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So I am a vegetarian and love ethnic foods as well as pseudo-meat products, but my omnivore boyfriend is a bit wary of tofu and traditional "veg*an" staples. He eats completely different from me, preferring fast food burgers and mexican food. I'm trying to find ways that I could cook for the both of us- he is supportive of my vegetarianism and is willing to *try* new things, but ideally we could find things that we would not only both eat, but things we could both enjoy.<br><br><br><br>
I think finding ways to incorporate veg*an friendly foods with more traditional american dishes would be good, but really any suggestions are welcome because I know he is willing to be a bit openminded. Does anyone have any ideas/recipes/links that might help? What are your favorite foods that omni friends would enjoy as well?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks!!<br><br><br><br>
Edit: I just saw this thread (<a href="http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=60796)" target="_blank">http://www.veggieboards.com/boards/s...d.php?t=60796)</a>, sorry for not noticing that first and please don't feel the need to repeat yourselves if you are annoyed!
 

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There's lots of Mexican dishes you could make! Bean burritos, quesadillas, tacos with refried beans or TVP, etc. Even just beans and rice with salsa could be appealing. Pasta with marinara or pasta salad, soups with a nice bread, meatless sandwiches, etc. might appeal to him. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Opt for things that are accidentally meatless at first, instead of meat subs, tofu, etc.
 

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If your BF likes chili, you can make chili with <a href="http://www.lightlife.com/gimmeleanbeef.html" target="_blank">Gimme Lean</a> instead of actual beef. I swear neither of you will be able to tell the difference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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My boyfriend is a hardcore meaty, and we get along fine making meals every single night together. Last night we made pizzas, with olives, artichokes, onions, corn, and mushrooms, and he bought pepperoni and cheese to add to his pizza. Tonight we made a pre-seasoned vege black beans and rice mix, I cooked up some frozen stir fry veggies and corn, and he's making himself some ground beef to mix into his. Like i mentioned in my examples, the way we always do it is we start out with our dishes being vegetarian and he just cooks up his own meat and adds it on his own. It works great for us, and my boyfriend is usually a big fast fooder too. But I've never met a person who prefers fast food over a home cooked meal... people traditionally just get fast food because it is was it's called, fast... but if you're not afraid of cooking, and if he's not afraid of veggies then there is no reason why it can't work. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You guys are so helpful! thank you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 
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