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Marry the Meal. One.

10-13-12-103I, primarily plant-based eater/sometimes vegan, take you steak & bacon eater to love–in sickness and in health, till death do us part.

True story. By now, I’m sure the whole world knows about Oh She Glows and also knows of many other blogs aspiring to be like it. When I started two blogs before this one, I wanted to blog about healthy plant-based recipes too. But here’s the thing. My blog isn’t like hers. My food photography skills are nowhere near hers. My vegan recipes are a constant work in progress. My husband isn’t like hers. Mine won’t eat plant-based. If he does, it’s rare & the plants he will eat must be on his approved list. Okay, there is no list, but there are a handful of vegetables he will eat (within a week’s time) and leaving meat out of a meal makes him question food heavily.

Foods my husband eats are primarily, but not limited to: steak, pizza, tacos (with beef of chicken), bacon, eggs, sausage and egg sandwiches for breakfast, biscuits and gravy, pork roast, chuck roast, grilled chicken, potatoes, bread, corn, corn and bread-like products,cheese, red and green bell peppers, onion, an occasional sweet potato, cucumbers, carrots (rare), bananas, apples, spring mix, romaine lettuce, maybe a bite of broccoli every 4 months.

Foods that I eat primarily, but not limited to: bananas, apples, berries, persimmons, pears, oranges, grapefruits, pommegranates, kiwis, mangos, all fruits, brussel sprouts, kale, radishes, cabbage, spring mix, red & yellow bell peppers ( I don’t like green), swiss chard, squash of all kinds, mushrooms, tomatoes, egg plant, potatoes, quinoa, millet, rice, barley, kasha, beans of all kinds, some tofu, limited eggs, hemp seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts of all kinds.

Foods we have in common: red peppers, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, bananas, apples, Spring mix and onions and garlic. Can you make a meal out of those things? Maybe. but it would get boring pretty quickly. So what’s a cook to do?

IMG_8573Marry the meal. His is on the left, mine is on the right. It’s possible to love someone who is very different from you. It’s probably something the world could make a better effort to do. Paleos & vegans, can’t we just get along? Can’t we look for what we have in common and love each other in spite of (or maybe even because of?!) our differences? This is my goal. One small step for different/picky eaters, one giant leap for confused and frustrated cooks in houses that might otherwise be divided. Or so I hope.

The above are close ups of two different slow cooker soups. They started much the same:

IMG_8511Black beans, quinoa, canned diced tomatoes, olive oil, minced garlic, onion, corn & sweet potato.

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But then. His got chicken broth and mine got veggie stock. His got chicken chunks (EW!!), and mine got kale. Here are the recipe/s:

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Put all ingredients in the crock pots (mine is the small size). Let them simmer on low heat for5-6 hours. His is garnished with Sriracha and chopped cilantro,

 

This year, I plan on writing an e-cookbook with many easy meals to Marry–for any and all who eat as differently as we do. We can’t be the only ones, right ?!

 

With love–for meat and plant-eaters alike,

Keri

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “Marry the Meal. One.”

    1. So… This is amazing on so many levels. Your culinary skills, your unsurpassed writing skills and I believe your photography and organizational skills deserve being noted as well. You are on to something here and can’t wait to see the cookbook!!

  1. Love this! I am, apart from my love of cheese, paleo, but my guy is all about the pre-packaged shake and bake chicken or canned soups. He hates 9 out of every 10 vegetables, it seems, and hates all spices with the exception of garlic, which I’m heavily allergic to. I get the struggle of marrying tastes!

  2. This is so wonderful! I love my slow cooker and I hope you share more recipes. Your house must have smelled amazing. Yum. Good luck with your e-cookbook! Awesome idea! 😄

  3. God love you! We truly have the same husband and situation! I was born into a vegetarian family and my husband eats nothing but red meat and potatoes! I hope our son is more like me, but it’s going to be so hard! How are you going to raise your little man?

    1. I hope our son is like me too, but my husband has alreadyfed him bites of bacon & turkey. Ideally, i would have liked to have kept him vegetarian until he can make the connection that he’s eating animals & decide for himself. From a health standpoint, i dont think eating meat is unhealthy, but i do think it should be seen as the side dish with veggies as the star of the show & not the other way around like it typically is. If he does eat meat, I’m okay with it, but I REALLY hope he will love vegetables of all kinds to go with the meat. So far, his favorite foods are: broccoli, nori strips, red lentil “hummus”, cheerios, oranges, dahl soup, blackbeans, parsnips & sometimes scrambled eggs. So far so good! 😊

      1. Same with mine, we are hoping to keep our one year old Maximus veggie until he can decide. He loves all vegetables, quinoa and beans! He is really crazy about peas! I feel so proud breastfeeding and showing all around me how healthy vegetarianism is… Even if hubby tries to feed him fries lol

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