Lately Mr. HVC has been trying to help out more in the kitchen. October will be his 1-year vegetarianniversary and he is slowly gaining more confidence in his ability to cook veg-friendly meals. Like many couples, we struggle with overcoming traditional gender roles in our relationship and to beat this one we’re trying to build a list of easy meals he can whip up without my help.
Last night Mr. HVC made one of our go-to weeknight dinners, pasta, which is easy to make but is also easy for a beginner cook to play around with. To spruce it up he likes to add sautéed onions, bell pepper, squash, and mushrooms, and a handful of broiled grape tomatoes.
We keep a stash of jarred sauce and a bunch of different pastas (whole wheat, veggie, different shapes, etc.), nuts, and beans in the pantry so he can pick whatever sounds good that night. We also try to keep basic fresh veggies on hand so he can put together a simple side salad.
Paired with some yummy bread (this time it was olive!) we had a super easy, healthy dinner.
I’m still working on a good list of beginner-recipes. Other favorites for us are tostadas and stir fry. What are some of your partner-proof dinner ideas?