By Avery Yale Kamila | April 22, 2015
Janel Croll of Portland has been a vegetarian for 15 years. During the last nine she’s shared a home – and a kitchen – with her husband, who eats meat.
“It works because he doesn’t cook,” said Croll, 36. “I do the majority, if not all of the cooking. He’ll eat whatever I cook.”
Zach Croll, 33, agrees. He enjoys her cooking and doesn’t bring much meat home.
This is a common approach among vegetarians who live with people who eat meat. If the meat-eating housemate doesn’t cook and the veg one does, the home’s meals naturally become vegetarian.
However, things work differently in the kitchen longtime vegetarian Kristen Scarcelli shares with her meat-eating husband.
“He makes his part of the meal, and I make my part of the meal,” said Scarcelli, 58, who lives in Portland. “We meet over the greens.”
The shared vegetable might be sautéed kale with onions and balsamic vinegar or a simple baked potato.
“I don’t cook meat,” Scarcelli said. “And we share utensils, not in the same meal, certainly, but there isn’t a set of his dishes and my dishes.”
Croll said once in a while her husband buys cold cuts or canned tuna and makes a sandwich. They also share the same dishes and utensils, but Croll asks that he clean up after himself.
“I prefer not to wash dishes with roasted chicken breast on it,” she said.
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