Although diet is not considered to play a role in the cause of ulcerative colitis, what you eat can certainly either help ease the symptoms or exacerbate flares. Eating a balanced diet that is gentle on your GI tract is essential for overall health and well-being. Here are eight dinner ideas for people who have ulcerative colitis: Roast Chicken Dinner Who doesn't like a roast chicken dinner? Chicken is a great source of protein and considered by many to be easy on the stomach. Serve with the accompaniments of your choice, such as potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Ingredients (serves 6-8): 5 pound whole chicken with the giblets removed 1 small onion, peeled and quartered 3 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered Fresh or freeze-dried herbs of your choice 2 tbsp oil salt and pepper to season Method Preheat your oven to 375°F, stuff the inside of the chicken with the fresh (or dried) herbs, chopped onion and garlic. Tie the chicken's legs together with string to close the bird up and wrap the string around the wings, securing it to the body of the bird. Rub the chicken all over with the oil and season with the salt and pepper. Put the bird breast-side down in a large, deep roasting pan. Put the chicken in the middle of the oven and cook for 25 minutes. Then turn the bird the other way over to continue cooking. Baste the chicken with the juices every 20 to 30 minutes so the bird doesn't dry out, and cook for 1¼ to 1½ hours or until thoroughly cooked through and the juices run clear. Remove the string, and leave to rest in a warm place for 10 minutes before carving. Source: Lifescript Discover seven things not to say to someone who has an inflammatory bowel disease.