I never used to get the concept of meal planning, let alone using an app to help with meal planning. I was more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants and make-whatever-looks-good-that-day kind of cook. But three kids later and I’m a definite planner. (There’d be a lot more breakfast for dinner if I weren’t.)
With my recent discovery of the free Mom365 Meals app, I think I can bring back a little of the spontaneity while maintaining the order of the weekly plan. In fact, I’m pretty sure my entire meal-planning routine is about to get a makeover.
This iOS app is an offshoot of the Mom365.com community website that interestingly, is more about newborn photography than meals. Even so, the app is loaded with handy features including an easy to read, department-sorted grocery list, a Recipe Box of all your favorite recipes, and even the ability to select recipes based on items that are on sale at your local grocery store (but unfortunately not if you’re in Canada like I am).
There’s also an On Hand Recipe Search where you are supposed to be able to insert up to three ingredinets you have at home and the app will offer recipes that use them. It wasn’t working for me, but hopefully that kink is ironed out by now.
What I like most, though, is that you can search for any recipe online and the app will import it into your Recipe Box. From there, you can add it to your meal plan, which will also add it to your Grocery List.
And by the way, it’s not just for moms. If you’re a dad (who can handle all that hot pink), a grandma, or for some reason just have a lot of mouths to feed, you’ll find it helpful too.
The app is so easy you can even do it in the middle of the grocery store if you happen to remember a great recipe you were reading that morning on your favorite food blog. See? There’s that spontaneity I was talking about.
And that right there means one less box of mac and cheese (organic, but still…) for our dinner this week. -Stephanie S.
Download the free Mom365 Meals app in the iTunes store and start shaving hours off your meal-planning and grocery shopping.