Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Plan To Eat

Okay. So it's a new year and I have fallen off the "healthy eating wagon" a bit. I do every December! {sigh....} Such is life. If I eat well 11 months of the year, I'm pretty happy with that. But it's January and time to get back to REAL food and eliminate so many sweets.

For inspiration, I decided to get try a new menu planning program: Plan To Eat. Actually, I tried it a few months ago, but wasn't really motivated at the time and I didn't find out all that it could do. I was overwhelmed thinking I had to load every single one of my recipes by actually typing them in so that I could utilize the program well. Not so. After spending quite a bit of time on their site, I realized I had missed a lot this program has to offer. 

Here's the basic includes...

• a menu planner for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks with an easy drop and drag function from recipes you input into your recipe box (but you can also just type in your own items/notes - this is one of the things I failed to figure out the first time around!)

• a recipe book where you can store your recipes from home and from the internet and invite friends to join you and share recipes (more about this in a minute)

• a shopping list that will also store your pantry inventory and allow you to cook based on what's in your pantry at the moment (just click the "Cook from My Pantry" button and recipes matching your ingredients will pop up)

• the ability to create an iPhone mobile ready "app" so you can quickly access information at the grocery store or on the run (I'm forever needing to have my actual menu with me when I'm away from home)

Now that you know the basics, let me expand on one of my favorite things about this site. If I find a recipe on a blog or website that I like and want to try, I can easily upload it into the Plan To Eat recipe planner. There's a little link you add to your tool bar which you click when you find the page with the recipe you want - much like the "pin it" link for Pinterest. When you click the button on the toolbar, it opens a window up on the right side (see photo below) and will either automatically upload the recipe or if it can't do that, it will make it easy for you to copy the information and paste it in each section. Trust me... it works quickly and easily! (Again, this was something I didn't realize earlier and it makes it soooo much easier!)

After the recipe is uploaded into your Recipe Book,  you can then add a photo.

I looked at several other menu apps for iPhone, but I didn't find one that also had a computer version. And really, I wanted the iPhone app just as a back up for when I'm at the store and shopping. Most of my menu planning happens at home on the big screen. Plan To Eat had both.

Interested yet? What if I told you they give you a 30 day free trial? Sweet.

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Go ahead... try it out and kick the tires a bit. See if it works for you. Give yourself 15 minutes each day for the first week or so to add some recipes and in no time, you're going to be loving this site. And you'll be oh-so organized and motivated to eat healthy! Just think... we could be friends on there and share recipes!

Bon appetit!

I have not been compensated in any way for my review of Plan To Eat. My opinions are my own based on my own use of the program.


  1. I have come across this before, but much like you, didn't have the time to want to devote to figuring it out :) I am glad you cleared up some things about it!

  2. I like that "cook from my pantry" idea. There are so many times when inspiration just doesn't come as I'm staring at my shelves.

  3. I find its not the sweets that are the problem if they are home made its the store bought ones that are loaded with chemicals ,fake flavoring and so on . I think all that is whats not good for us .Back in the home made days you didnt have the health problems and weight problems we do now ! Either way store bought or home made we all deserve a little sugar in our lives just with in moderation ! Have a wonderful day !

  4. I've been looking for a program to do this. I was wondering if you had looked into BigOven during your search. It's another program that is both on the PC and an app for iPhone. If you did look into it, I'd be interested to hear your thoughts comparing the two. Thanks! I love your blog!


  5. Sweet! I am going to have to check this out. Thanks for the site info certainly new to me. Blessings!

  6. Lisa, I had not seen BigOven until you mentioned it. Seems like it is very similar, but with more preloaded recipes. However, I think I like the layout and format of PlanToEat a bit better, plus, I like the ability to upload from a recipe from a site easily. I'm sure they're both really good.

  7. That's really cool...and it looks well organized and easy to use..and I LOVE that they include an iPhone app :) :)

    I'm doing well on my healthy eating, except for the dark chocolate I ate today :) :) I made some yummy organic chicken/vegetable soup yesterday :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  8. This article is wonderful as it helps me to get the sort of information that i needed.I am thankful as i got your article when was searching BPM

  9. Amy, thanks for sharing this information with us. This is my first visit to your site, so I took some time to browse through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food, tips and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  10. I LOVE your blog. Your Homestead Revival mission so clearly communicates almost exactly how the Lord is leading me... the basics, the land, the family, the heritage, the lifestyle... homesteading is such a gift. Your post on making a permanent lifestyle change (from July 2010) hit the nail on the head for where I am right now. The transition to homestead life takes time, years really, and one by one we switch over from what we have always done to what we have always wanted to do and to be. Only then, we must cut the ties to the easy ways! My blog is called Learning the Old Ways, and that is just what I'm doing.

  11. Hi Amy, Thanks so much for sharing Plan to Eat with your readers! My wife loves your blog after finding it through the referrals from this article. I just added your blog to our testimonials page. Hope that is okay! Blessings! -Clint

  12. Lacy, you're so right! One step at a time, but we can make the change.

  13. Clint, thanks so much for stopping by! Glad your wife likes Homestead Revival! I used my iPhone to shop from my PTE list today and I loved it!! So handy... this is going to be GREAT! I can see it revolutionizing my meal planning.

  14. I think after over indulging for the holidays its now time for me to start eating better as well, good post. Richard

  15. I was about to sign up for Plan to Eat, until I read their terms of use. They make you agree not to link to the site from a negative review, and forbid you from publishing screenshots of the site.

    Clint, considering your positive feedback here, are you going to correct this over-reaching language in your ToS?

  16. Oops! Apparently I need to go back and re-read the Terms of Use. I did not see the mention not to use screenshots, which obviously I did. However, I suspect that was more in reference to using screenshots while claiming it as your own work perhaps?

  17. I think I could really love this if I get the time to sit down and play with it. Thanks for sharing. :)


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