I have a meat and potatoes guy at home myself, and he could eat a horse and not gain a pound, so needless to say meal planning can be challenging. But, I am also not a believer that "healthy eating" means having to eat salads and stuff all the time. One thing I do is reserve some extra calories so I can eat a bigger dinner (usually anywhere from 500-700 calories). It works out fine because I'm not a big breakfast eater anyway so I don't spend a lot of calories on that. Another key is to find recipes that they will like, but are still healthy enough for you. www.skinnytaste.com is great for this.
If they have some favorite things they like to eat, maybe let us know and we can help you find healthier alternatives. Another thing is I dish out my meal first, with the correct portion sizes, along with putting my leftovers for my lunch in a container. After my stuff is taken out, he can eat as much of the rest as he wants... I usually cook at least 4 portions for the 2 of us. Along the same idea, if I'm making whole pieces of meat, like pork chops or chicken breasts, I pick a smaller one to make for myself, and a bigger one for him. Sometimes I have to take mine out sooner so it doesn't overcook but it works out well.
Also, here's some recipes I've made that have really pleased my guy but still were healthy enough for me.
A standby for me: SkinnyTaste's garlic mashed potatoes. I use 2% greek yogurt instead of the sour cream... it ups the protein a bit, but doesn't really affect the calories and they still taste great: www.skinnytaste.com/2008/03/garlic-mashed-
Pork Chops alla Pizzaola. 380 calories for a 5oz chop with sauce, serve with a side of roasted broccoli, sauteed zucchini, or a salad traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/200
Pork Tenderloin usually goes over very well, here's a couple different ideas, I often will serve with the mashed potatoes above and again, roasted broccoli (BF's favorite) or whatever seasonal vegetable, roasted.
-Soy Dijon Pork Tenderloin - 6oz serving (which is a lot of meat for tenderloin, 4oz is usually plenty while in weight loss mode) is 436 calories budgetbytes.blogspot.com/2012/11/soy-dijon
-Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin - 6oz serving is 427 calories www.melskitchencafe.com/2012/06/sweet-and-
Pepper Steak - just serve with rice, calories are listed in the recipe. Also I used sherry instead of rice wine since I couldn't find it in the store. www.skinnytaste.com/2009/07/pepper-steak.h
Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti - I added corn to mine. 4 big servings (just divided the end result up by 4) - 500 cal per serving traceysculinaryadventures.blogspot.com/201
Bacon Topped Turkey Meatloaf - this was a HUGE hit. I made it one big loaf and just increased the cooking time since I don't have a mini loaf pan. Another one to serve w/ the mashed potatoes.
Baked Pesto Chicken - BF's all time favorite, and SO easy. I used breadcrumbs instead of the almond flour. Also, you could cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise to make them thinner and that cuts the calories way down. A 7oz piece of meat w/ everything is 483 calores, but like I said, can be cut almost in half by cutting the chicken in half. www.kalynskitchen.com/2005/04/chicken-stuf
Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy - another one to have w/ mashed potatoes! Also the trick of mixing half ground turkey with half ground beef is one that can be applied to a lot of recipes. Ground turkey by itself is pretty blah, but mixed with ground beef it ends up being great. www.skinnytaste.com/2012/01/skinny-salisbu
Also, I post my meal plans in my blog every week, and I make new recipes every week if you wanted to check it out via my Sparkpage. Good luck!
Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 1/9/2013 (12:20)