This really depends on what your husband is like, and what he does for his other meals of the day. If dinner isn't his main meal, then options are easier. If he refuses to eat the same thing two days in a row, then things get trickier.
For instance, my partner eats out for lunch almost every day and isn't always hungry for supper. He also isn't picky about what he eats, and has no problem eating the same thing for a few days in a row.
When he isn't overly hungry, he's happy with just a bowl of whole grain cereal with a handful of almonds, followed by fruit.
For when he's hungry, I always have two huge salads (4 to 6 servings of each) made up - one of mixed broccoli and cauliflour, and the other spinach and mixed greens, along with his favorite dressings. There are also almonds and grated cheese in the fridge at all times to add to the salad. I also cook a massive vegetable casserole once every couple of weeks and freeze it in individual servings so that we can just pull one out and nuke it.
I very rarely cook only enough for one meal at a time. I always cook extra chicken breasts, pork chops, steaks, or whatever so that the extra can either be in the fridge for a quick warm-up, or in the freezer.
This gives both my partner and I a quick choice any time of whether we want a salad and throw in whatever meat is at hand, or to hit the freezer for our choice of meat and vegetable casserole. Either option only takes a few minutes and a microwave oven.
Another thing to consider is "frozen dinners" - either purchased or made at home. There are some healthy ones available from most stores, or you can just make them yourself. If you cook extra portions every time you do cook, just freeze the complete meal together so that all he has to do is pull it out from the freezer and microwave it.
If his biggest issue is that he doesn't want to take any time to cook because he's hungry NOW, then it might be helpful to have some really filling muffins around. I always have either pumpkin or banana oatmeal bran muffins around (both around 100-120 calories) so that we can grab one to "tide us over" until the meal has finished cooking.
Good luck to both of you!
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Will he cook at all? If so, you can leave a selection of prepped foods in the fridge for him to heat up/assemble. Cooked sliced chicken breasts, cooked turkey meatballs, leaner cuts of pork that you've grilled are good starting points. Then you can leave some prepped vegetables (either cut up and steamed for him to reheat, or just cut up so he can steam, grill or roast them) and stock a few sauces and dips so he can have chicken in marinara sauce with green beans and broccoli, or meatballs in a pita with hummus and Greek salad, etc. I find it really helpful to have cooked sweet potatoes and caramelized onions on hand, too. Then if I'm super lazy I poach a couple of eggs, make a salad, and top my sweet potato with the onions. Takes about 10 minutes tops. Good luck to both of you.
I do most of the cooking in our house, and recently started working evenings, leaving my husband to fend for himself. I try to pull a slow cooker recipe together many days, but sometimes I simply don't have time. When left to his own devices, he typically reverts to pizza and takeout. Anyone have any suggestions for things I can pick up for him to throw together in a few minutes that are still healthy? Thanks!