(Closed) Picky Vegetarian-ish Husband…Need Recipe Ideas!

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

no tomatoes? even cooked ones? ouch (and he likes ketchup… that must be frustrating for you)

I’d probably end up making a lot of stirfry greens with brown rice and asian-marinated tofu if I had those limitations.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

It might be able to use a website that is based off of ingredients you have: http://www.supercook.com/

I use that one all the time. You enter the stuff you have, and it formulates recipes based on that.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2005

Lol I love tomatos but HATE ketchup so I’m on the other end of that.  I don’t even like cooked tomatos.  I would have to agree that you may be leaning more towards the Asian cuisines especially tofu, which btw you can do SO much with.  You can always try mashed califlower which is delicious as well as a good rice stir fry using low sodium soy sauce.  Add bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, corn, peas, and whatever other veggie serves your fancy.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh gosh so many options with those!

I just made this tonight for a vegan dinner. I used a flaxseed and water substitue for the egg and no cheese. worked great.

Spnach balls (you could make it into a stuffing and stuff a tomato or 1/2 an acorn squash as well.)

Savory Spinach Bites

How doe he feel about greens?

These are all great

http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2012/01/spicy-peanut-ginger-kale-salad.html

Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Slices

http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2012/11/12/lightened-up-pad-thai-for-two/

And there are so many salad variations

tonights salad is mache lettuce, pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds with an acai vinaigrette

or try this http://pinterest.com/pin/19069998393785432/

 

Does he do beans or lentils?

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

The easiest way to get someone to fill up and stay full feeling is to give them lots of protien, so you can always spice up salads or dinners with protien and it will make him feel full for longer and it will make snacking less of a problem, if it is.

Also, snacking on nuts is a good way to fill that need without filling your gut with junk. I keep a couple bags of in-shell pistachios around to give me something to do with my hands (mental distraction from hunger pangs) and the nuts themselves are pretty good for you and make me feel full after a couple handfuls.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If he likes beans/lentils these are good things to try to make

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Red-Lentil-Dal-101019

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Classic-Texas-Caviar/

http://vegetarian-recipes.wonderhowto.com/how-to/cook-vegetarian-black-bean-burgers-364841/

 

I find that, like you said, a salad is either a good base to a meal (put some beans or oher heavier items on it like grilled veggies or beans) or in addition to to add variety. and if you make extra the leftovers can accompany lunch the next day (just keep the dressing to the side)

Healthy fats are important for satiation. In order to be a healthy vegetarian I would be careful or relying too heavy on processed carbs such as rice, pasta, bread, french fries etc.  

I highly recommend this book as well, really its fabulous for the vegetarian and non-veggie alike

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yeesh, that sounds hard.  Does he eat enough from other food groups to have a balanced diet?  I’d probably try to trick him like his mom did too, honestly!

Maybe try soups…like start with something you know he’ll like baked potato soup (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/02/baked-potato-soup.html) and then try to do other vegetable-based “creamy” soups, and work in lentils/beans so that he’s getting protein even if it isn’t animal based.  This would be another to try: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/rosemary-white-bean-soup-recipe/index.html

Also, curry:

http://thaifood.about.com/od/vegetarianthairecipes/r/pumpkincurry.htm

(I haven’t made that one in particular, but I’m a huge fan of veggie curry and I just kind of freestyle with whatever we have on hand).

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

One of my favorite vegetarian recipes is linguine with a garlic butter sauce. In mine, I use parsley, oregano, basil, crushed pepperflakes, olive oil, garlic flakes (in melted butter), and parmesan cheese. Sometimes I throw in some mozzarella cheese.

The good thing about this recipe is you can use whole wheat pasta, omit the butter, and add broccoli for a healthier version. Also, I feel your pain… FI is super picky, too. He only eats pulled pork, bacon, and pepperoni. He’ll eat potatoes as long as they’re not mashed and the only vegetable he eats is corn (and only if it’s on the cob). He won’t eat fruit, either. So, that leaves pizza, pasta, and… I think you get the picture. /:

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Lasagna seems like a pretty good option if he likes cheese and paste/sauce tomato. You can do vegetarian lasagna, or maybe since he likes pepperoni he’d be willing to give sausage in it a chance if you sliced it thinly?

I hate tomatoes AND ketchup, so I’m kinda difficult too. Although wow are the meats he likes ever weird…I can’t imagine not being vegetarian but just not liking chicken or beef or anything!

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