The Spaghetti-String Budget Isn’t What it Used To Be!

The question of whether it costs more to eat healthy isn’t really a question: it does. But one thing I’ve noticed while sticking to the Low-FODMAP diet this past year (aside from the raising of already-high grocery bills), is that convenience is a loosing battle. It’s one thing to have one or two food allergies or intolerances to avoid–you can usually find a few options, especially as food marketers are jumping on the allergy trends. But when you’re avoiding a multitude of different, very common ingredients, even the easy stuff can get a little complex. Take a stand-by meal like
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Spiced Lentil Cakes for the Indian Cooking Challenge

Yay! I’m so glad I had a chance to participate in the Indian Cooking Challenge this month, and the recipe chosen was more than perfect: because it is a sattvic recipe, there’s no onion or garlic that I have to substitute for. Lentils can be high in oligosaccharides (the O of FODMAPs), but after a year of being pretty strict with my diet, an occasional meal that includes high-FODMAP ingredients can be tolerated with few issues. And, aside from needing to use a little more salt than I did, it was incredibly tasty! Dhokar Dalna Adapted from Sandeepa Ingredients: For the Lentil Cakes: 1 1/2
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2013 – Eating Tucson, SFO, LA

It was a very good year. I dined out frequently as well as made many healthy delicious meals. Maybe next year I will treat myself to a personal trainer and one of those Sunizona  farm boxes. The highlights were: (in no particular order) 2013 was one of those birthdays when you just cannot believe you’re that old! Really? No way!  It’s all downhill from here. Fortunately, I celebrated by going to Los Angeles (where I used to live) but spent my actual birthday in San Francisco. I love SFO! My friends and I celebrated our mutual April, May, and June
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Review: Green Smoothies for Every Season

The day after excess (Thanksgiving) is the day to start eating and drinking cleanly. There is no better time than to adopt a green smoothie into your meal plan. So what is a green smoothie? It’s a mix of fruits, spices, and something green such as greens from radishes, beets, kale, spinach, chard, celery, cabbage, etc. I was a tad skeptical but for the sake of this review I decided to try. I chose the Bone Builder (page 117) because the ingredients were mostly in my refrigerator  except for the radishes. According to the book, “With more vitamin C than
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Meet the Sparkling: Cava

Have you heard of cava? It is, essentially, Spain’s answer to Champagne. More often than not it is made in the Champagne Method but since that, too, is limited to a particular region of France, a bottle of cava will usually denote “Método Tradicional” or Traditional Method. In the case of the bottle I tasted for this post, it actually says none of these things, going for the more explanatory: Sparkling wine fermented in this bottle. Straightforward, yes? As it was once in the glass. This week’s wine guy pointed me in the direction of Kila Cava, stating that while it
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Tucson Dining: You’re Lying!

      I invited my mild-mannered friend Judy Olsen to use my Groupon (expiring 10/18/13) for Russian Tea for Two at Kalina on Tanque Verde.     We didn’t have a reservation but got there around 2 pm as I like to avoid the lunch crowd if I can. I had already been to Kalina for lunch and noticed the restaurant expanded (or actually moved a few doors to the north).    When we walked in only 2 or 3 tables were filled. Our server asked if we had a reservation, we did not. He tried to seat us
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Low-FODMAP Kale and Carrot Eggs with Tri-Color Millet

While we’re no stranger to meatless meals, it does get a bit tougher on a Low-FODMAP diet to eat vegetarian and, frankly, I’m at a loss of how vegans with FODMAP-triggered IBS manage. It must be tough with so many vegetable protein sources no longer viable alternatives. This was the thought in the back of my head as I applied to participate in the OXO/Plated Very Vegetarian challenge and, when I was accepted, the thought turned to ‘okay, then, time to prove you can do it!’ Plated is a service that goes a step beyond providing a recipe subscription service
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Meet the Sparklings: Moscato Spumante

Hold up, wait a minute, what’s a California wine doing with the name Champagne on it’s label?! Because, yes, the Barefoot brand is most definitely a California-produced wine, but they’ve been using the Champagne name since before it was “outlawed” in 2006 so they have special dispensation, as long as it clearly says its home state on the label so as not to confuse the consumer. Not only that, but this is obviously not the Pinot Noir/Chardonnay blend a Champagne by any name would rightfully be. Moscato is still pretty popular as far as it’s preponderance on store shelves attest to,
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Meet the Sparklings: Prosecco

Have you ever idly wondered what the difference is between Champagne and Prosecco? It’s not an uncommon questions but I’ll bet it’s one seldom followed-up on because by the time you’ve popped the cork and had a few sips you’ve probably moved on to other great questions of the day. Like where you put the strawberries. Prosecco is very much like Champagne in that they are both regionally distinct names–the Prosecco region in Italy (Veneto–which, if you were/are a “Real Housewives of New York” viewer you may giggle at the remembrance of when that name came up*) would be akin to the Champagne
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Review: Healing Fatty Liver Disease

***This is a sponsored post. A copy of Healing Fatty Liver Disease by Raman, Sirounis, and Shrubsole was provided for the purpose of review. No other compensation has been received. All opinions expressed are my own. Now that we’ve got that out of the way…*** A few years ago, as I was dealing with a number of converging health issues, an abdominal ultrasound revealed some “fatty infiltration” of the liver. At the time this was the least of my concerns and I joked that I was “foie gras.” Fatty Liver Disease isn’t much to laugh about in all reality. Having
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