Join Date: May 2006
Location: Middle Tennessee
I'm the only veg. in a family of ominivores, so I know where your coming from.
Since I am the cook for my family about 90% of the time, what I do is to try and make meals that I know will be easy to omit the meat without them missing it.
I also cook x number of nights per week with some type of meat dish.
I think it's a balance thing. I want my family to eat healthier overall, so the meatless dishes go along with that, but I also can't really force my diet change on them all the time.
So maybe you can make a compromise with him?
He cooks his own meat once a week and you make the rest of the meal. Then maybe 3 times a week he eats veg. with you, and then you offer to (cook meat a couple times for him?
Whatever you both feel that is fair in your arrangement.
There are a couple things that my husband knows that I don't want to handle, steaks and chicken are a couple that come to mind.
So on those nights, he tries to step in and "clean" it and then I'll cook it. So maybe that would work for you too?
As for when you have dinner guests over, just have a couple of meals, with ingredients on hand, to prepare, that you know any omni would like:
veg. shephard's pie
a nice pasta dish
some type of casserole, etc.
Most people have a couple of dishes that they are known for, that people always request that they cook.
These are the dishes that I would make veg., or work on finding a suituable veg. substitute for and these would be the ones that I would use for my "guest dinners".