Some things I wish I had known when I first started eating better! Most of my cutting recipes try to minimize carbs/fats when reducing cals (sometimes to an extreme), or maximize protein. Protein is great for retaining/building mass, but it also is far more filling per calorie than fats or carbs. I can eat 4500cals and still be hungry, but the same can't be said for 3000 of only seafood, game, or poultry that's essentially protein and not a single thing else. Anyway! I have an absolute shit ton of this stuff and I like to cook, so I'll post from time to time if there's any interest, and share whatever you've got too! Memory isn't the best so I'll start with what I've been eating lately (i.e. not sick of). A good starting point is to use allrecipes.com, look up stuff you like and substitute accordingly, or a diet index like top scoring links : fitmeals Creams and Thickeners: Use Fat-Free Greek Yogurt in place of creams, butters, milks. Very filling and per 6oz: 100kcal, 18P, 7C, 0F Examples: Baking (in place of sour cream), with Mexican food or wraps in general, to thicken sauces and dry foods (tuna), with scrambled eggs. Sweets & Baking: If you like sweets, sweet sauces, or baking, keep sucralose (Splenda) and No-Sugar-Added Apple Sauce on hand. The apple sauce can be used in place of oil & butter in a lot of cases -- not cookies unless the shape doesn't matter. Example: Here's a really good sweet teriyaki chicken without sugar. Chicken Ferocious Recipe - Allrecipes.com Good recipe of the previous two (cream/sweetener), Protein Cheesecake! (See next post) For ice cream and frozen treats, Blue Bell and other brands have some very decent Dutch Chocolate, Vanilla, Strawberry, etc ice cream that's sugar free / low fat. Alternatively, there's an awesome way to make banana ice cream using just bananas, and maybe a few tsp of peanut butter. How To Make Creamy Ice Cream with Just One Ingredient! | The Kitchn There's also Casein Protein Fluff Amazing High Protein Recipes and Jack3d Review | Intermittent fasting diet for fat loss, muscle gain and health Speaking of peanut butter, there's a decent low fat peanut butter called pb2 Bell Plantation - Home page Zero/low-cal sauces: Sriracha (garlic version with golden tip is also very nice variation), Mustard, Salsa Verde, Tzatziki (without olive oil and with fat-free greek yogurt), Soy Sauce, Balsamic/white wine/red wine vinegars, hot sauces, etc Spices: Make use of spices/rubs and match them with meats! Italian, Indian, Cajun, French, brand names like Old Bay, Blackened Cajun Seasoning, Tony Chachere's Creole Seasoning whatever A great read: The Ultimate Guide to Spices | Greatist Veggies: Make use of veggies! Garlic and onions sauteed lightly or baked go good with damn near everything. Then all your greens for health and keeping you full on a cut. Marinate! Once again, allrecipes.com should get you started. Look up dishes you've had or like, and find out what you can take out to keep a certain marinade lean. Cheese: Fat Free Cheese is available for cheap in everything from cheddar, to pepperjack, to camembert. Still looking for blue cheese, but whatever. Throw it on a burger, toss it and heat in pieces with some greek yogurt for a creamy cheese sauce, throw on some seasoned meat and eat as a mexican dish with yogurt / salsa verde / hot sauce. Ground Beef/Turkey/etc: Red cabbage can be used to thicken ground meat dishes with barely any extra cals and no added taste/texture. Use leaner meats, and reuse the greased pan from sauteed veggies. Baked meat is great as you can drain excess fat right off the baking dish. Some people rinse pan fried meat. See White Castle Baked Burgers in next section. ___ So! That's it for now.