So, the good news: my wife has gone vegetarian. I've been minimally lacto-ovo vegetarian for ~2 years; so I'm really excited. I never really figured she'd make the transition.
The bad news: I'm having trouble finding well balanced meals to make for her. I'm relatively established in my diet, I've got a fairly big base of meals to work with so I figured it'd be easy to assist her in the transition. Turns out she dislikes almost every kind of food that I eat. She doesn't like beans, tempeh, seitan, quinoa. She likes tofu but I try not to eat too much soy (only ~1 or 2 times a week) because of thyroid problems. She also has a strong family history of thyroid problems so I don't want her compensating by eating tofu 7 days week. I know it's an unproven link but better safe than sorry, right?
So any suggestions for meals for someone with discerning tastes?
After discussing the bean issue with her, she admitted to only trying black beans and kidney beans a long time ago. So, she's going to retry beans and try a fair variety of them since they all have different tastes/textures. She's creeped out by the texture of tempeh and seitan tastes "too wheaty."
If she can get past the bean issues, I think we have a chance of her healthly doing a vegetarian diet. Beans + tofu seem like enough variety. Tofu alone seems a little too limited especially with the thyroid issues mentioned above. So anyone else have experience with this? Anyone out there dislike most vegetarian protein sources? Can she honestly get enough protein and meet her nutritional needs with only vegetables and limited tofu?