Meal Planning Apps

3 Jun

This post is the second in a series about iPhone apps I use and enjoy. This is less about being on the cutting edge of technology and more the equivalent of peeking in someone else’s medicine cabinet. Electronic voyeuristic curiosity! I’d love to hear what food-related apps you enjoy in the comments.

Shroomies Produce Guide – I have no idea why this is called ‘shroomies’ but it does make me giggle. This app really isn’t as necessary as it claims but I love it none the less. It is supposed to help you choose produce that’s in season but really, you probably don’t need help with that. If you can use your valuable looking skills to see what the store is offering a lot of cheaply then you know what’s in season.

Shroomies does offer the valuable service in the form of providing nutritional information, seasonality (when will asparagus be cheap again?!), how to store and how long to keep it, preparation advice and almost 200 photos and descriptions of all sorts of produce. Have you ever read a recipe and thought, what the heck is kohlrabi? Look it up! I love browsing the photos for inspiration, but I’m weird like that.

RelishI’ve sung Relish’s praises before and I’ll do it again: the iPhone app lets me peruse my weekly shopping list and view the recipe right from my phone, no printouts necessary. You have to have a subscription to Relish’s menu service for this to be useful, however.

Everyday Food – I sort of hate to give Martha even more of my money when she has so much already, but there’s something to be said for not having to leaf through stacks of magazines to find a recipe.

Mise En PlaceI’ve mentioned this app before also and while it over complicates the week night dinner I can’t wait to use this for a big party or holiday such as Thanksgiving. It lets you schedule all the tasks that need to be accomplished for a big meal and can help you figure out what you need to do well in advance. My organization-loving heart swelled when I found this.

Epicurious – The same benefits of the recipe website in handheld form.

Grocery Gadget – I’ve mentioned this app before, too, but when I find something awesome I like to share. Angela originally found this app and I’m so glad she told me about it. It handles far more than just your grocery list and has all sorts of handy features, such as online editing, list sharing so other members of your household have access to them, and full control over list organization. It’s the priciest app I’ve ever purchased but, for me at least, it’s been so worth it.


10 Responses to “Meal Planning Apps”

  1. Evolving June 4, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    Oooh, the idea of Relish is vastly appealing to me. Except I refuse to pay 7 bucks a month for it. Anything free like it available?

  2. Evolving June 4, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    Scratch that, it looks like ziplist is free (and works with Martha Stewart Everyday). Hooray!

    • LittleBig June 4, 2010 at 4:59 pm #

      I’ve never heard of ziplist! Excellent!

  3. Damsel June 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    I love GroceryIQ – free and totally customizable!

    I love your blog – found you from ParentHacks…

    • LittleBig June 8, 2010 at 9:07 am #

      Thank you so much!

      Before I found GG I used GroceryIQ and I loved it very, very much.

  4. Damsel June 6, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Oh, and for meal planning, I just do it on the calendar function of the iPhone. My calendar is linked to my iGoogle calendar, which is linked to my husband’s calendar… so he can see what we’re having for dinner and decide whether or not to splurge a little at lunch. 🙂

    • LittleBig June 8, 2010 at 9:08 am #

      That is a GREAT tip!

  5. stevemurch January 21, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    Great writeup!

    You might also check out BigOven (, which has a handy drag and drop menu planner, this lets you create a calendar and then generate a grocery list. There are over 200,000 recipes in the software, and you can add your own for free.

    BigOven has free apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, Android tablet and the web.


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