Dieting doesn't mean having to eat boring food. One of the secrets to a successful calorie controlled diet is to eat food that appeals. If you try and cut down by eating unappetising food, you're much more likely to go off the rails and start snacking.
Think smaller portions of foods that you enjoy eating and changing the way you prepare and cook your food. Here are a few suggestions, apply them to whatever recipe you are preparing for a head start in the healthy eating stakes.
Meat and Poultry
Trim all the visible fat from meat before you cook it.
Don't buy mince, make it yourself in a food processor - after you've trimmed all the fat off.
Try not to use fat to cook - grill, steam, bake, boil, microwave, barbecue, toast, steam, coddle or poach instead. If you do fry ( some recipes need it) use one of the low-cal spray oils or just a little olive oil (a good oil containing lovely omega 6 - not too much is the key)
Go for reduced fat options if you really crave processed meats - try turkey slices instead of bacon and reduced-fat sausages - look for meat content and opt for the top meat content you can (80% is better).
Chicken and peppers in black bean sauce
Chilli beans and tortillas
Chilli chicken with broccoli
Baked cinnamon apple with sultanas
Garlic, basil and tomato soup
Grilled chicken breast
Grilled tiger prawns
Japanese Chicken Broth
Onion soup and croutons
Roasted Vegetable Pitta
Scrambled Egg with Crab
Spicy Baked Potato Wedges
Spicy mushrooms and tomatoes
Spicy tomato salad
Stir-fry beef or chicken and noodles