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Living with a Meat Lover

August 11, 2011

I don’t love meat. 

Shocking, I know, considering the number of meat recipes you find on this blog, right?

Wrong.  You’ll find none.  And that’s because while I will eat meat, I don’t cook it.

And there’s a number of reasons why.

A) I suck at it.  Even when I ate meat regularly, I was constantly frustrated when my chicken was burnt on the outside, but still pink on the inside.  What gives, chicken, what gives?

B) I’m cheap.  Good quality meat, however, is not.  There’s plenty of other forms of protein that cost much less.  No, shrimp, I’m not looking at you, I’m looking at those beans behind you.

C) I’m a meal planner and I can’t really plan to crave meat on say, next Tuesday.  Actually, I can pretty much plan on not craving meat 95% of the time.

So that’s that, but as it turns out my better half significant other loves him some meat. 



It was pointed out recently that Joey is suffering by living in a meatless home.  And by pointed out, I mean my Dad wandered around my kitchen last Tuesday night in search of the meat portion of our dinner and kept asking “Where’s the beef?”  Then he asked me how Joey could survive when I don’t cook meat.

And by pointed out, I also mean that my mom is now making double portions of brisket and sending me home with half to give to Joey.  Who will eat the entire portion in one sitting.

My response?

I’m offended, family!  Joey is fully capable of cooking himself meat.

Which he apparently only does when I’m on vacation.

Also, Joey can and will order meat whenever we go out to dinner or whenever he buys his own breakfast/lunch while at work.  In other words, I think he manages just fine.

Plus who needs meat when I make a mean chickpea burger?


Don’t answer that, Joey.


Do you live with someone who has different food beliefs/practices than you?

How do you “work it out?”

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2011 2:05 PM

    Luckily my bf taught me my eating habits so we’re both equally alike. He does enjoy meat more than I do but that’s only when we decide to go all out 😀

  2. August 11, 2011 2:17 PM

    I am fortunate to live with another vegetarian.. no meat around here!
    I went veg pretty young, but can remember the times where I’d try and cook hamburger for my family dinner. I always hated it. the smell, the look, the grease that you drain.. blegh!

  3. August 11, 2011 3:27 PM

    My whole family sans my older sister likes meat. We don’t eat red meat often, but like chicken, etc. We try to eat/try everything to make everyone happy! 🙂

  4. August 11, 2011 3:43 PM

    That chickpea burger looks amazing! so do you eat meat when you go to restaurants?

    • August 12, 2011 2:59 PM

      Very rarely. If everyone is sharing, I don’t mind trying meat entrees, though.

  5. August 11, 2011 4:32 PM

    Haha, love this…the hubster swears he needs meat with all meals. I have actually cooked a good many meatless meals lately that he eats!

    • August 12, 2011 2:58 PM

      I think most meat eaters are really hesitant about eating meat-free meals but once they realize there’s plenty of delicious veggie entrees they sort of get over it.

  6. milehighmark permalink
    August 11, 2011 7:52 PM

    Ha! I would be the Joey in my house. The wife and I eat different meals most nights. Pizzas are always ordered half-n-half. She’s the veg-head, and I’m looking at Joey’s sandwich saying damn! I recognize that restaurant…Breckenridge Brewery next to Coors Field?

  7. August 12, 2011 4:24 AM

    “Joey is fully capable of cooking himself meat.” thaaaank youuuu! i don’t see anything wrong with that. i mean, it’s better than you giving him pink chicken, right?!

    • August 12, 2011 2:57 PM

      Right!! I’m not withholding meat from anyone, I’m just saying I won’t be providing any.

  8. August 12, 2011 6:00 AM

    My parents are meat eaters, but we all cook for ourselves so it’s no big deal. They often ask me what I’m going to do when I start dating someone that eats meat, though, and I tell ’em the guy will probably have to cook it himself or worry about food poisoning lol. I’ve cooked meat maybe once in my life, so I have nooooo idea how to do it and I wouldn’t want to make anyone sick.

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