Plan to Eat is a meal-planning website which allows you to add all your favorite recipes and then drag and drop them to create a weekly or monthly meal plan and print an automated shopping list. They graciously gave me a six-month subscription to try out their service so I could give you an honest review.
I have to tell you, I really wanted to like this website. I wanted to make it work for me. And I was very excited about trying to do so. But it just didn’t work for me — for a number of reasons.
First off, I found the website difficult to navigate. They make it sound very simple to set up, but there aren’t many directions. A video tutorial and step-by-step instructions after sign-up would be exceptionally helpful for someone like me who doesn’t want to spend hours tinkering around trying to figure out how the site works.
Secondly, I was all excited that I was going to be able to keep all my favorite online recipes in one place and quickly pull together my meal plans. However, I found there wasn’t an option to automatically add in recipes from any website. Instead, in order to add a recipe, you either have to type it in manually or you can use the Plan to Eat search option to find recipes and automatically input them. However, their search engine didn’t include a lot of my favorite recipes and recipe websites.
I found this to be a major flaw in the website — for how I’d want to use it anyway. I’d love to see them add a feature which offers a button you can add to your toolbar and click to add any recipe you find when searching the web.
While Plan to Eat in its current form was not a fit for me right now, I think it would be perfect for some of you. If you are a very detail-oriented person who loves having systems and spreadsheets and alphabetizing, I think Plan to Eat would be just your thing. You could input and catalogue all your recipes and put together organized and detailed menu plans in a snap!
In addition, the shopping list feature could be an excellent tool. Also, it would be so nice to have an online record of past menu plans to consult to give you inspiration for your menu-planning.
If you’d like to try Plan to Eat to see if it would be a good fit for your menu-planning style, you can sign up for free 30-day trial (no credit card required).
Or, better yet, click on the link below to enter to win a free one-year subscription to Plan to Eat! Six winners will be randomly chosen from the entrants and posted on Monday.
(Yes, we’re trying a new system for entering giveaways, beginning with this post. Moderating thousands of comments each week on the giveaways was becoming very time-consuming and inefficient. Plus, a number of you were having issues with leaving comments.This system should make it easier for you to enter and easier for us to cull through the entries and randomly pick winners! Thanks for being flexible!)