Plan to Eat is definitely our favorite meal-planning app.
In this review, we will explain some of the great features that have kept us loyal
You can listen to our discussion of the app below or continue reading for a quick summary.
Plan to eat (PTE)
Before discussing our review of Plan to Eat, I want to take a moment to talk about the company.
As a conscious consumer, I want to know about the companies I buy from so that I support their values and overall thinking.
On their about page, PTE makes a point to say that their app isn’t just about cooking; It’s about connection. they say
“By providing tools that streamline the meal planning process, we equip families to eat better, eat together, save money at the grocery store, and have a less stressful cooking experience in the kitchen.”
Here are a few ways they make their point.
No ads or pop ups
The first thing you’ll notice when you’re in the app is that you won’t be bombarded with pop-ups and ads. The site is designed to give its customers a clean stress-free user experience without much confusion.
Risk-free 30-day free trial
Another pleasant surprise you’ll find is a 30-day free trial that doesn’t require a credit card to get started. I do a lot of free trials for different things and most require a credit card, which can be stressful in itself just to keep up. How many times have you been charged for something you didn’t want because you forgot to cancel your trial? Very disappointing!
You won’t find any hidden costs or any way to trick you into subscribing in this app. In fact, if you subscribe and decide you don’t want to keep it, they even offer a 60-day hassle-free return policy.
There are no investors
First, they don’t have that “startup mentality” of acquiring as many customers as possible so they can sell the company to a larger conglomerate and move on.
Second, investors often have their own agendas, trying to influence companies to improve their bottom lines in any way they can. While this isn’t 100% always a bad thing, it can sometimes make the customer the number one priority.
Now that we’ve told you why we love the company, let’s talk about why we love the app!
Plan to eat App
Launch Recipe Clipper
We’ve discussed in the past that Larissa and I have very different tastes when it comes to food, so each of us saving our own preferences from anywhere is a great way to create a customized meal plan that we’ll both enjoy.
I like to save recipes as non-vegetarian recipes and switch or delete ingredients to make them vegetarian-friendly.
Sharing recipes and plans
Another nice feature is that you can share recipes and meal plans with friends. You can choose to make certain recipes public or keep them private.
Organize your recipes
You can organize your recipes by:
- Course/ Cuisine/ Main Ingredients
- Fully customizable tags (eg allergen-free, dairy-free, crockpot, etc.)
- Your own personal star rating
If you’ve ever used your phone, laptop or tablet to cook, you know it can be frustrating to keep tapping on the screen to keep it awake. When you are in the cooking scene of PTE, you don’t need to worry about it because your screen will stay awake.
Meal planning is something we’ve discussed several times on the podcast because it’s key to helping you stick to your health goals.
When Larissa and I fail to plan, we find ourselves more tempted to order takeout or eat junk food. This can sometimes lead to a downward spiral into bad eating habits.
As you plan, it adds ingredients to your shopping list, so never forget another key ingredient.
Menu and calendar planning options allow you to plan your meals for weeks and months into the future as well. Easily reschedule meals by duplicating, dragging and dropping them onto your calendar
Another topic we cover on the podcast is meal prep and batch cooking. Confession time — I had no idea this app had a feature that could help me track meals I’d prepared ahead of time and stored in my freezer!
Just click a recipe in your planner and select “Add to Freezer.” You can include the date your food was frozen, the number of meals, and the number of servings to help you track what you’ve saved. This can help reduce food waste. Can’t find anything frozen 2 years ago in the back of your freezer.
This feature allows Larissa and I to shop like a boss! with
Another great feature is that you can create separate grocery lists for different stores. For example, we have a list for our neighborhood grocery stores but we have separate lists for Trader Joe’s, Costco, and Whole Foods.
Plan to eat Is it worth it?
If you haven’t guessed the answer to our question yet, it’s yes – we think the app is worth $39 a year (price at the time of this review).
The one drawback I might point out (if I’m so inclined) is that it has a bit of a learning curve. It’s not too hard to learn but you’ll want to do yourself a favor by taking some time to watch their tutorials.
Over the years they’ve added more videos to help you get the most out of the app. Recently (in 2022) they created a learning series to help you get started.
Don’t forget, you can take it for a free 30-day test drive!