Thought we could have a post new years Top 10 type post so that people can get re-focused on their diets along with thier workout strategy. I'll List mine and give a little description. You can just list your top 10, or you can add in why, or even how you prepare them.
1) 12-16oz NY Stip Steak(grass fed if possible), Grilled with 1/2 cup white rice and 2 cups frozen Mixed Veggies steamed. If I wanted to cut I'd just remove the white rice. Simple, Tastty, and covers all your basis. This is a staple meal, you can eat it 3 or more times per week and it's not going to get boring or redundant. It might get expensive depending on what deals you can get on the steak.
2) Chicken Stir Fry. I make homeade stir fry, including my own hoisen sauce. And I keep the meat to everything else ratio very high. I usually start with 2 very large chicken breasts and chop them into cubes. I pour a little veg oil in the pan and fry them up. Start the rice cooker and throw in a couple servings of bismati white rice. Once the chucken is fried nicely, I grab a bag of frozen stri fry veggies and throw them in the pan with a bag of hoisen sauce I have already made and frozen in small baggies.
A local hannaford grocery store has some nice stir fry blends in thier frozen veg departments. I prefer ones with snap peas and water chestnuts but I usually switch it up from time to time. Then you just cover and stir occasionally until the veggies get hot and tender and scoop some rice and scoop the meat & veggie mix onto the rice. Lots of protein again, Tasty, loaded with a wide array of veggies, control the carbs by how much rice you put on the plate to start with.
3) Super Taco Night. Another meal in which you can add a lot of flavor and other nutrients and also control carbs. Get some lean ground beef 85%-90% and fry it up in a pan. While it's cooking, get your cutting board out and grab the staples, an onion, a tomatoe, lettuce and shredded cheese.
I also like to cut up and avacado, get some cour cream and get some sliced black olives and dice them up. Then dice everything up and put it into little piles or small bowls or whatever. Add your seasoning to the taco meat. You don't need to buy a taco kit, they are expensive. They sell larger sprinkle cans of the seasoning mix and you can just buy flour or corn tortillas in resealable packs for a dollar. A
lso you can buy the burrito size tortillas and make some killer burritos with the same ingredients. One thing that really helps with taco night is taco stands. Tacos night is annoying if you have to make one at a time or you try leaning them up against eachother and they keep falling over and spilling all the goodies out. Go online and invest in some nice taco holders. Taco night will become a staple for you too. This one can get a little on the high carb side. If your trying to go lower carb, Do one large burrito shell and stuff that baby with as much as you can, this will increase the meat to carb ratio.
4) Chili. I use a modification of JB's chili. In reality, your just throwing meat, tomatoes, beans and any veggies you think will add texture or flavor to the mix and boiling it with hot spices. This is good because you can freeze it and have many meals out of one large batch. It freezes and thaws nice. Some key spices to think about. Chili Powder, Cumin, Celery Seed. From there I adjust the heat with tobasco, red pepper flakes and fresh hot peppers. I usually just do 2-3 Jalepanos, it makes a decently hot but edible chili.
I also like to have a good amount of beans in there, I do a couple cans of red, black, white etc... Watever looks good on the shelf I grab a couple and throw em in. Some staple veggies I love to throw in, Bell peppers, onions, garlic, carrots. Again, Make sure you are using a lot of ground beef and or ground pork, chiucken turkey, etc... expirament, but you will be ahrd pressed to make it too meaty, so go overboard on the meat. 2lbs should be a starting point, don't be afraid to go with 3.
5)Chicken quarters, rice and mixed Veggies. As you can tell, my preferred carb source is plain old white bismati rice. Chicken quarters on the bone or chicken halves, whatever you can get cheap at your local butcher or grocery store. Look around I'm sure you can find them very cheap. I'd suggest marinading the chicken, for a couple hours or overnight. I use a firemans recipie which is easy and cheap. you can find it online or PM me and I'll share. Bake the chciken, cook the rice in your rice cooker and steam the veggies (or microwave). Good protein, cheap, easy prep, good nutrient spread. Control carbs with rice etc...
Ok add some of your staple/top recipies and lets get it done in the weightroom and in the kitchen.