Now that I'm back to attempting vegetarianism, I'm back to the challenge of what to cook for dinner in my house. I get home first, so I cook. It's just how it is. (Except last night when I was exhausted, and we weren't home until the same time, and I threw a hissy fit that I didn't want to cook, and Chris made pierogies. Thanks hun.) The issue is that my husband is decidedly not a vegetarian. He doesn't have a problem doing vegetarian meals about 1/2 the time, but the other nights, he'd really prefer to incorporate meat. That's fine, it's his decision. Even if it makes things a bit more difficult.
What does that usually mean? It means that I make meals that have an "optional" meat component. Stir-fry with meat and tofu on the side, to be added by the respective person. Taco fixings that you can put whatever in your shell that you prefer. And sometimes? I just end up eating the sides. That option hasn't proved to be a very balanced method for me, though. It's also time consuming!
For example. One day this week I did baked chicken, twice-baked potatoes, and at the last moment because I realized that while it had taken forever, it was missing vegetables, green beans. The chicken and potatoes were pretty compatible, since everything got thrown in the oven together, and I made massive quantities with the ideas that then I wouldn't have to worry about meat the rest of the week. The chicken's still in the fridge. :/ May be my fault for cooking other things that were appealing.
One of the hits this week was Shrinking Kitchen's Fragrant Chick Pea Stew. Just do it. It is phenomenal I did use sour cream instead of greek yogurt to top it, but otherwise I followed it exactly. Amazingly, both Robby and Chris ate it, and ate well, so I had no leftovers! Boo! I seriously would have enjoyed leftovers ever day of the week if I could have. Doubling it next time.
Long and short of it...I need to start planning again. I am so much less stressed, more on budget, and we eat healthier when I do, but WHINE, WHINE, WHINE.