Does anyone else have a spouse whose food preferences are somewhat opposite of their own? When we first married, we liked many of the same things. But pregnancy really changed my tastes. I can’t stand poultry or pork anymore. If I eat it, I get sick. I can eat really lean organic beef, but that’s about it in terms of meat products. I’m allergic to shellfish and I’ve never had a taste for fish anyway. We used to eat turkey and chicken ALL the time in a variety of ways and now…I just can’t eat it.
My hubby is a carnivore. Lenten Fridays are torture for him. He will literally not eat dinner until midnight because he can’t stand a meatless dinner. It’s not a matter of gluttony–he doesn’t eat an inordinate amount, and he isn’t overweight–he’s athletic and in great shape. He just isn’t full from vegan or meatless dishes and requires a lot of animal protein to feel satisfied. He’s not a huge fan of dairy, either–he likes meat. If he doesn’t have it, he gets hunger headaches.
I find myself getting a little tired of just eating the bread, veggies or fruit part of dinner. I add beans to my salad or cheese to get some protein, but…if I make a main dish that I’d like, which is meatless, I can tell/he’ll say that he just isn’t satisfied by it. Now, he does encourage me to make things that I like too, but again…I know that if I make something meatless, he’s not going to be filled.
I guess what I’m wondering is how other families deal with differences in food preferences. There are only three of us and it makes zero sense for me to make two dinners every night–which I haven’t done and won’t do. (Plus I don’t want to encourage Sophie as she grows up to be picky or think that we’re running a restaurant.) I find myself just not eating or picking at what I make if it has meat in it, or certain things are easily made half vegetarian and half meaty. Some things aren’t, though. As a wife I want to provide a good dinner for my hubby and it seems selfish to make a dinner I know he won’t be full from or enjoy eating. But…I’d like to enjoy dinner every once in awhile too. So, just not sure what the compromise should be. He’s also working insane hours right now and really needs to be fed well…so I feel very obligated to make sure he likes his meals.
Does anyone else have this issue and how does your family handle it?