I haven't tried to use the in-Spark food plans since I first started. Between my allergies and being picky, there were just too many things they put in there that I can't or refuse to eat.
You should check out the Mix & Match Meal Planner: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/mix-and-match-meal-planner.asp?
Here you can choose items from each food group and it will give you the calories and other macronutrients in those items and then add it directly to your meal planner when you're satisfied that it meets your needs and preferences.
Also, make sure you spend some time exploring Sparkrecipes. You can search by ingredient, meal, style/ethnicity, calorie range... I have found some excellent recipes in there. You can also create 'cookbooks' where you can save recipes into categories or however you want to organise them. For example, I have cookbooks for 'want to try', 'breakfast muffins', 'less than 350 calorie dinners', etc. It takes a little while to get everything sorted, but once you do, you will have a massive database of go-to recipes and meals :)
Sparkrecipes also allows you to create your own recipes and gives you the calorie and macronutrient values for it. I find that's a great way to see how to update a favourite recipe and make it fit better into your diet regimen.
One last thing - welcome to Spark!
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