Seven Online Meal & Menu Planning Tools

Need help organizing your recipes and planning a menu? These seven sites and smartphone apps will help you get organized:

1. Evernote (free): The most popular recipe and menu organizing app we know of. Don't miss The Kitchn's review of Evernote and the ways we rely on it in the kitchen! Evernote even wrote a blog post on using the app for recipes and meal planning.

2. Springpad (free): Springpad, the online note-keeping system, has a special section devoted to planning weekly meals and grocery shopping. See The Kitchn's review of Springpad here, and for a look at how to set up Springpad specifically for menu planning, see this post from the company blog.

3. MealBoard Meal and Grocery Planner App ($1.99 on iTunes): Helps you organize your meals by day of the week and meal type. Kitchn reader farmersdaughter says this about Meal Board:

I use the iPhone app 'Meal Board' for meal planning and grocery list. You can enter in your own recipe ingredient lists (online using your computer or on the phone using the app) and plan meals using the recipes you enter. The planner will show up to 2 weeks at a time. You then can synch the meal plan with the grocery list and will pull all the ingredients you identified as necessary for a recipe and populate it into the grocery list. And you can add your own items to the grocery list that may not appear as an ingredient in a recipe. All in all it's a pretty nice app.

4. Food on the Table (free): an online budget meal planning service that matches weekly sales from your local grocery store with your food preferences.

5. Menu Planner App ($2.99 on iTunes): Helps you create meal plans, import recipes from your favorite sites, keep track of what's in your pantry, and integrate it all into a shopping list.

6. Plan to Eat ($4.95/month): the heart of this website is its Monthly Meal Planner, which lets you drag recipes from your Recipe Book to create a meal plan, to which you can add special events, additional ingredients, or notes.

7. PepperPlate Recipe, Menu, and Cooking Planner (free): The menu planning and cooking mode lets you plan menus and add them to a schedule, create shopping lists, and organize the list around the way you shop in your grocery store. Kitchn reader silverfire4200 says about the app:

I am a big fan of PepperPlate. It allows you to import recipes from just about every other recipe site and has a handy bookmark button to add to your browser. Comes complete with a menu planner and a shopping list. The website will sync to your iThing app and you have it all with you! If I had a tablet of some kind I would be more inclined to NOT print the recipe that I was about to assemble, but for the time being I print and store in a binder that lives on top of my microwave."

Are there any websites or apps you rely on to help you plan meals and menus?

Related: Best Way to Organize Recipes from Many Sources?

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