Kudos to you for trying to change your diet to include more fruits and veg! That can be a tough thing to wrap your head around when it's not something that you were brought up with.
I'm in agreement with the others that you will find life a lot simpler if you put in your goals and your average weekly workouts in to Spark to get a range to work with. We're all different, so you will need to play around within the range to find where you feel the best and where you lose weight. I'm one of those whose weightloss slows down (and I'm tired and hungry and cranky) if I don't eat enough, so I end up working mostly around 1400 to 1600 calories per day.
One of the best things that I did when I first started here was to browse through the public nutrition trackers of folks who seemed to be at about the same place I was, or who had come from there. I got some great ideas from those trackers as to what types of foods to eat.
Do you like brown rice or quinoa? If you do, then starting to make some pilafs might be a good place to start adding some veggies. I started by adding chopped onions to my rice, then tried it with onions and mushrooms, then added in a cup of baby spinach, then tried it with a cup of broccoli, and now I end up with more veggies than rice in it! You could do the same gradual addition of things to scrambled eggs, or as a topping to bread that you then sprinkle with some cheese and grill under the broiler. It's also easy and tasty to start gradually adding more veggies to casseroles, such as mac and cheese --- seriously, my version of "mac and cheese" now has more veggies in it than it does either "mac" or "cheese"!
Good luck in figuring out what works for you, and don't forget to have fun with it!
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