Dueling Household Diets on a Budget

Posted on August 6th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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Not everyone eats the same. Not even in the same household. My husband refuses to eat any type of fruit. My son is a growing toddler that need a variety of foods and I’m a vegetarian. We live on a budget and can’t have a different grocery list for everyone. Here are a few ways our household copes without much drama.

Find The Place You Meet

There are many foods that we have in common. My husband love 100% juice which is good for our son and also vegetarian. Also both the guys in my life are lactose intolerant making our breakfast drink choice almond milk or soy milk. Sometimes we meet this happy medium by getting the chocolate version of soy or almond milk. Another product we have met in the middle over is bread. My son needs a whole wheat bread, but my husband love white bread without any seeds or add ins. Our compromise is a seedless honey wheat bread.

Meal Planning

All family members are a part of meal planning. Just because I’m vegetarian doesn’t mean everyone else is. Rather than making two separate meals, or making my family miserable, we have learned how to make our meals in stages. For example I make pasta and make the sauce and meat separate. I don’t add the meat in mine, but my family does in theirs. I get my vegetarian meal, and they don’t have to eat my diet.

Vegetarian Dishes That Work

My husband has found that he like vegetarian hot dogs. He says his stomach feels better when he eats them versus meat hot dogs. He feels the same way about vegan ice cream and yogurt. Here we don’t meet in the middle. We just buy the vegetarian brands we know work for our family. At the same time we know that vegan cheese just won’t cut it for the rest of the family.

How do you manage dietary differences in your household without breaking the budget?

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