His & Hers Dinners: How To Make 2 Meals Without the Effort

by Lauren on September 27, 2012

A question that I often get from readers is if Toly eats the same meals as I do.

The truth, no.

I’m planning on doing an entire post dedicated to a day of Toly’s eats eventually, (he doesn’t know this yet) but for the most part his typical day consists of a bowl of cereal and bagel for breakfast, a turkey and cheese sandwich for lunch and whatever dinner I put in front of him.

But on the topic of dinner, you get to see most of what I eat every day but the question arises as to whether or not I’m making two meals, one for me and one for him.

I admit, my husband has come a long way in terms of being adventurous with his food choices but lets get real, a big plate of vegetables is not going to cut it.  The boy likes his meat and potatoes.

While I love him dearly and aim to please, I also know I don’t want to spend hours over dinner making two completely separate meals, so I have a general rule of thumb.  I take one central concept and customize based on tastes.

Let’s take a look at tonight’s dinner as an example.

(This probably isn’t the best example seeing as it was one of those “make whatever is fast and easy since I’m not really in the mood to cook” nights but you’ll get the idea) 

Dinner Concept:  Omelets

His: 3 egg, turkey, cheddar and tomato 

Hers: Egg white, turkey, spinach, zucchini, goat cheese 

The Ingredients:

I lay everything that I will need out ahead of time which is key.

The Sides:

His: Roasted Potatoes 

Hers: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Same concept, same cooking time, different vegetable.

The end result:




Again, not the most picturesque meal, but quite delicious.

So essentially, I was able to cook everything simultaneously and adjust the ingredients as needed.  For the most part, Toly and I eat the same “meat” with every meal, but I usually alter the sides.

On a night when Toly is not home, you’ll most likely see me eating something more like this….

Acorn Squash, Apple and Brussels Sprout Saute with Apple Chicken Sausage

Acorn Squash, Apple and Brussels Sprout Saute with Apple Chicken Sausage
Recipe Type: Main Entree
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 1
  • 1/2 of a small acorn squash, cubed
  • 1/2 cup brussels sprouts, sliced in half
  • 1/2 gala or honey crisp apple, cubed
  • 1 apple chicken sausage (I used Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. In a large skillet, heat coconut oil. Add squash, salt, pepper and cinnamon.
  2. Cook squash for 10-15 minutes or until it begins to brown and soften.
  3. Add brussels sprouts and chicken sausage and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  4. Add apple and cook for another 5 minutes.
  5. In a small bowl, combine balsamic and syrup. Add over squash mixture.
  6. Let the sauce come to a soft boil, reduce heat to low and let the sauce reduce, about 5 minutes.

Roasted fall vegetables and I are in a serious relationship at the moment.

As much as I love to cook for two, sometimes it’s nice to only worry about prepping, cooking and cleaning one dish.

Before I go, I just have a few things to note: 

1. Am I completely naive but how did I just find out that Starbucks is doing away with free perks for their Gold Card members?  I about died when the woman told me today that as of October 16th, I will no longer be getting my soy milk for free.  The catch is I earn a free drink after 12 stars rather than 15!  Someone please tell me how that benefits me?  I’m pretty sure soy milk is an extra .60 so if I get that 12 times that comes out to an extra $7.20 and I didn’t even count the flavored syrup.  You better believe my free drink is going to be an expensive one!

2. A new blog that I am LOVING is the gorgeous work of Jackie at Pham Fatale.  Jackie recently created an incredible granola bar recipe with the Granola Basics which I just posted about earlier this week.  She also is coming out with her second cookbook this December and we are giving away 3 copies to NAG readers.  Head over there now and leave a comment for a chance to win!

3. The new Mumford & Sons album is rocking my world.  It’s the best $12 I’ve spent in a long time.

And with that, I’m calling it a day.

Enjoy your night friends!

Question:  Would you like to see more of Toly’s meals?  I think I may start including a His/Hers demo every week.  Thoughts? 

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