How do you cook frugally for a man who refuses to eat anything but meat and potatoes?

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      And I do mean anything! He will not touch a vegetable of any kind and heaven forbid he is offered a fruit. He will eat breads and some sweets but that is it.

      I try to sneak in some vegies in sauces and such but it is getting to the point I don’t even like trying to cook for him anymore.

      Meat is very expensive in this locale and so I am stuck buying the same cuts over and over. He does not complain but I would like to offer him something different occasionally!

      Have any of you ever had this problem, or should I just suck it up and not complain?

      Thanks for any and all input!

      #93111 Reply

        Those are his food choices, hun. He is not going to change.

        You could (a) ask him to contribute to the meat purchases if he doesn’t already. (b) make yourself veggie options to eat instead of meat, or alongside a smaller portion of meat. (c) research ways to cook cheaper cuts (slow cooker, stewing, braising, baking) to save costs. Add large chunks of butternut squash, whole mushrooms, blended tomatoes, onions, celery, and he can pick out what he will and won’t eat. (d) remind yourself that his health is his responsibility and not yours.

        Good luck.

        #93112 Reply

          My husband is the same snd I’m a huge low carb veggie eater. I usually make 2 meals or sneak veggies in the food like chili or stew soups or meatloaf. Sometimes he doesn’t notice. He has actually come around a bit.

          I find people have dislikes for certain foods from childhood because food wasn’t cooked good.

          #93113 Reply

            Take out a nice large insurance policy and then make him all the meat and potatoes he likes. 😀

            #93114 Reply

              Buy a pressure cooker to be able to buy the cheapest tough cuts of meat.

              My man is like this too.

              I make Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, chili with onions and beans, beef stew with potatoes, onions, peas, celery and carrots, carne asada, pulled pork, chile con carne, beef burgundy, etc.

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              #93115 Reply

                My husband used to be a meat and potatoes guy but thankfully he’s gotten beyond that. I don’t really know what it was that made him change, but I guess I just started cooking different things and being more adventurous in my cooking and he went along with it.

                My feeling was that if he doesn’t like what I’m cooking, then he can cook, which would never happen.

                #93116 Reply

                  Here’s a meat n potatoes recipe for you.

                  Underground casserole..

                  Brown ground beef or sausage and drain excess grease. Add a little flour to the meat, stir and add milk to make a thick gravy. Place in bottom of casserole dish.

                  Meanwhile, I peel and slice potatoes about 1/2″ thick and cover with water and salt. Cook until soft, then drain and mash, adding butter and sour cream and milk. Put potatoes over the meat. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and real bacon pieces. Bake for 30 minutes. This isn’t healthy but it sure is good.

                  #93117 Reply

                    He would probably like Tatertot Casserole.

                    I use ground turkey, but the original recipe uses ground beef.

                    1 lb meat browned/drained
                    2 cans Cream of chicken soup
                    2 cans water

                    Mix well in 9×13 casserole dish

                    Add tatertots to all be covered by soup and meat mixture (usually about 3/4 of regular sized bag)

                    Optional: add cheddar or mozzarella cheese to the mixture.

                    Bake according to the tatertot directions (about 30 minutes at 425)

                    Optional: Cover the top with more cheese when removed from the oven, let stand for about 10-15 minutes to melt cheese.

                    If you don’t care to have leftovers, you could reduce to a smaller dish, and one can of soup and one can of water. If he likes a lot of meat, you may still be able to use the 1 pound, if not, you could divide it and use the other half the following day for a different meal.

                    You can still make a small portion of a vegetable on the side for yourself. I’m not a fan of trying to trick people into eating stuff they don’t like.

                    #93118 Reply

                      My husband is mostly meat and potatoes man. He will get a few veggies and few fruits. I am fortunate that he will eat spaghetti, chile and Mac & cheese.

                      So we do have a little variety in the meals. We have cut down on the portion sizes for meat, that helps. Also I will often make something different for me because while he grew up as a meat butcher’s son, I grew up in a family that ate from our garden.

                      You are not alone in this, just try to work on a balance so you get the foods you want and need.

                      Also try sending him to the store to buy meat, that might help him to understand where you are coming from.

                      Try not to stress.

                      #93119 Reply

                        Married 36 years to a meat and potatoes man. Local grocery store marks down meat about to go out of date on Monday morning. I go early and buy these manager specials and freeze them. He goes to the store and shops too so he doesn’t complain about the grocery bill. They don’t change. I’ve been cooking two meals all this time…

                        But he’s the love of my life so I don’t mind.

                        #93120 Reply

                          For recipes that require ground meat, you can mix in a little shredded zucchini or carrot as part of the filler. I put either/or in my meatloaf all the time an no one notices. Meatballs, same.

                          When making burrito meat I chop mushrooms really fine and put them in there-no one notices.

                          This is more about me trying to increase folks’ veggie consumption for health reasons rather than to stretch pennies, but zucchini is much cheaper than ground beef.

                          #93121 Reply

                            How old is this man baby? Just cook cheap sausages and a boiled potato. It looks like his palate is delayed from the age of 2. Why bother. Cook your yummy foods. Load up with fresh fruit and vegetables.

                            #93122 Reply

                              He doesn’t want anything different. So maybe Veggie up for yourself, but if he’s happy with the same old thing, that makes it easy for you!

                              #93123 Reply

                                My husband also has a very limited group of foods he’ll eat, mostly meats. Luckily, he cooks. I cook, but he doesn’t eat what I make. I prefer a WIDE variety of foods.

                                It’s been a source of arguments for 30 years. So, we progressed to doing our own thing. He buys/cooks small cuts of meat and sides he enjoys. I spend a couple of days meal prepping for myself. We grocery shop separately. Once in a while, we eat a communal meal that he cooks.

                                It’s a different mindset, but it works for us.

                                I hope you find a resolution.

                                #93124 Reply

                                  My son has high functioning autism and also has a limited palate. I taught him to cook for himself at an early age. If that’s not acceptable in your marriage, perhaps you can cook in batches for your husband so that you have several days of food he will eat, but you only need to cook once.

                                  Alternatively, having an air fryer has been super helpful for making individual meals for one.

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