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HELP!! Extremely picky eaters, out of dinner options!!

Okay, so me and my boyfriend just moved in together about 2 months ago. He had lived on his own for about a year, but this is my first time. I do most of the cooking, with the occasional exception of when he grills or makes pulled pork. We are EXTREMELY picky eaters, and need some new recipes because we are tired of eating chicken fingers with fries and hamburger helper. Does anyone have any recipe suggestions? We don't eat any vegetables except corn and potatoes. We love love LOVE meat, excpet fish and any meat that isn't boneless. We also love most hamburger helpers, so meals floavored like that with pasta and meat are our typical go to meals. Also, neither of us like tomato sauce. PLEASE help us with recipe suggestions!!
Also, please hold back comments of just force yourself to eat vegetables or anything of that nature, because we've tried and bottom line we are both too stubborn to eat things we genuinely hate to eat.
Thanks!!

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  1. Here's one thread:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8621...

    This is a pretty common topic here. So if you go to the top right corner of this page where it says "search" and enter "picky eater" you'll get a lot of suggestions. You may get all the info you need or come back and give more info. BTW, welcome to CH.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Thanks! I actually saw that post from an internet search, and it was the reason I made my post. We had been searching for 2 hours for recipes and had only come up with a few. We are by no means chefs and that's why we asked for help!

    2. Would carbonara work for you and your boyfriend? My little Nephew is an incredibly picky eater and even he will shovel my carbonara into his mouth and like it.

      1. Its hard to help people that won't even try, you haven't given anyone much to go on.

        Using c oliver's suggestion of the search box you could search things like "potato" and look for different ways of preparing them. I'm hesitant to suggest anything since I don't know what herbs and spices you do like or what you'd be willing to try.

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        1. re: weezieduzzit

          >>>Its hard to help people that won't even try<<<

          Unless the OP changed her post after I read it for the first time she clearly stated in her last sentence "we've tried".

          1. re: Fowler

            It's difficult not to be annoyed at super-picky eaters. My boyfriend is one, and it sucks. It really limits what I can make or where we can go together. But on the other hand, I totally sympathize with the OP, because I don't eat seafood, and a lot of people think I'm super picky because of it (note-I will eat any kind of meat, vegetable, grain, and all ethnicities, I'm NOT picky!!) I have tried so many different kinds of seafood- crab, shrimp, lobster, sashimi, sushi rolls, ahi, fish and chips, tuna salad, scallops, swordfish, fish fingers, catfish and I'm sure more than that, and I can only come to one conclusion-I hate seafood. But try to tell someone that, and all you get is either, "wow, you're picky", or "you just haven't tried the right thing yet. You should go to _____" or "Have you even tried ____?" It's SO infuriating.

            1. re: schrutefarms

              schrutefarms, I am not sure why you replied to me (RE: Fowler) but that is all good to know and I mentioned nothing to the contrary.

              1. re: Fowler

                I don't know either, was a slip of the finger. My bad. Wasn't starting anything.

        2. Are you OK with cream of mushroom soup? How about onions cooked with the hamburger? Are fresh or canned mushrooms OK?

          Easy Beef Stroganoff 375 degrees, bake 25 min.

          1 1/2 pounds ground beef (I use 1 lb, plus mushrooms)
          1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
          1/2 cup sour cream (fat free works fine, 1/4 cup is also OK)
          1/4 cup milk
          1 can cream of mushroom soup
          1/4 cup catsup
          (I also add 4 oz. canned mushrooms drained, or fresh quartered)
          (I also add 2 T. Heinz 57 steak sauce)
          1 tsp. salt ( I omit)
          1 tube refrigerator biscuits
          (if using Grands, use 4 cut in quarters, bake 4 separately)

          Brown beef and onion, drain off fat. Add mushrooms if using. Add sour cream, milk, soup, catsup, salt (if using), and steak sauce (if using). Combine. Pour into 2 quart casserole and bake 10 minutes. Top with biscuits and bake another 15 minutes or until biscuits are brown.

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          1. re: MidwesternerTT

            We love the flavor off beef stroganoff, we'll have to try this! Thanks!

          2. I suggest looking at the Pioneer Woman's website - lots of recipes that would probably appeal to you.

            That said, you're missing out on a lot, and probably not setting yourself up for long term good health. Why don't you try one meal a week to make something you think you don't like? A great taco salad (ground beef! cheese! and some lettuce, but it might not be so bad), Roasted broccoli, sweet potatoes baked with a little butter and cinnamon sugar, whole steamed artichokes, whole roasted chicken, ribs, BLTs, guacamole. Just one meal a week, not to force yourself, but to try it, and eventually maybe expand your palate. And then maybe go a little crazy - try something with Thai flavors, or something Mexican.The world really is your oyster, and you're young and have time to really grow to appreciate it.

            You might find you like things you didn't think you like, or you've only ever had prepared one way. And you might decide that there are some things you never will like. But the category of "vegetables" is long and wide and encompasses many different flavors and textures.

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            1. re: Savour

              [Whoops! Savour, I know you're not the OP, but your post triggered my remembering the information about introducing new food that follows and I simply hit reply.]

              I once saw an article about the surprisingly high number of times a toddler needs to try a new food before he/she will eat it. That number was 30!

              You might want to keep this research in mind before you give up on your efforts to eat vegetables. Pick one or two vegetables that have had some limited appeal and focus on them for a while. Prepare your regular meals so you don't have to leave the table hungry if the vegetable is still unacceptable, but also prepare a bit of a vegetable.

              Here's a recipe for carrots that may appeal if you're going to give vegetables another chance.

              Winemaster Carrots

              2 lbs. carrots
              3 stalks celery
              1/2 large onion, diced
              3/4 cup dry white wine
              1/3 cup sugar
              1/4 cup butter
              1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed

              Peel carrots and cut in large julienne strips. In a saucepan, combine carrots with remaining ingredients. Cover the saucepan. Bring contents of saucepan to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer over low heat until the
              carrots are tender.

              If this recipe introduces too many new vegetables, eliminate as many as you want but keep the carrot/butter/wine/sugar base.

            2. This one pot chicken over cheesy rice is wonderful. You could substitute corn for the peas, omit the yellow peppers if those don't work for you.

              http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

              1. Here's a recipe for you, sounds like it might be up your alley…

                2 or 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, laid in a baking dish
                cover each breast with a slice of swiss
                crush a bag of garlic croutons, pour over chicken and cheese
                melt a cube (or a cube and a half) of butter, pour over chicken, cheese and croutons
                slightly dilute a can of cream of mushroom soup, pour over everything. Smooth out the top. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 75 minutes (uncover the last 15). It ain't healthy, but it's yummy!

                Also, here's my recipe for quick chicken noodle soup you might like…

                Saute 1 chopped up onion (assuming you are OK with onions) in olive oil.
                Add 2 boxes chicken broth
                Add the meat of 1 rotisserie chicken
                Add pre-cooked egg noodles (just boil them as you would pasta while the onion is cooking, then add them)
                Add 1 can of corn
                Also, I guess you can add some cut up potatoes (maybe put them in when you add the broth, so they have longer to cook)
                I put carrots and celery in as well, but you don't have to. Boil everything until the potatoes are tender, and add salt and pepper to taste (just go easy on the salt, when it is in the fridge for a few days it will gradually get saltier).

                Do you like cheese? You can do baked potatoes with chicken and cheese. Or bacon and cheese. Or pulled pork and cheese. Also, a Thanksgiving-style dinner would probably work (assuming you like stuffing and gravy). You can use chicken breats instead of turkey, boxed stuffing, jar of gravy, mashed potatoes and corn.

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                1. Simple grilled chicken: put boneless chicken in a bowl with EVOO then salt and pepper. I like to add another seasoning so recently used Penzey's Northwoods. Grill. If you want to add your favorite barbecue sauce, wait until the chicken is almost done so the sauce doesn't burn.

                  Ham steak: make a paste of mustard and brown sugar to smear over the ham. Either grill or bake in the oven.

                  Get a good basic cookbook like Better Home & Gardens (it has a red plaid cover) for lots of things you can do with hamburger i.e. meatloaf and meatballs. You might be able to borrow cookbooks from the library or visit websites like epicurious.com that use a rating system to find popular recipes.

                  Pork tenderloin: cut in chunks. Marinate in your favorite marinade (bottled Italian dressing is ok) and grill.

                  I found a good easy recipe for Asian peanut sauce to go on grilled chicken or chicken satay.

                  There are some different things you can do with potatoes such as adding cheese. Good luck. Guess it's a good thing you both are picky eaters.

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                  1. re: dfrostnh

                    My mother used to cook ham steak when I was a child, I totally forgot about it! Thanks!

                  2. Pacific Lime chicken - use boneless/skinless thighs.
                    http://ohmy-applepie.blogspot.com/200...

                    Make your own tacos - Here's a non-tomato filling that you can use. Make some rice and have that beside or inside. Top with cheese,
                    ½ pound 90% lean ground beef
                    1 medium onion, chopped
                    1 clove garlic or 1/2 tsp. jarred minced garlic
                    1/2 tsp. chili powder
                    1/2 tsp. ground cumin
                    14 oz. can fat free refried beans
                    4 oz. can diced roasted mild green chilies

                    1. So, you're tired of eating the same stuff over and over again, but you don't want to try new foods. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

                      I don't count corn and potatoes as vegetables -- those are starches i.e. carbs. It sounds like you've tried veggies that you don't like, but that could be because of how they were prepared. Canned green beans taste like mush, but fresh sauteed green beans are a completely different animal. Are you really not open to eating a salad once in a while? Eating meat and carbs at every meal, all the time, is not good for your body at all. How do you get your fiber intake?

                      I would at least try to branch out. Instead of Hamburger Helper, make cheese and spinach ravioli (premade from the store) with parmesan and butter. It's a big step up. Instead of chicken fingers, try breading your own chicken and baking it home and eat it over a salad instead of with corn. Or serve it with roasted potatoes and broccoli.

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                      1. re: boogiebaby

                        Amen on the corn/potato thing. The OP is kidding him/herself thinking this is substantively different than eating popcorn and potato chips. This kind of diet will be costly to your health down the road.

                        There are MANY threads and recipes on CH for roasted vegetables, which have complex and delicious flavors from the roasting process. Buy a bag of fresh chunked
                        winter squash (acorn, butternut, or hubbard). If they are random sizes, cut them up so they are more or less 1.5inch cubes. Some will be pyramidal, that's fine. Toss with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and if you want, garlic powder or other herbs/spices, and spread on a sheet pan. Roast in preheated 400F oven until brown at the edges, and tender to the fork. If you don't like it, you've only invested a couple of dollars. If you do, start experimenting with a variety of firm vegetables.

                        If nothing else, start replacing potatoes with sweet potatoes, which can be baked or sauteed. Bake on a pan, since they ooze sweet syrup as they cook. They have better nutrition than regular potatoes.

                        1. re: greygarious

                          Well, the OP is asking for just about everything you're suggesting :(

                          1. re: greygarious

                            We've already experimented with LOTS of different vegetables, and as I said in the original post, we truly just do not like vegetables and are tired of trying them. The texture and taste is really unpleasant and we just plain don't like them. That's why we were asking for suggestions on what other people cook who have the same issue.

                            1. re: carmenkats

                              I hear you. Personally, I hate tarragon with a passion. The thought of it makes me gag. I've tried for more than 35 years to overcome my hate of tarragon and it's not happening. Thank goodness, that's the only thing I don't like (although I'm a vegetarian, if I accidentally eat a bite of something that has meat it in, I don't freak out or anything)

                              1. re: carmenkats

                                I hear you, believe me. Let me just add this gentle tidbit of advice and I swear I don't mean to sound snarky. I truly do not like paying my mortgage each month or going to the girly doctor each year. . . but I do these things because I need to. There will never be a day in my life where I think "wow, I am really craving cauliflower" (or broccoli or zucchini) but I eat these things because I know I need to. Just something to keep in mind.

                                1. re: carmenkats

                                  "We've already experimented with LOTS of different vegetables, and as I said in the original post, we truly just do not like vegetables and are tired of trying them. The texture and taste is really unpleasant and we just plain don't like them. That's why we were asking for suggestions on what other people cook who have the same issue."

                                  Sorry to belabor the point, but hating all vegetables is like saying you hate all food - there are SO MANY DIFFERENT types and tastes of vegetables that it sounds silly to say you hate them all - it's a HUGE and VARIED category of food that you are dismissing! I can't wrap my head around that...

                                  Do you eat fruit?

                                  1. re: sandylc

                                    I agree, especially when the degree of cooking changes them so much. Raw carrot, lightly cooked carrot, roasted carrot, boiled until soft carrot, carrot soup, carrot juice... there must be some form that is palatable! I think vegetables are something where many people's bad experience seems to be due to overcooking. I like and eat a lot of them, but prefer many raw or just blanched - I like some crunch left.

                                    Taste-wise, I'd say that most vegetables are fairly bland, so I agree that hating the taste of all vegetables does not compute. Broccoli raab and fennel aren't for everyone, but carrots, peas, and zucchini?

                                    Maybe OP should switch to soylent for a while. It will either be a huge relief to not have to deal with cooking food every day, or will make those chicken fingers taste amazing after a few days without them. ;)

                                    http://www.soylent.me/

                                    1. re: babette feasts

                                      There have been many similar threads here over the years, and I'm still trying to figure out food pickiness.

                                      I was VERY picky as a child - I know now that it was the bad cooking (despite my mother's claim that she was a GREAT cook - that really messed with me, I'm sure?!?!) that turned me off of even trying new things.

                                      So I ate brown and white meaty starchy things. I did eat raw carrots, cukes, celery, tomatoes, and iceberg, however.

                                      Anyway, I was in high school cooking class and the week was all about vegetables. We had to learn to cook them and WE HAD TO TRY THEM ALL. What a frightening thing that was for me. Well, long story shorter, I was blown away by steamed fresh cauliflower with real butter. It was heavenly.

                                      My life was changed by that class.

                                      Regarding food pickiness, it seems like it's a complex tangle of psychological and physiological and social components, with a nice topping of bad luck/bad cooking/poor food education. No wonder it's hard to beat.

                                      I think that if I was still picky now, I'd work really hard to learn more about food and cooking and push myself to take chances. It's only in your mouth for a minute, after all, and the new taste could be a life-changer.

                                      Looks like the OP has taken the first step by wanting new recipes/ideas, albeit for the same old stuff. It's pretty boring to have such a limited diet. I will send good wishes to you and your boyfriend, carmenkats, and hope that something, somewhere, triggers the food lightbulbs over your heads to illuminate!

                                      1. re: babette feasts

                                        I agree so much with these comments. Overcooking is, in my view, the main reason many people dislike vegetables. I agree that both the taste and texture of over-cooked vegetables are unpleasant.

                                        Raw, sweet vegetables are most palatable to those who otherwise don't like vegetables. My son at his pre-school pickiest still would eat raw carrot sticks, raw red pepper strips, and snow peas that were briefly stir-fried.

                                        To the OP, I know that you don't want advice to eat vegetables but, really, given the wide range in taste and textures among different vegetables, I do wonder whether you've been sufficiently exposed to them -- Which vegetables exactly have you tried? were they fresh, canned, or frozen? How were they prepared -- steamed, stir-fried, roasted, with sauces? What about raw vegetables or salads?

                                    2. re: carmenkats

                                      "The texture and taste is really unpleasant." This statement makes absolutely no sense, as there is a huge variety of tastes and textures in the world of vegetables.

                                      1. re: pikawicca

                                        I could have written that comment when I was 15, as growing up the overwhelming majority of vegetables served in my home were frozen that my mother boiled to death. The only variation was the occasional salad -- consisting of iceberg lettuce, with sliced carrots and celery, and sliced tomatoes, topped with Russian or "French" (the gloppy orange stuff) dressing -- or fresh strings, also boiled for too long. What changed? First my sister started to take an interest in food while still in HS; I recall her making spinach salad with a warm dressing that included bacon fat, crumbling bacon bits over the top. The bacon flavor went a long way towards making the dish palatable, but so did the crispness and intense flavor of the raw spinach. I also got exposed to more "nice" restaurants where well prepared vegetables -- undercooked by my mother's standards -- were served. Also started dating a guy who loved vegetables and, when he began cooking while still in school, learned to prepare them well. And I started eating salads with more interesting lettuces and other vegetables, dressed with red wine vinaigrette.

                                        1. re: masha

                                          But OP has stated more than once that she's not interested in vegetables and doesn't want lectures or suggestions about them. This is how CH can lose someone. Hopefully she's still reading even if not replying.

                                          1. re: c oliver

                                            C, this comment is not intended as a lecture to the OP. As is frequent with CH threads, we've got a side discussion going here that naturally evolved from the original post. It may be of interest to other readers of this post (e.g., lurkers) who perhaps share the OP's aversion to vegetables but might be more flexible in terms of giving them another try.

                                            1. re: masha

                                              Good point, m. Very good. As a matter of fact, Bob and I aren't real vegetable lovers either. But we have discovered that we do like salads so that's become our pretty regular go-to. I've also figured out that I strongly prefer crunchy greens to leaf lettuce. And we're senior citizens :)

                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                A crunchy red cabbage salad can be a wonderful thing. My (80+) year old dad makes a big salad of cabbage, red pepper, etc. and eats from that all week. An easy thing.

                                                1. re: DGresh

                                                  A variant version, with cilantro, http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo.... I make my own mixture of shredded green and red cabbage and carrots, rather than buying the bagged mix.
                                                  But this will not last all week as the acid in the lime juice does cause the crunch to break down after a few days. I suppose one could keep the salad separate from the dressing and dress only the portion one was planning to eat each meal.

                                                  1. re: masha

                                                    I've taken something like that to a picnic and, yes, just dress when ready to eat.

                                    3. re: greygarious

                                      I would like to point out that I did not mention anything about nutrition in the original post, because we are not worried about that. We are healthy people and both take supplements and juice to cover the servings of vegetables we are missing out on.

                                  2. 1) Lay chicken pieces (legs, thighs, breasts) in a baking dish and sprinkle them very generously with garlic powder (NOT garlic salt) and soy sauce then pour over a can of crushed pineapple and bake for an hour. Eat with rice. 2) Can the meat be hot in a sandwich? I was thinking of the frozen sandwich steaks like Steak-Umms, or hot dogs, or sausage biscuits. Open-faced hot roast beef sandwiches, like at a truck stop on the highway (deli sliced roast beef from the store on a slice of white bread, on a plate, with canned beef gravy, and mashed potatoes, which can be bought already made, refrigerated in plastic tubs).

                                    **Eggs? They make a good dinner with bacon, ham, or sausage. Also fried potatoes.

                                    Ham? You can bake half a ham and slice it all week for sandwiches, ham & eggs, ham & scalloped potatoes, etc. Turkey? If you roast a medium-size one you can eat from it all week.

                                    But I don't see your problem, really. If all you like is beef and potatoes and corn, then eat that. If you're tired of it, you might have to venture out of your comfort zone. Meat with pasta and sauce might extend as far as lasagna--- the no-boil lasagna noodles make this very low-work.

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                                    1. re: Querencia

                                      No tomato sauce.
                                      Do you know how to roast a whole chicken?
                                      Many recipes on line.

                                    2. How about Shepherd's Pie? You can google for recipes, but for a quick fix, you can brown some ground beef or veal or lamb, mix in some gravy (from a package, can or bottle if that works easier for you) and some corn (frozen, canned or even fresh cut off the cob). Put that mixture in a baking dish. Or if you want something you can freeze for quick meals, put the mixture in cupcake tins.

                                      Then make some mashed potatoes, (according to how you like to make them, or you can use the kind that is sold in tubs in the supermarket, or even make it from dried, boxed although I don't think that tastes very good). Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat and corn mixture until you don't see the meat anymore. If you like cheese, grate your favorite cheese over the top.

                                      Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until the mashed potato starts to turn a nice light brown. If you made it in muffin tins, let it cool and then freeze in the tins. Once it's frozen, pop them out and into a tupperware or plastic bags, and defrost as many as you want for your meal.

                                      If you like it and want to try to see if you can sneak a few more vegetables into your diet, try adding finely shredded carrot to the meat mixture, or try adding peas.

                                      1. Carmenkats has already said she doesn't need any advice on how to force more vegetables into their diet and yet some of you feel the need to do so.
                                        Shepard's Pie from another poster is an excellent idea.

                                        My addition is King Ranch Chicken noodle casserole:

                                        Cooked shredded chicken
                                        Boiled and drained egg noodles
                                        1 can cream of chicken soup
                                        1 can Rotel tomatoes/chilies(but since you don't like tomato sauce) maybe Tabasco to taste
                                        couple Tbsp butter
                                        and plenty of sharp cheddar

                                        Mix all together stovetop until everything melds together.

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                                        1. re: miss_belle

                                          I'd say the replies have been VERY mild with an occasional suggestion.

                                          1. re: miss_belle

                                            Thank you for understanding our dilemma and that we truly don't want vegetable advice! This recipe sounds great, I'll definitely show it to my boyfriend.

                                            1. re: carmenkats

                                              Do you like onions when sauteed and in a dish? That helps a lot with taste.

                                              ETA: What about tomatoes?

                                          2. "Potato Chip Chicken Casserole" sounds like it would be perfect for you and your BF. Here's a link: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/potato-c...

                                            Since you don't like any vegetables, you can leave out the onions and celery.

                                            Also, I suggest that you visit the "Taste of Home" website - http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes - I think that you'll find many recipes there that meet your requirements.

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                                            1. re: MrsPatmore

                                              I'm kinda hoping that celery and onions aren't really considered vegetables. More the 'green stuff.'

                                              1. re: c oliver

                                                But if they are, for celery something like celery seed or Beau Monde seasoning could add subtle flavor without the crunch/chew. Onion powder / freeze dried onions similarly can be used in place of onions (as I'm fairly sure they're included in boxed meals).

                                                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                  Good points and suggestions. Hopefully things like sauteed onions in with other 'acceptable' things are alright. So much flavor but not really ONION flavor!

                                                2. re: c oliver

                                                  <<We don't eat any vegetables except corn and potatoes.>>

                                                  I was just taking the OP at her word . . . as for me (and I'm guessing most people who visit "CHOWHOUND"), I find the parameters of the stated dietary restrictions to be akin to prison food, but I'm not here to judge! LOL

                                                  I'm surprised that no one has suggested "nutraloaf": http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/914634

                                              2. A turkey burger from this month's COTM might add some zip to the dinner plate - described here
                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9809...

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                                                1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                  I missed that one. Thanks. And speaking of turkey burgers, this one from an OLD Oprah is so fantastically wonderful and moist.

                                                  http://www.oprah.com/food/Mar-a-Lago-...

                                                2. Here's a "Taste of Home" recipe for meatballs with a mushroom gravy: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/be...

                                                  It uses canned mushrooms, so I'm assuming this is OK (IMHO, canned mushrooms are not *vegetables* but if you and the BF don't eat mushrooms, please feel free to disregard and no offense intended!)

                                                  1. With your restrictions it's hard to think of many dishes to suggest for you that you haven't already eaten... how about meatloaf? Swedish meatballs? Salisbury steak? You can use jarred beef gravy or make your own with a carton of beef broth and some cornstarch. You can make mini meatloaves in a muffin pan - wrap them in bacon and they come out crispy and incredibly delicious, if a little greasy.
                                                    For potatoes you could do potato skins with bacon (pre-cook the potatoes in the microwave then slice and top with bacon and cheese and grill to melt the cheese). Homemade potato wedges are dead easy - just slice and toss with oil then bake until crispy. Potato latkes are just grated potato, flour and egg fried in a pan.
                                                    Do you eat rice? You can stuff a mix of cooked ground meat and rice into a burrito for a change of pace. I often do a basic 'casserole' with ground meat or chopped chicken breast, rice, onion, corn and broccoli, cooked in a deep frypan with water/broth until all the liquid has evaporated, but you could leave the green stuff out.

                                                    1. Hey, OP, please tell us what you're thinking so far. That will guide us in future recs.

                                                      1. If you won't try new ingredients, try different forms. Soup, stew, stir-fry, casserole, chili, tacos...

                                                        1. 1. Mac n cheese
                                                          2. Beef &cheese burritos
                                                          3. BLT sandwiches and chicken soup.
                                                          4. Meatball sub's.
                                                          5. Rice a roni and BBQ chicken breast
                                                          6. Baked stuffed potatoes
                                                          7. Beef stroganoff on noodles
                                                          8. Hot dogs, potato salad, fruit
                                                          9. Cheeseburgers, chips, dip
                                                          10. Grilled chops or steaks applesauce,, corn.

                                                          1. Hers an idea - do you like "breakfast for dinner"? Could do savory breakfast strata with cheese & meat, omelets with meat only, eggs benedict, chicken & waffles, etc.

                                                            1. Have you tried the boxes of Scalloped Potatoes or Potatoes Au Gratin? Trader Joe's is our favorite but Betty Crocker's are good too. You could add cubed ham to them and maybe corn or branch out to peas or little broccoli pieces. I never ate any vegetables other than a limited spectrum until I was in my early twenties. Same for salad and ketchup. Your taste changes when you get older.

                                                              1. Tons of good ideas and recipes here and throughout. A great skill to learn now is menu planning. Knowing approximately how long each recipe takes and the amount of effort allows to plan the weekday it fits best.
                                                                About you... How comfortable are you in the kitchen? What cooking equipment do you have?
                                                                I know vegetables are undesired. Many times based on source and treatment can be transformed. Good luck!

                                                                1. Carmen..if you make your own "hamburger helper" style dishes, you will save money and YOU get to control the taste, amount of salt, spices, etc.

                                                                  In a deep frying pan, cook up some ground beef. When it's cooked, set the beef aside. Now, add a little olive oil and a pat of butter to the pan, and throw in some aromatic veggies that you do like (do you like onion? diced celery okay? maybe garlic? a green bell pepper chopped up? chopped mushrooms? whatever you like) and sauté them until they're soft.

                                                                  To "stretch" the meat, you can throw a can of black soybeans into the veg mix before tossing with the cooked ground beef. Maybe serve it in a bowl topped with some avocado slices (if you like guacamole) and some cheese?

                                                                  Do you like eggs? A western omelet with ham and onions makes a nice supper.

                                                                  How about a buffalo chicken salad? It eliminates the breading on chicken fingers and adds deliciousness.

                                                                  In the supermarket, get a package of chicken tenders/strips/tenderloin. Aim for a little under a pound.
                                                                  While you're at the market, or next time you're in a dollar store, get a jar of garlic powder, and jar of chili powder.
                                                                  In a bowl, mix 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp chili powder, and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper. Sprinkle this all over your raw chicken, then brown the chicken til dark golden brown and cooked in a fry pan to which you've added a little oil.

                                                                  When the chicken is cooked, douse it in a hot sauce you like. Lots of people like Franks Red Hot; I like Cholula, but you can use Sriracha, or something milder.

                                                                  Serve the chicken on some chopped up pre bagged salad mix and pour on lots of blue cheese dressing.

                                                                  Finally, something my husband likes a LOT is stuffed bell peppers. It's kind of like hamburger helper in a cute little pepper. I found a recipe with NO TOMATO for you. It's here:

                                                                  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/beef-and...

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                                                                  1. re: pinehurst

                                                                    "If you can't say something nice it's best to say nothing at all".
                                                                    GRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                  2. Sometimes when the same old food bores me, I change up the spices. For example beef: bbq, Mexican seasonings, curry, Asian seasonings, or any other culture. Go to the pasta aisle and check out all the non-tomato pasta sauces.

                                                                    1. You might try searching for copy cat recipes for dishes you like in chain restaurants. Often chain food is low in vegetables, high on flavor. Just search " copycat recipes" in google. They will have a variety of recipes from Olive Garden, Panera Bread,Chilli's, Bonefish Grill, the Cheescake factory, etc. I make things from copycat sites when I know I have someone over for dinner that is not "food adventurous" and it always pleases them!

                                                                      I made the Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp (just the sauce) for tonight's appetizer tray (it is delicious)!

                                                                      1. I think it's sort of difficult when folk regard themselves as picky eaters. You like what you like - so I've absolutely no intention of suggesting things to you that I like that I think you *should* also like. If I was you, I would just carry on eating what you are eating and enjoy it. Perhaps you'll come across new recipes and be able to try different ways of enjoying the limited foodstuffs you do eat.

                                                                        Taking your final few words - it isnt about being stubborn over things you "genuinely hate to eat" - food is there not just for nourishment but for enjoyment. If there's something you hate, then just don't eat it. What would be the point in you trying to force it down.

                                                                        My father in law is the most picky eater imaginable. Pretty much no vegetables. Only ever very basic cooking of meat - nothing "fancy". His idea of a varied meal is to have a small piece of meat, alongside a big piece of meat. He's been eating like that for 84 years. It's a nuisance when he comes to dinner as something (usually just a plain steak) has to be cooked for him as he won't eat whatever is being cooked for the rest of the family.

                                                                        1. What have you been eating until now? I am confused; are you bored with a piece of meat and some form of potato?

                                                                          1. If you eat dairy (I'm assuming you do) perhaps a hamburger stroganoff would work? Or a beef burgundy, which you could make in a slow cooker. You could omit the mushrooms in the second recipe, although I personally like them and the onions mixed in with the gravy it makes:

                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8926...
                                                                            http://www.recipecircus.com/recipes/N...

                                                                            1. Tamale pie (hamburger, corn, some canned tomato product + black olives - thickened with some cornmeal), hamburger stroganoff (ground beef, sour cream, onions & mushrooms if these are OK [otherwise, omit them], served over noodles) or what our housekeeper called "Chinese hamburger" AKA cream of mushroom soup, ground beef, soy sauce and some chopped celery. How about the plethora of chicken-rice combinations? If you have a slow cooker, you can put a pork shoulder in it in the morning and have mouth-watering shredded pork for dinner. Beef stew minus the vegetables, unless carrots don't count - the potatoes should be OK. If you drink alcohol, use beer for the stew. It adds a lot of flavor. Fried chicken? Soy-roasted chicken thighs with baked potatoes cooking in the oven at the same time. Actually, cook extra potatoes at the same time. Some can be fried and the others "restuffed" -- scoop out the potato fles and mix it with your favorite toppings ( sour cream, grated cheese, bacon, chives ? And whatever else you would like. These can be refrigerated and reheated another day.

                                                                              If you can get your hands on a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from the 1950s and 60s you will find lots of ideas, ditto for any of the military wives or church cookbooks of that era. They're very light on any seasoning and don't contain many vegetables. Good luck on your quest.

                                                                              1. Do you like soup? What about food that is a bit spicy? I've got a very easy recipe for what is, essentially, chicken tortilla soup, that I'd be happy to share. The main ingredients, besides the broth, are shredded chicken, potatoes, and corn, so it sounds like you might enjoy it. You could always tone down the spice level if you are not into that. Please let me know if it's of interest.

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                                                                                1. re: masha

                                                                                  Carmen, would you like this recipe or not?

                                                                                2. This recipe from Chow for crispy chicken sounds good, seems to meet your requirements and you don't have to fry. Boneless, skinless also as you don't like meat with bones.

                                                                                  http://www.chow.com/recipes/30399-cri...

                                                                                  1. A few supportive posts are missing all of sudden because of one semi snarky one.

                                                                                    Like I said let's give this girl a break.

                                                                                    1. Hamburger Hot Dish Casserole
                                                                                      350 degrees, 1 hour - until potatoes are done

                                                                                      6 medium potatoes
                                                                                      1/2 medium onion, chopped
                                                                                      1 lb ground beef
                                                                                      1 can cream of chicken soup (this is key to the flavor, so don't sub in something else)
                                                                                      1 can milk

                                                                                      Shredded cheese / Velveeta cheese slices for topping.

                                                                                      Brown meat & onion in fry pan. Peel & slice potatoes. Alternately layer meat and potato slices in 2 ½ quart deep casserole (or big yellow ovenproof mixing bowl) until all are used. Mix soup and milk. Pour over potatoes & ground beef.

                                                                                      Bake 1 hour, 350 degrees or until potatoes are done.
                                                                                      Top with shredded cheese / Velveeta cheese slices for last 5 minutes.

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                                                                                      1. re: MidwesternerTT

                                                                                        Do you think this would work with Fat Free Cream of Chicken Soup? I have a can in the pantry I'd like to use. If not I have a can of the regular stuff.

                                                                                      2. Here's an idea if you don't mind rice - try subbing rice noodles for regular pasta. For example, you could make a pad Thai type dish with just meat, scrambled egg & noodles. Many of the prepared pad Thai sauces are quite tasty.

                                                                                        1. Beef stew (potatoes, substitute corn for carrots and celery, can you eat onions?) is easy to make, especially in a crockpot, add red wine for more flavor. Shephard's pie. Tacos (easy to make with taco seasoning; no need to use salsa since you don't like tomatoes; add hot sauce, sour cream, cheese) with rice on the side. Omelets with the filling of your choice. Easy to bake a few chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces, then add them to chicken broth along with the small pasta of your choice to make soup and top with grated parm cheese.

                                                                                            1. This Chinese Pot Roast recipe is excellent, served with cooked brown rice. As written it was a bit too salty for us (and for some commenters). You may want to use low-sodium soy and omit any extra salt. http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/chinese...

                                                                                              An idea for when the weather is cool enough for the oven to be on - like this week in the Midwest.

                                                                                              1. My bf and his kids are the same way. We had a lot of repeat meals, but it was stuff I knew they'd eat. Have you tried a roast in the crock pot? Just season it with salt, pepper, a little bit of Lawry's and brown in a frying pan. Then put it in a crock pot about half full of water. Let it cook with potatoes, and some carrots. (The carrots soak up all the beef flavor and don't taste like carrots. I hate carrots but will eat them this way.) about 20 min. before you're ready to eat, I.E. When everything is tender, add a can of cream of mushroom soap and stir well. If you're getting tired of potatoes, you can eat it with rice. This was/is a favorite at our house.

                                                                                                1. First off, if you don't like veggies, don't try to force yourself. I don't like a lot of them due to texture issues mostly (although I have a few I do like, prepared in very particular ways).

                                                                                                  Here's a few hamburger helper-ish recipes (my SO loves Hamburger Helper so I compromise by making these):

                                                                                                  http://ellysaysopa.com/2012/07/26/one... (you can leave out the peppers if you want

                                                                                                  )

                                                                                                  http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/05/ch...

                                                                                                  Also a few other ideas:

                                                                                                  http://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/01/sa... (Not sure if you didn't like salsa but I use a non-chunky style for this, and also leave out the beans because I don't like them. Also suggest using boneless skinless thighs instead of breasts

                                                                                                  )

                                                                                                  http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/20...

                                                                                                  http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2010/09/... (You might like pesto. it's green, but not really vegetables :)) I serve over rice or pasta.

                                                                                                  http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/enchil...

                                                                                                  http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/0... This is something your boyfriend could make to go on the grill, it's good on chicken or beef. Probably pork too (haven't tried that yet).

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                                                                                                  1. re: juliejulez

                                                                                                    These look excellent! And suprisingly, I love pesto except my boyfriend refuses to try it. But anyhow, this list was fulkl of great suggestions, thank you so much!

                                                                                                  2. Not a lecture, not a reprimand.

                                                                                                    But maybe, just maybe, the fact that you're bored might mean it's time to branch out into something a little new and different.

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                                                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                      sunshine, I think that's why she came here :)

                                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                        oh, I know....but there's only so many ways to prepare things with the extreme limitations the OP listed....

                                                                                                        ...but maybe it's time to consider something new.

                                                                                                        1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                          and "something new" could be a *different* meat (lamb? pork? beef? duck? fish?)

                                                                                                          or a different *kind* of potato *(fingerlings instead of russets?)

                                                                                                          different seasonings (too many to list)

                                                                                                          and yeah....just maybe a different vegetable...maybe a different *root* vegetable (sweet potatos? turnips? rutabagas? celery root? Other things that are potato-ish in appearance and texture)

                                                                                                          But it definitely sounds like familiarity is breeding just a tiny bit of contempt....

                                                                                                          1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                            It's only been in the last ten years perhaps that I discovered just how wonderful a baked sweet potato is. Having grown up in the South with you-know-what..., well it was a revelation.

                                                                                                    2. Fettuccine Alfredo with sliced cajun chicken on top. Ever so delicious.

                                                                                                      And I agree with another poster - Pioneer Woman's website has a number of things you might like (she definitely loves her pasta). I love her chicken spaghetti (no tomato sauce either).

                                                                                                      If you like ham, maybe try baking some chicken breasts, then put slices of ham and cheese on top and a quick bake again for a "rif" on cordon bleu. If you like rice, you could give a go at risotto. There are some really good ones out there (I made risotto milanese last night and it was so creamy and good - and no veggies in it).

                                                                                                      A nice scalloped potato and ham casserole with cream corn is an easy one.

                                                                                                      Chicken tetrazzini would be easy. I make a double batch and freeze half for another time. Cover it with lots of cheese and bake.

                                                                                                      Another place to look might be Campbell's Kitchen. There are a lot of easy recipes that could fit your needs. http://www.campbellskitchen.com/

                                                                                                      If you like eggs, do breakfast for dinner. We do it all the time.

                                                                                                      Many of the recipes that call for other "veggies", just omit what you don't like. Let me know if you want any specific recipes. I'd be happy to share.

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                                                                                                      1. re: boyzoma

                                                                                                        Just FYI - I will never judge someone on what they like or don't like. I, myself, DO NOT like certain things. And don't tell me if I make them a certain way I will. "Ain't gonna happen"! Hope you get some good ideas.

                                                                                                      2. carmenkats, I'm wondering if you've read these posts after your original post and couple of reply posts, and if they've been helpful to you and your BF. It's always nice for those of us who responded to your query to know what ideas sounded good to you and what wouldn't work for you in situations like these.

                                                                                                        1. Do you ever eat vegetarian meals? What about spicy black bean tacos with salsa and guacamole, or Indian-spiced chickpeas or a warm lentil salad?

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                                                                                                          1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                            Yeah, I was wondering about beans. I'm guessing against it, though.

                                                                                                          2. I love to cook. I use a lot of vegetables. However, I have a young adult son with autism who actually gags uncontrollably when various vegetables and fruits are near. So I make lots of things that are easily adapted to him. For example, I'll pan fry loin pork chops and top them with green olives, sliced kumquats, and white wine and serve them over rice. His gets no topping or pan sauce and buttered rice. So he is getting some of the flavoring. We do tagines. He gets the chicken or lamb, the spices, and the couscous but none of the onions, peppers, apricots, etc. the one vegetarian dish he likes is eggplant grilled with EVOO and garlic, layered with a fresh puttanesca and mozzarella. I guess it tastes a lot like lasagna and he is ok with that. I made ramen today with chunks of pork. He likes the pork and the noodles. Screw the broth. I guess what I am suggesting is thing of vegetables as flavoring, not as an end in themselves. Of course who doesn't love meat and potatoes? My fave is steak frites...hanger steak medium rare with a well seasoned red wine reduction, crisp fries, and mayonnaise. Do you like curry? Indian food is IMHO the ultimate comfort food. Try some lamb shahi korma with pakoras as your app.