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Many of the features that you already use on the website are available in the app:

Import recipes 

Recipes you find online can quickly be added to your Plan to Eat account using the Share Extension Recipe Clipper! This extension allows you to save any recipe to your Recipe Book with the share button found in Safari, Chrome or Firefox. 

Learn more about adding recipes with the App.

Add recipes by hand

Recipes can also be entered manually by using the Add a Recipe by Hand feature.

  1. Tap the Add Recipe button.

  2. Then select the Add a Recipe by Hand option.

Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient and Tags

Change the Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient or add Tags to your recipes! This can be done either from the import window, or from your recipe book.

  1. From the Recipe Book, tap a recipe to open it.
  2. Use the  menu to select Edit Recipe.
  3. Scroll down past the directions to the Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient, Tags section.
  4. Use the section menus to change these categories.
  5. Tap Save in the upper right to finish.

Managing these categories is currently only available on the website, but the changes will sync to your App. Learn more about customizing your Courses, Cuisines, Main Ingredients and Tags

Recipe photos

Add or change any recipe image by taking a new photo or selecting a photo from your library.

Learn more about adding photos in the App.

Search your recipes

Search for recipes with keywords that match the title, description, ingredients, directions, source, or tags.  

If you navigate to your Planner or Shopping List, then come back to your recipes, your populated search will be waiting for you.

Additionally, use the search filters to narrow down your search (available in App version 2.3.2 and higher).

  1. Tap the Filters option to the right on the search box.
  2. Then select between: Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient, Rating, Total Time and Has Photo.
  3. Tap Select to automatically redirect to the Recipe Book with the new filter applied. 
  4. The Recipe Book will them be reordered according to the chosen filter. 

In the App, only one search filter can be applied at a time, but the keyword search can be applied in addition to any filter.

Plan your recipe

  1. Tap the menu on the recipe you would like to plan
  2. Select Add to Planner to bring up the meal planning calendar.
  3. Select the day and the mealtime, then tap Add.

You’ll see a note confirming when you planned the recipe.

You can also plan a recipe directly on the Planner by tapping the date, then selecting one or more recipes, and a mealtime.

Learn more about adding recipes to your Planner.

Edit an item on the Planner

Tapping a planned recipe will give you the option to reschedule, duplicate, or remove that recipe from your meal planner.

Plan Notes

  1. Tap a date in the Planner
  2. Select Plan Note
  3. Type in your Note
  4. Tap Next 
  5. Select the mealtime to assign the Note
  6. Tap Add

Adding Notes to your meal planner can be a helpful way to indicate something special about a certain day. This can be things like “leftovers” or “eating out”. Notes will not affect your shopping list.

Plan Ingredients

  1. Tap a date in the Planner
  2. Select Plan Ingredient
  3. Type in the Ingredient
  4. Tap Next 
  5. Select the mealtime to assign the Ingredient
  6. Tap Add

Ingredients that are added to your meal planner will appear on your shopping list as an item. This can be simple things that aren’t recipes and usually accompany a meal like “bananas” or “orange juice”.

Recipe Serving Sizes

Each recipe has a serving size which can be scaled up or down depending on the size of your household. As you make adjustments, the quantity of ingredients will be scaled up or down accordingly. When you add this recipe to your planner, Plan to Eat will assume that you are cooking for that number of servings.

To scale a recipe:

  1. Open the recipe by tapping it
  2. Scroll to the Serves box
  3. Type in the new serving size
  4. Tap Save to save the change

Planner Serving Sizes

Once a recipe is on your planner, you can also scale it up or down by selecting the recipe and editing the planned servings. This will alter the quantities of the recipe for this one time on your planner only, but will not alter the original recipe. 

To scale a recipe in the Planner:

  1. Tap the planned recipe to bring up the recipe options
  2. Select Edit Planned Servings
  3. Type in the new servings amount
  4. Tap Save to save the change

The Cooking View

  1. Open a recipe by tapping it
  2. Tap the large blue Start Cooking button

The Cooking View is an easy way to view your recipes while in the kitchen. The overview will list your instructions in a scrollable list, while the step-by-step instructions will show them one at a time. Simply scroll through the recipe as you are cooking and follow along with the instructions.

The Shopping List

With your recipes on your planner your shopping list will be made for you automatically by selecting a range of dates that you would like to shop for. The ingredients from any planned recipe that falls within those dates will be added to your list. Items can be checked off of your list as you shop.

Learn more about the App Shopping List.

Edit shopping list items

Tap the pencil icon to the right of an item to edit the details. The edit item screen will also show what recipe it’s in and the date of when it’s planned.

Organize your shopping list

Your shopping list can be customized to list any stores where you like to shop, and any categories within those stores. Press the menu at the top of your shopping list to customize your stores or categories.

Learn more about the Shopping List Settings.

Manually add items

Shopping list items can be manually added to your list by pressing the Add New Item button at the bottom of the shopping list. As you use Plan to Eat more and more, the store and category will be filled in for you based on the store and category you used the last time you purchased this item.

If you are adding multiple manual items to one store on your list, select the store that you are heading to and all subsequent list items will also be added to that store. This makes it easy to quickly add multiple items in one store or category.

The Staples List

The Staples List is the place to store items that you purchase frequently and want to remember, but will not show up in your shopping list because they aren’t ingredients in recipes. Your Staples List is found by tapping the Shopping List header.
Before heading to the store, take a quick look through your Staples List to add any items you might otherwise forget to add to your shopping list.

Learn more about the App Staples List.

Offline capabilities

Your recipes, meal planner, and current shopping list are available on your app, even when you’re not connected to the internet! Making changes to those items while connected to the internet will save them on your phone and give you access to them regardless of where you are going.

Offline, you can add, edit and view your recipes, alter your meal plan, and manually add, edit and check items off of your shopping list without being connected to the internet. All of your changes will be synced and available on other devices as soon as you are connected to the internet again.

  Checking items off your shopping list will work offline, but changing the date range of your shopping list requires an internet connection. Please remember to load your list before heading to the store if you know you will be without a connection.

The website

The Plan to Eat App and website work together. As you make changes in the app, our website will be updated as well — simply refresh your browser or navigate to a new page to see updates.

What’s new?

We’ve dedicated the past two years to developing this app, but we’re not done yet! Here are some of the newest in-app features:

Keep an eye out for more updates.

We need your help!

We’re excited about how these apps have come together, but they are still a work in progress. There are known technical issues that we are working through, and we’re sure that some of you will come across “bugs” that we haven’t yet found.

While we would certainly like for you to leave an authentic review in the app store, if you experience an issue, instead of submitting a bad review, please email us at with as much detail as possible so we can reproduce what you are seeing and fix the bug. 


This has been a labor of love with many late nights over the past two years. We’re beyond thrilled that it is finally in your hands!