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March 28, 2011 12:29 PM
I want to try to incorporate a few more meatless meals into my diet. The problem is that I am married to a real meat and potatoes guy who is also a picky eater. That has contributed to both our weight gain. I want to try to sneak in a few meatless meals here and there, but they have to satisfy him too. I am a very good cook, so I don't necessarily need really easy meals. Any ideas? Thanks.
Edited by dustyhockeymom On March 28, 2011 12:30 PM
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March 28, 2011 12:35 PM
When you get some, pass them my way too!!! lol

Same situation here!!!

Em
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March 28, 2011 12:36 PM
There's a recipe that looks yummy in the current issue of Disney's Family Fun magazine for a black bean and sweet potato chili, haven't made it yet, but it looks great!
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March 28, 2011 12:36 PM
Me too!!!
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March 28, 2011 12:38 PM
Do ya'll like stews and chili and such? You could work on variations of these, and that way give him meat (but vary the *kind* of meat, to make it healthy) -- cutting down on the *amount* of meat* in it... that would be a cool way to work in more veggies, too!

Is he a "I don't wanna see anything green on my plate" kind of guy, too? My one buddy's like that, and it makes me laugh...!
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March 28, 2011 12:38 PM
I am a vegan who is about to marry the world's biggest carnivore. My fiance LOVES lentil stew, tacos and tostadas made with mashed black beans (toast corn tortillas in the oven for low-fat tostadas), and he has become quite the fan of tempeh!

I have found that it's less about the meal as it is the delivery ;-) They get freaked out if you say "TRY THIS SOY ITALIAN SAUSAGE!" Instead, cut some up and slip it in the lentil stew and let them figure it out!
March 28, 2011 12:41 PM
We're big carnivores around here, but we all like lentil loaf (like a meatless meatloaf) and vegan falafel (my husband thinks of them kind of like meatballs). You can find lots of recipes at allrecipes.com.
March 28, 2011 12:42 PM
I agree, it's all in the delivery. I made a dill salad dressing with Greek Yogurt, then told my boyfriend after he ate it what it was. He liked it. I try to sneak a salad in a couple nights a week, tonight we're having spaghetti and a salad, then they eat less of the spaghetti because they ate a salad first. :)
March 28, 2011 12:42 PM
i agree with above - go with tacos/chilli beans/rice etc....filling for a guy used to eating a bigger/heavier meal and you can control your portion size/add more tomato/less cheese etc.

also some of the vege meat substitutes out there are pretty good - depending on your partner's mindset you may not wanna jump straight into plain tofu (my ex was terrified by the idea of this but would quite happily eat a vege burger patty or fake chicken kebabs). just check the packet for nutirional info.
good luck!
March 28, 2011 12:43 PM
I like doing a nice pasta casserole full of tons of veggies (like cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, whatever else you guys like) with pretty much just cooked whole grain penne, tomato sauce, cheese, and veggies. Calories are pretty low because there's no meat and it's super filling.

Does he like breakfast? How about pancakes or a western omelete with whole grain toast and no ham?
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March 28, 2011 12:43 PM
Yeah, I second the Vegetarian Lentil "Meatloaf" I just made it for dinner last night and had some for lunch today...yum!
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March 28, 2011 12:48 PM
Don't understand why you would want less meat (protein) in your diet. I can understand wanting to incorporate more vegetables and other things to get a better nutritional balance, but don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Most people don't get enough protein as it is.
March 28, 2011 12:49 PM
I love to make this for lunch: rice and fat free refried beans on a whole wheat tortilla. I just sautee a little onion and green peppers add the rice (usually 1/2 cup, 1/4 cup for each of us) and 1 cup of fat free refried beans...mix up until hot. Then I put them on the tortilla sprinkle a little garlic powder and cumin, throw in some lettuce and tomato and roll those babies up!! They're huge, delicious and filling.

Fat free refried beans 1/2 cup-90 cal
1/4 cup brown rice --55 cal
whole wheat tortilla--100 cal
tomatos/lettuce/green pepper/onion---less than 35 since there is so little

Less than 300 calories

I usually serve it with some steamed broccoli. Great healthy and satisfying lunch.
Edited by Bridgetc140 On March 28, 2011 12:50 PM
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March 28, 2011 12:52 PM
I have a recipe for a spinach rice pie that I absolutely love. Basically you prepare rice (can be brown rice) and then toss it with a couple of egg whites and some cheese (I use parm and cheddar). Then you line the bottom of a baking dish with it and bake it for about 10-15 minutes, until it takes shape and becomes a crust. Then you cook some spinach in vegetable broth (try to find a low sodium broth, cause vegetable broth tends to be high in salt), with onions, scallions, and sundried tomatoes. When the liquid is gone, pour the spinach mix into the rice crust and top it with some cheese, then broil it until the cheese browns.

Believe me, I love my meat, but when I have this dish, I don't even miss it. I don't have the exact measurements on me right now, but I'm sure you could experiment with it and come up with something good.
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March 28, 2011 12:52 PM
QUOTE:

Don't understand why you would want less meat (protein) in your diet. I can understand wanting to incorporate more vegetables and other things to get a better nutritional balance, but don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Most people don't get enough protein as it is.


There are other sources of protein besides meat. I don't eat beef and rarely eat pork. I have several meatless days per week and I am usually over my protein goal.
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March 28, 2011 12:54 PM
My wife doesn't care for meat, so I have made lasagna without meat and didn't notice the difference.
March 28, 2011 12:55 PM
Start with familiar things like lasagna. If he's scared of veggetables start off with just the sauce and lowfat cheeses. Burritos are good too.


If you're not going to be completely vegetarian, then why not make some meals that have just a little meat? Bean soups made with leftover chicken or ham are very filling.
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March 28, 2011 12:56 PM
You could also try to do more chicken and turkey recipes, it's still meat but better for you. I have switched a lot of hamburger recipes to ground turkey and didn't notice the difference.
March 28, 2011 12:57 PM
Gardein
Quorn
Morningstar

Those are some companies that make meatless meats. I've been working with Gardein's beef tips lately..........YUM. Quorn has great chik'n nuggets and chik'n patties. Morningstar makes delicious meatless crumbles you can use for chili or whatever. Good luck.
March 28, 2011 12:59 PM
QUOTE:

Gardein
Quorn
Morningstar

Those are some companies that make meatless meats. I've been working with Gardein's beef tips lately..........YUM. Quorn has great chik'n nuggets and chik'n patties. Morningstar makes delicious meatless crumbles you can use for chili or whatever. Good luck.


Yeah, there's also Boca. I have Boca burgers for lunch some days. In fact, I had that for lunch today also, because my daughter was eating more of my food than me and I was still hungry!! lol Very yummy with a toasted deli flat and a dash of BBQ sauce.
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March 28, 2011 12:59 PM
wheat angelhair marinara with grilled mushrooms.
fish tacos...(mahi mahi or orange roughy)
veggie lasagna
blackened shrimp tacos
langastinos in hot sauce over rice
portabellas stuffed with italian greens
pierogies(low fat) sauteed with grilled veggies(zucchini/squash/mushrooms/broccolli/garlic)
wheat linguine and clam sauce
pasta with greens and hot peppers
black bean tostadas
veggie chili
baked potatoes with sauteed broccoli/peppers/
angelhair with baked cauliflower and parmesan and veggie hot sausage crumbles
eggbeaters/hot peppers and fat free cheese sandwiches
whole wheat pancakes sugar free syrup veggie sausage
grilled fat free cheese english muffins and tomato soup......here's some ideas. i have the same problem but he doesnt even notice!! hope this helps!!!
March 28, 2011 1:02 PM
for my hubbys lunch today i grilled 2 boca veggie patties cut in half..... fat free thousand island dressing, chopped lettuce, sliced pickles and put them on low fat wheat wraps ... he said it tasted EXACTLY like the big mac wraps!!!
March 28, 2011 1:03 PM
check out my blog. we try to do one or two meatless meal each week. it should give you plenty of ideas.

http://www.everythingisbetterwithcheese.blogspot.com
March 28, 2011 1:05 PM
I've used soy crumbles in place of hamburger in casseroles and no one notices.
Quesadillas made with black beans, corn, and low fat cheese
Pasta, tomatoes, feta cheese, spices, bit of olive oil, onions
Veggie spaghetti sauce
Veggie chili
grilled veggie sandwiches- use portabella mushrooms, peppers, onion, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash. The portabella mushrooms are so meaty, I don't think he'll notice the "no meat"
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March 28, 2011 1:12 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Don't understand why you would want less meat (protein) in your diet. I can understand wanting to incorporate more vegetables and other things to get a better nutritional balance, but don't throw out the baby with the bath water. Most people don't get enough protein as it is.


There are other sources of protein besides meat. I don't eat beef and rarely eat pork. I have several meatless days per week and I am usually over my protein goal.
That's an interesting personal choice. I still don't understand why she wants to take meat out of her and her husband's diet.

To the OP, I'm sorry I asked. You didn't ask for a referendum on meat in your diet, you just wanted to know how to feed a meat and potatoes guy without meat. Personally, what I think you really want to know is how can you give your husband a more balanced and nutritional dinner when he is only comfortable with meat and potatoes type meals. My fiancee is actually pretty good at doing things like this. She'll use the food processor sometimes to hide vegetables in places you wouldn't often expect them. She loevs to watch me eat something and then ask me what was in it. Lasagna, chili, pasta with meat/vegetable sauce all have opportunities to sneak vegetables in without making him broccoli raw by hiding it in other mediums.

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