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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:June 28th, 2005 11:00 am (UTC)
Actually, omnivores typically like veggie food that _looks_ like veggie food, not veggie food that tries to look like meat. When we had our wedding my spouse and I got a really good vegan catererer and the anti-veggie relatives found it great (even knowing it was not their usual fare).

I have had the most sucess with things in the 'uncheese cookbook' ... especially the vegan lasagna. Another thing that comes out well is franks 'n beans using veggie dogs. Using them in pigs-in-a-blanket for the occasional treat is good as well.

The problem is his resistance to 'odd' foods since all of them involve tofu or some other 'wierd' thing ... forget the fact that my omnivore friends laugh about tofu while licking the bowl clean when I make that lasagna.

His liking veggies is a good sign. Typically, vegetarian cooks know better than omnivores how to cook them so you would probably be able to do without heavy sauces. [The problem is more one of psychology: he THINKS he needs the sauce.]

Not sure about the fat content offhand, but you may want to try the occasional stew. Hey, even if he insists on a small amout of dead animals in there it would be one way to get him to eat his veggies and legumes. Tomato soup is probably a pretty safe bet too, and you can jazz that up if you want.
Date:July 6th, 2005 03:59 am (UTC)
Well, if he's a meat-and-potatoes type of guy, mashed potatoes are vegan... plenty of vegan things to make with potatoes. And it sounds like there could be a cholesterol issue there too if he's banned from meat, so maybe try using Earth Balance in place of butter? It has a lot of calories, but using a little bit wouldn't hurt and could make him eat better. Also I think pasta is conventional enough that even hardcore meat-and-potatoes people will eat it, I like to make whole wheat penne with homemade sauce (really easy, just sautee some mushrooms and onions in a little bit of olive oil and add about 6 diced tomatoes and spices [I use oregano, black pepper, basil, garlic, and thyme] and let it cook on medium-high heat for about 25 minutes). That or just use regular jar sauce, or make sauteed vegetables to go with it. Spices will probably help a lot in getting him to enjoy the food, before I was a vegan I never cooked with spices and now they've replaced the dairy-filled sauces. I think vegetarian chili is a safe bet too, I've never had real chili, but I bet it's not that different. Soy cheese pizza is great too, tastes like regular cheese pizza (or so say non-vegans), and is especially good if you throw on a few veggies. I like Tofutti soy cheese pizza the best. Probably the most important thing in getting him to enjoy his new eating habits is getting him to persevere, slowly the vegan foods will grow on him.
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Date:October 11th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)

type 2?

so he has type 2 diabetes? which mean his pancreas isn't working so well, no? the class i went to stressed eating a protein and a carb together at all eating. spagetti and "meatballs", chili, chili spagetti, stirfry veg with some chiken lookin stuff. fajitas. carb+protein=good. watch portions, lots of small meals. peanutbutter+apple=carb and protein. tofurkey sausage type stuff is so good. smart menu BBQ is so good, tastes better then original! sneak the veggies! veggies=carb but better carb then breads.
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