(Closed) vegetarians/vegans married to meat-eaters? recipes and suggestions

posted 5 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am vegetarian most of the time, and my Fiance was a huge meat-eater when we met. But I’m also the cook, so I have taken a fair amount of meat out of his diet. There’s a cookbook by Deborah Madison called the Savory Way that’s really good, and another by Nancy Harmon Jenkins called the Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. A lot of the recipes in the latter have trace amounts of meat, but they’re typically not meat-centric like so many American menus are.

Post # 5
1052 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars

I do most of the cooking and I’m a strict non-meat eater.  FI is a meat and potatoes sort of guy but he’s also a good sport.  We alternate between a combination of solutions.  

He will grill some meat and eat a side of what I made, like you suggested.

Or, I will make something that I can cook in more than one pan and add meat to his, like enchiladas, pizza, or chili.  

Or, I’ve come up with a list of recipes that he likes without meat.  Usually cheese or potatoes are the ticket…  I’ll make mostaccioli, twice baked potatoes (cheese, broccoli, mmmm), hashbrown casserole, fried rice, breakfast for dinner, etc.

It takes some creativity and we try to eat out once a week so that he can eat things that I won’t make him but he doesn’t complain so we must be doing alright. 

Post # 6
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

So glad you started this thread!  I’m actually the meat-eater, and my Darling Husband the vegitarian.  For the most part I eat meat out now when I want it, but we don’t really cook/keep any in the house.  We’ve found some veggie burgers that we both like, and also do a lot of breakfast for dinner, veggie pizzas, pasta, salads and fish. I’d love to hear others’ recipes and ideas though.

Post # 7
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I’m vegan, and I do 90 percent of the cooking. No dead animal is served in our house, and my husband is more than fine with that. He eats well anyway.

I make a tofu yellow curry with potatoes that’s super yummy, and he prefers crumbles to ground cow– so tacos are fun and easy. He eats real dairy products, and that’s the extent of how food is different for him. Ooh, a quick easy one is sloppy joes and then take the left overs and add it to pasta with some nacho cheese (I order it from veganessentials.com, but if you’re vegetarian the regular Tostitos kind is the same).

He loves food, and I love cooking. It works 🙂

Post # 9
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@KCKnd2:  Not in a mixed relationship but have you tried some greek dips like tzatziki, melitzanosalata, hummus, taramasalata, etc.? We often buy/make these and dip pita bread in and it’s super delicious. I love meat but this is one of the few meals I’m totally happy to have vegetarian. It’s so filling.

Post # 10
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Two of my FI’s favorites (and I love them too!) I make that are pretty simple: the first is  a black bean and spanish rice burrito (sometimes I’ll add some extra diced tomatoes) with sour cream and guacamole. Depending on how he’s feeling I will cook him up either some shrimp (so you can have that too), chicken, or some carne asada to add to it. It’s super basic that doesn’t take hardly any time, but it’s something he asks me to make all the time.

His other favorite is Guy Fieri’s cajun chicken alfredo. I just cook the chicken separately and toss it into half of the pasta when I’m through with the recipe. You could probably also substitute shrimp in this one if you wanted, but I know Fiance really loves the cajun chicken.

Post # 11
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Grills make for easy 2 in 1 meals

IE meat Burgers & portabello burgers, top with grilled onions and cheese, roasted potatoes, salad, grilled corn.  grilled pineapple for dessert

Also soups, make a heart potato & broccoli or thick creamy butter nut. Top with sour cream, crispy onions, sausage for the meat eater, boca crumbles for the veggie.  serve  it with some grilled tomato and cheese sandwiches


Stuffed peppers or tomtoes make your normal stuffing, then on the second 1/2 of the batch stir in browned beef or chicken and stuff the meat versions





Post # 13
556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I’m a vegetarian and he is a meat-eater;

Normaly I do dishes, without meat that both of us enjoy, but sometimes I have to do 2 different meals, since he “needs his meat”. I don’t mind cooking for him, I enjoy that he likes my food, I wish he didn’t eat meat, but I can’t force him to give up his bacon 😛

Post # 16
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Vegan with a meat loving man here. My SO is SUPER supportive of my diet, and has admitted its for the best. It seems he just can’t say no to pork or a good steak when it’s an option. Because I do 100% of the grocery shopping and cooking we are both 100% vegan at home. Here are the receipes that are SO approved.

1. CURRY. any kind, anyway. My favorite is this chickpea lentil curry. Perfect for super cold nights! 


2. Seitan! my two favorite uses of seitan are seitan strips covered in your favorite bbq sauce and feild roast surronded by roasted butternut/parsnips/ sweet potato sprinkled with sage and thyme.

3.Vegan taco night! he can sautee himself some ground beed and you can make black beans or refired beens for you. add some sauteed peppers and onions, bought or homeade salsa, some guac or avo and your set. This is my man’s favorite, but we’re both californians so tacos are pretty much a staple.

4.simple soups. My go to fav is garlicy spinich and white bean soup.


if you have a pinterest follow some goo vegetarian/vegan pinners to get inspired. I’m amazed at all the favorites i’ve discovered there!


hope this was helpful!!

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