I dread dinner. Not because I don't like to eat or cook -- on the contrary I love the former and am fine with the latter -- but because it causes me stress. I have a husband who essentially requires any meal have a substantial amount of protein (read: meat), we like to eat healthy, and a toddler with whom I am trying to build a diverse palate and provide him with enough varied nutrients. Those requirements must be met in a meal I can prepare and have on the table in approximately 30 minutes, 45 max, after I rush in the house after sitting in traffic and being at work all day. (Not to mention my new mission to reduce waste, which adds a whole new meal planning element into the mix.)
The stress from all those requirements is that I never have any ideas for what to make. And when I do randomly find recipes to try, I never have them on me when grocery shopping. Yes, I need to get better at meal planning, and shopping accordingly during the week. That's where this app/website comes in handy:
Pepperplate keeps all your recipes at your fingertips with an app on your phone, and the home base on their website via the profile you set up. You can manually add favorite recipes, or import them electronically through websites they've coordinated with, such as: allrecipes.com, Eating Well, Rachel Ray, Skinnytaste (my favorite), Food Network, and many more. You can add tags to your recipes for sorting and searching (e.g. 'quick dinners') and pull them up anywhere from the app.
And you can add a recipe to your shopping list and it will automatically add all the ingredients you are going to need. You can check off those items you already have and shop more efficiently because they organize the list by grocery store aisle/department. It also has a meal planning a calendar feature that I need to get better at using. Meal planning needs to be a habit I adopt. I'll add that to my to-do list.