I ride my bicycle as much as possible, to and from work and for errands. It can be a little time consuming but it helps add that extra exercise that has purpose. Like playing sports.
I recommend your workouts have a meaning to them. Set goals. It sounds generic but for example I do certain strength resistance exercises for softball. Riding a bicycle to work also has meaning in addition to getting your cardio in. Running long distances can be challenging but it's the only time I get to listen to music for an extended period of time or listen to podcasts in my queue. So again, it has purpose.
Multi-task your exercise as much as possible in this way if you can.
I can't recommend any recipes as I'm not a fan of cooking. I throw a can of beans, corn, veggies, and tofu in a pot. Add hot sauce and mayo and that's lunch and dinner usually. I eat a lot of eggs and rough veggies (like kale and cabbage). Sometimes I'll mix it up with some frozen, then micro-waved, turkey meatballs. /shrug
edit: I struggle to limit my beer intake also. As a result, I try to avoid bad carbs like white flour (burritos, white rice, etc.). Still have good grains and lentils but most foods with a lot of bread / dough like pizza have been out for me. The metabolism drop off after 30 made that necessary and it's a heartbreaker.