Post # 1
Just moved into our new house and after two years of having access to my father’s brilliant pantry (we were saving money to buy our house)- we are now in a brand new and relatively limited (comparably) pantry. I’ve found myself gravitating to either pizza or pasta- since I’m not a huge fan of meat (and don’t cook it that well) and he’s not a huge fan of vegetable heavy dishes (my typical fare).
I was wondering if this is common. Looking around to those that cook for more than themslves, it seems like a lot of people fall into a dominant catagory one way or another- curries or pastas, etc.
Ladies- do you fall into this one way or another? Are you more prone to specific ingredient heavy foods (like breads for me), or ethnic heavy, or even dish heavy (like cassaroles)?
Post # 3
We’re a meat and veggies family. Most dinners consist of some sort of animal protein with a side of whatever veggies are on hand. I also use my crock pot a lot for roasts, pulled pork/chicken, etc.
Post # 4
We have about eight serves of ravioli in the freezer 😛 We just cook it & throw pasta sauce over it then top with parmesan. It’s easy, it’s yum and it’s LAZY FOOD. Lol. We’re terrible.
Post # 5
I love pastas, DH loves curries and we do a lot of stirfry too. In the winter time we tend to do stews, savory pies and soups. In the summer we do more grilling and chilled dishes.
Post # 6
we’re really about proportioned and well balanced meals (i sound like a freakin commercial or health pamphlet). i usually make sure we have grains, veggies, and protein all on one plate. grains can be quinoa/brown rice/bread (I LOVE BREAD)/whole wheat pasta and usually our protein is chicken, beef or salmon. i’m not really keen on beef but FI loves it so i try to work it in at least once a week. we are huge on asparagus/broccoli/big salads for veggies. most of the time, we load up on chicken and salmon with some grains and sometimes starches (hullooo mashed potatoes) and tons of veggies. FI is big on veggies.
i feel you about the pantry. we literally have the most boring pantry on earth. we have lots of healthy ingredients to make savory and healthy meals but literally no sweets or snacky foods. it’s quite pathetic! i usually make a dessert during the weekend which lasts like 1 hour so yeah. we need to spruce up our pantry as well!! we need some cookies, sweets, little cakes! something! it’s boring being healthy all the time, haha.
Post # 7
@missfrillycoat: Not really, FI and I like to eat healthy. Since he is working full-time now and I’m a student, I cook most evenings. However, I’d say, overall, he’s probably a better cook than I am. I do love to bake sweets though, which he doesn’t care for as much as I do. I prefer to clean rather than cook.
Neither one of us are very picky but we refrain from eating pasta for the most part. We usually have chicken prepared various ways, fish, and steak every once in a while.
Post # 8
DH usually takes care of the meat, or it’s something I can throw in the oven without handling. I usually do the veggies, and depending on what we’re having I also tend to make rice. We’ll have pasta too, but tend to do that in the fall/winter.
The meals where everything gets cooked together occur in our slow cooker, which I never used, but we try to use it about once every two weeks, or a stir fry.
Post # 9
I would say we mostly do either a pasta or a meat and veg. Usually more meat and than pasta though!
Post # 10
@missfrillycoat: my SO is filipino so when he cooks it’s adobo. Basically whatever meat we happen to have in a pot with whatever veggies we have, some soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, bay leaf, pepper…. cooked slow and served over rice. (ETA: Onion and garlic too!!)
I’m Mexican but rarely make Mexican food. I’ll usually bake chicken with a side of steamed veggies and potatoes. He almost always eats rice with it to anyway 😛 I also try to mix it up with fish or shrimp too.
Post # 11
I make a lot of salads, usually with a protein (eg chicken), some type of grain, avocado, celery, cheese, sunflower seeds, dates, raisins, apples etc etc, usually on a base of mixed organic field greens and kale.
Post # 12
@MexiPino: What does your SO usually do for veggies with that? Both DH and I really like the adobo meat after trying out a skinnytaste recipe but some of the veggies didn’t really go too well that we tried.
Post # 13
We tend to focus on steamed chicken or fish, with a big salad or some cooked veggies.
Steamed spaghetti squash or quinoa replaces potatoes, rice pasta etc for us.
I can pop a couple of chicken breasts in the steamer, add some seasonings, then later add some veggies in the top layer of the steamer. Dinner is ready -easy peasy in less than 30 minutes.
I do cook lots of other things but we try to have the majority of our meals be healthy, so the occasional splurge doesn’t cause any harm.
Post # 14
Our main dinners are usually 1/2 vegetables, 1/4 carbs and 1/4 meat.
I eat the same thing for lunch and dinner all week. This week is:
Lunch: Turkey breast with moroccan lentils and steamed vegetables
Dinner: 3 mini lean rissoles, an egg and steamed vegetables.
Post # 15
We eat a lot of Hispanic inspired foods: tacos, citrus-marinated meats, beans, etc. Oh, and we eat rice almost every day. Sometimes I add a squeeze of lime/cilantro, or mix it with tomato sauce and green olives, but most of the time it’s just plain white or brown rice with whatever meal we’re having!
I used to love to grill everything in the warm months, but now we have an apartment so no grilling for now. 🙁
@MexiPino: Ah, adobo is SO, so good!
Post # 16
I don’t like red meat often so we eat a ton of chicken. We used to do a lot of pasta (not so much any more) and now that it is summer we often grill (turkey dogs for me and burgers for him). When I am cooking I lean towards mexican, heavy on the beans. He doesn’t like beans so that is usually more for me than it is for him. We only eat together about once a week- I survive mostly on protien shakes, fruits, veggies, and greek yogurt and he lives off of frozen pizzas and easy mac haha.