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Enter a Recipe by Hand

Click on the Add Recipe button in your Recipe Book to bring up a new, empty recipe.

Enter recipes by entering information in each field one by one, or use the Bulk Input features to save time when importing recipes from existing text files.

Bulk Input the ingredients

You can also bulk input the ingredients by selecting the Bulk Input tab in the ingredients section. This is helpful if you are copying and pasting from a PDF or Word document into Plan to Eat.

You can also add ingredients in one text box by clicking on the Bulk Input tab next to the Ingredients tab. Each ingredient needs to be on it's own line. Use a comma after an ingredient's description to add notes if you would like.

Bulk Input the entire recipe

Press the Bulk Input button on the right of the new recipe window to bring up the Bulk Input screen. This screen allows you to input all of the recipe details in one place if you prefer not to use the regular recipe fields.

This feature allows you to add an entire recipe in one text box. This is very useful if you have an existing recipe database that uses text files or existing recipe software that can export your recipes. This format is very simple and is similar to Meal Master's export format.

You will see the following headings:

Title: Description: Serves: Source: Tags: Ingredients: Directions:

Fill in the information for each section, putting multiple ingredients and steps on separate lines. Use a comma after an ingredient's description to add notes or brackets, i.e. [Baking], to add categories, but both are optional.

For example:

Title: Easy Morning Glory Muffins

Description: These easy and tasty muffins are a glorious way to start any day. They combine the great taste and chewy texture of carrots with the wonderful flavors of apple, raisins, coconut, walnuts, and cinnamon.

Serves: 12


Tags: healthy

2 teaspoons baking soda [Baking]
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon [Baking]
1/4 teaspoon salt [Dry Goods]
2 cups shredded carrots [Produce]
1/2 cup raisins [Baking]
1/2 cup chopped walnuts [Baking]
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut [Baking]
1 apple, peeled, cored and shredded [Produce]
3 eggs [Refrigerated]
2 cups all-purpose flour [Baking]
1 cup canola oil [Dry Goods]
1 1/4 cups sugar [Baking]
2 teaspoons vanilla extract [Baking]

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups, or line with paper muffin liners. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in the carrot, raisins, nuts, coconut, and apple. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, oil, and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into the carrot/flour mixture, just until moistened. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Once complete, press the Save Changes button to save the recipe to your Recipe Book.

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