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What do you pack a picky eater for lunch?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 13, 2011 at 11:47 PM

My husband is a whiner when it comes to food. He'll EAT just about everything, but most of it he'll whine about. Please note that while he's agreed to join me on our eating habits, his way of conforming is a low-carb six dollar burger with added bacon and no sauce. (This actually wouldn't bother me if he took off the trans-fat "cheese" but alas...)

Thursday my cow finally arrives. I plan on immediately following Dr. K's leptin diet, and he will be on it too. Aside from a bun-free bacon cheese burger, what could I send him with for lunch? He doesn't want salads "because they take too long to eat" and hard-boiled eggs haven't worked out (I told you he's whiny). He puts his foot down on jerky, and strongly dislikes coconut. He does like veggies, aside from being weird about the leafy green ones such as chard, collards, etc. Spinach is okay. I'm thinking about making him a lasagna using zucchini noodles and freezing individual portions. He agreed to this. So, I'm hoping for at least 2 more winners that I can make him for lunch, bonus points if I can make it ahead of time.

Oh, and as a general rule, anything 'asian' in taste will not go over well.

Thanks so much!

3f3236d1f951d4b4c25eff387699a905

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on June 15, 2011
at 07:45 AM

Eggplant is difficult. I had a friend who hated it but suddenly came to love it. The trick is to fry it without skin until it becomes very creamy. Requires lots of oil though (I squeeze out the oil and use it for the rest of the things I'm cooking when the eggplant is done). I also hated salmon and shrimp, but teriyaki salmon goes down fine, and I also learned that I was overcooking shrimp! Why not use almond meal instead of coconut? Also, sometimes the trick lies in the spices and cooking rather than the ingredients :) It might require the "try one bite at least" method hahaha Good luck! :D

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:14 AM

They really would get along!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:13 AM

I'm trying to figure out if mine will go for pulled pork. If I pull it in pasta sauce I think it'll be a hit! Thanks!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:11 AM

But I plan on feeding him copious amounts of mahi mahi (it's what's cheap that he likes).

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:11 AM

I haven't gotten to omega 3's yet...

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:10 AM

Stew might work. Mmmm...

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:09 AM

He had these food preferences before. And he's doing it because he loves me, and because he's gotten fat. I knew about most of this before I married him, and it's one of the only things I have to complain about him about. He agreed to eat what I feed him so long as it isn't 'horrible' and so long as I keep his lunch packed. For now, it's what I can get out of him as far as taking control of his health.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:01 AM

that's supposed to be "touch" eggplant

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Refuses to eat salmon, and hates shrimp even more. He does like tonkatsu, do you have a paleo recipe without coconut?` He won't tough eggplant. It's like being married to a 5 year old, I swear.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 03:57 AM

He doesn't like sauces *facepalm*

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Great ideas! I'm going to have to try the pulled pork. 8)

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:49 PM

I feel your pain. My husband imagines he will eat about anything, but when it's actually on the menu for dinner he whines and makes funny faces, lol...

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on June 14, 2011
at 03:13 AM

Your husband and my husband should be best friends. They hate all the same things. Hahahaha. I just have him on a 80% paleo Atkins diet. Lol

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I get organic sweet potatoes that are almost the same flavor and texture as regular potatoes. The ones I get look like red potatoes. I bet he wouldn't notice. Does he like seafood? How do you get him his Omega 3s?

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:59 AM

He won't go anywhere near an avocado, but he does love chili! Sausage tends to be what's for dinner, but I'm liking these ideas!

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Taco's might work. Doesn't like yogurt or sweet potato, or walnuts really.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:57 AM

He'd make his lunch in the drive-thru and be quite happy with it. He's been known to leave acceptable but less-than desireable lunches in the work fridge and go out.

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:53 AM

He sounds just like my OH. Will eat most of the things I make, but whines far too much! Looking with interest as I need ideas for OH too :-)

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:10 AM

My ex-husband was also a picky eater. The easiest thing to make would be a little note that reads "You're an adult. If you don't like what I make, then make your own damned lunch. Love you!"

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:57 AM

He'd make his lunch in the drive-thru and be quite happy with it. He's been known to leave acceptable but less-than desireable lunches in the work fridge and go out.

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on June 13, 2011
at 11:52 PM

My hubby likes bratwursts, or any other type of sausage. We either bbq them the night before or even the morning of (they are really quick to bbq).

He loves chili - so I can make that ahead of time and freeze individual portions - there are so many variations of chili too so the flavour can really vary.

I try to over-make dinner as well - and then hide the left-overs so he doesn't get to them later on in the evening (which he would if I didn't hide them).

Pulled pork in the slow cooker is also a good one - easy to make in advance - and as a plus you can make it into a lettuce wrap too.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:51 PM

Great ideas! I'm going to have to try the pulled pork. 8)

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:13 AM

I'm trying to figure out if mine will go for pulled pork. If I pull it in pasta sauce I think it'll be a hit! Thanks!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:37 AM

Lettuce wrap tacos with lacto fermented salsa (probiotics).

or

Roast beef

or

Pot Roast

I like to add a side of sweet potato mash with things like walnuts and bacon chunks mixed in.

or

BBQ (Dry rub, no sauce, or you can make your own sauce the paleo way)

I eat something for breakfast when I'm camping sometimes. I cook a bunch of bacon and then make fried sweet potatoes, onions, garlic and avocado that I cook in the bacon grease like I would be cooking regular fried potatoes. After that is done I fry two eggs and put those and the bacon on top of the mix and then I cover the whole thing with warmed up buffalo chili. Sounds gross but is freakin awesome.

This guy has great recipes

http://paleodietlifestyle.com/

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 14, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Taco's might work. Doesn't like yogurt or sweet potato, or walnuts really.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 14, 2011
at 01:17 AM

I get organic sweet potatoes that are almost the same flavor and texture as regular potatoes. The ones I get look like red potatoes. I bet he wouldn't notice. Does he like seafood? How do you get him his Omega 3s?

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 15, 2011
at 04:11 AM

But I plan on feeding him copious amounts of mahi mahi (it's what's cheap that he likes).

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 15, 2011
at 04:11 AM

I haven't gotten to omega 3's yet...

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3f3236d1f951d4b4c25eff387699a905

(554)

on June 14, 2011
at 09:12 AM

I have to make lunch to take with me everyday hehe. Hm a lot of Japanese food doesn't taste too asian. The Japanese hamburger for example is without bun and is thick, juicy and yummy, a lot of times with cheese melted on. There is also "tonkatsu" which is pork chop, just change out the bread crumbs on it to something more paleo. I sometimes pack japanese sweet/purple potato together with the protein, and sometimes just broccoli and greens. My latest favorite is bacon, broccoli, walnuts and a little melted cheese on. Or why not make some chicken with tandoori spice. Meatballs are also nice, together with a sauce. Worchester sauce is yummy on all meat. A lot of the time I just throw a random meat in the pan and put some worchester on it and it's good to go. And why not make him some teriyaki salmon (doesn't taste asian at all), teriyaki burger or teriyaki chicken. Shrimp is also very good, especially wrapped in bacon. So is chicken. Bacon avocado "sandwich" is also good. I love bacon and sausage, so why not wrap the sausage in bacon :D I also like curry a lot, so I'd make chicken spinach "saag". Or why not make a mexicanish type of meat sauce with lots of veggies and bake in inside a paprika or eggplant. Also, caramelised onions go well on pretty much anything, so they might make him eat the things he likes less haha Should I go on? :D

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 15, 2011
at 04:01 AM

Refuses to eat salmon, and hates shrimp even more. He does like tonkatsu, do you have a paleo recipe without coconut?` He won't tough eggplant. It's like being married to a 5 year old, I swear.

3f3236d1f951d4b4c25eff387699a905

(554)

on June 15, 2011
at 07:45 AM

Eggplant is difficult. I had a friend who hated it but suddenly came to love it. The trick is to fry it without skin until it becomes very creamy. Requires lots of oil though (I squeeze out the oil and use it for the rest of the things I'm cooking when the eggplant is done). I also hated salmon and shrimp, but teriyaki salmon goes down fine, and I also learned that I was overcooking shrimp! Why not use almond meal instead of coconut? Also, sometimes the trick lies in the spices and cooking rather than the ingredients :) It might require the "try one bite at least" method hahaha Good luck! :D

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 15, 2011
at 04:01 AM

that's supposed to be "touch" eggplant

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on June 14, 2011
at 05:45 AM

I am pretty sure if you place a big chunk of meat in his lunch it will be consumed... Add some veggies on the side and maybe a potato.

Stew from a pot roast.

For the veggies put a nice sauce on them... They will disappear as well...

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 15, 2011
at 04:10 AM

Stew might work. Mmmm...

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 15, 2011
at 03:57 AM

He doesn't like sauces *facepalm*

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on June 14, 2011
at 12:23 AM

Hah, our husbands sound similar! Mine doesn't like utensils, or to heat anything up. Yet today I made him a chicken sausage on spinach greens with pepperoncinis and red pepper. He came home raving about how good it was. I gave him bison chili the week before, even though he doesn't like to use the microwave or eat with spoons at work he still liked it.

He has to make some concessions if he wants to follow you. Especially if your preparing everything. A couple ideas which might help:

Lettuce wraps: sliced beef with tomatoes and Avacado.

Bison chili

Beef sasuage (naked) with fixins

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 14, 2011
at 12:59 AM

He won't go anywhere near an avocado, but he does love chili! Sausage tends to be what's for dinner, but I'm liking these ideas!

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on June 14, 2011
at 06:31 AM

The moment he opens up his mouth to whine, stick a hard boiled egg or something asian tasting in it.

Sorry, couldn't resist. :) Okay, not trying to be disrespectful, but this one really has me scratching his head. Isn't he an adult? Can't he make his own choices? From the very little that's posted, it sounds kind of like he doesn't want to be doing this at all.

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

(2435)

on June 15, 2011
at 04:09 AM

He had these food preferences before. And he's doing it because he loves me, and because he's gotten fat. I knew about most of this before I married him, and it's one of the only things I have to complain about him about. He agreed to eat what I feed him so long as it isn't 'horrible' and so long as I keep his lunch packed. For now, it's what I can get out of him as far as taking control of his health.

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