I’m not, mainly just calorie deficit for right now. Higher protein and lots of veggies. Fewer carbs
Hadn’t seen that one yet, will check it out
I typically buy my meats in bulk and pick each package to get a even amount of meat for my meals. Like a 3lb package of chicken breast is 6 meals of protein for me. Same with pork loin, 93/7 ground turkey, salmon, shrimp, eggs, tuna, etc. I'll then buy my veggies based off how many meals I've bought protein for each week. Sauces, seasonings, and dressings is where I have to be careful with.
I enjoy food way too much and have to have flavor/textures/proper cook to keep me on track and satisfied mentally. I spend more time prepping and cooking than I do planning. Little things like a proper sear or cutting veggies a certain way go a long way for me. I stay clear of any kind of starches including potatoes, rice, pasta, etc outside of baking powder or cornstarch, but only use these sparingly to add texture to meats or dishes. I also only shoot for about 50g of carbs a day between 2 meals.
The hardest part with online recipes and such is finding recipes that fit what you are trying to do diet wise. Everybody diets differently when it comes to weight loss. Your diet will be totally different than mine. But by knowing what you want to do diet wise then having the knowledge of foods to adjust/modify caloric content/macros is where you can make most fit your needs.
My favorite meals so far are
Got this one from the old FandN subforum here way back in the day. Prolly eat this 3-4 times a week and it's still tastie and quick as hell.
2 cans of tuna
12oz of riced cauliflower
some fat free italian dressing
sesame seed oil
a little kikoman teriyaki
garlic and onion powder
Super quick and easy
Low carb chicken pad thai
8oz of sliced chicken breast
8oz of fettuccine miracle noodles
1tsp avocado oil
1 yellow, orange, or red bell pepper
2 cups shredded cabbage
some lime juice
a splash of mirin
tsp of creamy peanut butter
Charsiu Hand rolls
Marinate a pork loin in mirin, 1tsp molasses, 1 tsp hoisin sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce, couple tbsp of sambal, sesame seed oil, minced garlic, minced ginger, some cloves and chinese 5 spice. add a little water to thin everything and coat your loin and let marinate a couple hours. Cook at like 450 until internal temp of 142ish or so. Baste your left over marinade on your loin every 10 mins or so when cooking. When you hit 135it, throw it under your broiler to get a nice brown crust. pull at 142-145 internal temp though. When you throw it under the broiler, watch it and don't leave it, it'll burn quick. let it rest and slice kinda thin.
8oz sliced pork loin
8 sheets of nori seaweed
raw shredded cabbage
cheap caviar from walmart
1 sliced hard boiled egg
a little mayo mixed with hoisin sauce and sriracha
Take a sheet of nori, add an ounce or so of pork loin, a little cabbage, eggs, cavier, and sauce. Roll it like a burrito and lightly wet the last edge of nori as you roll with a damp finger.
6 rolls has about 500 cals or so
Low carb shepherds pie
24oz of cauliflower mash
tablespoon of baking powder
Mix the above and set to the side
take 3 lbs of ground turkey
handful of peas, carrots, and corn
1lb of mushrooms
tbsp of tomato paste
4-6 tbsp of worcestershire sauce
Cook all this down to a thick consistency, then throw it in a 9x13 baking pan, take your cauliflower mash and smear if over the top and bake at 400 until the top gets crispy. Makes 6 meals at about 400 cals a piece or so.
Other meals I make are cabbage rolls, plain seared meats with cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, spinach, greens, etc.
Stir fries are pretty straight forward with miracle noodles and all your veggies.
Salads of course with fat free italian dressing
Fajitas with low carb tortillas or as a salad
Most recipes can be made low carb/healthy/low calorie, just prioritize your protein per serving and adjust/add veggies/other ingredients to reach your calorie level. Just be careful when adding in all your extras as far as seasonings or sauces. If you are gonna go heavy on cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower, just buy a food processor. You'll make your money back on it by making riced/mashed cauliflower at home versus buying the prepackaged/prepared stuff.