I’ve always said that most people do not realize the sheer number of hours that meal planning, preparation, and shopping take. Think about it – 3 meals a day, 7 days a week. FOR-EVER. No days off. Even if you aren’t actually COOKING, you still have to plan/decide what is going to happen at every single mealtime.
Can you imagine a world where you NEVER have to think about meals? A world where you just show up at mealtime and it’s put in front of you, with no decisions to make? Yeah, me neither. (unless you are married to someone who does it all, of course, lol!)
So imagine my joy when I came upon an amazing App that really streamlines the whole darn process. From recipes and menus to actual shopping lists. SO MUCH HELP at your fingertips! It’s called Pepperplate, and it’s FREE!!!
Here’s what I like about it:
1. It’s FREE (did I mention that already?)
2. It allows me to enter and save my favorite recipes simply by inserting the url of the blog/website that I found them on. This is nice because I already have a whole Pinterest board of favorites.
3. It allows me to create menus. This will save me tons of time in the future. Often the most time consuming part of meal planning is trying to come up with a suitable menu. I love being able to make that decision once and then have it saved. Why reinvent the wheel? Why mess with success?
4. It allows me to create my grocery list immediately! When you select a recipe or even menu, it easily imports the ingredients to a shopping list. It also gives you the opportunity to deselect ingredients that you DON’T need on the list, for instance salt and pepper or spices that you already have on hand.
5. It puts your shopping list into categories – like diary, produce, canned goods, etc. Makes shopping even easier!
6. It can be used across all of your devices, and will sync up easily.
7. It’s FREE!
What I don’t like about it:
1. If I can’t find my favorite recipe online, I have to enter it manually. So far, that has only happened once. Almost everything can be found by GOOGLE.
2. Sometimes when I find the recipe online, the site is unsupported by the app and so I can’t import it. However, I can pretty quickly add it manually using copy and paste.
3. It requires some front-loading to make it work. My plan is to input one menu a day with recipes. Within a few weeks/months I should be able to start using it for the majority of my meal planning and grocery needs.
I am so excited about the possibilities of the App and the time savings that I anticipate from using it! Do you use Pepperplate or similar apps? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts and tips!