Different Flavas and Tastes

Hi guys! How are you?? Looks like ya’ll want some gourmet cookies, eh? Just to let me know, you’re killing me with the amazing cookie ideas. I’ve been wiping drool from my face all day 😉 Keep those entries coming!

So as ya know, the Pilot and I have different tastes when it comes to food. We have the exact same sense of humor (it’s scary, really), wear the same style clothes (Express clothes with Sevens jeans), and use the same crazy phrases (“rock my face off”, etc). Since I was so happy to find the love of my life and we already have so much in common, I bet you can imagine how he eats is of the least concern to me. Usually we’re too busy having fun to care about what each other is eating anyway 🙂

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That being said, it takes a little bit of planning to accommodate both of our foodie preferences. He loves meat, I don’t. I like interesting ingredients (spirulina, goji berries, mung bean pasta) that he’s a little afraid of. I’m all about whole-grain, and he prefers white flour for certain things (especially pancakes). He also needs about 5x the calories I do to maintain his weight! Men are entirely different animals, let me tell ya 😉

Even though I provide a lot of examples on how I’ll change our meals each night, I thought it would be fun to go through an entire day of typical eats for both of us and how we make it work 🙂

mesa grill

Casual breakfast:

Breakfast cookie, oats or smoothie for me:                    Cereal in a to-go container with milk for him, unless I make him an egg and cheese sandwich

cookie                           cereal

Leisurely breakfast:

Perfect protein pancakes for me:                                           Old fashioned pancakes with eggs and ham/bacon for him:

pancake                          pancakes (2)

Prep: for these I’ll have two bowls and make the batter for each at the same time. He’ll cook his, I’ll cook mine and make the eggs.


Lunch is do-your-own-thang in our casa. I’ll usually pack up a lunch or leftovers for the Pilot and make whatever I’m feeling for me 🙂

I’ll usually have a Gina creation– salad beast, smoothie, leftovers, pizza, quesadilla, omelet, sweet potato thing, or sandwich with a salad/veg or leftovers


The Pilot will have a meat sandwich and a PB&J sandwich along with snacks (Annie’s bunnies, fruit, cheese and crackers, cookies)


or he’ll pick up Thai mobile or a sandwich from the commiscary

Casual dinner:

Kale salad, grilled veg and mushrooms with goat cheese for me:          Kale salad, alfredo noodles and chicken for the pilot:

dinner                            chicken and kale

I’ll marinade the chicken and veg, he’s the grillmaster and will make the veggies on the grill, grill his chicken on a separate rack (is that what it’s called? haha) and I’ll make the pasta and salads

Leisurely dinner:


Shrimp tamales with Sophie’s Chopped Salad


Chips and Goat Cheese Queso

queso chips


You guys know about the snacks I love (Larabars, fruit and nut butter, toast, smoothies, veg and hummus, etc etc),


but the Pilot will snack on cereal galore, poptarts and Hog Corn at the squadron


Hog corn: popcorn popped with oil, sea salt and jalapenos. So spicy, so amazing… if I worked at the squadron, I’d probably eat it all day 😉

So as you can see, our eats are very different but it’s not too hard to balance our eating styles and plan our meals out. Usually I’ll plan to make something we both like for dinner, and Tom-ify it by adding meat and cheese to his. We both love seafood, veggies, egg dishes and brown rice/quinoa based dishes, so it’s really not too bad.

I’m also lucky because if it tastes good, he’ll eat it. He’s not too picky 😉


Does your family have different eating styles? How do you plan things out?? Do you or your hubby/significant other/room mate/cat have special nutritional preferences?

Well I’m off to shake my booty at dance 🙂

Have a lovely night and I’ll see you in the morning!



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  1. Megan on October 13, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I was literally JUST talking to my mom about how hard it is to make meals that my boyfriend and I can both eat (he is actually trying to GAIN weight while I am losing weight). This post realy helped me, thank you!

  2. thefruitpersuit (Sabine) on October 13, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Great post Gina! I have the exact same situation going on now that my man moved in a few weeks ago (and also a militairy man…). He’s a meat beast, but he’s been a real trooper by cutting out almost all ‘dinner’ meats, he only eats it during the day now on top of his bread. I get creative with almost all meals during the day too; a little adjustment here and there (especially with the ‘special’ pancakes for me versus white flour pancakes for him ;)) and we’re good to go.

    I am very curious: the meat the pilot eats at home, is it all organic? Since my man doesn’t really care, he’ll buy non-organic meats (and around here its almost impossible to find organic lunch meats) and I feel a little uncomfortable with it. I try and not think about it too much though, it’s his decision, but I was wondering how it works at your casa.

    love, Sabine

  3. thefruitpersuit (Sabine) on October 13, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Oh and now I totally forgot! The Pilot’s name’s Tom!! Haha I was literally stunnnnneed to see his name pop up ;). But he makes a cute Tom 😉

  4. amanda on October 13, 2010 at 7:25 am

    My husband and I also eat some of the same things but he does prefer food that isn’t as healthy. I like it though because then I will have a bite or two of his food and eat what I really came for.

  5. rachael on October 13, 2010 at 7:27 am

    My husband will eat anything, so he is perfectly happy to eat the vegan meals I cook at home. I make one family meal and modify it a little for our son (less spicy etc) if need be. I give everyone who makes 2 meals a night a lot of credit, I don’t think I could handle all those dishes!

  6. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 13, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Haha that last picture really does sum up all your similarities! You guys are too cute. 😀

    When I’m at university, I just cook for myself but it can be a bit tough when I visit home because my parents have pretty different eating preferences than me (like pork and red meat). I end up cooking for myself pretty often or making substitutions/additions to their meal for myself.

  7. Cara Craves... on October 13, 2010 at 7:47 am

    My husband is a meat lover, me, not so much!
    I lover to cook and he loves to eat what I cook, so
    he just gets his “meat fix” when we go out for dinner
    at a Korean BBQ. He is pretty easy to please.

  8. jenna on October 13, 2010 at 8:07 am

    this was such a cute post! Having different tastes in a house can be fun. most people might think its hard but i like it b/c it forces you to know how to cook a wide variety of things.

  9. Brittany on October 13, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I Eat healthy for breakfast and lunch but when me and my boyfriend eat dinner together I usually eat a smaller portion of what hes having. Its really hard to resist

  10. Cyndi @ Weightless Life on October 13, 2010 at 8:38 am

    The husband is a meat eater, and I’m a vegetarian so that’s our main difference. But beyond that he is really flexible, and I appreciate that. At the same time I buy him the junk food/meat/ whatever that he wants, because it’s only fair.

  11. Bree@ beeskneeslife on October 13, 2010 at 8:45 am

    My husband and I eat the same for the most part. I am more adventurous and will eat tofu, tempeh, parsnip fries, goat cheese, etc where as he will usually try something once if I make it, but tends to not like as much of the things I do. I eat a wider variety of foods in general. We typically cook dinner together, but many nights we do our own thing.

  12. Casey on October 13, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Is the Pilot’s name Tom? 🙂 I was wondering what his name was!

    • Fitnessista on October 13, 2010 at 11:58 am

      yes it’s tom 🙂

  13. Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf on October 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

    We don’t eat breakfast together anymore since he has to be at work at about the time I get up, and he doesn’t get to come home for lunch like I do. He tends to take pacakaged meals for lunches, and he eats eggs and bacon for breakfast. We eat the same healthy dinner. He loves vegetables and doesn’t mind the occasional (VERY occasional!) vegetarian meal. He will start to complain if I serve more vegetarian meals than not.

  14. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on October 13, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    That first picture is such a great one of your guys! What a freakin cute couple!!

    My husband is easy as far as food goes… he’ll eat whatever I make, but definitely likes it when the meal contains less tofu (and he haaaates quinoa) and more meaty, meat. Lately, I have been making a big batch of something for him like this:


    …and I’ll have a little and then I made steamed b-sprouts, quinoa cooked in broth with a lil earth balance and nooch & baked tofu… not bc I didn’t like the casserole, but bc I was craving the latter like crazy…

  15. Jessica on October 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    We don’t really plan things too much- its mainly go with the flow at our house. My husband is also in the AF and he is always leaving for short periods of time. I work during the day away from home, so we do our own thing for lunch and breakfast. I will have toast/cereal/muffin/bar and a smoothie/almond milk/coffee for breakfast. For lunch, I will have a salad, soup, sandwhich, or Amy’s FD from home. Sometimes I will go out for a sandwhich or burrito. The husband eats a lot of cereal and chicken, fish, or soup. But he has to fend for himself for breakfast and lunch usually.

    Dinner is whatever we are feeling. I crave pizza at least once a week and we usually go out once a week. We often will have something simple like sandwiches and salads. I want to start cooking more, though. We don’t do a whole lot of planning, but we do plan before going grocery shopping. That pretty much determines what we will eat.

  16. Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun on October 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    EVERYONE in my family has different taste preferences – that’s why it is so hard to cook for them!

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