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Jun. 27th, 2005 @ 09:34 pm Help with a meat-eater?
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Here's the problem: My father is obese. He has been a meat-and-potatoes man his entire life. He drinks about 2-3 glasses of milk a day, will eat an entire bag of potato chips in one sitting if you let him, and generally doesn't care about what he puts in his body as long as it tastes good.

He went to the doctor today and was given the final "you need to lose weight" warning. He was also put on glucophage because he's now developed diabetes. He has been all but banned from meat and dairy, which are the two things he mainly lives off.

Whenever I cook my vegetarian food, he gripes about it. He hates tofu, he hates rice noodles, he hates soy, he hates fake chicken, he hates...well, everything. He does like vegetables, so I give him credit there, but getting him to eat anything that isn't bathed in rich sauce and fat is next to impossible.

My question is, what foods can I possibly feed him that he'll tolerate? Anything "odd" is out. No tofu, no soy, no miso, no ethnic foods. He wants good, old-fashioned American staples, done veggie-style. They need to be very easy to make, and the ingredients need to be found in your average American pantry.

Help me out. I'm desperate, and I don't know what to do for him anymore. He's finally willing to work with me — he's actually downstairs reading his new food pyramid info from his doctor right now — but I need to make this as easy as possible for him.
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Date:August 7th, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
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bean salads are pretty american right? You can do green bean salad, lima bean salad, pinto, kidney, garbanzo (chickpeas) whatever. A good green bean salad is to take a can of green beans, finely chop a nice sweet onion, add a little bit of white wine vinegar, a little bit of olive oil to taste, salt and pepper. It tastes pretty good! Mashed sweet potatoes also taste really good and are (I'm told) very healthy. One thing that I really like is to take a bunch of different vegetables and chop them up into bite sized pieces (potatoes, zuchinni, squash, carrot, a few whole cloves of garlic) pour a bit of olive oil on top of them, add some salt and pepper and just stick them in the oven for about 1/2 hour. They turn out reallllly delicious.
split pea soup is pretty good...you can just look for a recipe at http://www.allrecipes.com for split pea soup with a little bit of ham (yummy!). Lentil soup is also excellent and very very healthy. There's also this yummy german veggie soup called schnitz and ...I also have a really simple recipe for vegetable soup that is realllly yummy: basically, you take a few potatoes and dice them (not too small), chop up an onion or two, and put them in a saucepan with a bit of butter (optional) and a can of diced or stewed tomatoes and a can of vegetable broth (you can also add some beef bulloin if you want). You let that cook for about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are nice and soft and then you add a can of peas (or whatever vegetables you want) and a can of salad beans. It's really yummy and easy!
Date:December 27th, 2005 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I can totally relate because my entire family on one side is obese. The doctor even took him off low fat dairy? hmm. Has he tried the yves good soy burgers? Most people cant even tell there soy. I you find a good soy burger you can fool anyone, including my dad whos a cattle rancher!