Silver Plan Start-Off – Frugal Novice

Silver Plan Start-Off

I started back on Freshology yesterday, this time on the Silver plan which consists of frozen meals and refrigerated desserts. Instead of receiving two packages a week, I’ll now get one per week with seven days’ worth of food at once.

It’s good to be back on the plan – I realized how hard it is to find the time to plan out meals ahead of time. It’s so nice having it all taken care of for me, and I’m excited to lose more and get closer to my goal.

Monday Breakfast: Baby Artichoke and Roasted Pepper Egg Stack with Turkey Maple Sausage (360 calories)

This felt like a very familiar breakfast, since I’d had various egg stacks throughout the Gold plan along with the sausage. The combination of artichokes and peppers provided a nice texture and slightly spicy flavor. One thing I miss immediately from the Gold plan is fresh fruit. The spiced pineapple that came with this was pretty good, but felt almost more like a dessert since it was warm. Overall, a good breakfast to start with though.

Lunch: Shrimp & Corn Chowder with Grilled Focaccia Bread (340 calories)

When I was on the Gold plan I was able to specify no seafood, but somehow in the switch to Silver I ended up with a few seafood dishes for this week. I tasted the focaccia bread which surprisingly retained a great texture despite being frozen and reheated in the microwave, but Brian ate the soup. He said it was really good and had nice flavor to it. I can’t stand shrimp so even the smell of it was unappealing to me! Brian rarely gets seafood since I dislike it, so he was excited to have the soup.

Dinner: Chicken Paillard with Fire roasted Spanish Rice (460 calories)

I had never eaten Chicken Paillard before, but had heard of it on Top Chef, so I was intrigued to try it. I think this is probably the highest-calorie meal I’ve had while on Freshology but the calories were definitely worth it. This is one of my favorite meals I’ve had on Freshology. The sauce, which I assume was a tomatillo, provided a slight tang that complimented the spicier chicken and the rice mix. Such a great dish – definitely one I’d eat again and again!

Dessert: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (130 calories)

Tuesday Breakfast: Cinnamon Apricot Oatmeal with Turkey Bacon (420 calories)

I think I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – Freshology has converted me to being an oatmeal lover. Having the apricot provided a nice pop of flavor to the oatmeal and complimented the cinnamon nicely. The turkey bacon was just as good even being heated from a frozen state – I was impressed with how it retained its texture.

Lunch: Philly Cheesesteak Panini (270 calories)

I really enjoyed this, although I did dodge the mushrooms in it. The steak was well-seasoned, and the peppers and cheese just added to the flavor. I didn’t really get a sense of a panini, but this was a good dish through and through and is something I’d eat again.

Dinner: Cilantro Crusted Tilapia with Salsa Verde (430 calories)

Another seafood dish, and another meal¬† Brian got to enjoy. I thought this had a beautiful presentation, and Brian said the flavor of the cilantro really shone through. He did add a little salsa to it for added spice but said overall he’d give it two thumbs up.

Dessert: Smores (170 calories) – my favorite Freshology dessert!

I’m starting to feel back in the swing of things with food, and am also feeling good about being more active. Yesterday we spent quite a bit of time at the park since temps were actually pleasant, and I got in about 6 miles on my bike, pulling a trailer with at least one child in it at all times. It was fun getting out and being active, and just affirmed to me that I want to commit to an active lifestyle for me and for our family.

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