My Switch To The WW Purple Plan and Quick Easy Quinoa Breakfast Bowls

My weight has been holding steady in a plateau for months. I mean months. Like, at least six months. I kept telling myself that my body had stabilized at around 190, and since I have lost about 160 pounds, maybe I was done.

Excuses.

And the quarantine hasn’t helped.

I reviewed a lit of what I have been eating, and I have been eating a ton of processed foods. Foods higher in Points. A lot of wine.

And while these foods easily fit into WW, they also don’t contain the best ingredients, and were replacing things that nutritionally were better for me.

So this week, I decided to switch to more of a clean eating plan (not COMPLETELY clean but probably 95%) and I decided to make the switch to the Purple Plan.

I had been terrified of the Purple plan because I saw it as WAY too much freedom, but quite honestly, the additional points on the Blue plan allowed me to eat more junk food. And I was constantly working through all of my weeklies. With Purple this week, I have been focusing more on whole foods and feeding myself better, and I have been fuller longer and not snacking nearly as much.

With this, I wanted to share a quick and yummy breakfast recipe for Quinoa Bowls. This bowl is 4 SmartPoints on Purple.

This has been my go to a lot this week and it is simple to throw together (especially of you prep your quinoa ahead of time).

You take 2/3c of cooked quinoa, add about half a cup of nonfat plain Greek Yogurt, and a handful of fresh berries. I like to top it with a TBSP of slivered almonds (1SP), a TBSP of goat cheese (2sp) and a tsp of honey (1sp).

So yummy and very filling! You can obviously change it up with fruit or different nuts or seeds.

Quinoa has been a new addition to my diet. It has tons of benefits, it is super filling, and can be savory or sweet. Check out this article on the benefits and usage for quinoa!

Every Plate Meal Number 1 Black Bean Quesadillas

We recieved our Every Plate order today. Full disclosure, we have already cancelled future orders from Every Plate because we loved Green Chef and Hello Fresh so much, and Every Plate does not allow for different dietary options.

The box was delivered much like the other two, but instead of each meal packed in a separate bag, the ingredients for all three meals were just thrown in the box. My produce was damaged (still usable). The recipe cards were smaller and not as detailed. Thankfully they were there or I wouldn’t know what ingredients went to each meal.

That being said, the first meal of Black Bean Quesadillas was very tastey. It cooked up quickly and easily and was very filling. It was also very high in Points. Thankfully I had been able to plan for it.

Hello Fresh Meal 3 and Overall Review

Our final meal from Hello Fresh was the Sirloin Bulgogi with Banchan. It was amazing. My husband RAVED. The veggies were delicious and I could alter the amount of spice used for each of us.

Overall review of Hello Fresh:

Overall Review: 😍😍😍😍

Variety is excellent, and you can chose from different menus and swap out meals. Packaging was eco friendly for the most part and recipe cards were easy to follow.

Taste 😍😍😍😍

The first meal we had (the pork and corn tacos) left a lot to be desired and made me hesitant about the next two meals, but they were quickly redeemed. We loved them.

Price: 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩

Hello Fresh was considerably less expensive than Green Chef. Our weekly box for 3 meals for 2 people was approximately $32.

Packaging: 🤩🤩🤩🤩

Well packaged and labeled and mostly eco friendly.

We have decided to maintain Helloe Fresh along with Green Chef!

Hello Gresh Meal Number 2…Balsamic Fig Chicken with Roasted Potatoes and Mixed Greens

After our first Hello Fresh meal and its excessive saltiness, I was a little worried about the next meal, but I was so happy when this one turned out so good!

The meal itself came to 6SP on the Purple plan, but I also added 2SP worth of goat cheese and 1SP of almonds to the salad.

The balsamic fig sauce on the chicken was amazing. It was so good, Bob wants me to make a big batch of it and keep it in the fridge to use on other meals!

The meal came together very easily and was super tastey! A definite hit!

Green Chef Meal Number 3 and Overall Review of the Service

First, let me start by saying I made the switch to the Purple plan yesterday, in an effort to get back to clean eating. Points listed are for the Purple Plan.

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Last night, we had our third meal from Green Chef, and just like the first two, it was fabulous! We had pork tenderloin with cherry bbq sauce, roasted potatoes and a kale salad. This meal was so good. I would never have thought to put cherries in bbq sauce but oh my goodness. It was amaaaaazing. The meal came to 13 total points with the extra olive oil. My husband and I were so satisfied!

Overall experience with Green Chef:

Price: $$$

Green Chef is the priciest of the three services, but it does come with quality, organic ingredients, and gives us the most flexibility in dietary options.

Taste: 😋😋😋😋😋

Every single meal was absolutely delicious. I mean absofreakinglutely delicious. If my picky husband raved about it, then it was worth it.

Dietary Choices: 🤩🤩🤩

Paleo, Keto, Vegetarian or Balanced Living

Packaging: 🤩🤩🤩

Recyclable and low waste. Perfect!

Will I keep Green Chef? Heck yeah! We love it and it has helped so much with meal planning and prep!

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Green Chef Meal Number 2 Smokey Trout with Remoulade

This was the second meal from our Green Chef box and it was hands down amazing. This came to 12SP on WW Blue. It was absolutely delicious. Steal head trout with applewood smoke seasoning, topped with horseradish remoulade. It also had crispy green beans (delicious) and a cabbage and apple slaw with dried cranberries.

I am really impressed with the Green Chef meals. The ingredients are super fresh and the portions are absolutely perfect. This meal was gluten free, and paleo. The fish was amazingly fresh and the skin crisped up so well (um, my dog got mine because big brown eyes). And the remoulade sauce was so flavorful.

The prep was quick and easy, and this entire meal from fridge to plate took less than 20 minutes.

So far, Green Chef is clearly in the lead ahead of Helloe Fresh. The Hello Fresh meal was just too salty.

Hello Fresh Meal Number One….Mexican Street Corn and Pork Tacos

Our Hello Fresh order came today so we tried the Mexican Street Corn and Pork Tacos. This is super DUPER high in WW points but today was a planned cheat day.

Same set up as Green Chef only theninner packaging was not recyclable. It is about $50 a box for 3 meals per week for 2 people.

So, I won’t go through all the steps, but the recipe cards are easy to.read and the ingredients were very fresh.

It was easy to put together, but like Green Chef, you do need some experience with cooking.

Overall, the meal was flavorful and filling, but not my favorite. The spice mix was super salty. Like SUPER salty. We have two more recipes from Hello Fresh to try this week. I plan on giving all three services two weeks to.give them an honest try. I did go in for next week and remove the Mexican option. I will be doing a full low cal menu next week.

Green Chef Meal Number One Review: Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry

We recieved our Green Chef Box today and had our first meal! Let’s talk about Green Chef. Green Chef is a certified organic meal delivery service. The service for 2 people allows you to chose from several meal plans, including Paleo, Keto, Balanced Living, Vegetarian and Pescatarian. You can also choose a family plan (meals for 4 people). Price point is about $70 per week for 3 meals for 2 people per week plus shipping. A bit pricey, but all the ingredients are verified organic. They have gluten free options too. I was gifted a gree box from a co-worker, so my first box only cost me shipping of $7.99.

I selected the Balanced Living box, but did switch out one of the recipes because it was high on the calorie side.

My first box was delivered today.

I loved that everything was packaged in recyclable materials, including the ice packs. Each box comes with your recipe cards. I love that they are big and easy to read!

Each meal is packed in recyclable materials and separated by meal. Meats are packaged separately.

I selected three meals…Shrimp Stir Fry (which came out to 5 SmartPoints) Pork with Cherry BBQ sauce (15 SmartPoints) and Smokey Trout with Remoulade (10 Smart Points).

Tonight, we made the shrimp stir fry. Here is how it played out.

The recipe card is easy to read.

I absolutely loved that most of the ingredients were pre chopped. Even the plastic bags are recyclable. The only chopping I had to do for this was the pepper and scallion.

First, cook the rice.

This was basmati rice, which has always intimidated me a bit cooking wise, but it came out perfectly!

While the rice cooked, I chopped the scallions and bell pepper.

And rinsed the shrimp, which was a good size.

I began by sauteing the diced onions and ginger and carrots, which were pre-diced.

I let that cook and get fragrant, and then added the edamame, corn and bell pepper.

It instructs you to saute until the bell pepper softens. Then push it to the outside of the pan.

Add the cooked rice to the middle of the pan and let cook a minute.

Add the premeaused tamari sauce and mix veggies in with the rice.

Let it cook for a minute.

Then cook shrimp in a separate pan until pink.

Then it is time to plate!

Top the shrimp with sriracha and diced green onion!

This meal was both filling and flavorful. I loved that I could use as much as or as little hot sauce as I wanted. My husband’s had a lot more. I loved also that it was easy to put together and the whole meal was ready in under 20 minutes. And it was easy to put into my WW recipe Builder. Only 5 SmartPoints on Blue!

Definitely excited to try the other two recipes from Green Chef!

Putting Meal Delivery Services to the Test

If you are like me you get spammed on Facrbook (yes, I am old), or Instagram for meal delivery services. I got some coupons this week that made it worth trying out, so I ordered three to see which ones we like best. Full disclosure, I did also sign up for Blue Apron, because they had WW friendly recipes, but cancelled immediately because they only allowed one WW recipe per week and that didn’t justify the price.

We have ordered three meals from Hello Chef, which offers a low calorie menu. Please note, nearly all the recipes for Low Cal this week were chicken, so I looked at the ingredients for other meals and chose ones I knew would fit into WW nicely. We are getting Balsamic Fig Chicken, Mexican Corn and pork tacos, and Korean BBQ. Price point for 2 people per week for Hello Fresh before my discount will be about $50 for 3 meals for 2 people.

I also ordered from Green Chef, which allows you to select calorie conscious meals, but also allows for gluten free, keto or paleo based meals. Price point before my discount is about $70 per week for 3 meals for 2 people. We selected pork with cherry bbq sauce, shrimp stir fry, and smokey trout.

Finally we ordered from Every Plate, which was the least expensive of the three options, but had no meal preferences for low calorie or dietary restrictions. This was about $30 for 3 meals for 2 people. We selected Pork and Poblano Tacos, Greek Chicken Pitas andChimichuri steak bowls.

As each comes in I will post and rate the recipes. If you all have tried any of these services, give me your feedback! And after my reviews, I will post a link for you to get a discount!

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

This is a yummy take on my favorite baked oatmeal! Very Elvis like!

Here is the recipe:

Peanutbutter Banana Baked Oatmeal

  • 2c quick oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4c peanut butter powder plus 2 tbsp
  • 2c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4c sugar free maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 ripe bananas

Preheat oven to 375° and spray an 8″ baking dish with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients: oats, 1/4c peanutbutter powder, cinnamon, salt and baking powder.

In a separate bowl, mix milk, syrup, and vanilla.

Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir to combine.

In a separate bowl, mash 2 bananas with a fork. Gently mix the bananas into the oat mixture to combine, and then pour into prepared pan.

Slice the third banana on top of the oat mixture.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes.

Mix the last 2 tbsp of peanutbutter powder with 2 tbsp water. Drizzle over the top of the baked oatmeal.

Makes 6 servings.

4 SmartPoints on Green and Blue

1 Smart Point on Purple