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What to Cook For a Boyfriend Who Is a Picky Eater?

What to Cook For a Boyfriend That's a Picky Eater?

MSucre needs our help! She contacted me asking for advice on what to make her unadventurous meat-centric boyfriend for dinner. Here's what she had to say:

I really love trying new food. But my boyfriend is a pretty picky eater. We have dinner together almost every night of the week. We're both grad students, so eating out isn't really an option. But we have totally different tastes and I'm looking to expand beyond the same old stuff. I'm usually able to make something that appeals to the two of us (quiche, tacos, soups), but now that it's Summer, I find myself wanting to eat more fresh veggies and less meat which is something that he does not appreciate. I am looking for ways to introduce (mostly green) vegetables to someone who has an aversion to them. I would love recipe suggestions that appeal to both a refined and limited palette. Can you think of anything?? I know a lot of couples who don't eat together or cook separate meals, but then it just feels like we're college roommates. Sharing meals is very important to me — more important than broccoli. Any help you could give is much appreciated!

I recommend that she compromises with a familiar dish, say burgers, made with a healthier less common ingredient, like salmon. Do you have a boyfriend with a different diet? What's your advice for dealing with his needs? What should she make?

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fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I think that HelloKitty's idea about branching out from what he already likes is great advice. Another idea might be to start hitting local farmers markets together. Produce that was likely picked just hours prior really can't be beat when it comes to flavor, and very little needs to be done with regard to preparation. You will also likely find foods that neither of you have ever tried, and may even discover a mutual liking for.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 6 years
I eat healthier than my husband who wouldn't eat vegetables until we were dating. I started making stir-fries and pasta dishes with veggies as part of the main course. Now he eats a lot more veggies but if there isn't a "meat protein" he will make something on his own after dinner. Tofu, eggs, beans or quinoa aren't a main course for him.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
I maybe of only little help here. In my case, I'M the picky eater. I like healthy, plain, and in some people's opinion, bland foods. I've always been that way since I was a child. My husband could not be sustained on my food. :) He has a penchant for spicy and salty foods, and needs "heavier" foods (my meal of plain steamed veggies and fish will not cut it for him). In our household, I make separate foods for us. For all meals, I make two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, etc. I've been doing this throughout our marriage. It's our normal. :)
Danni99 Danni99 6 years
The great thing about summer is that it's grill season. If you're dorm or apartment doesn't allow charcoal grills, splurge on a small propane camp grill. At our house, we'll throw on a salmon plank for my husband, a couple brats/dogs/chicken breasts/burgers for me and the kids, and a slew of veggies. Everything gets prepped at the same time, in the same place. You can do zucchini, tomatoes, onions, asparagus, virtually any veg, on the grill right alongside all his meatier foods. Throw together a cold pasta salad to go alongside it and you're done, for cheap! Sharing a meal isn't about what you eat, it's about prepping and dining together! You can more easily encourage him to try new foods when they're paired with things he knows he likes. And by that, I mean that if he's got all the food he wants, and isn't freaked about "going hungry" b/c there's nothing he likes, he's more likely to be tempted to try "just a taste" of your food. Who knows, you may just convert him!
spngebobmyhero spngebobmyhero 6 years
I find that stir fries are something that my husband and I can usually agree on. Beef stirfry might appeal to a meat-loving boyfriend but you can also add a lot of veggies. He could eat around what he doesn't like or maybe he'll try it! I made an orange chicken recipe recently (link below) that we both really liked. You could add as many veggies as you like and they will be covered with a delicious orange sauce. Also, it is super quick and easy.
HelloKittyMini HelloKittyMini 6 years
I too have a boyfriend with a food aversion. In his case, he literally cannot swallow a vegtable. He has been like this since he was a child. I would talk to your boyfriend and get an idea of why he eats the way he does. Is it a serious food aversion (as in my case), or that he has not liked the way things have been prepared in the past? I would never sneak an ingredient in on my man, I always let him know before I cook dinner. I often make a veggie dish for myself. The other option is to branch out from things he already likes. In my case, my boyfriend liked baked beans, he will now eat plain beans, and re fried beans (fat free). He likes rice, and now will eat quinoa, and polenta. I will say it is important to respect your partners boundaries on food. If you were a vegetarian and he tried to feed you beef, it might be a problem.
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