I am trying to cut 90-95% meat out of the diet. My husband and boys will never go veggie 100%. I plan on doing the many suggestions of making a base and adding the meat to part and not to the other. I am gluten intolerant so I was doing this already until my family got used to the tase and texture changes of the gf. Since I am the primary and only cook, i will certainly be able to make more veggie meals.
current weight: 12.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (62,824) Posts: 4,641 9/28/11 11:00 P
I went vegan about two years ago. My family did not. The way I was able to make it work was to make batches of vegan dishes and freeze in individual servings. So whenever my family was having lasagna, macaroni and cheese, hamburgers, etc., I would just take one of my frozen vegan dinners and put it in the microwave. I make one big batch every weekend and freeze it into small one cup containers to take for lunch and several two cup containers for dinner. I make something different each weekend. My favorites are lentils and spinach, black bean and sweet potato chili, tomato zuchinni soup, and quinoa with carrots and spinach. I teach and try to get the freezer full in the late summer. It is starting to get low but Columbus Day isn't far away. I will probably make two batches that weekend. I found later on that I am allergic to wheat. it is really hard to give up wheat AND meat...so sometimes I will eat the meat and skip the wheat, but that is rare. I feel much better when I eat wheat free and vegan.
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Pounds lost: 2.0
Fitness Minutes: (60) Posts: 9 9/21/11 11:55 P
I eat fish, so what ever the family is having I will have it with fish or no meat at all. If we are having spaghetti with meat sauce, I either remove my sauce and use Morningstar crumbles or no meat at all. I love quorn its a good substitue for chicken. If I make Chicken creole, I make the base add the quorn to mine and add chicken for the family. If someone else in the house is cooking they will remove a small portion of whatever we are having before adding the meat.
Fitness Minutes: (19,313) Posts: 1,334 9/16/11 9:22 A
I am in the same boat my wife always cookes meat heavy meals, roast, fried chicken, fried pork chops, chicken fried steak,etc. When I cook I try to make something that you can have with or without meat. We eat a lot of mexican food so I just use refried beans or beans and rice in place of the meat.
Have you tried any of the meat substitutes? My favorite so far is Quorn, you can buy it in little strips that look like chicken. I have stir fried it and served it as chicken tacos and my family could not even tell it was not meat. I ordered some TVP from the health food store and I will be picking it up today. This will be my first try with it none of the stores near me carry it.
I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
Fitness Minutes: (10,813) Posts: 83 9/15/11 9:07 P
That's what he and I have discussed doing. It's easier to do when I cook as opposed to the meals he makes. It's not that he's totally against vegetarian dishes, he's eaten pleanty of them, but he'll never give up meat completely. Thanks for all your advice!
current weight: 153.2
Fitness Minutes: (120) Posts: 13,337 9/15/11 7:25 P
I agree with Kerstin. You could make a wonderful vegetarian stir-fry and serve it with brown rice. You could have a cooked chicken breast or a small piece or steak that your husband can have with it. Be creative in your vegetarian dishes and your hubby might decide that meatless meals once in a while are not bad.
Pounds lost: 9.0
Fitness Minutes: (11,280) Posts: 2,668 9/15/11 6:56 P
I would make whatever you would have made for yourself, then throw a serving size of meat on the grill for him. He can eat whatever you had for a side dish and maybe he will see how good that is and eventually be able to skip the meat
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Fitness Minutes: (10,813) Posts: 83 9/15/11 6:10 P
I regularly try to have meatless days and depending on the schedule my husband works, I can usually make it work. But when my husband and I have meals together it becomes more tricky. I'd like to progress into a full time vegetarian and he's willing to support me but wants to continue to eat meat. Any suggestions on how to cook and prepare for one veggie and one carnivore?
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