Jun 12 2014
Who doesn’t love to create menus and plan out what you’ll eat for an entire week? Or a whole month? It can make grocery shopping a lot easier, and can also eliminate the stress that always comes with the question, “What are we going to have for dinner?” Now, a foodie by the name of Ryan has created an app that will make even the planning stress-free, because it will automatically create a menu plan for you.
The app is the SpinningMeals app, and it’s available for $2.99 within Apple’s App Store. Currently, it’s only available for the iPhone and the iPad, although if optimization for the tablet is important to you, it’s important to know that the app isn’t there yet. That’s something the developer is still working on, along with an Android version (but the app’s gotta’ get a little bit more popular first, so make sure you start telling all your foodie friends about it!) Once the app has been downloaded and you’re in, you’ll see everything it has to offer.
Start just by tapping on the “Plan” tab at the bottom. Using the recipes that come already loaded into the app, it will then automatically spin them and place them within different days, and even at different mealtimes within those days if you’d like, creating a meal plan that’s easy for you to follow. That plan can be for just one day, or it can be as far in advance as one month. Imagine, a whole entire month’s worth of meals already planned out and lined up for you! Once you’ve got your plan, you can then email it to yourself or to whoever else you’d like.
Now, let’s talk about those recipes for just a minute. When you first get the app, there are fifteen already loaded. If you want more than that (and you probably will,) you can enter in your own recipes, or you can search the Web and download recipes right into the app. Once the recipes are in, you can sort them by frequency (mealtime, season, prep time, and recently added,) or you can even print them out using Air Print – great for those that don’t like to get their devices messed up by bringing them into the kitchen! When you’re adding recipes of your own, just remember that you have to assign them to a meal grouping; that’s the only way they’re ever going to show up in your meal plan.
If you’re looking for even more recipes than what’s in the app and in your own recipe box, start your web search by checking out Ryan’s blog, the Spinning Cook. It’s where I found this Brown Butter Rhubarb Crisp recipe, and it is just divine. From the looks of the pics, both on the blog and within the app, Ryan’s other recipes promise much of the same.
The app goes one step further than just giving you recipes and a meal plan, too. It will actually create a shopping list for you based on the meal plan that you’ve spun, so there is yet another step in your meal planning that has been eliminated for you. Is your spouse who’s at work all day the one to pick up groceries on their way home? Not a problem. Email them the shopping list, right along with the meal plan if you’d like, and they too will have their entire grocery list right at their fingertips.
Feeling a little confused as to how to use the app? It’s easy to. Really, there’s so much packed into it that it’s easy to become a little lost when you first start tinkering around with it. But Ryan’s taken the confusion out of it with a simple video tutorial that you’ll also find right within the app (just see the “More” button at the bottom of the screen.) Here you’ll find even more little-known features of the app, such as the ability to set the same meal for every night of the week (Friday is always pizza night, for example,) and how you’ll be able to turn certain meal times on and off (such as when the kids are at school during lunchtime every day.)
So what are you waiting for? Pick up the SpinningMeals app from the the App Store, and have your next meal – or your next month’s worth of meals – automatically planned for you! Happy spinning!