Fantastic! You have become a plant based athlete.
Not so fantastic – your spouse isn’t joining in on the fun.
Coming up with quick, healthy and delicious dinner ideas has always seemed to be a struggle. Now you’ve been thrown a curveball of sorts and the idea of cooking two dinners each night doea not sound very appealing. Then on to of that, the thought of spending more money at the store buying extra ingredients doesn’t sound appealing. Trying to figure this out at first can seem daunting, overwhelming and nearly impossible.
What if I told you that it’s actually not that difficult to do? That you don’t have to buy a ton of different ingredients and you don’t have to make two different dinners? I bet you’d be happy and relieved!
Once you get passed the initial “what am I supposed to do?!?!?!” reaction, you will find it’s not difficult if you keep certain concepts in the back of your mind.
The first concept is consistency. Making a quick vegetable lo mein? No problem. Take a few pieces of boneless chicken thighs and quickly marinate them in similar seasonings like soy sauce, sirarcha and rice wine vinegar. Next sauté the chicken in a separate pan and combine when plating. This idea holds true with every single cuisine. If you are making a quick chickpea curry like this Channa Masala. Make a tandoori marinade with some yogurt, curry powder and lime juice for chicken or pork and then throw on the grill.
The second concept is this little thing that can be a struggle for couples, but it’s called compromise ;). I know this can be difficult, especially if your spouse or partner is wanting pot roast on a cold winter night. Guess what though? You see those examples up above where the vegetarian meal was the focus and the meat eater wasn’t? This is the time when you compromise. Make the pot roast and think about what could possibly compliment it or mimic the roast. How about braised mushrooms on the side? You can use the same exact ingredients as you do for the pot roast. Keep in mind you will use a little bit less and won’t simmer for hours, but more like 10 minutes. Then you can take the braised mushrooms and pour over the potato smash with green beans.
Half and Half
The third concept is to think along the lines of half and half. Example: you are looking at a vegetarian chile relleno recipe and Sue wants beef. Well, take a look at the recipe and you’ll see that you could make the exact recipe, but just sneak in a quarter pound of ground beef in 2 or 3 of the rellenos. This actually works with most casserole recipes too. Instead of using one large baking pan, you will use two smaller ones. You’ll make one vegetarian and add in some meat of your choosing to the other one. Besides one more pan to clean, you aren’t really doing that much more work.
Having a split home of vegetarians and meat eaters doesn’t have to be complicated or difficult. All it requires is a new way to think about food and how you make it. By keeping these concepts in the back of your mind, you too can live peacefully in a divided home!
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