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Old 07-22-2005, 06:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Is anyone else the lone vegetarian of the house? How do you do it? I am the only one and so I have to prepare mini meals for myself which is getting tiring. My husband is the one that does the major amount of the meal prep for the kids because of my schooling and he is adamant that he will not give up meat, so he usually cooks something with flesh and when I get home from school or studyingI am left to fend for myself basically which is usually something quick and easy but i think that I am probably shorting myself nutrition ...Any better suggestions?

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I was the lone vegetarian growing up.
I did a lot of the cooking though so it was probably easier to sync everything up.
Try assembly-style meals. Like burritos or fajitas, that way you still have everything right there, you just might have to stir fry up your own veggies or a little fake meat if you wish to go with your meal
This can be done with things like stroganoff, or spaghetti too.
Soups work well, because things like "chicken" soup you can use veggie stock to make and then they can add their chicken meat to later. Same thing with split pea or lentil things that usually have ham.
You can also request that he leave a little of the prep stuff out for you to use.. Like if he is making sheapherds pie, you can take the mashed potatoes and cut up veggies and add your own tofu and bake.
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If you are really serious about being a vegetarian, then he should accomodate you, even if he is doing most of the cooking.

If you were cooking, you'd find ways in which everyone could eat the same basic food while some had meat and some didn't; he should do the same for you.

I second umfey's suggestion for him to do basic stuff for you from the same meal but I would propose a bit more. If he's making a shepherd's pie, there's no reason why he can't make two - a large regular one for him and the kids, and a smaller one either just w/o the meat, or with some fake meat or tofu. God forbid he takes an extra 5 minutes so that you can eat too!

Also, check out the discussion boards and magazine, Veg Family at www.vegfamily.com, where many women are in a similar position as you!

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If you are really serious about being a vegetarian, then he should accomodate you, even if he is doing most of the cooking.

If you were cooking, you'd find ways in which everyone could eat the same basic food while some had meat and some didn't; he should do the same for you.

I second umfey's suggestion for him to do basic stuff for you from the same meal but I would propose a bit more. If he's making a shepherd's pie, there's no reason why he can't make two - a large regular one for him and the kids, and a smaller one either just w/o the meat, or with some fake meat or tofu. God forbid he takes an extra 5 minutes so that you can eat too!

Also, check out the discussion boards and magazine, Veg Family at www.vegfamily.com, where many women are in a similar position as you!

He would except his cooking skills are EXTREMELY limited. We are working on that but in the mean time....asking him to prepare two meals would not really be practical when, right now, preparing one is a challenge for him. I love to cook, so up until now, I have done darn near all of it and before we got together, he ate out most of the time so he has not HAD to cook. Though, if I don't mind having eggs daily, he will hook me up with that....he does make really good eggs. :LOL

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Then have him stick to simple things where he can make the same dish both vegetarian and meat. I would make him a list of dishes that can be with or without meat - give him the recipes if necessary. But things like spaghetti with meat sauce are really easy - spaghetti, sauce, meat, and fake meat. That sort of thing.

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