This week, I tackled the task of optimizing my meal planning strategy. True story– this is what approaching 30 looks like. It’s also a sign of the times that I’m actually not ashamed, heck, even proud! of this project.
I used to use ZipList to plan meals, and then it became so buggy that it was simply unusable. This was incredibly frustrating since I had invested a ton of time uploading all my recipes to my ZipList account and then it lost most mobile functionality. I tried using Menu Planner and didn’t like the interface; same story with Pepper Plate.
It’s unfortunate that Alex and I both have different phones (he has a Windows phone and I have an iPhone), so syncing across platforms was always going to be a tough hurdle for us. Keeping that in mind, and previous negative experiences, I decided I would focus on finding a planning app that contained specific characteristics:
- Stable platform
- Easy, drag-and-drop meal functions
- Easy recipe creating and uploading from the web
- Pleasing interface (it needs to be pretty!)
- Intuitive to use
- Creates a grocery list that I can later transfer to Wunderlist (which is the list app that my husband and I share)
I think I have finally found what I’ve been looking for: meet MealBoard.
It’s $4 at the app store. Not bad, and well worth it in my opinion (so far). Like any meal planning app, you’re going to spend a lot of time uploading your recipes. You won’t, however, spend a lot of time figuring out how it works since it’s super user-friendly.
You can also upload a ton of recipes from the web (including PaleOMG!), making it even easier to get your repertoire of dishes set up. I like that you can easily move meals around from day to day, in case Tuesday rolls around and you decide fish isn’t really what you’re digging anymore or you decided to dine out that night. There’s also a Pantry feature that lets you see what you already have in stock, a categorizing function for your meals (salads, appetizers, seafood, etc) and tons of other shiny bells and whistles.