(Closed) Any recipe suggestions for healthy stereotypically "man foods"?

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
634 posts
Busy bee

Tell him he’ll poop better if he eats fiber.


Men love pooping.

Post # 4
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

The healthy meals I make that are hardy are usually beef stew or chili. I always start with a big roast that I cut into bite size pieces. Let them simmer for a while and then add your ingredients. It can be easy to make it healthy with lots of veggies and a good tomato base and a bit of brown sugar to cut the acidity.

Other than that, most mexican food can be made to be healthy as it gets its flavor from spices and not fat. I will often get a steak, cut it into strips and grill it with lots of mexican spices and some onion and peppers to make Fajitas. I add avocado, salsa, and I use plain greek yogurt in place of sour cream. Yummy and healthy!

Post # 5
2143 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I have quite a few of these recipes stored away! I like Weight Watchers recipes because they have good spins on typically unhealthy food. (Check Pinterest!) Here are some of our favourites: 

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas – http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Weight-Watchers-Cheesy-Chicken-Enchiladas-Recipezaar?columns=4&position=31/36&columns=4&position=31/36

Jalapeño Poppers – http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/8731063/jalapeno-poppers-weight-watchers/

Buffalo Chicken Strips (my personal fav) – http://easy-cookbook-recipes.com/weight-watchers-buffalo-chicken-strip/

Pizza-dilla (great way to satisfy a pizza craving) – http://www.usefuldiy.com/diy-pizzadilla/

There are also a lot of healthy crock pot recipes that are hearty & feel like unhealthy comfort food 🙂 

Post # 6
3378 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Well, you say no turkey burgers and the like, but honestly a lot of the changes I make to recipes is subbing turkey or chicken (lean meats) for red meat, low fat for high fat dairy, whole grains for processed, white grains.  I honestly don’t cook with red meat at all (or very rarely).  Now granted, my Darling Husband is not some lumberjack, meat and potatoes only kind of guy – he loves a good steak, but he’s really open to trying everything I make – but he generally really likes these healthified recipes.

Post # 8
634 posts
Busy bee

@Aquaria: I was leaning more in terms of laying off the meat and starches and picking up a carrot once in a while, but if he really thinks taking a laxative with added fiber is how to lose weight, you need to talk to him about not getting dieting tips from insecure 15 year old girls.

That being said, and on the original vein of men and their fondness of bowel movements, the way I actually got one of my gruff, manly friends interested in quinoa was that it came up in conversation what a day of eating quinoa (I found a REAL GOOD recipe) did to the last act of my digestive tract, and he was ENTHRALLED. Texted me for the recipe the next day.

Ultimately, though, your man is going to need to be responsible for his own dietary choices. It’s not going to do you any good to scramble around trying to find foods that he will pickily determine don’t encroach on his masculinity, and then for him to turn around and eat shitty fast food.

Post # 9
491 posts
Helper bee

I don’t have any specific recipies, but sometimes when I make mashed potatoes I’ll add a bit of mashed cauliflour.  I usually do half potatoes and half cauliflour, you can taste the difference but I like it.  Adds a few additional vitamins to regular mashed potatoes. 

Post # 11
281 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

To follow up on @WannaBeeMrsB ‘s suggestion of healthy crock pot recipes, that’s my go-to as well!  The guy LOVES his munchies and his man-food, but he’s also trying to lose about 30 more pounds (he’s already lost about 20 since our wedding in June).  I figured out that there are a few crockpot recipes that make him feel like he’s eating “real food,” but don’t contain anything objectionable:


1) Lemon reoasted chicken:

2-3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 TBS olive oil

juice of one lemon

1 TBS fresh parsley (or 1 tsp dried)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp thyme

1/4 tsp paprika

Place chicken in crock pot, whisk other ingredients together, pour sauce over chicken, and cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.  The meat should be falling off the bone.  I usually serve this with rice or quinoa and steamed broccoli. (The man miraculously decided that he likes broccoli!  Score! And, of course, broccoli’s really good with lemon.)



2) Burrito bowls with BBQ chicken:

2-3 pounds bone-in chicken thighs

1 large onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1-2 TBS olive oil

1 can beans, rinsed and drained (black or pinto)

about 1 cup BBQ sauce (I try to find the kinds without high fructose corn syrup)

Pour the olive oil in the bottom of the crock pot, then add onion and peppers.  Place the chicken and beans on top, then cover with BBQ sauce.  Let cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5 or so.  After cooking time is up, remove the bones and shred the chicken. 

To make the burrito bowl, place cooked brown rice in the bottom of the bowl, layer the chicken mixture on top, and add guacamole and plain yogurt (we use plain coconut yogurt because dairy and I aren’t friends).  Salads are good with this.


Post # 12
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Buffalo stuffed peppers or tomatoes.

  • Poach a mix of chicken breast and chicken thighs in water with salt. A mix of both will give it a lot of flavor and decrease the calories.  Remove and shred with forks or pulse in a food processor or dice fine (whatever works best for you)
  • Sautee lots of onions and translucent and add the chicken. Mix in Red Hot and Greek yogurt (2% not 0% otherwise its too sour)  
  • Stuff the pepper or tomato and wrap in aluminum foil and bake until tender.

It has all the flavors of a buffalo wing, but in a much healthier version. Its no too similar to a traditional wing so he wont think you are “fooling” him. Its just a good flavor profile to work off of.



Post # 13
4035 posts
Honey bee

@Aquaria:  I know your pain!

My Darling Husband only eats beef, fish chicken, pork, potatoes, corn, bread and rice. Literally. No vegetables and hardly any fruits (occasionally an apple).

I have found that cooking fish more often (salmon, trout and tilapia) have helped cut down the typical meat products he consumes. I also make baked fries (instead of fries), try to get him to eat brown rice, and I use olive and grape seed oil.


Post # 14
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My husband wouldn’t put his lips to ground turkey until one day I switched out ground beef for ground turkey using a new meatloaf recipe.  He was commenting on how good dinner was and I waited till his last bite to tell him it was turkey 🙂  I think a lot of it’s mental, try it!!

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