*Sorry if this is in the wrong place*
So the situation is - I'm moving back home in a couple of weeks, which means the bf and I will be living at my mom's house permanently now. (all the complications of which are a topic for a completely different discussion). My 25 y.o. cousin also lives there + 2 lovely kitties
As the bf and i now will be working from home, thus hanging around the house quite a lot, I will have to do most of the cooking for the 4 of us (plus I wanna learn how to cook properly and well). This is where I need some advice.
I'm vegan, my mom's ovo-lacto and the bf and cousin are omnis. I'm not willing to cook anything non-vegan for them, and they're fine with eating vegan about half of the time, but they do want their 'freedom' of eating animal products when they want to, and i'm pretty much fine with that. So what I'm looking for a some nice recipes that I can cook vegan, but they can then add their cheese/meat to. When I'm home for holidays and I cook for everyone, I usually make something like rice/pasta/couscous with veggies in curry or tomato or some other sauce (easy for them to add meat/cheese to if they want). I try to vary the components as much as possible, but still gets quite boring, I think. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I think we're all up to trying anything and everything new in terms of food, it would in addition be a good opportunity for them to see that vegan food is very varied and tasty I'd really like to try cooking things like pies, casseroles and desserts and international foods - never had any practice while living by myself. If all goes well with my work plans, I won't have much time to spend around the kitchen though! So I need recipes that don't take too much preparation time.
Another thing is that the bf is really tall and thin and REALLY needs to gain some weight - can't feed himself properly at all, esp. when I'm away. I'm probably the only one who can help him with it :/ But I, on the other hand, need to lose some weight (not much, maybe up to 6-8 kilos). Mom and cousin seem to be watching their weight as well. Obviously, bigger than average portions for him and smaller than average for me could be part of the answer, also maybe cake for him and apple for me for dessert. We're both hoping to make a lot more time for exercise also. So does anyone has any other suggestions on how to combine the two completely different diets without cooking 2 meals?
I know that a lot of people on here live with and cook for non-vegans, so how do you go about it?
Any advice, tips, recipes or any other help will be much appreciated
p.s.: wow, that's long! sorry