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Hi Guys,<br><br>
I'm a newbie here so I apologize if this is posted in the wrong place. Sorry for the long first post.<br><br>
I think I'm in a bit of a food rut and was hoping to get some suggestions. My husband is not veggie, although he does tend to eat whatever I make for dinner since it's just easier that way.<br><br>
Lately I feel like I've gotten stuck making the same things over and over again. It's like I'm constantly making brown rice/barley, a few veggie side dishes, a salad, and a protein for each of us (usually beans for both of us, or tofu for me while H makes himself some chicken). Sometimes a stir-fry, sometimes pasta, but that's about it.<br><br>
It's fairly boring since a lot of the foods I love, H hates and it's just too much of a hassle to cook something for him and something else for me.<br><br>
I guess I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas to help us bring new life into our kitchen. Below is a list of foods that H doesn't like. If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear them. Please and thank you!<br><br>
H doesn't like<br>
-Spinach, Collards, Kale (he will only eat spinach if it's raw in a salad)<br>
-Eggplant<br>
-Sqaush of any kind (zuchinni, butternut, acorn, etc)<br>
-Mushrooms<br>
-Curry<br>
-Tofu (sometimes I can sneak silken tofu into a smoothie or desert, but that's it)<br>
-Tomatoes (he will only eat them if it's in the form of a pasta sauce or salsa)<br>
-Quinoa, Couscous (pretty much he avoids any grain that isn't rice, bread or tortillas)<br><br>
There's more, but those are some of the biggies that I keep getting hung up on. It seems like all the recipes I enjoy or want to try include at least one of those ingredients. I grew up eating all of these, so when those are taken out of the equation I'm at a loss.<br><br>
Thanks so much for all your help!
 

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The list of 'don't like' is certainly very long and it must be challenging to make tasty food for him. You didn't say whether you're looking for vegan or vegetarian recipes ?<br><br>
Savoury tarts. Roast vegetable pasta dishes. Nut roast or rissoles with fresh pea mash. Leeks are also quite versatile and tasty. Vegan chili with cornbread. Vegetable risottos. Chickpea curry with brown rice. Cottage pie with lentils.
 

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They dont have to be removed from your diet...just his.<br>
Firstly I would ask him to provide a list of things he will eat or will possibly try. My boyfriend dislikes courgette(Zuccini in american I think) but he will eat it in pasta and stews etc.<br>
Or even ask him to suggest meals he likes and find a way to veggie/vegan-ise them.<br><br>
We cant really help and if you find out why he dislikes these foods perhaps if it just becasue he thinks he wont like them and has never tried them, we can suggest good ways of using ingredients that will make the most of them...raher than just roasting or boiling etcetc.<br><br>
It sounds like your husband isnt being very helpful towards you either...like he is saying I wont eat this this and this..now go make my dinner!
 

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Just keep trying new things, weed out the ones that don't turn out and keep the ones that do. Eventually you'll have enough good ones to vary your/his diet a bit. Keep in mind I'm not nor ever have been a picky eater. My range of likes/dislikes goes from it's okay to yummmm.
 

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Thanks guys. Some fo those suggestions sound yummy. I'll have to try them and see how he likes them (they sound delish to me!)<br><br>
I would prefer vegan ideas, since I'm trying to move towards veganism, but at this point, I'll take anything. I usually end up cooking dinner on the weekdays since I work at home, and he's gone for work between 6am and 6pm (sometimes with traffic or a busy work day he's not home until 7:30, so if we waited until he got home for him to cook, we'd end up eating really late). He's a pretty good cook, but he tends to follow the whole "1 protein, 2 veggies, 1 starch" principle and seems to prefer that structure in his dinners which part of why I think I feel so limited.<br><br>
Hubby grew up in a large family where they ate lots of processed food (which is totally opposite of my family. My family is latin so we had rice and beans with almost every meal). He would totally be happy if he just had chicken and canned veggies (yuck) every day. His mom's family is Mexican so he does like enchiladas, tamales and things like that (which usually take all day to cook so we don't make those very often).<br><br>
He is generally pretty apathetic in most aspects of life, which can be good but also frustrating at times. For example (me) "Honey, you want pasta for dinner?" (him) "Not really". (me) "OK, how about stirfry" (him) "meh". (me) "OK, then what do you want to eat?" (him) "whatever you make"... His father is the exact same way though, so I guess it's a family trait (and yes, I did know this when I married him, lol).<br><br>
I have tried to get him to sit down with me and go through our numerous cookbooks to find something he wants to try, but he almost always just earmarks the desserts and maybe a chicken dish. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br>
I know some of the foods he dislikes are because he's tried them before and hated them (tofu, curry), and others his whole family generally dislikes and thinks I'm crazy for eating (mushrooms, spinach). I've tried making stews with zuchini and eggplant, which are usually ok (he'll pick around them). I've tried different types of salads (he thinks salads should consist of just lettuce, carrots, celery, onion, olives and croutons)<br><br>
Does that make any sense? I feel like I'm just rambling now, lol.
 

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His mom's family is Mexican so he does like enchiladas, tamales and things like that (which usually take all day to cook so we don't make those very often).<br></div>
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I'm confused as to why that takes you all day to cook. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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I have tried to get him to sit down with me and go through our numerous cookbooks to find something he wants to try, but he almost always just earmarks the desserts and maybe a chicken dish. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br></div>
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Have you tried fake chicken dishes?
 

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Cruelty free pigs in a blanket<br>
Chili and cornbread<br>
"chicken" quesadillas, tacos, taco salad, burritos, etc.<br>
Mexican veggie burger...black bean patty topped with onions salsa and guac or avocado....
 

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<p>My DH can be just as frustratingly picky...he's a pasta junky and would eat that everyday of the week and he's scottish - ie bad food - so many veggies I love get the thumbs down from him. I have food sensitivies to dairy wheat and eggs and he's picky. But even with diet limitations dinner can be exciting. What I do is have one or two fend for yourself days during the week. He gets his pasta and I get my food.  Everyone is happy:)</p>
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<p>Acknowledging that we both have different tastes and accepting that its not likely to change is half the battle. It puts the irritation/frustration/resentment to rest. Its really not too much trouble to cook another sidedish so we balance it out that way. If I make soup like smokey corn chowder, I split the basics into two pots and add cream/cheese to his and soy milk to mine - both happy. If you're making chunky vegetable pasta sauce, puree some zucchini, celery, spinnach into it and he'll never know, seriously - it fools 4yr olds. Cook up pasta for him and toss a spaghetti squash or acorn squash in the oven for you.</p>
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<p>Try to mix in some different grains. Quinoa makes a great pilaf. If you like mexican style food. Whip up some tacos - super easy whether authentic or texmex style - veggie ground round works well or refried beans (my fav) and have some cooked chicken on hand/freezer for him. Quesidillas are always good.</p>
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<p>Mine isn't big on leafy greens either. His idea of salad is spinnach and raspberry vinagrette. I usually make a big salad for myself with everything I like and small bowl of plain mixed greens or spinnach for him. He's happy with that as long as there's carbs like rice/potato/pasta to fill him up. I'm happy with less carbs. Its a good balance for us.</p>
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<p>I try to have the same main dish but with different additions or sides that work for each of us. Its really not too much effort once you get the hang of it. The other thing that keeps me happy is knowing that during the day I can eat whatever veggies I want/need so its no big deal to compromise on dinner.</p>
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<p>Good luck!</p>
 

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<p>If you whiz it around in a stick blender, eggplants, carrots, squash etc. can be hidden in black bean soup. He'd never even know.</p>
 
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