I forgot to mention that I actually do have an ulterior motive in getting my partner to note everything down: it means that I get his actual recipes in to the system so that I can duplicate them down the road!
I'm more particular about knowing exactly what's in what I eat because I am dealing with several nutritional deficiencies and prefer foods to supplements to treat them. I'm pretty careful about using my own food entries so that as much vitamin/mineral information as possible is included in my tracker. Actual calorie counts are estimates anyways, so a few off here or there will generally balance out in the long run.
I just use the nutrition tracker database to find something comparable. Find an entry for homemade chicken noodle soup, and use that. As long as he isn't dousing it in massive amounts of oil, you won't be too far off if you just choose an "average" generic entry. You do not need to count each carrot, onion, and stick of celery - all the veg in the entire pot won't add up to much at all.
How about a straight-up conversation with him about it?
"I love your cooking, but I have no idea how to track it. I'm sad that I end up taking such a really small portion so I'd like to be able to track it accurately to see if I can have more. Can you please work with me to figure out how we can do this?"
My partner and I talked about it, and the simple solution that we came up with is that he cooks the same as I do. We keep a note-pad and pen beside the kitchen scale, a big bowl there, and we throw whatever we've just cut up in to the bowl to weigh it, note it on the pad, and then throw it in the pot. While it's cooking, I enter it on to SparkRecipes and figure out what will be my serving size, and put it in the tracker.
If he's cooking at his place, then you'd have to invest in another kitchen scale for there, or you'll have to remember to bring yours, but it's well worth it to be able to enjoy his cooking without the angst!
The best way to get your partner to support your goals is to tell him straight-up what he can do to help you.
Last night my fiance made homemade chicken with rice soup with veggies. It's very healthy and it make a great alternative to the more "bad-for-you-comfort-foods". My problem is that when he cooks (this in particular) he just kind of throws everything together in a HUGE pot and I never know how much of each ingredient is in there. Any suggestions on how to track this? I don't necessarily want to stand over his shoulder counting carrots while he's cooking and I also don't want him to change the way he cooks for fear that he may think that I don't appreciate it. I'm at a loss...
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