My first product review for PlantPure Foods–5 Star!

After lunching with Dr. Michael Klaper and Marlene Watson-Tara

Marlene Watson-Tara

Marlene Watson-Tara operates her global business online from Scotland.

How did I do that? By watching their interview on YouTube while enjoying my “doctored-up” version of the Spaghetti and Veggie Balls frozen meal from PlantPure Foods. Their visit was airing via Skype and YouTube from California and Scotland respectively.

While I have enjoyed many of the meals right out of the box, I like to add fresh veggies and fruit as available. Today, I added broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, tomato and avocado. In a word, it was SENSATIONAL Scroll on down for my preparation technique.

A little background. About six weeks ago, I went online and ordered ten frozen, whole food, plant-based meals–and they arrived less than ten days later at our doorstep in Vermont. Total price, including delivery (in a styrofoam frozen container) was $8.49 per meal. If I had ordered a 20-pak, my cost per meal would have dropped to $6.89. Before I share my preparation method…

I want to show you a picture of the finished meal.

PLantPure Spag Veg

As of now, my good friend Nelson Campbell’s PlantPure Food company is offering ten different frozen meals. If you order the 20-pak, you will receive two of each meal. But since my freezer is rather small here in our vacation condo, I opted for the 10-pak. Today, I started with the PlantPure Spaghetti & Veggie Balls meal and went from there.

My first step today was to slit the plastic cover and cook on HIGH in the microwave for 5 minutes. Since I used only half of the contents for today’s lunch, I have halved the various nutrition facts that appear on the carton:

  • Total calories 330; Calories from fat 17 (The meal is a very low 5.2% fat)
  • Sodium is 75 mg., 6 grams of sugar, 3 grams of fiber and NO cholesterol
  • #1 ingredient is whole wheat pasta, along with lots of veggies, nuts and soy.
  • Particularly with all the veggies that I added, this is definitely a 4Leaf winner.

Spaghetti, Vegetable Balls, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, etc.

Preparation: While the frozen meal was heating, I cut up one serving each of broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts and spread them out on a plate. When I took the meal out of the microwave, I added a little soy sauce to my veggie plate and set the microwave for 3 minutes.

Michael Klaper, MD

Michael Klaper, MD.

While the veggies were cooking, I stirred up the PlantPure meal, left about half in the package and put it back in the refrigerator (for tomorrow). I then cut up about 1/4 of an avocado, a dozen cherry tomatoes and a tiny bit of bread.

I then added the spaghetti and veggie balls to the top of my fresh veggie plate and gave the mixture one more minute in the microwave. When the bell rang, I added my avocado, tomatoes and bread on top and went into the living room to enjoy my meal with Marlene and Michael–on YouTube on our big Sony Smart TV.

PlantPure MealsA healthy blend of nutrition and economy. Along with the additions that I made to this meal, I compute that the total cost was about $6. That includes 1/2 of the $8.49 frozen meal plus my other ingredients. With my veggie, bread, avocado and tomato additions, my total meal contained about 450 calories–working out to a total of just $1.33 per 100 calories.

Taste, Convenience and Nutrition. In addition to the wonderful taste, the thing that I love most about these PlantPure meals is the great feeling that I have all the time–knowing that I can have a tasty 4Leaf meal on the table in just a few minutes. Click here to take a look at all TEN of the meals. Each one has a picture and complete nutritional information.

Worried about microwave cooking? I am not–and I blogged on that topic a few years ago. Are microwave ovens safe? Do they destroy nutrients?

In addition to the food, the PlantPure online Store offers many kinds of health related products.

Marlene and FriendsFinally, don’t forget to visit “Marlene and Friends.” She is featuring yours truly on an upcoming half-hour webcast before the end of March. As she says below, “Food is our Future.” I am delighted to be one of her 30 “friends” to be included in this series.

Food is our Future is the basis of my series and with over 30 of the most fantastic friends and colleagues from around the world you will find these videos packed with incredible information on how to live a long healthy life. Sincerely, Marlene

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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6 Responses to My first product review for PlantPure Foods–5 Star!

  1. phyllis nagle says:

    Wait! The food is shipped in a Styrofoam container? Styrofoam does not decompose in the environment under normal circumstances. Much like plastic, Styrofoam is made from a polystyrene-based petroleum product that is not biodegradable. Plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose, and Styrofoam takes much longer because it is a stronger form of plastic.

    How does PlantPure Foods justify the use of Styrofoam. What am I missing?

    • J. Morris Hicks says:

      You make a good point and here is the answer as I understand it. The company could not start with a biodegradable shipping container because this option was not available for reasons of economics and logistics. However, due to their progress and resolution of certain issues, they are presently exploring the option of a biodegradable shipping container.

      They were willing to start the way they did because of their overarching goal of motivating people to switch to and sustain a plant-based diet. Compromises such as this are sometimes necessary in pursuit of a higher good. They believe they already have had a major positive effect on carbon emissions because of their success in promoting the plant-based diet, and just as important, have laid a financial and operational foundation for their organization that will enable them to make further adjustments to improve their offering.

  2. maule5662h says:

    Correction : The Igloo Freezer was shipped by Home Depot, not Costco.

    We still enjoy the 10 different meals from PlantPure. I am into a 2nd order of 20 meals. Though after 13 years of refining my plant-based meals foods selections, I do good without the easy help of these frozen meals.

  3. Karl says:

    Hope people don’t get hung up on the fact that the meals are a little bland. I know they do this on purpose so they appeal to everyone and don’t pose health risks for people with high blood pressure, etc.

  4. GJS says:


    I Just threw flowers at you on Facebook.

    Congrats on a very well organized E-Mail.


  5. maule5662h says:

    Jim – My wife and I are injoying the healthy plant-based Jumpstart meals, too. The one pound meal is enough for two people, especially when you add a few items. I had a 20-meals package shipped to my busy professional dance instructor and performer daughter. Since the refrigerator in her shared home is full, I had a 3.5 cu. ft. Igloo freezer shipped by Costco to her. I agree that microwaving is not damaging to the foods. The Warming unit that is offered is a good way to heat a meal in 90+ minutes.

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