Block Party Giveaway: Plan to Eat Online Meal Planner (3 Winners!)

This giveaway is now closed. Check back on July 4 for the winner!

Welcome to the Simple Living Media Summer Block Party! We’ve got 20 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win!

The final giveaway we have on Simple Mom is Plan to Eat, a genius little online program that pretty much does everything for you but actually cook your meals. And before too long, they’ll probably figure out a way to do that, too.

Plan to Eat is a simple tool that allows you to store your favorite recipes (and import them from around the Internet!), create menu plans using those recipes, and even provide grocery lists based on those same recipes.

You can share recipes with others on Plan to Eat, you can organize your grocery lists by store, and you can tag your recipes in infinite ways. You can even track nutritional information and cost breakdown of all of your recipes and menus! And for those of you that love going paperless, you can use Plan to Eat’s mobile app to carry all your menu planning with you. No more accidentally leaving the house without your grocery list.

My favorite feature? How astonishingly simple it is. Its clean interface allows for intuitive interaction — it took me mere seconds to get my account up and running, and I had my weekly menu plan created in minutes.

Take a tour of Plan to Eat to learn about more of its features… I’m still finding new ones!

(Oh, and Plan to Eat’s new spokesperson and blogger is Simple Mom columnist Mandi Ehman of Organizing Your Way…  I think that’s cool, too.)

Three Simple Mom readers will win a one-year membership to Plan to Eat!

How to Win

Everyone has three chances to win. Choose one or all three!

1. Comment on this post, and answer this question: It’s 5 p.m. and you just walked in the door from a busy day running errands — what’s your favorite go-to easy meal for your family?

2. Follow @simplemom and @plantoeat on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway. Be sure to come back and leave a separate comment with the link to your tweet.

3. Subscribe to Simple Mom by email or in your feed reader. Leave a separate comment letting me know you’re subscribed.

This giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on July 3 and is open to commenters 18 years or older. We’ll use to choose winners on July 4th! I hope you win!

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. Jennifer F says:

    I’ve subscribed via email for several years now.

  2. Our favorite go-to is dutch baby pancakes: few ingredients that we almost always have, easy, fast, customizable for the seasons, and a crowd-pleaser.

  3. Following you both of twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway! 🙂

    Thanks so much for such fun contests!

  4. A favorite ‘go-to’ meal is a quick stir-fry. Birds Eye makes big family-sized bags of stir-fry vegetables in different blends – with sauce included. I add a frozen chicken or beef fajita strips (already prepared) and can have dinner on the table in 15 minutes!

  5. Spaghetti with homemade sauce! Yum!

  6. I subscribe to Simple Mom!

  7. Our go-to meal is fruit, pancakes and scrambled eggs. It’s quick and everyone is happy.

  8. We go super simple with tuna sandwiches and a side salad or maybe pasta, sauce and a salad.

  9. I’m subscribed!

  10. Usually when we need something quick to eat it’s mac n cheese with whatever pasta I have in the house and I add a can of chicken to it. If that’s not an option it’s spaghetti and a nice salad.

  11. My favorite on-the-go dinner is pasta with a creamy butter sauce and steamed veggies.

  12. I subscribe

  13. Michelle M says:

    I subscribe via Bloglines!

  14. our in a pinch go to meal would be either breakfast or quesadillas.

  15. chicken tenders and roasted veggies

  16. Bagel, egg, and cheese sandwiches

  17. hmmm, noodles and veggies or grilled cheese, or egg salad sandwiches.

  18. Heather says:

    I always have spaghetti sauce frozen, so my last-minute meal is spaghetti and a frozen vegetable side-dish. But on the REALLY crazy nights, I have sometimes put out cereal.

  19. I always have whole wheat tortillas in the fridge. If we need a quick meal I make a quick quesadilla with cheese and veggies. If we have leftover chicken, that can get thrown in too. Kids love it.
    I subscribe via email

  20. Heather says:

    I subscribe with Google Reader.

  21. I subscribe via email

  22. Pasta pesto. We *almost* always have pesto on hand, so it’s the easiest thing.

  23. Jessica says:

    Beans and rice – keep a bag of cooked rice frozen. Defrost. Add beans, salsa, & grated cheddar in a wrap.

  24. Julia Reed says:

    I’m subscribed via Google Reader

  25. Jessica Brammer says:

    We do a lot of roast chicken because you just season and throw it in the oven.

  26. Anne Marie says:

    Grilled Cheeses or Organic Mac and Cheese mixed with peas or with apple sauce

  27. Jessica Brammer says:

    I am a subscriber through a feed reader.

  28. I would have to say that a quik favourite around here is creamy chicken pasta or creamy mushroom pasta (depending if i have chicken out or not) with a fresh green leafy salad.

    I LOVE and ADORE planning my meals in advance, it really makes me feel on top pf life when i know whats for dinner ahead of time. but i am using a simple pen and paper based method so would just love an upgrade!! And actually i was just saying to my husband the other day how cool it would be to design a program that works just for meal planning and grocery listing! so this is very cool.

  29. Anything Mexican!

  30. Anne Marie says:

    I subscribe via email

  31. my go-to meal is homemade pizza. i keep homemade crust frozen, add some sauce, cheese, and any veggies we have. mm mm good!

  32. i am subscribed by email

  33. Quesadillas with cheese and black beans,
    or pasta.

  34. Spaghetti. It’s always on hand and fairly quick and easy.

  35. Quick and easy could be anything from grilled cheese, cold cut sandwiches, mac ‘n cheese, quesadillas, to whatever is leftover in the fridge. Pasta with edamame works, too.

  36. Fav easy meal is pasta

  37. I subscribe by email

  38. i’m a subscriber

  39. Our favorite meal is quick chicken, ground turkey, shrimp or bean tacos…whatever we have defrosted with salsa, lettuce and cheese

  40. I’m a subscriber! Thanks

  41. Katrina klauer says:

    Easy go to meal for us basil pesto pasta from wild tree they have easy blends!

  42. We have chickens, so we always have eggs. If nothing else is planned, I’ll whip up an omelette with whatever veggies are in the fridge, lots of cheese, and some toast.

  43. Lisa P. says:

    One of our favorite g0-to meals is scrambled eggs with apple chicken sausage. We broil grape tomatoes, sweet potato fries, and asparagus in one pan so our choosy toddlers have colorful choices.

  44. Tweeted about this. @sirielin

  45. Katrina klauer says:

    I subscribe and love ur blogs! I did a 30 days free trial at plan to eat and loved it I would love to win a year!

  46. Already subscribed. Thanks.

  47. Cinda Nordin says:

    Go to quick meal is probably spaghetti since we usually have the stuff here. Looking to build a plan to have more frugal go-to meal idea.s
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  48. Cinda Nordin says:

    I subscribe through Google Reader.

  49. Melissa G says:

    One of our go-to’s in hurry is breakfast for dinner (usually eggs and toast, with some fruit on the side).

  50. At this time of year it is fish/chicken on the grill with some fresh veggies from our CSA. Love how quick & simple summer cooking can be.

  51. Spaghetti! (funny, I left the same answer to your question yesterday =)

  52. Melissa G says:

    I read the RSS feed

  53. follow via Google reader and love it…

  54. since we have chickens in the backyard- quiche

  55. Breakfast for dinner is usually what we go with. Pancakes, french toast, waffles… whatever tickles the kids fancy. 🙂

  56. Simple Mom Google Reader subscriber

  57. I subscribe/follow by email.

  58. Our favorite quick meal is pasta with mozzarella cheese, thyme, tomatoes, chick peas, and garlic.

  59. We usually do baked chicken in a really good soy sauce/ cooking sherry combo, and vegetables.

  60. I subscribe via Google Reader

  61. Cassie Burback says:


  62. My favorite go-to easy meal is spaghetti!

  63. I subscribe.

  64. I subscribed via google reader!

  65. Elizabeth S says:

    We do a spicy bean salad that I love.

  66. SavageAnderson says:

    Pasta with anything handy… lately feta cheese and frozen spinach.

  67. Elizabeth S says:

    I’m a happy subscriber!

  68. Katherine says:

    Paninis and some soup or salad.

  69. sarah hill says:

    pasta is an easy quick one. i keep frozen meatballs in the freezer just for such an occasion!

  70. sarah hill says:

    i am a subscriber on rss feed

  71. subscriber here, via email.

  72. My easy meal is frozen veggies with rice and meat/ tofu stir fry, throw it all in the pan and cook it up easy easy.

  73. My quick meal is breakfast for dinner. Usually scrambled eggs with cut up veggies and cheese toast. I subscribe via email; this sounds interesting!

  74. Elizabeth says:

    I subscribe through feedburner.

  75. Our go-to meal is “breakfast for dinner” – pancakes, eggs, fruit, bacon. Easy, quick, and the kiddos love it!

  76. Elizabeth says:

    If I am needing a meal at the last minute, I usually turn to spaghetti. My kids will eat with no fuss and who doesn’t love a plateful of pasta?!

  77. I subscribe in google reader – love it!

  78. Cheese tortellini with buttered sage sauce…my girlies lick the plate clean & it couldn’t be easier. Make up a quick salad while the tortellini is cooking & dinner is served 20 minutes later! 🙂

  79. i subscribe!

  80. Laurie B says:


  81. Laurie B says:

    I subscribe via Google reader

  82. Bittman’s pasta with fast red sauce. Done in 20 minutes.

  83. I subscribe via email.

  84. Tacos! No question about it. Quesadillas for the kids.

  85. Our favorite go to meal is American Chop Suey.

  86. In my reader.

  87. Jessica says:

    A quick pasta with veggies is our go to last minute meal.

  88. Jessica says:

    I’m a subscriber!

  89. My fav is soft tacos. We always have tortilla shells and ground beef, almost always have cheese and sour cream, occasionally have lettuce and salsa, and I keep a bag of the AllRecipes Taco Seasoning II recipe in the pantry.

    It’s probably not the healthiest of recipes (although sometimes we’ll bulk it up with rice and corn), but it’s quick and easy, and always a hit!

  90. I suscribe to simple mom!

  91. Robin Bird says:

    I subscribe via email.

  92. Tacos!

  93. I am already sucbsribed to your blog.

  94. I’m a subscriber!

  95. Robin Bird says:

    Stir-fry prawns in garlic and add any handy veggie from our garden like spinach, zucchini, peapods etc.

  96. breakfast for dinner…pancakes, eggs or biscuits…always a big hit!

  97. I’m a subscriber…love your blog!

  98. I found a recipe called Spanish Rice and Sausage Skillet on our local grocery store’s website, although I think it was originally published by Kraft. The greatest thing about this meal is that if you watch for the sausage to go on sale this meal is INCREDIBLY budget friendly.

  99. grilled cheese is a popular option at our house!

  100. i am subscribed to the RSS