I have been a vegetarian for 10 years, since I was 13. When I got married, obviously my husband knew what he was getting into! I am the primary cook in our house - because of necessity as much as anything. He is too busy with work and finishing his degree that he would not have time to cook if he wanted to.
That said, he is incredibly understanding of the food I cook for him, and enjoys all the veggie meals I make (occasionally picking around the tomatoes or spinach). Still, he isn't as big a fan as I am of many of the more nutritional parts of my vegetarian meals, and I worry that he's not getting the nutrition that he needs. Several minor deficiencies have been identified by his doctor, and although we supplement those intentionally, I know that since we've been married he has made drastic changes to his diet, and these changes just don't suit him.
Although I realize that there are changes he could make to eat veggie meals that provide all the nutrition he needs, I don't want to ask him to change his diet in order to suit what I am used to cooking.
I'd like to start cooking some meat for him, to be sure he's getting the protein and iron that he is used to getting - but I have no idea how! I did do some meat-cooking as a teen at home. My family didn't support my diet, so although I didn't eat the meat, I occasionally was asked to cook it. Still, I usually managed to get out of any task that required actually touching the meat, and I can't remember anything that didn't! (Browning beef in the skillet, maybe...?) Aside from not knowing how to cook the meat, even when I can follow a recipe, I worry about cooking something that I can't taste to see if it came out okay.
Does anyone else have experience with this? Has anyone had to go from not knowing how to cook meat to learning how to cook it without being able to taste it?