New here. Help needed with picky hubby- Cooking for Two

Hello everyone, I've browsed this forum for a while, but recently decided to sign up and ask you ladies some questions about budget cooking. I have been married for 3 years and we have been together for 5 years. I should know what he likes and doesn't, right? Well...not so much. I know hes

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    Hello everyone, I've browsed this forum for a while, but recently decided to sign up and ask you ladies some questions about budget cooking.

    I have been married for 3 years and we have been together for 5 years. I should know what he likes and doesn't, right? Well...not so much. I know hes picky. There are things that I'd love to have, but he will not touch. So with that being said...I need budget dinner ideas that he will eat.

    A little about his eating habits:
    1. NO MAYO, SOUR CREAM, OR CREAM CHEESE.
    That is one of the most important things.
    2. No seafood. He won't touch it. Not even tuna.
    3. He will eat chicken, but since its so cheap where I live I tend to cook it a lot, so chicken recipes are welcome, but not favored.
    4. He doesn't like casseroles or soups too often.
    5. He doesn't view salad as a meal. (I <3 grilled chicken salad, but he won't have it for a meal.)
    6. No cabbage recipes please. He won't eat that either.

    So those are the guidelines that I have to stick to when cooking for him.

    Seriously most of my meals consist of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes.
    Hes a meat and potatoes kinda guy and he can eat quite a bit.

    I'm willing to try some recipes with sour cream or cream cheese in it as long as it is not easily detected. He won't eat anything with a white sauce on it.


    I realize that this is probably a tough one, but I'm losing my mind trying to find something that he will eat besides sticking to chicken and potatoes.

    Our grocery budget is $50 per week.

    Oh and rice and beans are not on his list of favorites either. I don't want to waste money by cooking that as a meal because he won't eat it.

    Thanks in advance for any and all help you guys may be!

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    Have you tried chicken enchiladas, smoked sausage and smothered potatoes or ground meat in smothered potatoes?

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    I cured my husbands ridiculous Picky-ness by handing him a blank menu plan, a pencil and telling him to make his own damn Weekly Menu Plan that is WITHIN the Limited Budget we have.

    He thought we should be eating Meat and Potatoes for every single meal at a detriment to the entire family. I pretty much just put my foot down and said fine, you plan it, you cook it, you be the responsible one for a change.

    It's amazing how quickly they turn around & suddenly things taste just fine when THEY have to put some effort into it.
    Finally Saving Money & My Mind !

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    Xstepmom!!!!! Awesome... I am telling my sister this one. She has a husband and 4 kids. Everyone is picky except her. She is going crazy trying to plan meals!! She is going to love your idea!! THANK YOU

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    There is picky eating and there is allergy problems. If you not allergic in our family you have to try it. If you don't like it fine. Eat crackers for dinner. I am the picky one in the family. Plus I have food allergies. Not fun. My kids ate crackers a lot and so did I a few times. I agree with xstepmom. Have him make the meal plan and cook it. Have him cook his own meal.
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    I agree with the above comments, having him create the meal plan himself and even cooking it himself. If you think that's harsh, you could help him by suggesting that he think of a few different things you've done in the past that he liked.

    Also, if you're serving salad and grilled chicken (plus whatever else), cut up your chicken and make it a chicken salad at the table and he'll see that it's a meal.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrugalWife13 View Post

    Hello everyone, I've browsed this forum for a while, but recently decided to sign up and ask you ladies some questions about budget cooking.

    I have been married for 3 years and we have been together for 5 years. I should know what he likes and doesn't, right? Well...not so much. I know hes picky. There are things that I'd love to have, but he will not touch. So with that being said...I need budget dinner ideas that he will eat.

    A little about his eating habits:
    1. NO MAYO, SOUR CREAM, OR CREAM CHEESE.
    That is one of the most important things.
    2. No seafood. He won't touch it. Not even tuna.
    3. He will eat chicken, but since its so cheap where I live I tend to cook it a lot, so chicken recipes are welcome, but not favored.
    4. He doesn't like casseroles or soups too often.
    5. He doesn't view salad as a meal. (I <3 grilled chicken salad, but he won't have it for a meal.)
    6. No cabbage recipes please. He won't eat that either.

    So those are the guidelines that I have to stick to when cooking for him.

    Seriously most of my meals consist of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes.
    Hes a meat and potatoes kinda guy and he can eat quite a bit.

    I'm willing to try some recipes with sour cream or cream cheese in it as long as it is not easily detected. He won't eat anything with a white sauce on it.

    I realize that this is probably a tough one, but I'm losing my mind trying to find something that he will eat besides sticking to chicken and potatoes.

    Our grocery budget is $50 per week.

    Oh and rice and beans are not on his list of favorites either. I don't want to waste money by cooking that as a meal because he won't eat it.

    Thanks in advance for any and all help you guys may be!
    Spaghetti

    Ravioli with marinara sauce

    Quiche (Swiss cheese, bacon)

    Ham Rolls: Cut yeast dough into squares and fill with Swiss cheese and thinly sliced ham. Fold over and seal the dough edges. Bake until golden.

    Pot Roast & Veggies: Sounds expensive up front but you can get many meals for two from a roast. Serve the roast one night then follow up with beef hash, barbecue beef sandwiches or roast beef with brown gravy on a slice of bread. Serve with mashed potatoes on the side.

    Beef & Noodles. If he dislikes casseroles serve the beef cubes and gravy separately from the noodles. You can also do this with chicken and noodles.

    Roast a turkey breast and make turkey sandwiches, turkey hash, turkey divan.

    Cheap veggies:

    Carrots are always cheap. Serve them as raisin carrot salad or glazed or steamed and plain.

    Peas are usually cheap. Serve them steamed, as a salad or in a white sauce.

    Corn another cheap veggie. Serve plain, in melted butter or as corn custard or pudding.

    Onions: Make caramelized onions and serve on the side with pork or beef.

    Hope this helps.

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    I have a SERIOUS problem with picky eaters as it totally screws the budget. I would hand your DH the blank piece of paper, the $ amount for the budget that week, AND the weekly flyers and ask him to make out the menu for you and yours! The alternative is to eat the healthy menu plan that you've laid out for the week or he can just eat crackers! You might want to increase your stash of crackers! LOL!
    That being said...I encourage you to check out all of the fabulous meal plans laid out here and cook to your heart's content!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xstepmom View Post
    I cured my husbands ridiculous Picky-ness by handing him a blank menu plan, a pencil and telling him to make his own damn Weekly Menu Plan that is WITHIN the Limited Budget we have.

    He thought we should be eating Meat and Potatoes for every single meal at a detriment to the entire family. I pretty much just put my foot down and said fine, you plan it, you cook it, you be the responsible one for a change.

    It's amazing how quickly they turn around & suddenly things taste just fine when THEY have to put some effort into it.
    ******THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE -ABSOLUTE- BEST PIECE OF ADVICE I HAVE --EVER-- SEEN!!!!!!!!! Absolutely Fantabulous!!!!!!!!!! Priceless!!!!!!!!
    Best of ALL--True and spot on.

    Mos has another GREAT one:
    I have a SERIOUS problem with picky eaters as it totally screws the budget. I would hand your DH the blank piece of paper, the $ amount for the budget that week, AND the weekly flyers and ask him to make out the menu for you and yours! The alternative is to eat the healthy menu plan that you've laid out for the week or he can just eat crackers! You might want to increase your stash of crackers! LOL!
    That being said...I encourage you to check out all of the fabulous meal plans laid out here and cook to your heart's content!


    Follow these two suggestions, and I'm betting something SERIOUS changes with the picky attitude.
    Best of luck to you.

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    About 30 years ago I bought a small cookbook through the girls school called "101 Hamburger Recipes". It had a great recipe for sloppy joes that was called Yum Yums and was simply sauteing green peppers, onion and celery; adding ketchup and BBQ sauce and mixing it into your ground beef. I lost the book but wish I still had it. I also got an email from Allrecipes.com with a recipe for Beef Tips and Noodles; and another one for Tortilla Chicken Casserole.

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    Thank you ladies. Sorry that I've not written and thanked you all for your posts. I've been so busy trying to pack things and move that I'm just losing my mind, lol.

    Anyway...I really appreciate all of the tips. I think that tough love and giving him paper and a pen to make his own menu within a budget is exactly what I need to do.

    I ask for his help sometimes making the menu for the week and he gives me ideas that are very costly. Sometimes he gives me ideas that are very cheap, unhealthy, and not filling at all. So its a hit or miss. He doesn't mind eating like a single college student, lol! I do though and realize that putting good food on the table is important.
    I've got a lot of great ideas from you guys, so thank you! I will post and let you all know how this turns out.

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    I'm impressed! But I tend to be the picky(Some food sensitivities) one at my house.

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    cjsmith45,
    I found this site -- 101 hamburger recipes - CookEatShare --does it have any of the recipes that you liked so much?
    FrugalWife13 --it just occurred to me...take a look at some of the under $2.50 meal plans posted here. Some have ingredients that he doesn't like but some he would. Many of the recipes that I've posted have been vegetarian (cheap, but healthy meals...thinking of college kids), that perhaps you could prepare as a side dish. Meaning, make HIM come up with the main dish within your budget and you could supplement the healthy portion on the side.
    Errr...I hope that made sense...giggle...

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    Wow,he'd starve at my house! Good luck:=)

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    At My House If I gotta cook..I cook what I want and freeze whatever is leftover no one will eat to be reheated for when I want it again..(you can even do this with your hubby's meals)
    My Son who is 17 is the picky one..so if he won't eat what I cook..I always have cheap easy meals he can make his self..Like it was when I was growing up..You don't eat what's at the table..and you don't make something on your own..you just didn't eat Period
    Born and Raised In Panama City,Florida...Now Living In Paducah, Kentucky

 

 
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