Post # 1
The biggest issue my DH and I have is over food.
He has to watch his weight, and only ever wants to eat, baked chicken, steak or salmon, paired with veggies. every…damn….night. I’m so sick of it.
I am thin and have to eat lots or I’ll waste away and love to eat rice, potatoes, pasta, and flavourful stuff, chinese food, thai food, sushi, stir fry, sauces and I love spicy stuff.
He doesn’t like any ‘ethnic’ food; doesn’t like spicy; no carbs – loves sweets but over indulges and then gains weight.
I don’t like sweets really at all but love carbs and flavours, which he doesn’t eat.
I literally have no idea how to make dinner for both of us so that we both satisfied!
Post # 3
At the moment what I do is bake chicken and then put like jerk sauce or other flavour on my portion. But even that gets old fast.
Post # 4
I rarely cook for my husband. He likes different foods than I do, so I let him prepare what he wants and I make what I want. On the days I’m planning to cook something I know he likes I’ll let him know so he can make plans to eat with me. When we eat out, we go to places he likes, which can get boring, BUT that’s why I have lunches with friends who are more adventurous. There’s no rule that says you have to eat the same thing.
Post # 5
@Sunshine09: Try adsing seasonings, spices and toppings after you make the meal! I always eat jelepenos with everything. Instead of baking them with the dish, I add them at the end when I have already make SO’s plate!
Post # 6
I would freeze the chicken, then bake it while you’re making a meal for yourself. Make enough of your meal for 4 or so, and continue to eat the leftovers while he eats the plain normal stuff.
Post # 7
Why not make exciting side dishes for yourself?
Post # 8
Maybe you can make the exciting food for your lunches at work?
Post # 9
@Sunshine09: welcome to my world. my dh won’t eat anything with sauce or vegetables in it so i have to make him plain meat and rice or potatoes. i usally just pull his aside and make mine how i want it. with flavour, sauces, etc.
it really sucks because i love to cook and experiment in the kitchen.
when we go to my favourite vietnamese restaurant, he orders plain beef, chicken or pork skewers with plain rice and no sauces.
Post # 10
Check out the book “The Starch Solution” by Dr. John McDougall; it’s full of healthy, carb/starch focused recipes that will satisfy you and still help him lose weight. As a disclaimer, the book also promotes a vegan diet, but you could easily add a lean meat to any of the dishes if you wanted.
Post # 11
Check out skinnytaste.com – lots of healthy, TASTY, flavorful recipes! He gets the healthy benefit, you get the tasty, and you can eat more!
Post # 12
@mypinkshoes: hahaha yeah, I feel your pain.
@abbylyn: thanks very much, I will check it out!
@inspiredcreations: thank you!
I typically really look forward to the nights that he goes out with the boys, because I order $50 worth of thai food and have myself a feast. 🙂
Post # 13
Can you tempt him to be more adventurous with vegetarian food? It will help control his weight and give you some variety.
You can also tell him that one night a week you are going to make what pleases you. He is welcome to eat it as well, have left overs, cook for himself or go out.
Post # 14
I totally hear you and wish I had a great solution for you. My DH eats about 10 varieties of meals in total. He won’t try anything new and is lactose intolerant. So our meals together can be very limiting and pretty darn boring for me. Most of the time I will make the boring stuff when it’s my turn to cook and spice it up a little for myself. And I take advantage of going out to eat with a friend of mine who loves the different foods that I do when I need something different. When we go out to eat, we’ve worked out a system where there’s at least one thing on the menu that he will eat and I can order something more adventurous. We survive this way but it isn’t very much fun.
Post # 15
Or just make food you like, enough for both of you, and if he is going to be picky so be it. He can make his own food.
Post # 16
Ditto to skinny taste! Also, try cookinglight.com. I subscribe to Cooking Light and the magazine gives me lots of great ideas for healthy food – and includes the nutritional info for every recipe. They also have a pretty wide range of styles, from simple meat and veggie food that FI loves to slightly more adventurous stuff he likes, and even more complicated stuff to satisfy my experimental urges. It’s worth a browse through the online archives to see if you like their ideas!