Meal-planning apps and websites can be a busy parent's best friend. The market has literally exploded with these kinds of apps and websites in the last few years, so it isn't hard to find one (or several) to suit your personal meal-planning style. I recently wrote about 5 of them in my post Top Meal-Planning Apps and Websites For Busy Parents, but since then I've uncovered 7 more that I think you'll find interesting.
More Meal-Planning Apps And Websites
1. How To Cook Everything. Mark Bittman's How To Cook Everything app is based on his popular, award-wining cookbook of the same name. The app has thousands of recipes with step-by-step instructions, as well as search capabilities, shopping lists, and recipe timers. The app has received rave reviews, and a free How To Cook Everything Essentials version is also available.
2. Grocery Gadget. Listed by iPhone Life Magazine as one of the best "spending and saving apps," Grocery Gadget is available for both iPhone and Android. The app syncs with an online portal, and allows you to create and manage multiple grocery lists on the web or your phone. You can also compare prices, import recipe data, and even search for eCoupons. Grocery Gadget isn't a free app, but it does appear to be well worth the money.
3. Dinner Spinner. Powered by recipes from the Allrecipes website, Dinner Spinner comes in both a free version and a more elaborate Pro version. With Dinner Spinner, you can search for recipes based on ingredients you have available, and have thousands of recipes at your fingertips. Dinner Spinner is a popular app, but since I'm not a big fan of the recipes at Allrecipes, I don't think it's the right one for me.
4. Big Oven. Big Oven boasts over 170,000 recipes, and is described by its founder as "a social network that makes you a better cook." You can search new recipes based on ingredients, and once you've posted your own family favorites, you'll have instant access to those too. With a large online community and free apps available for download, Big Oven looks like a promising meal-planning resource.
5. Foodily. Foodily is a unique food website and recipe search engine. When you search for a recipe on Foodily, you'll be able to compare recipes (with pictures) from across the web in a side-by side display format that makes it easy to choose which ones you like. In addition, you can share your favorite recipes, tips, and opinions with your friends (the Facebook variety), and see what they like as well.
6. The Food Network. The Food Network is a staple in many American households, so it comes as no surprise that there is a Food Network In The Kitchen app. When you purchase the app, you get access to 45,000 recipes from all your favorite Food Network faces, as well as a recipe box, shopping list, kitchen timer, and the ability to share with your friends.
7. Plan To Eat. Plan To Eat is a subscription-based meal planning service that you can use both on the web and on your phone. For $4.95/month or $39/year, you will be able to create your own Plan To Eat Recipe Book, where you can import recipes, tag your favorites, plan monthly menus and streamline your shopping lists. The price seems high, but the design of the site and the look of the Recipe Book both appeal to me, so I'm going to try the free 30-day trial and see if I like it.
Are you going to try any of these apps or websites for meal-planning help? Which ones do you think sound the most useful?
This post was included in the latest Everything Home Blog Carnival.