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My partner and I are considering becoming vegetarian. This is not a problem for me, as I adore all kinds of vegetable and pulses, etc, and vegetarian foods.<br><br><br><br>
However, he simply hates most veg - I can get him to eat stews that are cooked to oblivion so you can no longer recognise the veg, but otherwise all he will eat are peas, carrots and some sweetcorn. He lives on (meat) pizza, spag bol, various and chicken meals including lots of curry. He will eat beans and lentils....but you can't eat them alone either!<br><br><br><br>
If he became vegetarian, what on earth would he eat? I already have to cook three seperate meals as I have a 6 month old and a fussy 2 year old - the idea of cooking myself vegetarian foods and him meat-containing foods on top of that is a nightmare.<br><br><br><br>
If you have any ideas I would be most grateful.
 

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If he is willing to eat stews, etc, what about trying soups? Or telling him that he is either going to have to be a less fussy veggie, or cook omni for himself. Does that sound harsh?<br><br><br><br>
What are his reasons for wanting to be veggie?
 

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This whole turkey 'culling' business has got him thinking about factory farming conditions again, but he has often spoken of not being keen on eating meat for this reason. I just wish he wasn't so terribly fussy.<br><br><br><br>
I would love to be vegetarian now but he wants it to be together so that it is 'easier' - easier for who, I am thinking!<br><br><br><br>
I would prefer not to eat meat at all, I know I can manage without - I was vegetarian for 7 years previously. I started eating meat again when I was a drunken student and stopped caring. But now I do care again. He is the obstacle!
 

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There are tons of meat substitutes out there. Plus you can try introducing new veggies to him slowly, like agree to have him try a new veggie once a week or something. He might find out he likes more than he thought. Also, crock pots make tons of easily reheatable nutritious soups, stews, chilis, etc.<br><br>
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Casseroles with veggies "snuck" in<br><br>
Cover it in breadcrumbs and he won't be able to resist...<br><br><br><br>
No, shove it down his throat like my dad does my cats' medicine!<br><br><br><br>
Just kidding<br><br>
Hmm... I think eventually if he continues to eat something he doesn't like, he will grow to like it...<br><br>
really as an adult he should already have figured this out about life<br><br>
You grow to like things eventually<br><br>
remind him of that
 

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there are tonnnnnns of vegetables. keep searchin until you find one that appeals to him. if not? try anything tofu, tempeh, or any beans/legumes for that matter. they can be cooked hundreds of thousands of ways
 

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You might want to try the 'Vegetarian meat and potatoes cookbook' (amazon link: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FVegetarian-Meat-Potatoes-Cookbook%2Fdp%2F1558322051%2Fsr%3D8-1%2Fqid%3D1170688144%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_1%2F002-4736667-4443203%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dbooks%29%3A" target="_blank">http://www.amazon.com/Vegetarian-Mea...UTF8&s=books):</a> its good for 'beginner' veggies, I think, since it has lots of clever veggies subs.
 

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Cook some veggies he already likes and slowly introduce others. Start with a few leaves of steamed spinach next to his carrots.
 

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Doesnt sound to me like his diet is that different from mine (hangs head in veggie shame). Lasagne is dead easy with quorn or realeat (or store own brand) mince. Onions, carrots, peas etc can help make it more nutritious, but are not strictly necessary. Spagetti bolognase is also easy using a tin of chopped tomatoes and mince as above (also veggie meatballs (YAY!)). Pizza is nicer vegetarian anyway--try using a few different kinds of cheeses if he misses the grease from pepperoni (Austrian smoked, roule or boursin, gorgonzola etc.) or otherwise use sweetcorn as the topping (and peas if you like; they did that to me at a resteraunt once); also experiment with completely new things, I had a great one in italy with apple and walnut and gorgonzola--not all vegetarian toppings have to be vegetables.<br><br>
Most curry sauces are vegetarian, just replace the chicken with quorn chunks or tofu prepared in a complimentary marinade.<br><br><br><br>
Also try him out with different vegetables in different circumstances--has he ever tried brocolli on a pizza, or in arribiata sauce, or only in great lumps as a side to chicken? Its really much nicer when baked in cheese.<br><br>
I think you also find that when you go veggie, your body expands its own horizons to find what it needs; I am much less picky now than I was 10 years ago when I started, and maybe its part of growing up, but I suspect its also that the body gets fed up of pasta, cheese and sweetcorn, and starts to look elsewhere.
 

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Many men (actually women too) at my table have mutated into fussy toddlers when faced with vegetables. So I have learnt to disguise them. I think many people who THINK they hate veggies don't really, they just remember the ones they had at school (over-boiled nutrient-free mush) Try these-<br><br><br><br>
Roasting them along with potatoes and garlic or making roasted ratatouille<br><br><br><br>
Whizzing them up into soups, thickened with potatoes/lentils/pulses<br><br><br><br>
Casseroles, baby onions and mushrooms seem to go down well<br><br><br><br>
Carrot/ celery/cucumber/zucchini sticks with dips! Everyone likes dips!<br><br><br><br>
Batter veggies (think: *tempura*, try beer batter as a concept or use sodawater) or breadcrumb them- not exactly healthy but gets veggies into him<br><br><br><br>
Put lots of veggies in shepherdess pie, add-in soya mince perhaps. Ditto spaghetti bolognaise<br><br><br><br>
Try roasted vegetable lasagne, just one type eg mushrooms or aubergine or a mix of veggies<br><br><br><br>
If you eat eggs, add veggies into omlettes eg tomatoes<br><br><br><br>
Make b*stardised mashed potatoes ie boil and mash potatoes as normal but add in mashed veggie of choice, kinda like colconnon OR bake a potato and mix in mashed carrots for example, back in potato shell and cover in cheese.<br><br><br><br>
That's a point. Men respond well to covering things in cheese eg cauliflower or broccoli.<br><br><br><br>
Try stir-frying veggies and adding a little seseme oil and seseme seeds for a different flavour, or maybe use the same trick with salad; add toasted walnuts and a drizzle of walnut oil.<br><br><br><br>
Insteresting dressings can make salads edible for those who don't like them too<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Dude, I don't know what to tell you except I totally sympathize. My bf hates vegetables and MOST other food. He was picky before becoming veggie, but at least then when he was vegetarian he could hid something unsavory in a blanket of cheese and get it down. But now that he's vegan, I swear his diet consists of no more than 5 different types of food. It's really sad and I know it's starting to catch up to him but no matter what I do, I cannot convince him it's not a healthy way to live. He just won't listen to me. He's gonna die and I'm gonna miss him <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/bigcry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":cry:">
 

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Katt,<br><br><br><br>
Have you considered maybe he has an eating disorder? Lots of people with EDs use restrictive diets eg veganism and 'being fussy' as a way to get away with weight loss and being weird around food generally.<br><br><br><br>
Men often slip through the net as people don't expect them to have EDs.<br><br><br><br>
I may be way off the mark, it's just I know I originally became veggie, then vegan, then raw vegan, then just plain old stopped eating, and it was all just anorexia taking its grip on me over the years. I do have ethics too about why I don't eat animals! But veganism is a d*mn good excuse to not eat a lot of stuff...<br><br><br><br>
... I hope I AM wrong and he just is fussy!<br><br><br><br>
Good luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
OH! Maybe try and give him vitamin tablets or fruit juices to get him some vits
 

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My partner and I are considering becoming vegetarian. This is not a problem for me, as I adore all kinds of vegetable and pulses, etc, and vegetarian foods.<br><br><br><br>
However, he simply hates most veg - I can get him to eat stews that are cooked to oblivion so you can no longer recognise the veg, but otherwise all he will eat are peas, carrots and some sweetcorn. He lives on (meat) pizza, spag bol, various and chicken meals including lots of curry. He will eat beans and lentils....but you can't eat them alone either!<br><br><br><br>
If he became vegetarian, what on earth would he eat? I already have to cook three seperate meals as I have a 6 month old and a fussy 2 year old - the idea of cooking myself vegetarian foods and him meat-containing foods on top of that is a nightmare.<br><br><br><br>
If you have any ideas I would be most grateful.</div>
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I can't stand most cooked vegetables unless they're well seasoned although I'm perfectly fine with all kinds of salad (just don't put celery in it). I'd recommend looking at some ethnic cookbooks like World Vegetarian or an Indian one (I have the vegetarian one by Julie Sahni and its omni counterpiece - the vegetable dishes don't overlap and it was cheap-ish).<br><br><br><br>
Sounds as though vegetable curry might work for you, since veggies will more or less end up tasting like the sauce they're braised in. <a href="http://uktv.co.uk/index.cfm/uktv/food.recipe/aid/514099" target="_blank">This one</a> has carrots and peas in it, and I'm sure you'd be able to get away with sneaking in a tiny bit of cauliflower <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> The books I mentioned cover vegetables cooked with different kinds of pulses. Soup with red lentils and tomatoes would be a good place to start (I like the masoor dal soup in World Vegetarian). If in doubt, textured vegetable protein works pretty well in spaghetti "bolognese".
 

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try a new vegetable on him every week. Also try to fix that vegetable in different ways. I eat broccoli certain ways, I can't stand it fresh or bake, or boil, just steam it. I also, like raw carrots or roasted not boil. So that might be his problem.
 

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Does your boyfriend love animals (and would he be doing this for compassionate reasons?)? If so, from time to time, play a new video you've found on the 'net about the plight of the animals. Dont tell him you are doing this just for him :p. Act like its for you. This helps them stay focused on why they are doing this new diet.<br><br><br><br>
My boyfriend only ate spaghetti (with meatballs), hamburgers, french fries, pizza (With meat), chicken nuggets, mac & cheese... and candy. That's it.<br><br><br><br>
When he saw Meet Your Meat, he decided he was a vegetarian. It took him 6 months to 1 year to become used to the taste of vegetables. Be very patient. He won't die of lack of nutrition in that amount of time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">.<br><br><br><br>
He made his own spaghetti with cheese. He began ordering cheese pizza. He made veggie lasanga. And he found "Fake chicken Nuggets" which helped so much. The food was junkfood, but he got used to saying "no" to meat.<br><br><br><br>
It took about 6 months, and he started trying veggies out of bordem and desparation.<br><br><br><br>
It's been 2 years now. He has become acustomed to all the veggies. He is now almost vegan -- yet still getting used to some veggies. Only a few weeks ago did he finally try mushrooms.<br><br><br><br>
Try showing him the movie A Diet For All Reasons on <a href="http://www.movieflix.com" target="_blank">www.movieflix.com</a>. Its 12 minutes long and very helpful when discussing health.<br><br><br><br>
Be very patient. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Ha ha I am the exact same way. I absolutely hate eating vegetables and have been "banning" them forr years now. Personally for myself I am not really into "eating" in general..I mean I eat but I dont' place a great importance in the fact that I eat.. If your partner is the same way I say just have him eat PB and J's and a glass of orange juice...also any morningstar products are good!
 

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Regardless of whether he stops eating meat or not, your partner still needs to be eating vegetables!! Perhaps you can remind him that he needs to be a good influence on the children and not yuck and veggies at the dinner table! Kids learn from watching their parents, and I'm sure he'd want the kids to eat well!<br><br><br><br>
Anywho, I don't think you'd need to make three meals. He's a grown up! Make what you're making for dinner, feed it to the children, and if he doesn't like he can pour a bowl of cereal or something (AFTER the children have left the table!)
 

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Some great ideas here. Yes, 'hiding' vegetables is a good idea. There are one two kinds of vegetable I can't stomach on their own or in big portions but little bits mixed in a curry, chilli or soup don't bother me.<br><br><br><br>
When I went vegetarian at 16, my sister nearly died laughing as there was so few veg I liked. And yes for the first few months I lived on baked potatoes with cheese and beans on toast. But as time went on I gradually started trying more a more kinds of vegetables and learned to like them (there are maybe three kinds I now don't like and even those I will eat in tiny amounts).<br><br><br><br>
As Rabid Child said, even if he's not going to go veggie, he really needs to eat more veg. After all, he would pretty much directly sub his meat with veggie alterantives (soya, tofu, tvp, Quorn, pulses) and eat the same if he's concerned that veggie meals are just made up of big piles of vegetables. But that would not be as healthy as encorporating veg.
 

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He's acting like a child. Make him cook his own dinner.</div>
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Lol, that answer is so funny! I wish!<br><br><br><br>
Thanks so much for all your ideas, I am definitely going to try them out. I think what I will do is start cooking vegetarian food now - like spag bol and lasagne, etc - and see how we go <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
He won't watch the Meet Your Meat video, he's a happy in ignorance, he has a very good idea what goes on though....
 
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