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Cooking for a Picky (Adult) Eater

mareesha | Sep 10, 201105:32 AM

My husband and I have very different tastes in food. I will try anything, and like most things, while he has a very strict mental list of things he will and will not eat, and he is terrible about trying new things.

Cooking is my biggest passion, so I cook almost every night, and on weekends, we usually have 3 home cooked meals per day. In some ways, I know this has spoiled him a bit, as I can't even get him to learn how to cook a chicken cutlet so he can make a real meal for himself when I'm not home.

The problem is that I get so bored. With just two of us, food waste is already an ongoing battle, so I hesitate to buy things only I like, for fear it'll go bad before I use it up. So I usually stick to things we both like, but that list is short. Meat-wise, he will only eat chicken (boneless, skinless), ground beef, deli meats & bacon. I like all cuts and kinds of meat, and I can't remember the last time I had a pork chop. The only veggies we both like are green beans, broccoli and corn. I also can't remember the last time I had snow peas or squash or sweet potatoes. He also won't eat beans or anything wheat (ie. brown rice, wheat bread, etc). I have made so many different chicken + veggie + rice/pasta meals I can't see straight, and I'm still bored.

More so than the cost and stress of buying two sets of food, on weekdays I don't get home from work until almost 7pm. Essentially I walk in the door, change out of my work clothes and high tail it the kitchen. I need to get something on the table quickly, and making two different dinners is usually not all that appealing.

He's told me that he will start to try things, but I'm nervous that we're going to end up throwing away a lot of (very expensive) food in the meantime. So my issue it two-fold: I want to broaden our culinary horizons, but I'd also like to expand my repertoire of make-ahead and/or quick meals.

What are some "safe" foods I can start to introduce to expand my picky husband's palette?

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