Meal planning is a chore a lot of us don’t like to do, though we do it anyway because we know that we’ll save money, reduce waste, and our waist line. Menu planning keeps families eating together on a nightly basis, which cuts down on problems many teenagers face such as poor grades, using drugs, and even issues with bullying. There honestly is no value that you can put on having family time around the table. But, for most busy families, it’s impossible without some planning ahead. The following five apps will help you do just that.
1. Allrecipes.com Dinner Spinner Pro — This app that works with Android, Windows Phone, iPhone and Kindle Fire does a lot. It’s only $2.99 for the pro version. You can get your menus and recipes while at the store without having to print off menus and wasting paper. Together with an Allrecipes.com membership you’ll be able to plan your menus in literally minutes simply by clicking.
2. BigOven.com Leftover Wizard — Use this app to input what your leftovers are and let the super fast search function deliver fabulous recipes for you to use them up. BigOven.com also has mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, NOOK, Windows, Windows Phone and the web. Bigoven.com was one of the first online recipe sharing downloadable software apps and due to community input it’s still up there with the best and most useful menu planning apps around. With fabulous drag and drop features along with syncing, menu planning could not be simpler.
3. Google Play Food Planner — This app allows Android users to enjoy menu planning on the go. You can search multiple websites for meals, add them to your menu, then create a shopping list, all right on your phone. If you’re looking for an app that lets you make your meal plans and create shopping lists on the go, this is the app for you. It’s easy to use, and with the added features you won’t forget an ingredient.
4. ZipList.com — With this app you’ll be able to search over 600,000 recipes to create your menus. Additionally, ZipList lets you see the deals and what’s on sale in your local area making meal planning even easier. In addition to creating menus, you can select a specific date on the calendar, or simply choose a week’s worth of meals and then create a shopping list. It’s up to you. If you’re an iPhone user, you’ll also have mobile capability eliminating the need to waste paper.
5. Evernote — This app is not just for recipes and meal planning. You can use it for a variety of purposes including menu planning, recipes, and shopping lists. They have apps for pretty much every mobile device and computer operating system there is, so you can have your notes on the go, at work and at home too. They also have a great blog that shares how to use Evernote in a variety of ways so that you can get the most use from Evernote. Oh, and did I mention, it’s free?