingredients are finely chopped, add the 500 gms of pork mince.

Put the mixture in the fridge for as long as possible before hand (maybe an hour), then roll it into burger size balls when flattened.  I make mine a bit smaller because then you can have two!

Brown both sides of the burgers in hot coconut oil or ghee, then allow to cook slowly until the meat is well cooked and the veggies are soft – about 15 minutes.


De-seed one pomegranate by cutting it in half and squeezing the juice into a bowl, then dig out the pips being careful not to let any of the white skin join the pips.

Cube the flesh of one mango

Slice up one Lebanese cucumber

Handful of fresh mint, roughly cut up

Slice 6 button mushrooms

Sprinkle with goat’s cheese or Danish fetta


1 tsp of sesame oil

Juice of 1 lemon

about 2 tbspns of good quality olive oil

salt and black pepper to taste

Shake well and pour over the salad.





SIBO friendly choc-top slice

This is a SIBO friendly recipe with NO sugar, flour, gluten or eggs, just a delicious nutty, chocolately treat.




1 cup unsalted cashews
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/4 cup pecan nuts
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup

Base Method

Blend the nuts and flour until fine (a few chunky bits are fine)
Mix altogether
Line a flat baking oblong tin with grease proof paper
Pat the mixture down as flat and even as you can.  It should be about 2 cms thick.


1/2 cup cocoa butter (available at any good organic shop)
1/2 cup coconut butter
3 heaped tablespoons organic, cocoa powder
1 tsp maple syrup
4 drops Stevia
1 tsp vanilla
or 1/4 tsp peppermint oil

Topping method

Shave the cocoa butter
Add the shaved cocoa butter to a glass container together with the coconut butter
Melt in a microwave for 90 seconds (depending on your microwave)
If it starts to brown you are over heating it. You just want to be able to stir it together.
Add the cocoa powder and stir in
Add the maple syrup and stevia (this is to taste, but be careful of stevia, it can be awful if you use too much.)

Stir the chocolate mixture well and poor over base.

Put in the freezer for a short time and then return to the fridge.

Slice it into 1 cm slices.  It’s super rich!