Andrea asks: "what sorts of meals do you prepare for your husband and yourself (I'm assuming he is not vegetarian)? What are some tips you could give for healthy meals that husbands will like?"
Thanks for asking, Andrea! It's true that my husband isn't vegetarian, but he isn't a heavy carnivore either. By saying this I mean that he is perfectly happy to get along without meat for a few days, and only insists on having some chicken for Shabbat dinner and on Shabbat itself. As for beef and other sorts of red meat, he eats that very rarely.
You can imagine I'm pretty happy about it, as someone who has been vegetarian since the age of ten. Just looking at raw meat makes me queasy. I'll confess I haven't made any meat for my husband yet, but I suppose sooner or later I will have to. When that moment comes, I hope to find something that doesn't take too much messing around to prepare.
I must add, too, that I kept cooking very simple for the past month, due to the challenges of setting a new household. There were days when I woke up to an almost empty refrigerator. Fortunately, now our freezer, refrigerator and kitchen shelves are stocked with food – and I was looking forward to some cooking undisturbed by "what do you mean, there are no eggs?!" – until the electric stove we have been using broke down. It was brand new and will be replaced, but until then, I won't be able to cook much. Luckily we still have our oven and microwave.
So far, I have made simple, nutritious meals – soups, rice with a rich sauce from a variety of vegetables on the side, different sorts of pasta with veggies. I serve fresh salad with almost every meal. Not exactly elaborate gourmet cooking, but it keeps us well-fed. I think variety is the key word here – shapes, colors, smells, tastes.
I think each vegetarian-carnivore couple should discuss their preferences and reach some sort of compromise. If the husband claims he can't live without meat even for a day, try to compromise on eating meat three or four times a week, and in the remaining days surprise him with creative and delicious vegetarian dishes. If he is used to eating meat and potatoes every day, and you take out the meat and leave only the potatoes, of course he will be bored. But if you serve nicely seasoned rice and beans, a soup and a fresh salad, maybe he will discover he is actually pretty happy with it.
Fortunately, these days it's very easy to obtain information about just anything. Simply type the words "vegetarian cooking" or "vegetarian meals" in Google, and you will see links to a variety of websites such as www.vegcooking.com. Don't be afraid to try and improve new recipes – some of them might fail, but some will almost certainly become favorites in your home.