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A Meat-eater and a Vegetarian get married...what's for dinner? 
 
Sep. 4, 2012 10:37 am 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2012 4:26 pm
OK...so 2 years ago, I was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams in a beautiful ceremony. We had been together for almost 10 years, and he is my best friend and partner in crime. As I began to settle into a quiet life of domesticity, I realized there was a big issue staring me in the face...

I am a voracious carnivore. I am also Midwestern, from the land of the casserole. My experience growing up involved putting cream of mushroom soup on stuff, topping it with french fried onions or bread crumbs, then baking it. Vegetables were not a huge part of our house, they were there as a small (but mandatory), bland and tasteless side dish to the main meal of MEAT. Giant pieces of fried chicken with creamy mashed potatoes far surpassed the brussel sprouts. Gorgeous bbq ribs with potato salad and coleslaw...and lonely corn. In my youth, my mother said I must've had a hollow leg to fill because I could put down anything and stay stick thin.

My husband, on the other hand, is a vegetarian, and has been for almost 20 years. He eats neither meat or fish...but most importantly, he HATES vegetables. What does a vegetarian who hates vegetables eat, you ask? Bread and cheese. An egg. Some beans. More cheese. Rice. An egg and cheese sandwich is his favorite meal. He hates pickles, bell peppers, eggplant, and portabella mushrooms. So if we switch to cutting out bread and cheese to shed some pounds, what the heck do I feed this guy?!?!

I am a food lover, from grocery shopping, to looking up recipes...trying new spices, new methods...my husband will eat rice with peanuts happily every day for the rest of his life. 

So, as we both turned 30 years old this year, we looked down at our expanding waistlines and decided to make some lifestyle changes. We got a 3 year old rescue named Tig that keeps us pretty active. We moved so I walk to work every day. But what to eat? As the "kitchen goddess", it was up to me...but my upbringing had left me sadly unprepared to make, and appreciate healthier recipes. 

I scoured websites, talked to friends for advice, and then just dove in.

Wow.

I spent hundreds of dollars on vegetables that died in the fridge, or were just inedible when I made them (eggplant parmesan that was the consistency of snot--I'm thinking of you!), all the while just miserable, missing my steak and potato life. Seething with resentment to make things sans bacon grease, or chicken stock. Having to relegate my beautiful meat to an afterthought, made on the side. 

But a funny thing started happening...we started to lose weight. We felt better, had more energy...I got better. I started going to the store right down the street every few days to cut down on waste, started planning out meals better...things stopped tasting terrible! Now, as I look to expand upon the few tried-and-true, I wanted to write them down and share them with other poor souls, if only to save them from that dreaded eggplant parmesan. 

I still will probably always prefer a big steak with a loaded baked potato to roasted yams and spicy green beans, and there will be days of indulgence from time to time. This blog isn't meant to be some kind of diet, or "lose weight" kind of thing. It's more about figuring out how to go outside of your comfort zone of comfort food to try new and better for you foods. It's how I decided to commit to, and stick to, a healthier diet, which has given my wonderful husband and I have more energy (and hopefully more time) to spend enjoying each other. 
Me and my Tig-Man
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Sep. 5, 2012 6:09 am
Aloha CookingConner. Wow...you have quite a challenge in the cooking arena. I am the one who would like to cut down on meat, but my spousal unit LOVES almost any meat that has ever roamed the earth LOL He is lucky because his metabolism burns through whatever I can cook up. Me...not so much. It all goes to my waistline. BTW There is a SOuthern California chapter of Allrecipeeps and we try to get together for lunch or a shopping trip avery couple of months. Email if you would like to be added to our mailing list. We have a blast and we always welcome newbies to the fold. juie@mccuiston.net
 
Sep. 5, 2012 6:10 am
oops..."every".
 
Sep. 5, 2012 4:26 pm
That sounds like so much fun! I'll email you :)
 
 
 
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Columbus, Ohio, USA
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Aug. 2012

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I am a complete food lover...from where it comes from, the preparation, the secret ingredients, the smells, the flavors, the presentation...I love learning everything I can about the ingredients, the history of the dish, the significance of a region's cuisine. Food is something that informs you about a person, about their culture, and is something that brings people together. There is nothing better than sitting around a table with people that you love, sharing a meal together.
My favorite things to cook
I am Midwestern, through and through, so I know my way around a casserole :) However, my family's roots are Southern, and from my travels I have picked up some great ethnic dishes. I do admit, my favorite recipes are the ones that I can remember cooking with my mother...from fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy, to the way that she made tacos...it's not just the flavor, it's the feeling of home.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was younger, my family began letting us kids take turns helping out in the kitchen to create dinner. I used to love this chore, the alone time I got with Mom, and the pride I would feel when the rest of the family liked my meal.
My cooking triumphs
Last Thanksgiving was my first one as a wife, and on my own making Thanksgiving dinner...the turkey was something that I researched and talked to EVERYONE about to get advice and tips...there are so many schools of thought out there, and without real experience, I picked the one that I thought was closest to the way my family used to do it...and it turned out great!
My cooking tragedies
I have so many failures, as I love to try new things, but my biggest one was an eggplant parmesan. I don't know eggplant very well...and I followed a recipe to the T...but it was a mushy, disgusting mess! My husband said it was like eating snot, and now we can't eat eggplant for fear of that awful texture!
 
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