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Emi070707 - Absolutely wonderful
I love love love this app. I'm not an app person at all. I use only two apps on a daily basis and this is one of them. It made my life so much easier and so much more organized. All modules are great but the best is that I can park my car on the way home in front of a grocery store and have a shopping list within 5 minutes for everything that I need for the whole week of meals. I also use it for non-recipe items like milk, bread, butter, etc. I don't buy more than needed thus I don't waste food, i.e. money, but have everything for the recipes. You will be able to get more recipes than you will ever need with two click per new recipe. What a time saver! My favorite site is Weber, because we like grilled food and his recipes are exceptional, but you will also be able to import recipes from website not listed as supported.
Someone complained about lost recipes. It has never happened to me, but even if, you should know that our recipes are backed up on weekly basis. All you have to do is to contact Ray, the app developer, and he will help you with that. He has been very responsive with any questions I've had in the past and his support is great. I have been using this app for at least 2 years now and thought I should post a review to say how much I appreciate it. It would be very hard now to live without it!
Momma Cook6 - Love this app!!!
I’ve been using MealBoard daily for several years. This is my favorite app on my phone. While it comes with recipes, I entered all my own recipes and it was worth the time spent. I add recipes I want to make for the week, sync with my grocery list, and use the grocery list while shopping, checking off items I put in my cart. Sometimes, I stop at a grocery store without a shopping list prepared and add meals while there onto the meal calendar and sync with my grocery list and I’m all organized. No more forgetting what is in a recipe or forgetting to buy certain items. I can also email the shopping list to another family member to shop for me. If I want to text a shopping list, I just copy it from the email into a text. Each day, I can look at the calendar and see what I had planned to make, and then view the recipe for ingredients and directions. No need to pull out the cook book. This is also handy when I’m cooking on vacation or at someone else’s home. I can also easily edit the recipe to add important tips I discover as I’m preparing it. If I want to share recipes with friends, I can email them right from the app. If I want to print a recipe so my child can make it without looking at my phone, I can do that right from the app as well. I absolutely love this app!
J4nnin4tor - Love It!
I absolutely love this app. It is so very customizable and I’ve been importing / entering recipes for two days straight now. About 20 years ago I tried a meal planning software called MasterCook. It was great for its time, but it was so unwieldy that I soon gave up. Because of that poor experience I have avoided this type of app until now. I use it on my iPad, which means I have a beautifully laid out recipe card to follow. I love that it generates a customizable shopping list that I can send directly to my printer. I’m sure that if I were more organized I would find the pantry portion something I couldn’t live without.... but I’m not there yet. Plus, I’m 67 and if I want something from the store I simply send my husband. For some reason he enjoys getting out of the house! The other thing I just love is that for recipes that I key in myself the app lets me browse and find whatever picture I want to use. And I found some really, really nice pictures. Makes me look like a star! And, last but not least, to be able to back everything up to the cloud so I don’t lose everything the next time I drop my iPad in the pool..... perfect. So, thank you. I almost never ever pay fir an app... but this one is worth every penny.
Funky Little Chair - Game changer
Oh my gosh I love this app so much. After really struggling for ages with the never ending task of meal planning and grocery shopping I finally went looking for an app and this one really really fit the bill. Key for me is that it integrates well with the recipe sites we use most (allrecipes, taste of home) so there isn’t a whole bunch of manual editing and importing. I do manually import a couple family recipes per month, but it’s not a huge task, just have to do it once and there ya go.
I’ve been setting up a week long menu at the beginning of each month and then saving it as a template. Then it’s easy to just load it and make edits to individual days. Very easy to drag and drop meals around. And I like that I can add prices and stores to each items to see what the grocery total is looking like as I go.
I haven’t made much use yet of the pantry tools to track what we have at home, but once I have a meal plan loaded and it populates a grocery list, it’s super easy to go through the cupboards and delete out anything we have on hand. Maybe someday I’ll figure out the tracking systems but eh - probably not. Pretty darn happy with all the attributes I’m currently using - they’re saving me a ton of time and misery.
Grace1market - Great app!
Love Love LOVE!!!!!! This app! It is revolutionizing my meal planning! I especially love that I can import my favorite healthy recipes in off my favorite websites. Saves me so much time. Of course I also like that I can add my own or old family recipes. Populates my a grocery list, that's me add the recipes to my weekly meal plan, then it remove the groceries items from the pantry when I make a recipe. Just can't get over how much I seriously Love this app!
1. It would help if we could share recipes on Pinterest to brag to our friends about what a great app this is. It's also free advertising for this app.
2. Additionally, when you go to move items from your shopping list to the pantry you have to click on a trashcan icon. This confused me for a while and I thought that the app did not move shopping list items to the pantry. I stopped using the app for a long time until I discovered the move to pantry option I was searching for was in the trashcan... It would be less confusing if you change the trash can icon or make two separate icons for deletion (trash can) and for groceries being moved to the pantry (maybe a door). Just a suggestion :) Thank you for creating this awesome app!
Wfoster42 - Remarkably feature-rich recipe and meal planner
I cannot sing the praises of MealBoard to manage recipes, menus, and grocery lists enough. It’s refreshing to buy an app outright and not have to pay a monthly fee or tolerate ads. Ray has made an incredibly robust and user-friendly app that allows me to easily import and write recipes; maintain a grocery and pantry inventory; create menus; and generate shopping lists from the menu plus current inventory levels. The interface looks clean and is simple to use.
Additionally, I recently had an issue I created by installing the app on my iPad (formerly only on my iPhone) and failing to sign in before I entered a LOT of recipes and new inventory items. As such I wasn’t able to maintain this work and also assign it to my actual account once I realized what I had done. Ray had this resolved for me in a day and I didn’t lose any work. In addition to the work he’s already done to build this fantastic app, his commitment to maintaining and improving it for his customers is what we should hope to experience from all sellers/companies but in most instances that just isn’t the case. I highly and whole-heartedly recommend this app. Happy cooking!
Evilchicken777 - Too complicated
I spent two and a half hours yesterday and got all of three meals input. I figured that there is a learning curve at the beginning, plus time to get it set up, so I gave it another shot today. An hour later and I am frustrated at how unwieldy this app is. It suffers from the same thing a lot of organizing apps suffer from: over complicating things in an effort to give you more. I wanted something I could simply write down what the weeks meals are. I don’t need to put down a recipe for everything. I don’t need a grocery list. I already have an app I like for that, plus putting groceries on automatically from recipes has the problem that it adds staples I keep in stock always, and doesn’t add said staples when they start to run low. The very first recipe site on the list listed on the “imports” I use, and have an account, and the app. When I tried to import my recipes the other app opened, and I lost the import interface button and couldn’t import anything. I spent a lot of time but could not figure out a way except to close the recipe app, go back to this app, individually search each recipe on their import page and import it from the site opened anonymously through their web search. This app has wasted my time. I’ll go back to scribbling the weeks meals on a calendar on the wall. It’s a lot faster, and I need fast.
KpSeattle - Amazing!
The best thing about this app is the ability to smoothly, seamlessly import recipes. I have been frustrated by Pepper Plate which had limited success at importing recipes. Mealboard seems to be able to correctly pull in any recipe accurately from pretty much anywhere. If I find a recipe on the web that I want to save, I simply copy the link. When I open Mealboard and tap on “import Recipe” it automatically grabs the link from my clipboard and pulls in that recipe like magic. The only exception I have found is NYT recipes. I suspect the NYT blocks it on their end because they want you to use their app.
The organization and search are very good. I can customize categories and edit recipes as needed. The only improvement I would hope for is a minor one - the ability to re-order the ingredients list on an imported recipe.
I orginally downloaded it to do meal planning to help shake up our same old routine and make sure i was using up some ingredients that were otherwise going to waste. It is great for that but I love it for the import feature.
Overall, I would highly recommend this app to anyone looking for a way to keep track of recipes and plan meals.
MieshM1 - One of the BEST apps
For most of the reviewers who are unhappy... it seems either they do not understand how to use the app or they are expecting it to be ready to use. Once you learn how to use the app and spend a little time importing your favorite recipes... the whole meal planning process can be done in moments including a shopping list. Every recipe you add builds your library and you simply reuse them for even faster planning next time. Each time I think this app cannot get much better... an update comes and makes it even better. I do not know how they are able to make such thoughtful improvements and do so flawlessly. I LOVE this app. It helps organize every aspect of my meal planning from my recipes, pantry inventory and grocery list based on those planned meals. A dreaded chore becomes organized and fun. I am still learning things that the app does that I have not yet used. My only complaint is the scaled amounts are often odd measures that I would need to convert but I imagine that some recipes would make it difficult to scale. MealBoard is worth every penny and will save you both time and money! Thank you MealBoard!
Noname505 - Great meal planning app
I’ve been using this app for almost a year now. Learning its capabilities and how to use the app was a little difficult at first but now that I’ve learned what it can do and with the improvements implemented its really a great app. I recently used the shopping list for the first time and it made shopping for my ingredients so much easier because it tells you how much you need of each item so that you can buy the right amount.
The absolute best part of the app is the ability to import recipes. At first the import feature didn’t seem to work so well or maybe is was the website from which I was trying to import but I just imported about 10 recipes this week and all imported fairly well. You have the ability to make adjustments or corrections to the imported recipe if needed. It will include a link to the original recipe so that you can easily go there if you want to see the original recipe website.
I’m working on my Thanksgiving meal plan and recipes now. It’s definitely worth the price.
DJ Rizzo - Seems Almost perfect
I just started using the app and I have high hopes for it being the meal planning / kitchen organizing app I always wanted to have. But there is one big reason why I’m not using it very much: importing/inputting recipes to MealBoard is a huge put off when compared to my current grocery/recipe app: AnyList. AnyList is near perfect at importing recipes and super easy because it ads a share-menu command to Safari allowing 1 -tap entry of on-line recipes. No need to copy and paste URLs. It also does an amazing job of parsing recipe data that is pasted into the app. So it’s super easy to copy an emailed recipe and paste it in. I can also use the Mac version of AnyList to more quickly type in recipes.
But AnyList does a horrible job of creating a grocery list from more than one recipe. It also does not have the ability to enter and keep track of items in the pantry. And right now their devs are adding stuff I really don’t need or want (Alexa integration) instead of improving the functionality of it. That is whyI really want to use this app as my only Grocery/Recipe app. But until getting the recipes into this one is easier I’m still using AnyList everyday and putting MealBoard on the back burner.
sharonyo - Works great for me
After looking at several other meal planning apps, I found this one. You do need to load a bunch of recipes when you get started but they have a search feature that gives you access to dozens of recipe sites so you can quickly upload new recipes to the app. I also created my own "recipes" so I can put non recipe type meals on the menu (e.g.: "turkey sandwich" for lunches or "stuffed baked potatoes" for dinners). I email the menu to myself and then print out the menu from my email to post on the fridge. I love the shopping list. I don't have the patience to manage my pantry, but I will just check off all the shopping list items I know I have at home before I go shopping. I also share the menu to my ICal which allows me to see what's for dinner when I'm at work. It would be great if it had a sign in, so that my phone app and my iPad app would be able to sync. Overall, I find this app simple to use and customize and has saved me time and money by reducing over-buying of food.
Dec9905 - Best Investment
What a fantastic app! I have been using it for about 1 1/2 years now and I don’t know how I lived without it! So worth the nominal app fee. Over the first 6-8 months, I slowly added recipes as I made them but I made it last winter’s project to get them all added...1900+ in total. This app saves time - no lost time trying to decide what is for dinner tonight and quick assembly of your shopping list.
I love being able to access from anywhere: my phone on the go, my iPad in the house, my laptop for recipe entry. My family can even check what is for dinner and add meals they have been craving.
There are very few issues, if any, but on the rare occasion an external website changes and recipes can no longer be imported properly, support is quick to respond to the report and resolve. The only thing I would like to see in the app is the ability to save a favorite meal (main and side combo). There is a template to save a weeks worth of meals but I’d like to be able to drill down a bit further.
Suj-cats - Even more than I was looking for!
I’ve been using this app for a little over a week, and have been busily entering recipes, doing meal planning, and using the shopping list. Haven't yet approached the pantry inventory, but may with my pantry staples. Love that I can create templates of meal plans for future use, and love that it puts my recipe ingredients on my shopping list. Yes, its work to set up. But once a recipe is entered, I can tap to add it to my calendar, and tap to create a shopping list, and tap at the store to mark the item in my grocery cart (and tap again to add to the pantry if I decide to go that far!). Over time, this app is going to save me time - just with the grocery list alone, not to mention having a plan for meals. Downloading recipes so far has been simple, with minor edits required, and love that all of it is synched between my ipad where I do the entry, and my phone where I do my shopping - not to mention having recipes with me for spur of the moment plans!
Zaria37 - So far, no complaints
I recently switched from Menu Planner to MealBoard because the developer never seemed to get the barcode scanner to work. I'm getting used to the functionality of this app and it's comparable, if not better. Importing recipes is definitely easier and has more compatible sites. I use Pinterest a lot, so I just copy the URL from the recipe's site and copy it here and auto import fast and easy. Even using the "tool" function to import recipes is efficient (although obviously not better). I look forward to setting up the pantry and freezer in the app to start tracking inventory!
***update*** I would like the developers to consider including an option to mark a pantry item (i.e. corndogs) as a recipe/side dish that can be added to the menu **and reduce inventory** instead of having to create a new recipe to update the pantry or manually updating the pantry for that item....I haven't been able to "quick add" a pantry item to the menu planner.
MargeSails - Import feature worth the $
This app was exactly what I was looking for. I love it so much! Whenever I see a recipe on Facebook or ANYWHERE that I want to try, I just copy the link and quickly import it into the app. I love that I can organize the recipes into categories of my choice. I have a special potluck category so anytime I am going to a party, I know exactly what I can make.
It is super easy to grocery shop with this app, too. You can organize the grocery aisles to match your store. It doesn’t take a lot of battery life at the store to have the checklist up. When you meal plan, you can import the shopping list to the exact days you need to shop for. I have even recently enjoyed printing the shopping list. If your phone and your printer are both on wi-fi, you can quickly print the list off.
This app is everything that I was looking for, and more. It was worth paying for, and that is a rare thing in an app.
tjcrook - Fantastic App!
And I don't do reviews! This is a first—but this app is really amazing. I selected it following research a couple of years ago for my wife thinking it would be "kinda nice." My wife is super organized, loves her recipes, really cares about her meal planning and has a demanding full time career as a an Psychiatric APRN. I do most of the actual grocery shopping. Wow—she really got serious about using Mealboard and it has amazed me how useful it is. Really exceeded my expectations.
She has learned more and more and has a great data base now. We sync with my our iPhones and iPads. I can not imagine going shopping without using this app now. All our married kids now use it. It was really great for them to be able to log in on "moms" account - do a sync- and immediately get all of her data as a beginning base and then they all continued to modify their own apps on their own after that. Now they all swap and share recipes.
When I help out with cooking (not one of my strong points) I'd be lost without Mealboard.
So we always cook and shop with our iphone or iPad as the main control center.
It takes a little learning curve but the effort you put in returns much more benefits. She can plan out cabin trip menus and gathering menus and just everyday menus and shopping lists really fast. I'm very impressed. It's been a blessing for us.
I highly recommend it!! Well worth it!! Keep up the great job.
Alzabees - Helps us (indirectly) to lose weight.
We use MealBoard on one iPhone and two iPads. Having so many options for sharing allows the two of as to coordinate (as a couple) and see the meal plan as it fits into our schedules.
I am a big fan of the app, I love the pantry function and the ease of creating a grocery list. Being able to edit the categories and the aisles to the ones that I prefer is a big plus for me. I love how they’ve kept it simple and somewhat "text" oriented rather than "graphics" oriented. I don't need for it to be fancy, I just need for it to work! And it does!
I had gone away from the routine of meal planning for quite a while and am returning to having it in my weekly approach. What I have found, by using MealBoard over the years, is that it helps me to more successfully work my WeightWatchers program. It was fun to fire-up MealBoard once again in tandem with my return to WeightWatchers.
busyteacherlisa - Love this!
I love this app! I have it on my phone, my iPad, and my husband’s phone. He loves that he can add things to the grocery list and it will sync automatically, and that he always knows what’s for dinner. I love that it keeps all my recipes and I can read them on the iPad while cooking. I also love that it’s easy to remember all the options you have for dinners when making the meal plan for the week. I even include things like “frozen pizza” and “not here for dinner” as recipes, so that we can really see every option for busy nights. I’ve emailed with the app’s developer, and he’s really open to adding in new features and making it better. He told me he’s currently working on giving the website all the features the app has, which I think will be great too! Overall, this app saves me a couple hours each week, and streamlines everything so I never forget anything at the store. Awesome!!
fhoffecker - *Updated* Needs work for the same issues
-There are still a lot of tweaks that need to be made in the app. I’ve added my email to the account but it is always saying that I don’t have one set up for it. I do, and it shows that I do. The shopping list and the quantity tab needs to be worked on still. I’ll select an item, put in an amount but it will almost always disappear or change when I click back into my master shopping list and this is so annoying especially when I’m actually getting my groceries. The syncing feature isn’t that smooth between devices, I find that I have to push sync on both apps a lot and close down the app for it to update properly. Debating on rating this a 3 or 4 star. I really like the app but it has had the same problems for forever now. So I’m rating it a 3.
I've been looking for a meal planning app for a while and was recommended by a friend to try this app out. It's such a great tool! I love that it's easy to use.
mgunslinger17 - Robust!
I just downloaded this app and have started adding my favorite recipes.
First impressions, the app has all the features I am looking for in a meal planner. Calendar, shopping list, recipe box, in addition to pantry tracker and even the ability to customize the stores you shop at and which stores you buy certain ingredients. Importing recipes is easy but does require going in for some quick edits most times.
The only thing that I see as being a potential annoyance is that when the same ingredient is entered a little differently now different recipes, it adds both versions to the master list. If they're organized by the same category, it shouldn't be terribly annoying, but if you don't like redundancy, it will probably bug the crap out of you. You can definitely spend hours fine tuning this app to fit your needs which makes it a powerful tool.
Tnkmama - Love!
I dont use all the features, but I would be lost without this app! Importing a recipe from the web takes seconds and includes a link back to original source so you can refer back to special notes or reviews that might have been posted with original recipe. I have actually created a “sewing projects” category and saved links back to projects I want to find again! (In this case the auto import does not work since there is technically no “recipe” but by using the tool option I save a picture and the title , and sometimes the materials needed)
As others have mentioned, the ability to create a shopping list in minutes from nearly anywhere is also a life saver, and if you keep up on your “pantry inventory” (I Don’t) you wouldn’t even end up with duplicate jars of that spice you almost never use, but cant recall if you actually have it anymore lol
TheresainAK - Imports any recipe
This app has lots of cool features that I keep meaning to try but I find it invaluable for the things I use it for all the time. It has become the only place I store all of my recipes. I love being able to scale recipes. Favorites that I wouldn’t bother to make just for me are much easier when the app scales the ingredients for me.
My all-time favorite feature though it recipe import. When I find a recipe in a blog post that I want to try I just copy the url and open MealBoard. When I click on Import Recipe it pastes the url and loads the site. I add categories and occasionally categorize an ingredient and it is done. It is so simple I import recipes I haven’t tried yet because it is easier than using the original site while fighting my way through a bunch of ads, and I can scale it to meet my needs.
This app meets my needs very well.
Beeka75 - My Favorite App
This app does it all!! I was searching for an app I could use to plan my meals, and came across MealBoard. It has surpassed my expectations. I read through each review since I was skeptical to spend money on something blindly. All of the reviewers left such positive reviews I was confident I would like it. Well, needless to say I LOVE IT!!! Here are all of the reasons you too should buy this app.
1) Easily plan your daily: meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2) Recipe Box to store all of your favorite recipes. You can easily look up any recipe online via the app, or link directly to your favorite recipe apps!! This is a HUGE plus! You can also type up your favorite family recipes and add them to the app.
3) Track the items in your pantry. This will save you guessing what you have at home when you forget to add an item to your grocery list.
4) Grocery shopping list. Easily add ingredients from your recipe to a list via the app.
5) Sync your devices so no matter which one you have you will see the same thing.
All of that being said, spend the few dollars and invest a little time to set the app up with all of your favorite recipes and pantry items and the app will practically do the work for you!! You will not regret it. ENJOY!
Kiminokc - Where has this app been all my life?
I wanted an app to put all my recipes into, not show me other people's recipes, import from the web easily, allow search of recipes by one or more ingredient and one or more food type, allow meal planning, store and manage food inventory and grocery lists, show my recipes for which I have all ingredients available to cook on demand, backup to cloud for device sharing and without extra cost or subscription, and allow web entry of recipes but not require a client be downloaded and installed on a computer.
I've tried several recipe-type apps over the years including Paprika, Pepper Plate, at least 5-7 others I can't remember their names right now.
This might sound too flowery or enthusiastic but that's how I feel about this app. It's the only one I've found that does all of my wishes/requirements seamlessly and so well and for so little $! But it also does even more functions I didn't consider a must have like optionally tracking prices, doing something with coupons I haven't used but it's there, creating meal plan templates, and it's so customizable!
What you get for this price is extraordinary in the app market and I'm so impressed and thrilled with it. Highly recommend!
Divekathster - Great app.
I’ve used something similar but that vendor I think stop support even though it’s still in the App Store. This one is great. Has a shopping list that you can pull stuff you need from recipes. The importing recipes from websites is amazing. Even if you have to do it “manually” they make it really easy for you to do it especially importing ingredients. This is one of the apps I use daily. And the only weird thing I would say about this app is that it doesn’t default you to the current day when you open it. You have to choose a start date. And then you view the days that way. And then after the time view you choose is over, you have to go back in and choose another start date. It’s not a big deal. Not enough for me not to use this wonderful app
zellanna - Really helpful and intuitive, easy to use
Be sure to log-in to the website once you've synced. This is where you can modify and import recipes from Epicurious and other on-line recipe sites. Easier recipe entry there than via iphone. It's very easy to make out a weeks menu plan and aggregate all the shopping. I love that you see a list of what you need from the store and also a list of what you have at home. This helps when i'm cooking at a friends and need to pull from home stores. I really liked the sample of recipes they've already loaded on the app also. And the ability to email menus and email shopping lists is very handy. Well worth the cost for me. This app is saving me lots of time and we're eating much better, it's fabulous.
KateSpivey - One of my daily apps
I’ve had this app for over a year... maybe over two years??? Can’t remember exactly when I downloaded it but love it. I have imported over 800+ recipes (no, I haven’t tried them all yet, there are an embarrassingly high number of dessert ones in there)
*** I can put one recipe in numerous categories, making my narrowing down process quicker.
*** I’m a more frugal and efficient shopper with the grocery list.
*** Having the website link on the recipe makes it so easy when someone asks for the recipe (although you can email it too). I usually have to screenshot it because I typically alter the original.
These are just a few of the pros, I could be setting here, typing all day, if I tried to list them all.
Not many of these, but the only reason I didn’t give the app a perfect 5 stars and it wouldn’t let me give it 4.5.
*** Originally, you could have the item price on each one of your grocery list items. I forget which update did away with that, but as a single mom, I greatly miss it. I tried moving on to other apps but it was just too much trouble, so I came back.
*** It doesn’t communicate with Alexa (or Siri)... if this could be addressed, that would be sublime.
All in all, a great app, one that’s on the first screen of my phone.
KnitDani - Awesome app!
This one is all it claims to be. I use all the features and am able to email recipes to a friends who either do or do not also use the app.
My biggest difficulty with it is something I doubt anyone can do anything about: if 2 same ingredients are entered slightly differently, the aggregate grocery feature can't work. I've gone over my current recipe list and changed them to match for the sake of my shopping list. Using the web site to enter new recipes has made it easier to choose the same ingredient names that I've used before.
Recently, I’m unable to completely sync the meals to my iCal. I get only some, or they don’t update at all.
One of my favorite apps of all time and I use it multiple times per day.
redspottedcow - Efficient meal planning tool
I really like this app, and it has more than met my expectations. I was just looking for something that would allow me to schedule my meals, but I really like the ability to store my recipes and automatically create my shopping list based off the meal plan. I agree with the other reviews that it takes a while to set up, but I've just been adding recipes as I go so it hasn't been bad. The ability to import recipes from just about any site is amazing, and makes the entry process a breeze!
Having everything in one place is amazing. I love being able to open up meal plan on my iPad while I'm cooking to get the recipes I need. The app is a bit clunky though and not so intuitive. Make sure you pay attention to the tutorials to pick up on the shortcuts, they are helpful.
Kmsweb - Great for storing my recipes!
I have a lot of recipes that I reference often. Some are just from the Internet, some from Allrecipes, some from my cookbooks. I really wanted to keep all of my favorite recipes together in one place and this app works excellent for that. Using the Allrecipes website is a joke, and I don’t like the app because of the annoying ads that just start making noise out of nowhere. I tried a few different apps for saving the recipes and my favorite was Anylist, but I did not like the idea of paying over and over again subscription style. This app has similar function to Anylist, but with this app, you pay once and done. You can import recipes from your favorite places, or add your recipes manually. Great app!
Jnettie - Makes planning easy
I really love this app! It takes a little work on the front end but once you get it set up it helps a lot. You have to input recipes, so you can use it as your recipe book as well, though I just put in the name and ingredients. This takes the most time. But thereafter it’s just checking the list. Plop what you want to make that week and then create a grocery list! I find it has greatly reduced the amount of unused food going bad in my fridge.
I do not use the supplies list or coupons. Those features to me require too much work to maintain. Especially when if I want to see if I already have green beans all I have to do is open the freezer. But you don’t need to use those at all and it’s fine.
SharonMaxine - Love this app.
Coming from a Galaxy Note 4 using The Grocery Tracker app, I’ve tried many meal planning/shopping list apps in search of an iPhone equivalent and this is by far the closest I’ve found. It takes a little bit to get it set up, but is easy to use once done. The only thing I wish it would do is give me the ability to set store specific aisles and not have to wade through all of the aisles I have created to assign them to products and stores. At least the ability to filter the aisles by store. I would also love if the developer would add the ability to export our grocery list to Walmart grocery, Kroger clicklist, Instacart, etc. Other than that, I am completely satisfied with this wonderful app.
Occasional faxer tkh - MealBoard
Amazing app... as I’ve started using it more it’s useful features become more apparent. This app works great to just collect some of your favorite or harder to remember recipes however if you want to get more serious about meal planning, organizing your kitchen/pantry, eating healthy etc. MealBoard is great for this too. I love the fact that it’s very editable. If you have similar pantry entries it allows you to update them on the fly and then the next time you sync it updates your pantry and recipes. Very well designed and allows importing from all the popular recipe websites. This is all the further you need to look for a recipe/shopping app. I researched a while before going with MealBoard and it has met and exceeded every expectation.
Kikidjoy - MealBoard has revolutionized my meal planning and prep
As a homemaker and mom to four kids this app has totally revolutionized and simplified my meal and snack planning, pantry stocking, grocery budgeting, and shopping experiences. And it has cut down on my meal prep times because it’s so easy to pull up recipes right in the app. It also allows me to share recipes easily which is a big bonus in the mom-of-young-kids world, as we moms are constantly hitting each other up for meal ideas. Be sure to check out the Settings to learn about all the wonderful functionalities of the app. I’m still discovering all the bells and whistles and I’m absolutely delighted every time I find a new feature. (Completely unabashed in my love for this app. 😆🙌🏻❤️👩🏻🍳)
DaveAlger - Versatile Meal Planner
I was looking for a way to list out family dinners for the week and got so much more! To be clear this app requires some setup time but in the end is totally worth it. My main problem with other meal planning apps was that the recipes were either too gourmet for my kids or chosen for me. MealBoard, on the other hand, is a powerful blank slate! It has a few recipes to get you started but I deleted most of them since the dinners my family will eat are pretty basic. MealBoard lets you easily import any recipe from any website to build your customized recipe list to choose from in the future. MealBoard is the perfect custom recipe box / meal planner / shopping list / ingredient tracker all rolled into one.
Deitschgirl - Best of the best
I’ve looked at and tried many pantry/recipe apps but this one is absolutely tops in my book! From the ease of downloading recipes from other sites or letting me input my own, to the shopping list, to the menu planner, to the pantry organizer that lets me name the spaces the way I want to name them, to the ability to categorize my recipes to being able to record prices, stores and expiration dates; this app is just almost perfect for me.
What is missing? The only thing I would like to see is a second location for pantry items. When I buy a case of diced tomatoes, some go in my kitchen pantry and others go into other pantry areas and I’d love to be able to note that.
Otherwise, just fabulous!
Jnoles - Good, not great...yet
I chose this app over paprika 3 because the ingredients and instructions are on the same page so I didn’t have to touch my screen while cooking and the computer version is included. I give it 3 stars because it is cumbersome to import recipes. I have to tap 10 times to get the recipe to load in the app. Would be a lot better to be able to import directly from my browser instead of bouncing between the app and browser. That would be 1 1/2 stars, the other 1/2 star would be able to choose the apps opening page. Developer touted it is customizable, but I don’t use the meal planning part. I should be able to change the start page to recipes instead of meal planning. Developers seem to have made several updates since launch and I’m hoping these 2 are in the apps future.
Hermosab - Love this convenient tool
I’ve loaded over 200 recipes into this app with ease (some importing, some entering) and use it daily, mostly for recipes while cooking. When I do plan a menu ahead of time and use the grocery list feature, it is very handy. I email the list to myself and can check off the items in the little box as I go from store to store. No complaints whatsoever and a great price for the convenience of a curated set of no-fat, Whole food, plant-based recipes. When I had a question about a website not automatically importing the recipes, the support person fixed the problem immediately. The recipes can be emailed to friends and I appreciate that feature, too.
*SMD* - Less time spent in the grocery store
I have been using this app for many years. I started using it because I was tired of staring into the refrigerator every night trying to figure out what to eat. So I started planning my meals for the week. I spend a little time once a week selecting my meals for the week, and check the app every night and start cooking. No more staring blankly into the refrigerator. A great benefit to this app is being able to generate a shopping list. I can now go to the grocery store and buy what I need and no more wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles.
One wish that I have for this app is to be able to use an echo dot to add items to the grocery list.
238sh89 - The best recipe/pantry app out there
I don’t even know how many years I’ve been using this app - at least 7 or 8. And it’s my go-to. It may not be flashy, but it is reliable, practical, useful, and easy to use.
It holds ALL my recipes (I have well over a 1000 favorites by now). Allows me to make a plan up to a plan in 1-4 week increments, to custom categorize, make notes and edits, and to sort and filter in all kinds of ways.
There are reminders for meals that require prework, and a servings conversion feature that is crazy-useful for families that aren’t 4,6 or 8. I can manage my pantry and make updates to it from the shopping list or after I’ve made a meal. It gives queues when pantry items are nearing expiration or are in lower quantities than the recipe requires.
It can suggest recipes based on what you have in inventory!!! The thoughtfulness of this meal planning app is beyond compare to anything else out there - I’ve looked from time to time, and although others are branded, or are prettier - they are unreliable and/or just don’t have the substance this app has.
Highly, highly recommended!
Jchu8618 - So helpful! I love this app.
Just upgraded from 4 to 5 stars because every time I use it I find another great feature – like recipe reminders that you can use to remind yourself to take the meat out of the freezer the night before! Fantastic.
I love that I can use my own recipes, and not be flooded with a library of things I probably won't make or eat. I love that it automatically adds ingredients from a recipe to my grocery list, with the option to deselect something I already have. Great app. It would be cool though if it added the recipe/meal to the calendar based on the number of servings, like if I'm prepping lunch for the week (with the option to add it every other day, etc.).
4KidsNoTine - Tried and True
If I could only purchase three apps, this would be one of them. I’ve had this app for several years and absolutely depend on it! It’s a lot of work setting it up for your particular stores and recipes, but once you do, meal planning / shopping / prep is SOOOOO EASY! It has literally changed my life! (Does that sound melodramatic or what? But it’s true!) I recently upgraded my phone and am still adjusting to the new version, but know that the investment of time and energy on the front end will bring HUGE rewards. Love love LOVE this app and recommend it wholeheartedly! After 6 years, it is still one of my very favorites! I would give it more stars if I could.
Ulkesh - Updated review: Still a staple in my kitchen
Thanks to the developer for keeping this app updated, and thanks for all the hard work poured into the app. Mealboard is a regular fixture in my kitchen, used for everything from pantry management to recipe scaling to shopping list creation to, yes, meal planning. Thanks, again!
Updated July 26, 2020 -so many fantastic updates and I am still using this app after all these years. That tells me it was a fantastic decision, and one that I hope to keep using for years to come. I rail, rant, and otherwise absolutely fight against subscription models. However, Mealboard is one app that, if done right, I will purchase a subscription for. It is that vital to my kitchen.
Joflo723 - THE best meal planning / grocery list app
This app is absolutely invaluable to me. I’ve been using it for...I dunno, at least 5 years. It’s probably my most used app. Importing recipes is SO easy. Creating your weekly shopping list is even easier! Once you have your recipes imported and your grocery store aisles set up, you can have your entire menu each week + grocery list (in order by store aisle) ready within minutes. Check off what you’ve already got and you’re ready to go shopping! This has saved me SO much time AND money, because I’m only buying what I need at the store. I’d literally be lost without this app! (Please dev Ray...don’t ever take it away from us! lol)
b_beaullieu - Finally!!!
I've been looking for a good grocery list/meal planning app for ages, and this one actually has it all!
Besides having the (fully customizable) meal planning and grocery list features, MealBoard has customizable categories for grocery shopping with prices, stores, aisles - everything! This is the only app I've found that has ALL of these features AND meal planning capabilities (which can be synced to your calendar WITH times if you want to be crazy organized)!
My one suggestion would be for the app to be able to connect to different stores to compare prices and available coupons...but I realize that's a lot to ask. 😉
EO224 - Life Simplified
I can’t believe I’m writing an app review, but this is really fantastic. My favorite parts are that I can automatically pull together a shopping list from my recipes and that the app doesn’t close/time out when I’m cooking. It’s also easy to email/text your list to someone else. I like clicking the boxes and watching the list shrink when I get my groceries. It does take a little bit to input recipes if they’re not online, but the app makes up for it with how quickly you can upload online recipes. Some of the interface is awkward, but nothing that you can’t figure out with a little messing around. Totally worth the $$.
Hapgoodblah - Essential App for the Cook
I’ve been using this app for years. I’m impressed that the developer has continued to update and improve the app for all this time. If you cook with Internet recipes, this is the best possible way I’ve found to keep them all in one place. The import feature is easier to use than ever. You can search recipes by name and ingredient and import the ingredients into a shopping list (which can be organized by section of the grocery store). It’s easy to share a recipe with a friend. There are so many wonderful recipes that I would have lost if it weren’t for this app. So much better than the recipe boxes and binders of yore.
Yjjun - Worth the $4
I’ve never paid for an app or rated one, but this is totally worth it. I used to use a spreadsheet for meal planning and a to-do app to organize my my grocery list by aisle. I figured there had to be something more efficient and I am so happy I searched and found this app.
There’s a bit of a learning curve and it takes a while to set this up with your grocery store aisles and recipes, but once you do it’s very quick to plan your meals and efficiently shop.
My only suggestion would be to have a desktop version that syncs to the app so that I can plan meals on the computer but then automatically have my shopping list on my phone.
Also, I moved and my new Publix has different aisles which was a pain to switch, but again totally worth it now that’s I set it up to match the new store.
Great vision with this app, it is very well thought out and makes meal planning and grocery shopping a breeze. The only feature I don’t use is the inventory feature. I think it would be way too tedious to keep track of.
PlaMorGmes - Most versatile food management app I have found!
I have always had a hard time with all aspects of food management (with the exception of eating it... Lol!) Maintaining an inventory list so I don't double-buy, making a shopping list that actually has the things I need on it and having a plan of what meals to use the groceries for once I get them home...i have struggled with these all my adult life. Drives my husband crazy! Me too! This app has ma add all the difference.
You have to dedicate some time to setting it up and tweaking it to fit your needs but it is so worth it! And the taking can be done as you go along... Nothing is set in stone.
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KathleenS1 - Just what I wanted
After trying a few meal planner/shopping list apps this one has all the features I wanted. I wanted to be easily able to import the recipes I have in soft copy, then make these into weekly mealplans and then automatically convert those into weekly and part-week shopping lists which I can then cross things off. An important feature for me is that the shopping list should aggregate ingredients that appear in multiple recipes i.e. if one recipe requires 1 tomato and another requires 2, the shopping list should say 3 tomatoes. And the same for weights. I rejected other apps solely because they didn't have this feature. I use the web application interface to import my recipes (from a file, not a website) which is a bit dated in appearance but works well, and after that I use both my phone and my tablet for the meal plans and shopping list. There are also other features that I don't use. Like another reviewer I am in Australia but I don't have any problems. I don't use the barcode feature they complain of. I just need the metric measurements and the ability to enter and reuse non-American ingredient names, and this app does those no problem.
Nelliebora - Love it!
This is a fabulous app! It's so easy to use and has already made our lives so much more organised! It has already saved us $$ in reducing food wastage and its only week 2! I also love it for the fact that when I travel for work I can remind hubby to eat the leftovers LOL! Like anything it's a bit to set up but worth it. A few pointers for newbies - it works like 1.set up recipes and modify them using your words (e.g. Scallions are Spring Onions or Shallots in AU). Take note of the units of measurement they use in recipes; 2. do a food audit and use the chosen units of measurement (I've used cups for all dry ingredients and teaspoons for spices and tablespoons for sauces; baking soda and stock powder etc. as this is what was commonly recognised in recipes) 3.organise the week and generate a shopping list. The reason to do it in this order is that it's data and if you use different measurements to do your audit then the recipe does then your shopping list won't be accurate so choosing units of measurement and sticking to it makes sure you have as close as possible list of actual ingredients.
evn4g - Simple, useful and no gimmicks
No subscription, clean interface for planning and the other extras are useful and don’t bloat the whole point of the app. You can also share this with your partner or family if you use the same MealBoard login, very helpful for planning in a shared household.
I like the web option for importing recipes - but I’d like to see the database management stuff get a web portal in future, if possible. Only downside is the app doesn’t use all the swipe gestures for navigation making it feel a little dated. It’s also quite a powerful database management app, so the pantry management can be overwhelming. So just take it gradually. Otherwise I reckon this is a very solid and focused meal planner with some useful extras.
K-dub-cats - This app has changed my life!
I am a mum of two kids - one 2, and one newborn. I have had so much trouble finding time to sit down and organize the weekly meals, and so ended up having to drag two kids to the shops almost everyday during this Covid crisis just to keep them fed.
This app allows me to quickly, easily get a week of food organized, and in seconds create a shopping list so I can either do one big shop, or order a whole week of groceries online!
We are wasting less food, spending less on take away, and eating healthier! I have tried many different apps and paper solutions in the past, but none have been as helpful and quick as this. I honestly can’t rate it high enough!
_kaney - Has changed the way I shop and cook!
This app is without a doubt saving me money.
The ease of being able to know what is in my pantry, fridge, and freezer from my iPhone is amazing.
Even better, being able to check recipes against that inventory for shopping purposes. BRILLIANT!
I thought that was it? Nope. Found out you can sync one account over multiple devices, and it’s not connected to your Apple ID! It uses its own unique account login. Mum, Dad, Kids, Housemates, Partners, everyone can have the same update to date information.
Also a handy shopping list. If you found something on sale, you can assign items to particular stores with a note or direction as to why.
This app has it all! Totally worth the small price tag.
One feature I’d love to see incorporated would be the ability to add photos into the directions section of recipes. Sometimes a reference photo is helpful when looking for a particular consistency or colour.
Also, can we get a pink colour scheme? Am I right?
Keep up the great work!!
Ikke en Eur - Good meal organizer
Works well though the shopping list organiser needs some tweaking. It often doesn't understand the volume descriptions so the items get stuck on the list. Not a biggy, just a bit of an annoyance. Also would be nice if it could export the shopping list to the relevant shop lists though I understand this may not be an app shortfall, it just would be nice, also syncing between devices doesn't work well. Takes a bit of time and effort to organise the pantry content but once it is done, WOW, does IT make life in the kitchen easy. Note that on the negatives I am really nit picking, but that is because there are no major issues, by and large this is an excellent app, I love it and is now part of my life. Keep up the good work. 👍
Tammy123987 - The best recipe and shopping list app
We tried a heap of apps before finding this one. This does exactly what we want. Super easy to import recipes from online or write your own in. Scales the ingredients depending on number of servings. Plans our week of food and then adds the correct amounts based on number of servings to the shopping list and combines the items e.g. if multiple recipes need tomatoes it adds up how many. Sync is fast and easy between my hubby and me. Can’t recommend it enough. Also easy to email recipes to guests who enjoyed the meal.
Emdog101 - Very impressed!!
This app is worth every cent. It's only by playing with it that I became aware of all its features e.g. By filtering recipes by ingredient it's now super easy to include items already in the pantry. Yes, it does take time to set up your recipes etc but I've quite enjoyed finally sorting through mine and adding new ones. It has saved me in dollars as I no longer have to throw out unused items as I shop only to what I need. Meal planning is a breeze and the template feature gives me a guideline to a nutritional week of food. Totally recommend.
etothemtotheily - Almost perfect
The functionality of this app is unrivalled as far as I'm aware. The interface could use some freshening up to make it a tad more visual and user friendly, but really that's my only very small complaint. I've been using this app for years and I always come back to it for its awesome functionality. 😊
Also, I'm Australian, and the barcode function has never been something I've bothered with. Yes the initial set up takes a little bit of time, adding each product, but once it's done it's done.
Junipo - The Best!
This is the app I wouldn't be without. The effort to become familiar with all it's pages is well worth it - a truly useful tool. Very intuitive and easy. I import a few more favourite recipes a week to build it up without it being a chore - so easy to do. Love the shopping being sorted into departments - so much faster to whizz around the store. And great to have your fav recipes to hand for those less organised "what's-for-dinner" visits in the supermarket. Truly 6 star!
anotherid - Works perfectly!
This app has everything I wanted; a place to store recipes, then add those recipes to a nice-looking meal plan, then add the ingredients seamlessly to a shopping list. Of course, you can add food that isn’t a recipe to the meal plan, and add extra items (not from your recipe) to the shopping list. Unlike some other apps I have used, syncing works fast between my iPad and my phone. It makes it easy to be organised - I love it!
JodieGF - Best App I’ve had!
Love this app! Reasonably user friendly, but the more I fiddled with it, the more I realised it could do! Fantastic to be able to edit recipe ingredients from imperial to metric (once I do the calculation) and that it syncs with my calendar and that if you email the shopping list to your mobile device it allows you to tick items off while shopping!
Tulichan - Not for Australians
I bought the app as it has such great reviews however, I found that it doesn't have any Australian barcodes on file and if they are they are not in my pantry. This is very disappointing. This means I'll have to manually input each item in my pantry and once that's done every time I buy an item that is not in my pantry today I'll have to manually add it. Also adding meals to your week isn't as smooth as described. Each meal needs to be saved individually which takes longer. If you live where the app does have barcodes on file this app may still be a great product but not for down here.
eShananigans - Excellent
I have found this app to be brilliant for storing recipes and planning meals. Easy to use and love how quickly I can import recipes from any website. I’m using local (Australian) websites and haven’t experienced any issues, however, I don’t use the function that prices my Shopping List - this isn’t something I would use.
tamarin - Best app I've used
Absolutely love this app! It has so many great features and functions, and is well worth the price. I use it every week for meal planning and shopping, and it makes it all so easy. I also love having the ability to import recipes from websites. Thank you to the developers for creating such a wonderful app!
Dr. Review, MD - Your meals your way
Finally — an recipe management and meal planning app that does not require that you sign up for yet another account. Get app; plan meals. Back up and share across devices using the device credentials, not another superfluous login. These developers got it right!
Ms Alleyne - Planner Nirvana
MealBoard is definitely one of my top apps and I use it everyday. Life is so much better now with this organisational tool. It has many great features, and I especially value the edit facility for recipes, that’s so handy to personalise and improve. I recommend this app to everyone!
PatDriscoll - Best ever meal planner and shopping list manager
This program is a ripper! It is comprehensive yet easy to use. I have used many shopping list and meal managers; this one is the best by a country mile.
Take the time to set it up for yourself and you will not be sorry. It will save you time and money.
Behappier - Great App
Great App, Easy to use, saving lots of shopping times. Unfortunately, App is based on US market, so few functions I can not use in Australia. Other than that all good and easy to use, customer support is great and quick response. Recommended to everyone.
Operawords - So far so good
Am changing from another menu app at the moment and this is much improved. I would love to be able to also link dinner guests to what I have served them but I guess I'll just wait for someone to invent that part of the app. Well done.
💪🏼✌🏼️👌🏼👊🏼 - Keeps on Improving
I'm a mum of two and works full time. Love this app as it keeps me organized with weekly grocery & menu! So easy to use and the features has been added so many times since I got it 4 years ago!
Ali&P85 - Meal planning done right
This has been the app I have been searching for. All my favourite recipes on hand with the ability to cross reference pantry items and plan shopping all in the one place, brilliant, well worth the money
At last this is the one - Best application
Use this app every day, gives me my shopping list for all the recipes that I have added. A Must have so I know what ing is needed when shopping. Can sync with iPod and iPad. Love this app, can easily add extras to my shopping list.
EauMan - Makes weekly meal planning & shopping simple
This app has slowly evolved over the years & now once setup is a great tool for planning family meals & weekly shopping lists which makes life a lot simpler :-)
reow reow. - Love this app!
Works well for me. Easy to input and look up meals. Highlights for me is how the shopping list integrates so well with recipes n ease of modifying the list. Would b perfect finished with a calorie counter when doing recipes.
OMG me OMG my friends - Brilliant App!
We absolutely love this app and use it week in, week out. Love that I can sync menus, send shopping lists and pop it on our calendar, so I can see it on my phone. Wouldn't use anything else!
Hyjinx01 - Amazing!
I love this app, I have added all my favourite recipes, I do my meal plan for the week and create the shopping list on my iPad, then take my phone to so the shop, it is very very convenient 11/10 from me 👍🏻
Nelligans - Love this app
I’ve been using MealBoard for a few years now & absolutely love it, it’s so simple to use. I have over 300 meals saved & finding a meal to feed the family is so easy
Queenofeverythingfun - Fantastic
I love this App. It took a couple of days to set up, but worth it in the end. Makes shopping much easier. I don't forget things now. 😄
LKW79 - So easy to use
Love it! It is so easy to import recipes from lots of different websites. This app has taken the headache out of my weekly meal planning
MillSHEEPbaa - Prefect for organising!!!
Only thing that would make it better would be that I can’t copy and past URLs into the recipe search. But I can do this on my laptop which is fine.
RNB.Bron - Great!
Mealboard app is very helpful planning meals especially when working with a budget. A meal plan for more than 4 weeks would be helpful.
Sydtraveller - Easy Organization
Find recipes anywhere add to meal planner, sync shopping list or check pantry done!
Too slow to read reviews - Hate the new upgrade!
The best app ever for 7 years, for some reason messed up by this upgrade. 😢😢😢
needybirdy72 - Amazing app
The app is exactly what I have been looking for from layout to accessibility to ‘stock’ in the house, I would love for them to accomodate for Australian supermarkets and its barcodes though.
Yodals - The best for reducing food waste
So good! Easy to invest time into setting it up. It's helped reduce food waste and helped me stick to a budget. Best. Ever.
VanderlayIndustries - Fantastic App
I've been using this for a few years now. It's great!
DrBobbles - Fantastic app
Quick, great features
Rich.F - Really practical app
Awesome app that helps me organise our weekly meals. Highly recommend this for the busy family.
Sue Bloggs - Great app
This app has organised me to prepare interesting meals without stress. Big change. I love it.
Valeqa - Best Meal planning app yet
I've used a few but this app is the best
DeeDee Lea - Grea App!
Great App! Just what I need to help organise grocery shopping & meals for the family
SJRndr - Great
Wonderful meal. Very easy & presents well.
Leftover mixtures freeze well. Used leftovers in casserole with eggplant slices.
Ikis84 - Awesome!
C. Raffy Smythe - Just needs a calorie section
Great for repeating meal plans
Fernhill123 - Very helpful
Making my life more organised.
blayt1 - Bugs?
Import recipe function doesn’t seem to be working 😭
beauj - So good
Such a cool, useful app! Love it!!!
beeloved - Not very flexible
The free options were more flexible
LizzieandLottie - Time and money saver
I recently needed to overhaul my diet and nutrition so was looking for an app that would allow me to plan meals that met the appropriate size and number of daily serves across all food groups. This application has not only proved useful and easy to use for meal planning but the ability to store recipes, manage pantry inventory and generate shopping lists has allowed me to become more effective and efficient in managing my diet and nutrition. I am wasting less food now and only buying the quantities I need!! It has taken so much stress out of my week by having my meal plans and grocery list organised. The ability to import my favourite recipes from other web sites or add my own is fantastic. Would agree with feedback on being able to add a nutrition panel for a recipe. The ability to integrate with My Fitness Pal to manage my daily calorie intake would be truly amazing.
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Heysuse - Amazing!
I had downloaded this app a few years ago and liked it a lot. Then I changed to a different one. Not really happy with the new one so tried MealBoard again. WOW! Why did I ever leave? I’m so happy that I came back. This is a super helpful app & has everything I could possibly want and need. Thanks for making such a fantastic app!
usernickname1 - Okay.. not sure it’s fully worth it.
It does what it says, but takes a lot of work to actually setup and maintain. The following issues prevent this from being really useful:
1. Barcode scanner does not work well.
—- the database is limited to only a couple of stores (doesn’t work with any Costco brands, and not great with Superstore/Loblaws). So have to enter a lot by hand.
—- Products get added with the manufacturer’s specific name versus the generic name, which means you have to relabel everything. Apps like MyFitnessPal have a much better barcode scanner.
2. Very limited recipe list included and no obvious way to bulk transfer a bunch of recipes from another site. The app really needs to come with something like the “top 300 cheap and basic” meals with basic things like omelette, sandwiches, pasta, meat-potato-veggie meal so that it’s up and running. Then people can add special meals. This app has huge potential with its “meals based on current stock” function, but requires the user to invest a LOT of time to get it usable.
The main point of the app is to quickly keep track of stock, develop meal plans based on saved recipes, and make a grocery list for what your missing. The lacking recipe database makes it impossible to actually use right away and poor scanner means you still have to input everything by hand which is really time consuming to maintain.
ChefJen - Long-Term Usage and Love
I've been using this app almost daily for years. It works exactly as I need it to, makung meal planning, shopping, and prep very easy.
Ushashi_Sup - Only 18 recipes to choose from!!!
I bought the app after seeing all the positive reviews! I don’t see option to import recipes from other websites either! There are only 18 recipes to choose from and no free trial to know in advance about the app! Shame. Disappointed!
Nimbus1369 - Love it but...
Love this app, but can we bring back the in stock recipe option?
valeriya2020123 - Perfect!
This app is exactly everything I needed for meal planning. I love that when I import recipes, if I copy a URL it automatically navigates there. I can even import recipes in languages other than English by soecifying the components of the recipe with the Tools bar. Awesome! The planning tool is also very flexible and just detailed enough. Doesn't have any pretty but useless extras, just the functionality and ease of use for family meal planning. Thank you!!
Bjack1962 - MealBoard
Easy to use. Everything in one place.
Sunbrella - Simple but powerful
Get to know it and you’ll love it.
Dexterosity - THIS IS THE. BEST. APP. EVER.
I am so, so happy with this app. I don’t usually purchase apps, but this was worth every penny.
Lime_lemon - Doesn’t recognise Canadian foods
Told me my butter was a helicopter. I’d rather see my pantry sorted by item first, then brand name.
The Thomi - Love this app
This app works so well for me. Love how it allows me to choose my recipes for my week's meals and then generate my shopping list. So easy and then you can import recipes from the Web and you don't have to input data. This app has changed the way I plan meals and shop. I love love love it and would be totally lost without it. Most useful app in the world.
_calactus_ - This one is the best
Hands down the best in this category. Maybe not the coolest interface (but they’re making progress) but it’s really powerful. Importing recipes from the web is a breeze (I now have close to 1,000 recipes), notifications are really nice, works well on iPad and iPhone. I just love this app.
There’s only one more feature that I’d like to see (but it’s a biggie): being able to sync the shopping list with a second person so when one checks off an item it also checks off on the other person’s phone.
Goathymen420 - The only way I don’t waste food!
I’ve been using this app for close to a year, and it’s super simple to use and really helps me to save money on groceries and actually use all the groceries we buy! No complaints at all, it’s great.
Michoulou - MomOnTheRun
I’ve been using this app now for several months and absolutely love it! There are many features and it’s quite versatile, let’s you customize many aspects like editing recipes after you import them from websites. 98% of web site recipes I’ve imported from the internet were compatible. And for my family recipes long stored in print cookbooks, I can manually enter them in the app :) I also luv that the menu plan keeps track of when you last used a recipe. Was worth every penny!
Natc99 - Love this app
Extremely useful, have been using it for 4 years now, try many others and this one is the best I found so far.
CHT221 - Don’t waste your money
This app is full of glitches - won’t show breakfast first by default? Can’t move things around easily, doesn’t sync properly and can’t get out of edit/delete mode without closing the app and reopening. WORST.
evathiessen - Charged
I’ve been getting charged for this app even though I deleted it:( I have no subscription for this so it’s very frustrating that it happened again
Pinning Picasso - Very handy app
I love MealBoard. I love how easy it is to import recipes and then when I’m cooking, I don’t have to scroll through 800 pages of information about the entire process of how this recipe came about and how it made the creator feel and what their cousins-friends-uncles-dogs favourite toy was.
The only thing I dislike about it, is it won’t let me create my own categories for saving the food. I’ve got spice recipes, like for tacos, that don’t fit in their pre-programmes categories.
Great app. Worth the money.
iris_kristine - Every organized person's dream
This app has been very useful in helping me stay on budget and reducing food wastage. It's also great how you can email your shopping list to yourself or others and the list is in a checklist format!
Zileaster - MealBoard is AWESOME!!
I have been using MealBoard for a month and love it!! My daughter and husband will scan for meals they want to Eat and add it to the meal plan. What a great way to get the family involved!! And this app makes shopping a cinch!! So glad that you have created this app!!
minime99 - The BEST Recipe Manager Ever!
I have had this app since the beginning & it gets better everyday. Love the idea of looking on a browser for recipes & if I like it & want to use it, I just open mealboard & go to import recipes & voila the website is there ready to import.
Love the idea that I can do everything on my iPad Pro & syncs to my iPhone 8.
Having a meal plan using its own calendar is great. I still have a hard time getting rid of items I’ve already shopped for. 2 weeks later it’s still there, I’m sure I’m missing a step somewhere, minor problem.
LOVE..LOVE!!, LOVE this app!!!!
PAMulligan - FanFREAKINGtastic!
Big love for this app. Works like a charm. Easy to use.
I have finally found a way to get myself to make and follow menus for the week.
Love the shopping list and pantry.
And finding recipes...sooooo easy.
As folks have already said, doing the initial set up takes a while but it is SO WORTH IT! And simple to do.
Only thing I can think of by way of improvement is to have the groceries magically turn up in my pantry when I check them off on my shopping list.
Thank you for a fabulous tool to help me get healthier and happier.
pjmamato2 - Love this app!
I have been using this app since it first started. Would love to see some integration of nutritional values if possible but otherwise works well and love the recipe import feature the most.
tlee16 - Love this app
I cook for a crowd on a weekly basis, I love the scale feature. I do have issues importing my recipes from Pinterest, wish you could add to import list.
lisane77 - I love it!
J’adore cette application et je viens juste de commencer à l’utiliser. Je ne l’utilise pas encore à son plein potentiel mais elle facilite déjà ma planification de repas! Vaut le prix.
HF:)) - Hf
Not very complicated.... Ok for my needs. Wish it had better internet site features
UninspiredNickname - Excellent App
Does exactly what I expected.
Iamthevoice - Excellent recipe manager and more
Really very happy with this app. I’ve been using it for years and although it’s a bit of work, once things are configured correctly, you can easily create meal plans and required shopping lists incredibly easily. An amazing recipe import engine lets you grab recipes online without difficulties.
Lynntree - Love it so far!
I’ve just been adding my recipes and setting up some meal plans (haven’t tried the pantry or shopping lists yet, thus the 4/5) but so far so good!
Ressinger - Game Changer! Could definitely be the best app of its kind but not yet
This has huge potential. Fix the bar scan reading, get more stores on board from other countries. Work with grocers that do home delivery, integrate this app into their system and you will be without a doubt the best app of this kind.
busyfamilyof3 - User Friendly
I used to pay a yearly subscription for the same thing this app can do for a small one time fee. Great app and very user friendly to add new recipes and to simply add other items without a recipe.
Marie-Christine A. - Excellente application!
Fonctionne très bien. Beaucoup de fonctionnalités pratiques. Facile à utiliser. Parfait pour regrouper toutes ses recettes en un seul endroit! L’importation de recettes fonctionne bien, même sur des sites francophones.
freshn81 - Simple recipe importing and decent ui
This application works much better than any of the free options. The recipe importing works really well, and the ingredient categorization is good. The application is not particularly simple to use or navigate, definitely room for improvement there. I would also like to see a more user friendly web version for recipe importing.
Andyjhc - Good App - Does what it says on the tin!
Great app I have been using it for years now, after trying others, this in my opinion is by for the best one out there. Once I got comfortable with it, i stopped looking.
Easy to use and I love nearly everything about it.
ONLY downside, the web platform needs to be more user friendly so that when I put in a recipe I can add it to my meal plan directly.
richierichardton - Amazing amazing amazing!
Love importing recipes and keeping a grocery list. Everyone needs a email plan!
Rappunzzelle - Love it - I use this app every single day
I’ve had this app for years but only used it for camping. I recently started using it for regular meals and it has made a huge difference in how much time I spend thinking up suppers and deciding what to shop for. I use this app every day now. It is now in my top 3 daily apps.
I can import recipes from the web in less than 1 minute. I can make a weeks worth of meal planning and do up my shopping list in 5-10 minutes (in fact I have done this from the grocery store parking lot on one occasion!). And when I get home, I add the items to my pantry list with the flick of my wrist.
I often start by looking for recipes to import from the web. I then duplicate a recipe I like and make it my own by altering or making notes. I share recipes with my mother by emailing them to her so she can import it into her MealBoard.
Recently I have been tagging recipes by family member indicating their favourites. Additionally my young sons have started to help out. I tag recipes by which of my sons made it or could help with the prep work (eg one son is in charge of making pickling spice, the other helps by measuring out the dry ingredients for pancakes, in time for the weekend)
I spend less time looking in the fridge because I know what ingredients and leftovers I have (which means I throw out less food also).
One more note...my husband and I tried once to keep track of the pantry items but now I know that the trick to keeping things up to date, is to have the recipes and meals planned. I even have recipes for basic 3 ingredient items - not because I need to go by a recipe but because MealBoard adds the items to my shopping list and then my pantry.
Ok. Enough raving. Go ahead and buy this app now. Lol
Stirfry85 - Great App!
Love how easy this makes meal planning and grocery shopping. Not always intuitive; a little more initial instruction for all the features would be nice. Overall awesome!
Cookswell - Great app
Cook for a living. This makes organizing meals for the week so easy. Great shopping list! Sync!
AngloQbeccer - Fabulous App
This app is well worth the price of entry. Recipe entry is made VERY easy, no matter the form. Meal planning is the second most important aspect for us, which in turn makes the shopping list aspect very convenient. We notice that we are able to have far less waste planning our groceries this way. Combine the meal planning with shopping list and then using other apps to compare grocery costs and now you are reducing your grocery bill! Thanks to the developers for making a truly useful app.
Raymy - So useful everyday
I love it & use it everyday, all day long. I plan meals for my work week and save as a template. I have a 9 week work rotation and plan according to days on/off, then load whatever week I’m on. I adjust for changes like seasonal fruit & veg or if I want to try a new recipe but my template cuts down on re-entering the basics that I eat regularly. I really love the pantry inventory system attached and making shopping lists from both the pantry and the meal plan. I use it for shopping exclusively where I can enter price & expiry before adding the whole checked list to my pantry in one stroke. I’ve used other inferior shopping apps but having this integrated with inventory & meal plans is perfect for me. I totally recommend it.
Nefertari-j - Best meal planning app
I've been using MealBoard for over 6 years. I have tried other methods, but keep coming back. The customizable categories are great, the shopping list generator and share feature are super handy, and the support is amazing! It doesn’t import any old recipe you find online, but I HAVE successfully imported many recipes from websites that are not on the supported list. It would be hard for me to do without this app! One of my essentials, for sure.
FrankieAces - Best recipe organizer ever!
I purchased this app to plan meals ahead of time and was surprised at how much more this app actually does! ...tells me what I already have in my pantry directly in each recipe? Dayum, how convenient is that? I say lots. Thanks so much for a brilliant gem!
SheilaD23 - Perfect, perfect, perfect
Update: DECEMBER 31, 2017
It's rare that something continues to be so good. Recent changes have made this even better. It's imports recipes so well. Best money I have ever spent on anything.
Original post - I don't know...like 3 years ago? Something like that.
I am so happy that I found this app, I can't even tell you. I have purchased several recipe apps, thinking that they would allow me to do what I wanted, but they didn't.
The biggest features I was looking for:
- easy importation of my old family recipes (yeah, I finished importing over 50 recipes in just a few hours...this may sound like. a lot of time, but I had to do some reformatting before I could start)
- easy access to import recipes from websites (cant wait to get started!)
- and creation of grocery lists (this is going to be so helpful when I have to send my hubby to the store for stuff)
Was far exceeded by the added ability to:
- customize the stores that I shop at
- track the current contents of my pantry
- and access the my own recipes from my iPhone and my ipad.
- menu planning (and the ability to do so by specific amounts of time)
Looks like Ray Bernardo thought of everything. Ray, if you are looking to develop more, optional nutritional information fields and a measurement and temperature converter would be great, and linking recipes into the MyFitness pal app would make this the best thing ever.
The only thing I wish is that I wouldn't have wasted my time trying to get the other apps to work for me.
suzaz401118311 - I live by this app
If your wondering if this purchase will change your life, it has for me. Mealboard thinks of everything, from meal plans to shopping lists that can be emailed to all who can buy groceries. It takes a bit of time to manually enter your recipes but they have the option to import from a select list of websites. It’s a great way to stay on top off life's greatest chore, eating.
Mavrickm - Everything you need in a meal plannee
I only wish I had this 5 or 10 years ago lol
Deni Hans - Where Have you Been All My Life!
Although I still have to input my pantry items and utilize these options, this apps rocks! I am able to pull recipes from multiple site or input my own.
I make monthly menus and post them on the fridge. No more ‘what’s for dinner?’ In our house...everyone knows. Even the visitors.
Thanks so much.
Legin78 - Easy and simple
Love that you can add the recipes you want, add then to your shopping list, sync with your pantry and you are good to go. Great app. A must for meal planning
Llywn - Well done
Great support. App works as advertised. Makes meal planning and grocery lists a snap.
Cougen - New Purchase
So far this does everything I hoped for and a bit more! Easy set up, nice design. I hate spending money on apps, this is worth the dollars!
Abide!nMe - Very Useful
Pretty useful for planning. Can improve on user friendliness.
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sammvc - So far so good.
I’ve only been using this app for about a week and so far I’m totally hooked! It does everything it promises and more. And unlike the other ones I tested, it’s a reasonable one-time cost vs a monthly fee.
It does take some time initially to import all your favorite recipes from the internet but that’s a one time deal. It’s completely customizable from meal categories to stores you like to shop at, everything!
If you REALLY want to use it to it’s full potential you can go through and inventory your entire pantry but that would take weeks in my case. Not to mention I don’t always use recipes and when I do I’m really bad about improvising them so it would’ve be very accurate.
It does populate shopping lists based on your scheduled meal plans and inventory. You can then easily edit your list based on what you actually need.
So far, I love it! Already stopped using the other shared shopping list. To use on more than one device, just use same login and sync. Super easy and user friendly.
BGs_Fan - This is My All-Time Favorite App, Hands Down!!
Wow I’m so excited to see the added feature for scanning in recipes! I have done lots of hand-entering of recipes into Mealboard over the last few years which I didn’t mind investing the time for because I literally use this app every day. This will make my life even easier! I eat the keto lifestyle and easy access to many recipes is critical to keeping me on track. I don’t recall what I paid for this app but I would happily pay you again! In fact, going to your website right now to see if you have a donation button! Thanks so much for continuing to develop Mealboard!
AmandaHollenbeck - No prices
I only downloaded this app because I wanted the convenience of not only aggregated shopping list but auto pricing in which this app does not have available. I can look up recipes and add them to my Walmart app to see a total. I was hoping this app would automatically tell me the prices not force me to manually input each price for each grocery item. Too much work. I was also disappointed in the amount of recipes available without me having to import more. A whopping 18 and only 3 were vegetarian. I specially need vegan and gluten free so all my recipes I had to search for and import. By the end of this experience, I did everything I am already doing before the use of this app... looking up recipes, importing them, looking up prices per item, inputting them. Took hours of time that shouldn’t have been necessary. This app was useless to me.
Donna92058 - Best All In One App!
I love this app! It’s so customizable. I set my stores, aisles & shopping lists. Adding recipes is so easy & you can even import ingredients to the shopping list.
I’m able to add prices to track how much my bill will be. If I may make a suggestion, I’d love to see a barcode scanner. It would make adding new products a little easier.
I highly recommend this app. I’ve tried them all & this is the absolute best! 1 tip: Open the website after you create your login in the app. I didn’t & when my phone crashed I lost everything. Backing it up online will be a a real timesaver if you have any problems
tiacsnah - Helpful, Worth it
This app is so handy. You can search for recipes online and if you find one you want, the app pulls all the ingredients with amounts and saves the info. Shopping is super easy; the app syncs the recipes you chose for the week and pulls the ingredients into a list under categories like “Dairy” and “Produce”. You can tap the button next to an ingredient and it leaves your list.
One thing that I would LOVE to see is a food diary/calorie counter feature or even a partnership with another calorie counting program. I seriously hate logging my meals, but a partnership or app feature like that would make it SO much easier!
ssssdddddsssss - Highly Recommend!!!
I have used this app for years! Even before I had an iPhone I used it on my iPad. Now I can use it on either. I recommend it to all my friends. It has everything you could want, and I don’t even use all the features it offers. You can personalize everything, the recipe categories, shopping aisles, pantry locations, even make meal templates you can reload whenever you need to. I have one when we go camping and just have to adapt it for the specific trip, sync it with the grocery list, buy items and make the recipes. Holiday templates are great, too! It’s wonderful!
JoshfromVB - The Best Combination Grocery/Recipe Box/Meal Planner, Period.
I was a BigOven premium member for years, but the bugs just got out of hand. Discovering MealBoard made it all better though. For a fraction of the cost of one year of that other guy, MealBoard did everything and it did it better. Sync your recipes, pull shopping ingredients from the recipes, and voila, you’re all set.
Love, love, love this app.
I’d like to make it easier to just tap in some random stuff for the grocery list on the fly, but that’s about the only gripe I can imagine. I entered 90+ recipes using the app and also importing from the web with very little trouble. Great job guys!
HamMarr - Wonderful App that does everything you want
I love the features of this app. Very easy inventory management and recipe handling which were my two most important features. I only wish that the inventory tab sorted your items by category instead having one massive list of everything. You are able to easily search this list butI like to keep things organized, and one giant list is just not orangized enough. That being said, all the features in this app are well developed and I would definitely recommend this app! The best feature is the recipe section-being able to import straight from online is extremely helpful and easy to do.
jsmith202601 - My go-to kitchen app
I have used MealBoard for years and this app has worked flawlessly and has never let me down. I have set it up so that data is synced between my iPhone, my wife's iPhone and her iPad. She creates the meal plan and groceries, and I do most of the shopping. Very convenient for her (!) and it saves us so much time as we both work. We also use the pantry feature to manage our inventory. II helps us avoid food wastage as you buy only the things that you really need. This app is truly an all-in-one app I can't imagine living without it! It's intuitive, efficient to use and works very well.
Cassius Clay Rae - Detail-Oriented Meal Planner
I am just starting on meal planning and I am happy I invested in this one. This app give you a lot of power over details. The initial set up is time consuming as you "type" in your recipes (or import them from websites), edit the possible groceries, categories, stores, store aisles, and pantry inventory. The time spent is well worth it. After planning the meals, I get notifications on when I need to start preparing; and when it comes to shopping, the food is categorized by store and aisle so I can cruise through quickly. I'm still fine-tuning this app to my needs, but it has exceeded my expectations.
A. Edge - Really nice app
I’ve been using Mealboard for two weeks and am very happy with it. Takes some time to understand how it works and how to get the most out of it, but it’s worth the effort. I have no doubt it’s going to help me eat healthier and grocery shop more efficiently over the long term. I do wish some frequent tasks were more obvious in the user interface, such as a big button next to a meal saying something like “eaten” that would automatically update the pantry rather than the multi-step process today. And gray out or dim past days. Just a little more thought put into the UI design. But overall a fantastic app that’s earned its place in my top row.
Ash373737373737 - Waste of money
I intend to get a refund after writing this review. Can't import recipes from the web, meaning every single ingredient in every recipe has to be added manually, which takes forever. The reason I wanted to use this app was to save time. Also when I was trying to add ingredients, the keyboard wouldn't go down so I couldn't see half the page. might be a good app once you get your recipes added (though I'd prefer to use it today, not in 5 years)
Also, different brands of items have different nutritional info so I'd like to see the food database broaden substantially. If you're going to charge customers just to download the app, it should probably be more user friendly and efficient, just saying!
Jackie from Rogersville, MO - Game changer!
This app has been a lifesaver for me. I work full time and feed my four kids and husband with the help of MealBoard. The app syncs between devices so any of us near a store can grab what we need. We loved this app before the update which syncs the meal plan to iCal which is a huge improvement. Whoever comes home first starts dinner. My kids are learning how to cook with family favorites on their phones and iPads. You can directly import recipes from websites. Not all websites work but the 2 minutes it takes in to type in a recipe is well worth the effort. If you run a busy family - get this app!
geolin6 - Awesome App
I’ve just started using this app and already love it. There is so much function packed in this inexpensive app. Its well worth the cost. I’ve added my own categories and it helps me stay focused on my everyday eating goals yet keep “family favorite” foods in a separate category to use for those special occasions. The shopping list is amazing since it generates automatically and with the option to show which recipe each item is being used in, I can skip all items if some of the key items aren’t available for one of my recipes. I really love everything about this app.
mama-dent - Life Changing
I love this app. I’ve been using it for a year or two and haven’t had any issues. It’s versatile and highly functional. I store recipes, pantry items, and non-edible. I have added all of my stores like Joanne’s and Home Depot, along with the grocery variety, so that I have all of my shopping lists in one place. I also store my clothing patterns as recipes and created a category “Patterns”. This helps me 1) avoid buying the same pattern and 2) look up notions and fabric needed for the project.
It has done wonders for our budget since I can see exactly what my subtotal will be before I leave the house!
Keshia A - Great App to plan weekly meals
I like this app because it allows you to import your favorite recipes from the Internet and save them. I also like the shopping list feature because while in the grocery store, I can check off the items in my cart. When I get home, I can save my ingredients to my pantry. When I used this app consistently for two weeks, I did not repeat a meal! If you want to try something different than the same old dinners you cook every week, then give this app a try. It does involve some planning time to import your meals, but it is worth it in the end!!
lmkjl - All Inclusive
This is the best meal planner I’ve found. It is very user friendly and has everything surrounding meal planning I could want. I love the detailed information included in each recipe. Love the product inventory, the auto fill in grocery shopping, syncing between my iPad and iPhone, and the prep notification. There is so much more and I realize much of this is found in other meal planning apps but the ease of navigation is awesome along with the freedom to add to all fields without being limited to only preset options. You guys thought of everything. Thank you! (And I never write reviews)
An iPad novice - Expanded my repertoire!
This is a terrific app. I originally purchased it to plan meals, but it turned out far more useful than that! Being able to look for recipes online and download them has really enabled me to cook a much wider variety of foods - I used to be known as someone who doesn't cook and now I have quite a reputation! The grocery list is also terrific and now that my husband has the app on his phone he can stop by the grocery store as well. I would make one recommendation that would really help: the ability to take a photo of an item, so that my husband knows exactly what I want.
Brandy0828 - Great for meal planning!
I really love this app! I have tried to plan ahead for meals in the past; finding recipes, writing down the ingredients to shop for, then trying to find everything when I get to the store. This app puts everything in one spot for me. I can add recipes from the internet or manually enter them if I need to. Once I have my meals planned out on the nifty calendar the app imports all of my ingredients to a shopping list. What's even better is it sorts the items by category. I.E. produce, spices, meat, dairy etc. This app has made my shopping trips much easier! Definitely worth the $4.
gal54 - Once set up, works like a charm!
I don't know what I would do without this app! I use it almost every day. It did take some time to set it up but the investment in time pays off continually. I used my desktop computer with keyboard to set a lot of it up at the beginning so it wasn't too time consuming. I love it when a family member or friend asks for a recipe and I can just email it with one click! I also use it to create my shopping lists. And when I'm shopping and I think of something else I want to make I can easily look up the needed ingredients on my phone. I love it!
Sledge 3rd baron - One of My Favorite Apps
This app has simplified my trips to to the grocery store, menu planning, and meal preparation. I'm a better, more organized cook for it thanks to the many recipe sites I can link to and import recipes using search terms like "easy" plus "crockpot," "slow-cooker," "dessert," etc. I tell all my friends about it and a few have bought it. Now we can share our simple recipes and tried and true favorites so much easier. This is a GREAT app. After years of serving hamburger helper, frozen pizzas, corn dogs, etc. my husband and children now say I'm a wonderful cook. Thank you!
Stormlyht - Helps Me Stay On Track
Meal planning has always been a nightmare for me but this app is finally allowing me to layout a plan and get back to it as often as needed. Where is that recipe? It’s in the app. What’s for dinner? It’s in the app. Do we have a shopping list? Yep, in the app! All of my work is saved in one place, no hunting through bookmarks or opening 3 websites or typing shopping lists into the calendar. And the cost? Nothing compared to sitting through ads while I’m trying to plan. Buy it, own it, use it. For my family it’s the next step towards sanity.
not tellin' you - Love it so far
I've never used an app for meal planning. And I haven't really ever done a great job even without an app in the first place. So any help was really welcome. But I didn't anticipate how helpful this app would be, even with the bar set as low as I had it.
I love that I can import recipes from internet sites, and love even more than I can edit them.
The grocery list has been a life and time saver. It's genuinely easy to use, even more so once I got the handle on the features. I'm starting to use the panty now also. It's fantastic feature in poking around with new recipes I'd like to try but I'm not sitting in my kitchen.
It's a little tedious to see multiple variations on things like salt or butter. I'd like to see a single place to consolidate those into one item, and backfill the recipes so they don't keep populating my shopping list with 8 different "butters". I can fix each one myself to make them use the "same" butter. But having a tool to make them one would be handier.
All the way around, great product!!!
Laurel Bee - Awesome!
This app does everything I wanted and more. I can keep all my monthly recipes together in one place and make a weekly chart of my weekly meal plans. I love being able to scale down the recipes to fit my family count and change any recipe the way I want. Keeping my grocery list is a dream now and instead of printing it out and hoping I don’t forget to take it with me, I just take my phone out and open this app! I sync it with my iPad so I can access it anytime anywhere. Very user friendly and easy to use from the start. No complaints here!
JJ JavaJunky - Excited at the potential
Recently downloaded for my iPad. Had trouble importing recipes from a few sites and contacted Ray. He got back to me within hours --very impressive--and I am happily using this app and website now. Slowly organizing my recipes and hope to use it at its full potential within a few weeks.
Update: I've been using this for over a year and I love this app.
Easy to use, easy to import recipes from multiple sites, easy to edit and scale recipes. Shopping list and meal planning is easier now. If I could give 100 stars I would.
hsklr23gems - This app has been a lifesaver
Recently a member of my family has had to switch to a low sodium diet. This requires pretty much all home-cooked meals, since most processed foods are loaded with sodium. After taking the time to load my low sodium recipes into the app, I am now able to make one shopping trip per week with the list it generates, which frees up more time (and money) for all the other things we have to do. Eating healthy meals is much easier now. You have to spend some time at the beginning loading your recipes in, but it’s very worth it.
PattyBoi_123456789 - Best Meal Planning App
Before I started using this app, planning a trip to the super market was tedius. This app makes it so much easier by a not only acting as a recipe repository that I can draw from to make it easier to choose my meals, but also as an automatic shopping list compiler. This is definitely my favorite app I have ever downloaded because it has probably done the most to actually improve an aspect of my life. Since using this app, I have been shopping and cooking for myself much more often, which has been great for my physical and financial health.
Bd_brewer - Needs a lot of work
I really wanted this app to be great, unfortunately it falls short. The barcode scanner recognizes most items, even with the correct weight or volume. However if I scan a 3.2oz item to does say the weight in the description but the app says I have one as the quantity. You can manually update that but what good is that. Even if I were to manually add the value when you update the pantry against a recipe the app cannot calculate between measurements. So if the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon it will subtract the 1 3.2oz container.. 1 for 1. That doesn't help me at all. Also there are only 20 recipes included. Other apps have the ability to use online resources to import recipes. This app does not. Good idea, but needs work to make it useable.
House of Calm - Awesome App
I love this app. It was just what I was looking for. I usually meal plan every week and it was starting to be a major chore. This app alleviates all of that. I have spent a fair amount of time up front, entering all my recipes and learning the app. It is very intuitive and easy to use. Once your recipes are in just plug them into the calendar and export your shopping list. It makes meal planning so easy. I starting using it to help organize our Whole 30 meals instead of using my disorganized spiral notebook. It has been wonderful. I highly recommend this app.
mackellyp - Has some nice features, but could be improved
There is a lot I quite like about this app, but there are some things that could be better. For example, I like how easy it is to share recipes with others who have the same app. I wish there were an option to share my recipe as a pdf file with those who don’t have the app. Unfortunately, there must be a bug with a couple of my recipes because every time I try to share those particular recipes, it kicks me out of the app.
It is super easy to import online recipes, and on the web browser it works well to upload my types recipes. However, it would be nice to have the option to save a picture of a recipe, at least initially, for some of my favorites in recipe books that I don’t have time to type but want saved.
I’m excited about creating and saving weekly meal plans and it’s pretty sweet that it can generate a shopping list for me.
It’s super nice to have all my recipes so handy on my phone. This app could be improved, but overall I’m happy with it.
Gertrude Mouse - Amazing App!!!!!
This app is amazing!! I have been using it for about a year and it has really helped me plan meals for two weeks at a time and grocery shop. The feature to make grocery lists based on your recipe and combine and organize your list by food category is awesome and makes the shopping experience better. I love how you can import recipes from about any website. You can also add your own recipes which is nice. I have recommended it to others and recommend it to you too! it is well worth the money spent.
MallyM - Very helpful!!
I love how I can plan my meals around our schedule and create my grocery list from them. Makes my crazy, busy, chaotic family life somewhat organized and we have had a home cooked dinner every night since we started using this app. Thank you for providing something so easy. My husband loves that I can easily import the recipes he finds into here and schedule when we will have it. My 13 yr old and 9 yr old have also found recipes and made dinner for the family using this. It was so easy for them to read.
un!que NickName - Still pretty darn good!
Been using this for a while, and the only complaint I have is that the ingredient creation makes many versions of an item. (Red apples, apples, green apples, fresh apples, and Granny Smith apples are all different items, so having "apples" in one's pantry will not translate to having the "fresh apples" needed by another recipe.
That said, the importing, schedule, share, categorizing and shopping features more than make up for any inconvenience from the double items in the pantry. And you can always edit a recipe to reflect what you call apples. (And leave specifications in the preparation option, so in addition to "chopped" I write "green" for the apples.)
And I love being able to email people what I am making, even if they don't have the app. (Although I often suggest getting it.) I highly recommend having it as an option in the digital cooking age, it's great for putting all those recipes from the internet in one place, and organizing them!
TLDR: Worth it!
this girl hates planning meals - Life saver - life changer
I am a busy person (like most) and one of the things I hate the most is figuring out a grocery list. I can’t stand figuring out what to make for the week, and then figuring out what I need AND THEN having to go buy it. This app has taken 50% of the burden away (it doesn’t buy the stuff for you) BUT it easily allows you to import your recipes as well as those found online. You can assign recipes to each day of the week, and then within seconds you have a complete grocery list. This app is amazing.
tiggerfor2 - Helpful app for pantry shopping
This app has a feature to list all the items you have in your pantry. It also features a meal plan for a week or a month. I like the grocery list feature. It can be emailed to your spouse for easy pickup of items you need.
I like the recipe feature as well. You can import recipes from the web. You can choose from chefs like Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, and many more from the Food Network website. You can also find gluten free, paleo, vegan, or vegetarian recipes.
This has been a good purchase for me.
StotallyTubular - Time consuming and lacking nutrition information
The app is great and does have a lot of detail to what you can do: add pictures of meals, import recipes through SOME popular websites, pantry inventory, recipe categorization, grocery list assembly...etc. However it takes a very long time to import your own recipe let alone compile a bunch of them if you are not able to directly import it from a website. Also the subcategory headings capability would allow me to make multiple headings for the ingredients section but I was only able to place my ingredients under one heading. So, my ingredients for the sauce would go under the main ingredients as well.
Jyeshe - Amazing - Just what I was looking for!
This App lets you Scan and organize everything in your pantry and refrigerator. It also lets you import recipes, and allegedly will decrease inventory as you put a recipe on your calendar, I haven’t tried it yet. It also lets you add things you are low on to your shopping list with a single click.
Two things I wish it would do-
1. I wish I could search by categories, like it would be nice to real quick be able to see what meats/proteins or veggies or I have in stock so I can use what I have first and build a meal that way, because I am a decent cook and don’t rely heavily on recipes.
2. I wish it would deduct from my pantry when I simply write ingredients on it- for example, I just black beans cheese and tortillas for lunch. I don’t really feel like looking up a recipe to input.
I would pay for an app with theses two added functionalities. Otherswise it is great!
Somersue - Good App but Needs Better Compatability
I started using this app after tons of research because the last one I was using was not compatible with the new updates. I really like it and it is very clean and user-friendly. Organizing my weekly menu is easy, as is creating my weekly grocery list. The biggest problem I see with it is that many, many websites cannot be imported into the app. There are lots of popular recipe sites now and I would like to see the developer allow for a wider range of recipe compatibility because it gets frustrating. If that wasn’t an issue, I would have easily given it five stars but it’s kind of a big deal.
Melanieber - So easy!
This app was instrumental in eating out less and cooking more. I have put a fair amount of time into adding lots of wonderful recipes to my meal board account. Now I can meal plan my entire week and populate a shopping list for my family in under a half hour.
This app is well worth the money. My husband and I both have it on our phones using the same account, and that makes delegating the shopping incredibly easy. No matter who meal plans, the other can buy exactly what's needed. Just look at the meal board!
xNicollex - OMG... A must for the chaotic life!
Still a great app... an upgrade idea: create the ability to tally the cost of a recipe for us budget friendly users.
**update** AMAZING now with the auto import via url! GOOOOD JOB!!!
I am in love. This app is WELL worth $ and then some! After laboriously entering my allrecipes into it, I learned about the cloud. I that you can copy and paste all the ingredients on the computer and mealboard does a great job assigning them. I finally have 4 weeks of my fav winter meals and 4 for my summer! And with my hectic life, my meals & grocery list is a click away. THANK YOU
EmilyHermioneWeasley - Everything I want
I LOVE this app! It does everything I want! The web browser feature for importing and adding re Iowa is a GAMECHANGER. I love having my groceries list available and sorting it by aisle. So helpful. The calendar app integrates nicely with iCal and I love that. It means I don’t have to keep track of what I’m cooking wvery night. I can plan WEEKS in advance all the meals I’m going to eat. Also it’s so flexible. This app really works for me. 10/10 would recommend! Also it’s a one time purchase as opposed the subscription services that do WAY less
S_Serrano - Good so far, BUT...
I’ve just downloaded this app. It’s working out pretty nicely so far. I’m able to import many of my recipes that I have saved on various sites, so this gives me one place to store them. I like the ability to add new categories. My one HUGE complaint is I have not found a way to add calories, carbs, proteins, sugar, etc!!! I am a type 1 diabetic and it’s VERY important for me to have this data! Because of this I am considering looking for a new app. I’m not sure how they missed this category but it’s important for people trying manage serious health conditions and/weight loss. This would be 4 or 5 stars, but the lack of ability to manage calories, etc brought my assessment down.
RationalMom - Makes midweek dinners less stressful
Love that i can choose meals for the week on Sunday morning and quickly identify what I need to shop for. Then when it’s time to make dinner, I just open the app and i know exactly what to do.
Makes for more variety during the week because I don’t have to defer to old standbys and my family loves it. Also helps me try to have at least one vegetarian meal a week.
Took a little bit of time to get recipes in the app, but it was actually fun. The importing function is incredible.
lil lo-lo 4 - This is what I’ve been looking for
I just got this app and I’m already in heaven. I’m a busy college student who is trying to save money and making home cooked meals is the best way to do it. I went through majority of my Pinterest saved meals and imported the recipes. I even put these into categories so I can sort through my meals easier. I LOVE that it makes my grocery list for me! Now I can print these out or post them in my notes and my life is so much easier! Day one of this app and I highly recommend it!
CQGal - Makes life 10 times easier
I wanted to simplify my meal planning and create sort of a "capsule" of go-to meals kind of like a capsule wardrobe. This app helped me do that easily. I was able to save dinner and not order takeout one night already thanks to this app. Instead of having to look up and decide on a meal, which I didn't have the energy to do, I just pulled out my phone to see what I had planned, then pulled into the grocery store and grabbed the items I needed in 10 minutes. Great app! Highly recommend!
adrienne123456 - FINALLY, the app I’ve always needed
This app finally does the job of consolidating your digital recipe book with a weekly meal calendar and an organized shopping list. It took me a while to get to a point where using this app was quick and efficient, but it was worth the investment of time to import and organize. Best to use the app on a tablet for a more seamless experience.
Update: had a recent need to request support help. The team was prompt in responding and addressing my issue. 5-stars, all the way!
Squishyt50 - Frustrated
I got this app because of the features it offered and it had good reviews. However, I'm setting it up and adding items from my pantry by scanning the barcode (in theory should be easier than typing in each item), and half of the barcodes are pulling up completely unrelated items, so I'm having to enter in most items manually any way...which is wasting my time (and another app I tried scanned and entered all items correctly, but I was hopeful for this app because it had more features than just a pantry list). If the scanning feature worked correctly, then this app would get a higher rating, but right now I'm just frustrated.
Christmasfrogggy - Great App
The app is amazing for keeping track of your recipes, making meal plans and the best part of the app is generating your shopping list. The ability to track what is in your pantry and what you need to shop for makes this so much better than other similar apps. I recently changed my lifestyle to vegetarian and the transition would have been so much harder without this app to help me figure out what I need from the grocery store without making my own lists from memory.
Hsnb7 - Great organizational tool!
I like how easily this app integrates a meal plan, a grocery list, and an inventory. It does take some time to set up, but it really wasn’t as bad as i expected, and it’s worth it for the convenience of not having to look through the house every week for items that are low.
The one area that I struggle with now is non-food item inventory. You aren’t going to put trash bags on your meal plan, right? But you can put them in your pantry, and at least that allows you to add them to the grocery list when you need them.
generalHobo - Great app
I’ve been using this off and on for a while now and I really like it. I sync across devices, the shopping list is great and when you grab something and check it off the list, it drops to the bottom so you can see what is remaining. Also the import recipe feature is amazing.
One improvement would to see a list of ingredients and allow you to update / merge. I find that when I enter or import things there is duplication and I would like to standardize.
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