What time do you eat dinner? + great new dinner ideas

So Chris and I were driving home at around 5:45 and I asked him what time he would like to have dinner…and he told me 8.  Which is what led me to this post and made me realize I wanted to see what life is like at other people’s houses.

I love my husband very much but the one thing we are pretty different about is food.  As in he naturally eats like a bird where I eat more like a dinosaur. I swear he could go an entire day without eating.  Even on days where he runs 7 miles, he never gets hungry (I admit I could be exaggerating…he probably gets hungry… but for the sake of this post, humor me).  Now me, if I get hungry and there are no plans for food in the near future it’s not a good situation…picture a crazed animal on the attack. And it’s frustrating sometimes to not be on the same page.

Needless to say, I like to come home and eat my dinner right away.

I typically eat my standard protein shake breakfast at 7:30.

Today’s included blueberries, watermelon, spinach, peanut flour, protein powder and almond milk

And I follow that up with a snack at around 10:30/11, lunch after my workout around 1 or 2 and some sort of light snack around 4 or 5 with dinner preferably at 6 or 6:30.  But the problem is that Chris never wants to eat before 7.  For the most part, this is because he’s not hungry but I think this also has to do with “work style.”  He likes to come home and do tasks – walk the dog, work in the yard, misc chores etc and then relax where I prefer to relax, eat, and then do my tasks.  They say opposites attract right?  :)  Oh and let me also clarify that I am not some 50’s version June Cleaver who always does exactly what my man likes.  There are definitely days where we eat earlier or compromise.  Like today when we landed on 7:30.  Equal opportunity household here :)

Typically to get me through I end up having to eat a snack.  Like today:

Not the best choice but at least it wasn’t a bunch of chips.   Even though I ate that I’m still hungry but at least it’s manageable.  Plus I’ll head into the kitchen pretty soon to start working on dinner…penne rosa pasta with shrimp.  I seriously cannot wait.

Speaking of waiting…do you remember the movie, Can’t Hardly Wait?  I loved that movie when I was in high school and ended up watching it this morning while I ran on the treadmill.  I’ve totally gotten into a new favorite routine.  I dial up a movie on HBO on my ipad and watch it while cranking out 30-60 minutes of easy jogging.  Today I went for 60!  That’s the longest I’ve run in who knows when.  My knee only slightly started to hurt at the end and didn’t bug me at all once I got off.  I think my body is telling me it does not like hills and that all the hilly runs around my house contribute to my knee pain more than I thought. I also went to a pilates reformer class at lunch time.

All around great workout to kick off the week.

Now it’s your turn.  Tell me about your typical food eating routine. 

What time do you guys eat dinner? 

Do you have to work around the needs of other people in our house? 

Any tips for how to not be starving after work?

Oh and last thing – wanted to pass along this awesome collection of recipes my friend Amanda sent me.  How good do some of these look?

I will definitely be trying some of these out in the next few weeks so be on the lookout.  You can also check out my Pinterest Board for new healthy recipe ideas too.

Have a great night/good morning.


13 thoughts on “What time do you eat dinner? + great new dinner ideas

  1. My husband and I are the same as you two… he could seriously go without eating and I turn into a monster! Often times I make dinner and eat earlier – he gets home after I do – and then sit and chat with him when he is eating dinner. I used to snack first but would end up eating enough calories for a dinner… and then eating real dinner when he got home so that I could spend time with him… that didn’t work out well!

  2. My boyfriend eats dinner the minute he walks in the door, which is usually around 4-5. I am usually having a pre-workout snack at the same time, so we usually sit together and talk about the day. I then eat dinner around 7-ish when I get home from working out.

  3. My boyfriend and I are the same way. He was always saying dinner for around 8 but I was always wanting to cook and eat by 6:30. I am starving at that time! Ive now adapted to dinner at 7:30. I eat breakfast around 7am, snack around 10, Lunch around 1, snack again around 4, dinner at 7/7:30. :)

  4. My fiance and I are on totally different eating schedules — because he works the evening or even night shifts – his biggest meal is after 9pm and I just can’t do that! I find that I do need a snack (a banana, mini larabar, or handful of trail mix) to get me through until 7-7:30 though. After 7:30 I’m a hungry monster :)

    Nice work on the 60 minutes of jogging!

  5. I like to eat dinner right when I get home from work (6ish). If I wait too much longer, I get so hungry that I end up snacking, eating junk, and runing dinner. My boyfriend’s the opposite– he likes to eat at 8:30ish….it was a prob when we first started dating, but now we end up meeting in the middle and eating around 7…I just have to eat a bigger afternoon snack to hold me over.

      • i always have an afternoon snack and it tides me over for about 2- 3 hours.. usually its tuna with an apple and 1/2 oz almonds or tuna with 1/4 cup chickpeas and a side of roasted veggies. the combination of protein, fats and complex carbs helps:)

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