Husband-Approved Recipes

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  • Oh this is my territory :-) Try this recipe. http://www.emilybites.com/2013/10/deep-dish-sloppy-joe-casserole.html

    This blogger makes comfort food healthy (and they are all really easy too). I try recipes from tons of healthy blogs all the time and most I would never make again. Literally everything I've made from this blogger has been delicious and satisfying. Your man will love this Sloppy Joe Casserole and I promise you don't even need to tell him it's healthy. He won't know. Especially if you use a food processor on those veggies...it just looks and tastes meaty and delicous.

    Here's a few of my other favorites that should please the manliest man :-)
    http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/341318166/skinny-chicken-enchiladas-skinnytastecom-weight-watchers-points-8/
    http://iowagirleats.com/2013/11/25/lighter-buffalo-chicken-mac-and-cheese/
    http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/sausage-stuffed-zucchini-boats.html

    Hope you find some things you both like!

    Ooh, I think he would like the sloppy joe one! Thanks!
  • aquarabbit
    aquarabbit Posts: 1,623 Member
    My 6', 175 lbs husband will pretty much eat anything, so his approval is anything that will fill up his plate. But I do have to make a lot of food to feed my big man and we're not exactly rolling in cash. One of the best purchases that I've made within the last few months (and probably all of last year) was Ten Dollar Dinners my Melissa d'Arabian. She has great recipe everyone (even some of my family's young picky eaters) love, with lots of money saving tips. I've seen money saving tips and ways to stretch your food before, but this was so complete on top of yummy that it has pretty much become one of the only references I have when it comes to recipes. I loved the show when it was on, so when she came out with a book, I was there! It can be hard to fill up a big guy with healthy cheap stuff, so that book has been great. I have a whole new appreciation for root vegetables now! I like to combine those recipes with a lot of the lighter ingredients that I find on skinnytaste (I do that with the foodwishes recipes too). And speaking of, those are amazing recipe sites.

    Edit: Oh and my man is a meat and potatoes guy too. But as long as I'm creative with the way I make veggies, he's much more adventurous. He tried artichokes the other day! And he goes crazy for zucchini ravioli and eggplant parm now.
  • TLC7613
    TLC7613 Posts: 87 Member
    I'm glad everyone is being nice to you, I posted a topic about snacks that my husband would enjoy and everyone had a field day talking about how good isn't gender specific etc when they know very well what I meant. We cut chicken in half long ways and pound them out, and then put pesto or basil leaves on it with sliced tomatoes and then roll it up and bake. Makes chicken less boring. We also do a good amount of crock pot meals especially in the winter. You can never go wrong with a tri-tip. You just season it and throw it in the rotisserie or oven. My husband doesn't really like veggies either, but he really loves the Green Giant brand Brussels sprouts in the frozen section. I like to make pulled pork in the crockpot. really easy and makes lots of food and great for leftovers. We also slice up tomatoes and cucumbers and drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and salt & pepper for a snack. Really yummy and fresh.
  • devil_in_a_blue_dress
    devil_in_a_blue_dress Posts: 5,214 Member
    Ha, my husband is lurking around here somewhere and he will tell you, he tried to be picky but then realized he didn't actually know what a lot of food actually tasted like.

    Unless somebody is diagnosed with some kind of aversion, I have very little sympathy for picky eating. I try to be nice and ask my husband for things he wants to eat when I grocery shop, but if I'd bought into the idea he didn't like all the things he said he didn't like when we started living together, we'd eat the same 3 things all the time.
  • Derpes
    Derpes Posts: 2,032 Member
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  • DamePiglet
    DamePiglet Posts: 3,730 Member
    Try the Skinny Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole from Iowa Girl Eats. It is super filling and my husband did not even notice when I switched from my old recipe to this one.

    Her husband is pretty close, if not, underweight and you're suggesting this?

    OP, saute or roast the veggies he does like with olive oil, coconut oil, etc.
    And you can have a smaller portion of it.

    Just give him a double/triple/etc portion of whatever you're having

    this. sooooo this.
    If you love the man, love him... and feed him what he likes.
  • DamePiglet
    DamePiglet Posts: 3,730 Member
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  • knra_grl
    knra_grl Posts: 1,568 Member
    My thoughts on this is that you don't necessarily have to change the recipes that you currently use and that your husband enjoys, you too can eat them but in smaller portions and add a lower calorie side to keep yourself satisfied. I found once I entered recipes in my recipes section that they weren't all that bad.

    If you want to rework your own recipes to make them a bit healthier thats good and good for both of you.

    Cook what you want - eat sensibly - if he wants more he can have it.
  • PikaKnight
    PikaKnight Posts: 34,973 Member
    First of all, does your husband care to gain weight? If so, how does HE want to go about doing it?

    WTF are "man approved recipes" or "husband-approved recipes"?

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  • devil_in_a_blue_dress
    devil_in_a_blue_dress Posts: 5,214 Member
    First of all, does your husband care to gain weight? If so, how does HE want to go about doing it?

    WTF are "man approved recipes" or "husband-approved recipes"?

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  • CaitlinW19
    CaitlinW19 Posts: 431 Member
    Oh this is my territory :-) Try this recipe. http://www.emilybites.com/2013/10/deep-dish-sloppy-joe-casserole.html

    This blogger makes comfort food healthy (and they are all really easy too). I try recipes from tons of healthy blogs all the time and most I would never make again. Literally everything I've made from this blogger has been delicious and satisfying. Your man will love this Sloppy Joe Casserole and I promise you don't even need to tell him it's healthy. He won't know. Especially if you use a food processor on those veggies...it just looks and tastes meaty and delicous.

    Here's a few of my other favorites that should please the manliest man :-)
    http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/341318166/skinny-chicken-enchiladas-skinnytastecom-weight-watchers-points-8/
    http://iowagirleats.com/2013/11/25/lighter-buffalo-chicken-mac-and-cheese/
    http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/07/sausage-stuffed-zucchini-boats.html

    Hope you find some things you both like!

    Ooh, I think he would like the sloppy joe one! Thanks!

    You are so welcome. I LOOOVED it. We went out to dinner the night after I made it and I was sad because I really really wanted to eat those leftoevers. Lol. Try those Emily bites recipes...it's not "high-brow", just delicious. If he wants to eat two portions, that's probably fine and you will likely be happy with one and maybe a salad or side of steamed veg. The Chicken Parm Casserole of hers got rave reviews at my house as well.
  • PikaKnight
    PikaKnight Posts: 34,973 Member
    On a serious note, just wanted to add/say that last I checked, guys were humans and humans tend to eat food. So in other words, likes and dislikes cannot be distinguished based on gender or marital status.
  • tempehforever
    tempehforever Posts: 183 Member
    First of all, does your husband care to gain weight? If so, how does HE want to go about doing it?

    WTF are "man approved recipes" or "husband-approved recipes"?

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    Duh, all husbands are man-children who will only eat meat and potatoes. Everyone knows this.
  • Cyndesire
    Cyndesire Posts: 56 Member
    I have been slowly making changes to the meals we already eat and eating smaller portions and more veggies. I did just tell my junk food loving husband yesterday, either you support me and help think of meals I can make that you would like or you can make your own dinner. Truth is I am not making anything gross or weird. Lots of white meat and veggies. I still make some of their favorites. When it comes down to it my health is more important than his taste buds. I have rarely been happier than I am now. Finally losing weight and feeling great. My kids are going to be healthier too. There is no way I am turning back now for anyone.
  • blinker86
    blinker86 Posts: 104 Member
    My husband can be pretty picky as well, and he generally does not approve of vegetables, so I can relate. Here are a few recipes that have been winners in our house:

    http://www.emilybites.com/2013/05/bacon-wrapped-bbq-meatloaf.html
    http://www.emilybites.com/2013/02/spicy-sausage-pasta.html
    http://www.emilybites.com/2012/03/cheesy-chicken-stuffing.html
  • BusyRaeNOTBusty
    BusyRaeNOTBusty Posts: 7,165 Member
    http://www.food.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-chicken-enchiladas-75758

    It's about 400 calories for 2 tortilla's worth. You have 2, he has 4.
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,373 Member
    We just make whatever... He has more than me (or he has noodles/rice whatever and I don't always have some), then he has a snack after dinner. It works for us.
  • keepongoingnmw
    keepongoingnmw Posts: 371 Member
    We just make whatever... He has more than me (or he has noodles/rice whatever and I don't always have some), then he has a snack after dinner. It works for us.
    I pretty much do this my husband loves red meat and potatoes. After 16 years of marriage he is starting to like vegetables lol . I try and serve veggies every dinner and eventually he started likeing them . Mainly roasted veggies. Nothing wrong with meatloaf and pot roast! I eat a smaller portion and add a serving of veggies to mine and keep lots of cereal in the house.
  • My boyfriend generally likes anything I make from SkinnyTaste... I know which recipes I can run by him and which I shouldn't even bother.
  • hananah89
    hananah89 Posts: 692 Member
    My boyfriend generally likes anything I make from SkinnyTaste... I know which recipes I can run by him and which I shouldn't even bother.

    same here. I made her Jalapeno popper stuffed chicken for my boyfriend and he couldn't believe it was low calorie.