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Eat Local Day 2 - Eating on a renal diet

Sep 28, 2011 by Trina Orimoto | Story Popularity: 4

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Breakfast: papaya, Naked cow yogurt, local honey
Lunch: left over egg scramble, chips made from MA'O kale (recipe stolen from Kasha Ho)
Dinner: steamed taro, banana smoothie (*local milk, apple banana, Manoa honey), macadamia nuts
Snack: bite of Malie Kai chocolate, soy beans

Grandma's dinner: mostly local zucchini soup (zucchini, onions, organic chicken broth, corn, herbs from the garden), fish seasoned with lemon

Anyone who knows me well, knows about the great love that I have for my grandparents. Several times a week, my boyfriend and I head over to my parents' home to cook up some goodies for my bed-bound grandmother. Though it is hard for her to get around, she is still relatively sharp...and NEVER hesitates to share her opinion.

Having had various health difficulties for much of her life, grandma goes to dialysis several times a week. Thus, she is limited to a liter of liquid per day and cannot eat foods that are high in sodium, phosphorous, potassium, and a few other things that I can't remember. As you can imagine, creating tasty menus that fit such criteria is sometimes a challenge.

Today, Aaron and I cooked up a (mostly) local zucchini soup and reheated some fish and rice. Usually, I load up grandma's food with garlic...in order to mask the fact that the food has little or no salt. This was a bit harder to do with a "local" theme in mind (I've heard you can only get garlic from the Big Island), so I decided to increase the "aromatics" in the dish by loading up on sweet local onions instead.

As Aaron and I sat with grandma during dinner...I contemplated the intimacy that is characteristic of "eating." Some of my deepest, happiest moments with others have been shared over delicious meals. One of my favorite pictures of my grandfather (who passed away earlier this year) consists of him with a finished plate of food in front of him, a glass of wine (half empty), and a satisfied smirk on his face. Food has defined and heightened many of my relationships.

*NEW FAVORITE, EASY RECIPE: Blend local milk, apple bananas, ice, and some local honey in a blender (or Magic Bullet ;)). Will TOTALLY fill you up!



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  1. Kasha Ho says:

    Beautiful, thank you for sharing this - Trina. Your love for your grandparents really speaks to me, and I have a similar image of my grandpa fanning a freshly baked apple pie (his favorite) with a big smile on his face because he's too impatient to let it cool. :)

  2. Olin Lagon says:

    Great picture with your grandma.

    I had some of that smoothie recipe. It rocks! Someone suggested, though I haven't tried it yet, to add some poi as well.

    Also, if you have a yard garlic may grow. I have not had problems growing garlic in our yard.

    • Kasha Ho says:

      Olin, do you just plant the clove of garlic? Marty did that as an experiment in our yard and it grew - until I pulled it out thinking it was a weed :(
      I've heard people say it's hard to grow garlic hear, so I'd love to hear how you've done it.

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