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Nov 1, 2006 11:26 PM

vegetarian cooking for carnivore

Living with my fiance, and while he likes most of what I cook, he often says "it's missing the meat". I've been veg for about 14 years, and have never cooked an animal (once, for his birthday actually, fellow chowhounds helped me prepare some chicken breasts, which i handled only with tongs and plastic bags).

Is there any way that I can add some meat to his meals without handling it - good packaged, precut, precleaned, heat and eat kind of meat (mainly chicken)? The thought of cooking with it bothers me as much as the thought of eating it. Any tips?

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    1. I'm in the same boat as you. Just buy pre-cooked chicken, shrimp or ham from the grocery store - either frozen or from the deli counter. Takes the guesswork out of it.

      1. I think that a delicatessen or deli section of a supermarket could provide several different meat items, already cooked. Or maybe trade with a neighbor, your nice vegetable dish/salad for a plate of spicy meatballs?

        1. I've been a vegetarian for 13 years. My husband is a devout omnivore.

          I do not cook or handle meat. My husband is free to buy, cook and eat any meat he so desires. Whatever I cook becomes his "side-dish".

          After a few nasty bouts of me getting ill, we have separate utensils, cutting boards, etc. (anything that can not go into the dishwasher) for meat.

          This system works very well for us and keeps us both happy.

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          1. re: librarian

            Does he prepare meat for himself daily? This fascinates me, I wonder how many couples live this kind of "separated suppers" life for years and years.

            1. re: blue room

              He prepares meat for himself several times a week and its certainly not a "separate supper". He'll ask me what I'm cooking for dinner, if he wants meat, he chooses something appropriate. Cooking for us is a very social function and we entertain quite frequently. The only time he's not eating what I cook for dinner is when he's the "chef" and cooking something specific for guests (duck, turkey, game, etc.) We vie for time in the kitchen and find it more fun to cook together in the kitchen than for each of us to take a turn on our own.

              1. re: librarian

                I see, it's not like you are put off by the smell of the meat cooking,etc.

          2. instead of cooking meat, why not try adding some tempeh or seitan to your meals?

            perhaps you both can try something together at a 'Buddhist type' Chinese restuarant where 'mock' meats are served?

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            1. re: jbyoga

              As an omnivore who has cooked for vegetarians, I suggest the chances of that being successful for someone who wants meat are slim. I love certain types of tofu, but tempeh/seitan and mock meat products simply do not respond to the desire for flesh.