Wow, that sounds like a great gift!
Most of the meal planning/recipe organizing options I had looked at either didn't have the ability to automatically create a shopping list, or didn't have an easy way to add other items to the generated list, or wanted me to follow their meal plans (we are ridiculously picky eaters). Plan To Eat has been amazing and we will definitely be subscribing when our free trial ends! Adding recipes was easy, the drag-and-drop meal planner is very similar to what I've been doing with planning our meals on Google Calendar, and the automatic shopping list saves me so much time! We put it to the test in the grocery store this week \xE2\x80\x94 my husband & I usually split up and each do 1/2 the store so we can get out quickly \xE2\x80\x94 Plan To Eat worked perfectly on both our phones! It's exactly the solution I've been searching for!
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Oh, Plan To Eat, where have you been my whole life? I have dreamed of you lo these many years but for naught! Thank you, thank you, thank you for this service (labor of love). I imported my favorite recipe, verified accuracy, scheduled it and put it on the shopping list in less than 5 minutes. And then, through teary eyes, I set to writing this thank you note (love letter). I've spent 20+ years trying to streamline this process - never finding the meal planning holy grail. While working 40-50 hours and commuting another 10, my "free" time has been for maintaining my family and home. You've given me back a good 2-3 hours a week.
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I love it. I have done a couple of different meal planning subscription services, but this is so much better. I have to do a little more work, but get to customize what we eat and not just follow the recipes given to me (that my family didn't enjoy). Thanks for simplifying meal planning.
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There are many recipe organization sites available these days, but Plan to Eat is the only one that has nailed the tricky balance between features and complexity. The site packs enormous punch (Import recipes from anywhere, shopping lists that auto-sort into supermarket categories, "cooking view," etc.), but it presents all that power through a carefully orchestrated user interface that never overwhelms. The site gets out of the way so you can shop and cook with grace. After experimenting with all of the well known competing options, I simply cannot recommend it enough. A big thank you to the husband and wife team of Plan to Eat for literally changing the way my family eats!
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(Plan to Eat) works with ANY dietary plan (we're Paleo), food allergies (we're dairy lite and tree nut free, along with no food dyes or preservatives) and I don't have someone else telling me "You should cook THIS this week"...blech. Plus, with only two of us it's easy to adjust for how WE cook and eat! To me, this site is great for those who enjoy cooking.
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