so my husband is an established vegetable... critic. he likes peppers, carrots, cucmbers, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, peas and broccolli. he will eat salad if i shove it in his face and make him eat it before dinner :) but even then he sticks to the romaine or iceburg- forget anything more exotic. thats pretty much where he draws the line. (im vegetarian- he is eating less meat by proxy but is still an omnivore.)
so this is my situation. he is going back to school (yay!!!!!) which is great. he started last week. before when i would pack him lunches i had given up on veggies, as whenever i would put them in his lunch they would just make a round trip. i normally pack him a sandwhich (PB and J or turkey and cheese- on very very good bread) fruit, something sweet (100 calorie pack, homemade kind desserts etc) and something salty (pretzels, PB crackers, etc) and then i would make an effort to double up on making good veggies for us at dinner. so now he is gone the entire day on tuesday, wednesday and thursday and im packing him lunch and dinner. and i just realized- oh my god- he is eating NO VEGGIES!!!!!! this is still better than before i religiously packed him lunch and he was going through the drive through somewhere almost every day, but STILL! its so weird that im doing this plant based diet and eating great, and he isnt eating ANY VEGGIES!!!! how do i get him to eat them throughout the day??? he said he would eat some cut up peppers if i pack them, and some lettuce and tomato for the turkey sandwhich if i pack it seperately, and he will eat carrot sticks or cucmbers. he doesnt have acces to a microwave or anything- he drives for a living from 9-5 and then flies to school at night to just make it on time, so he has to eat on the way. help help help!!!!
my suggestion would be to buy a good thermos or two, and fill them up with yummy casseroles and such filled with all kinds of veggies - then he will have a warm meal and not just sandwiches and he may so appreciate that he won't even notice a new veggie or two that may creep into it all.....you say he drives all the time but I teach and my evening students always bring in their dinners and eat during class - can he do that? and during the day he has to stop to get gas and pee so can't he take ten minutes to eat as well with both hands?
that is such a good idea!!! i had thought of that a couple weeks ago and then totally forgotten. we will definitely get a thermos! yay!
he has a certain amount of things he needs to deliver to a huge route in a short span of time, so he doesnt get a typical "lunch break" on a busy day. but i know he can stop for at least a couple minutes and eat something warm and yummy. yay! thanks!
Krysten, I too have a husband who loves the basic meat, potato, and veg, meal (though mine loves veggies). I too must come up with creative ways to cut down his meat intake (he does not eat his meat every day). I found a creative way to get him to try vegetarian dishes because I involve him in the process of him making the choice. I ask him to pick any veg dish in the receipe book and I would make it for US to try. He then looks through the book and picks one. (**The agreement at the end is for him to "rate it" with the 5 star method.) I then use actual sitcker stars which gives us an idea how often I can make it for him. It make him feel like he is in control of what veggie meal he is trying and not always me "shoving it in front of him". Good luck and good health! Pam
i made the "tuna sandwich kinda" from TKD and it has lots of veggies that you mention he likes plus tempeh ( which me might not want !! ) but when its all mixed up with the dressing its soooooooo yummy . and filling !
i bought a thermos! yay! its not exactly top of the line, but im currently pretty broke at the moment and just wanted to suprise him with it. im gong to use leftovers of what i make for us tonight and tomorrow, and then i planned out some good veggie chili for him and some other veggie stuff as well. i could even do just mixed steamed veggies in there and i know he would eat it, definitely more likely than carrot sticks!
thanks you guys! you're the best!
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