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May 27, 2009 07:02 AM

vegetarian who is dating a meat lover

I am a vegetarian who is dating a guy who loves meat - I am cool with it as long as I don't have to eat or cook it. I want to invite him over to cook for him, but don't know what to make. Does anyone know of any recipes that will work without resorting to fake meat products - which are sometimes more objectionable than the real thing.

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    1. I am a vegetarian who is married to a woman who occasionally eats meat, mostly pork. There are a lot of good cookbooks but the one I really enjoy is "Cast Iron Cooking for Dummies". (No personal reference implied). The book is from Lodge Manufacturing Co and has great sections on "Beef", "Pork". "Poultry and Fowl", "Fish and Seafood", and "Stews, Chowders, and Gumbos". Of course my bias is toward food cooked in cast iron cookware and I hope you have at least one cast iron pot. You say you do not want to eat the dish "or cook it". I am assuming that since you are asking for recipes you are willing to cook for the guy. I hope it goes well for both of you when you invite him over.

      1. If you dont want to cook meat, then you might consider something with eggs or dairy/cheese instead, or beans/lentils. these will be edible by both of you and give him some satisfying proteins. Pasta dishes, even just red sauce with cheese, a creamy/cheesy pasta with vegetables, a mushroom lasagna or eggplant parm would be good, for example. give him something satisfying and he wont miss the meat.

        1. You are absolutely right to avoid feeding a meat lover fake meat. And don't do anything that seems too healthfoody.
          Agree with above poster that pasta is a great meatless option. Along the same lines salad and a nice risotto. Grilled veg are great and pretty and go with just about anything.
          Curry and rice is hearty and delicious.
          Make a nice dessert so that at meals end he is left feeling decadent not deprived.

          1. You need a copy of Flexitarian Table, by Peter Berley! (Maybe check it out from the library if you don't want to buy it?) It was cookbook of the month about a year ago. EDIT: here's the link to the "master" COTM thread for flex table. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/514822 The premise of the book is that he gives you menus where you can make dishes, side by side, for a vegetarian or a meatlover.


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            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              I was also going to suggest the Flexitarian Table. Excellent cookbook! My husband is the vegetarian in the family so it is great to have the option to split the recipe to cater to all tastes.