Weekend giveaway: Plan to Eat

by 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.

Today’s giveaway comes from sponsor Plan to Eat, a genius little online program that pretty much does everything for you but actually cook your meals.

This 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.

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.

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.

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


Plan to Eat is offering five Simple Mom readers a one-year membership (valued at $39 each)! To enter, simply leave any comment on this post.

This giveaway will end tonight, Saturday, May 28 at 11:59 p.m. I’ll announce the winner soon after. I hope you win!

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  1. avatar
    Kristen says:

    Looks like something that would do half of the busy work of meal planning for me – awesome!

  2. avatar
    Bethany says:

    I would love to win. I really want to get all of my recipes organized in one place and it would help with my meal planning so much!

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    Christine says:

    I’ve been looking for something just like this – sounds great.

  4. would love to try a year of plan to eat membership. Looks like a great way to organize recipes, etc, and to another way to keep “green”

  5. I have attempted menu planning at least a dozen times. This sounds so simple and maybe will stick this time!

  6. Oooh, neat! off to check it out more!

  7. This looks fantastic!

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    Rebecca says:

    This sounds amazing! I love the simplicity!

  9. hmmm… wonder if this would help my stalled out efforts at menu planning??
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Looks fantastic!!!

  11. Sounds really interesting! I desperately need more organization to my recipes and meal planning!

  12. This plan looks great, love that there is an app for my iPhone!

  13. Fabulous. What will they come up with next?

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    Jennifer H says:

    Looks like a fabulous idea. I’m interested to see it in action.

  15. I have been toying with the idea of figuring out how much each meal costs, I’d love a program that does most of the work for me!

  16. I’d love to try this!

  17. I would love to start planning our meals!

  18. I love that there is a mobile version, too. I have a recipe app with grocery lists but I don’t love it. When I menu plan, we eat so much better and cheaper!!

  19. avatar
    Robin Snyder says:

    This would be awesome!

  20. Looks so helpful!

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    Jackie B. says:

    Oh my gosh, I would love to try this! I’m always getting recipes from the internet and writing down the list of ingredients to get would be so much easier to have compiled for you! Fantastic idea!

  22. I already do meal planning, but this tool would definitely help me streamline!

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    Lillian D says:

    This looks great! Going to check it out!

  24. Ooh! Looks like fun. It would be perfect for us as we get ready to welcome baby #2.

  25. Yea….sign me up………..can use all the help I can get planning my meals…..thank you for a wonder site,,,,,,,,,,

  26. avatar
    Lindsey S. says:

    This sounds great! We’re trying hard to eat a more whole food diet so we’re basically rebuilding our recipe collection! Love a mobile app!

  27. I love this! I’ve looked into other programs like this, but none with the graphic beauty I see here, and that matters! Thanks for a great introduction, and a great giveaway!

  28. I’ve been interested in trying out some meal-planning programs. This one looks more user-friendly that some.

  29. Anything that makes meal planning easier has to be a good thing. I’m going to go check it out.

  30. I would love to get my menu planning more organized! Wonder if there is a iPad app.

  31. This looks like a great resource and giveaway!

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    Kristen says:

    This would be so helpful…and with the mobile app…I could see mylsef getting addicted and having to keep this up for years!!!

  33. The mobile app is a terrific idea, and the whole plan looks wonderful!

  34. that sounds like something I could definitely use!

  35. Using Plan to Eat with a recipe service I already love, The Six O’Clock Scramble, would be amazingly efficient!!

  36. What a wonderful idea!

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    Meredith says:

    Seven weeks ago a child of mine was diagnosed with cancer. Friends and family have been providing dinners for us every other night. Instead of spending time preparing meals, I’ve been able to enjoy quality time with my husband & children…what a gift! I mentioned to my husband how I dread getting back to planning and preparing meals. Plan To Eat sounds like a wonderful solution!

  38. Bring it on!

  39. I would love this!

  40. avatar
    Stephanie says:

    I need this with 3 kids just 2 and under (I have a set of newborn twin girls)!

  41. avatar
    Valerie Gordon says:

    I would love to try this meal planner!

  42. Wow! This looks fantastic!

  43. avatar
    Lindsey says:

    This sounds so awesome! I have been really struggling to find a good meal planning system. I would LOVE to try this! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I am at the end of my Plan to Eat trial and I am convinced! Meal planning is one of my least favorite tasks, although it is important enough to keep doing (both for my sanity and my budget). Plan to Eat is making it much simpler.

  45. Ohh, sounds like what I’ve been looking for! I’ve been trying to find a way to combine menu plans and grocery lists on my phone.

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    Jaleshya b says:

    This would really help my young family as we add a second child. Hope we win!

  47. This program looks cool. If I don’t win, I may pay to sign up for it!

  48. What a great tool!

  49. Been trying PlantoEat and wanting to purchase so it’d be great to win it!! The mobile version is perfect: simple and accessible.

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    Jennifer O says:

    I definitely need help in the meal planning arena. I would love to try this out. Hope I win!

  51. This looks perfect! I have been looking for something to help me do this in a more organized manner. :)

  52. avatar
    margaret says:

    sounds great

  53. Plan to Eat looks awesome!

  54. I could REALLY use this! Wishing for a win :)

  55. avatar
    Kristen in MO says:

    I have always wanted to try this.

  56. I’m a couple days into my trial period on this site and I absolutely love it. It made my grocery store trip with three kids in tow a breeze!

  57. It would be exciting to try this out. I always struggle trying to plan meals around a hectic schedule and my kids, who would rather play than eat and would choose a simple sandwich over a true meal.

  58. would love to try this!

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    Emily B says:

    This sounds like a helpful program that would be fun to learn to use!

  60. what a great planning tool!

  61. Oh, I’ve been trying to get all that information onto a spreadsheet to no avail, to win this giveaway would be a great blessing to me!

  62. avatar
    Lisa J. says:

    I need this desperately! At 39, I’m a stay-at-home mom to a two-year-old after many many years of living by the moment and not worrying about planning, and now my life has really changed! I’m also a vegetarian, so that puts another wrench in planning. I need help! And even though the site is very reasonably priced, living on one teacher’s salary makes it really tough to add anything new to the family budget.

  63. avatar
    Karen Drummond says:

    Sounds like a great idea!! Would love to give it a try. Thanks.

  64. This is exactly what I wanted. I currently find recipes, print them, hand write a menu and a grocery list. This makes so much sense. It would help out tremendously and save time.

  65. oh, that’s so nice of you ! I’ve been trying to make a meal planner that works for me for ages, but didn’t seem to find the right one… because I still wonder what we are going to eat tonight !!

  66. Always looking for ways to organize my recipes!

  67. Wow, 255 comments! I would love to win this giveaway! Thanks for offering it. My teen daughter is totally into organizing and list making and cooking. PERFECT for her to just take over the grocery planning altogether. Thanks!

  68. I would love to win this program! thanks :)


  70. YES PLEASE! I love the cost breakdown per meal. And that it will plan your menu based on similar ingredients. I’ve been trying to reduce my food waste as much as possible. This Type-A planning gal can’t get enough!!

  71. This looks like a great tool to help me in my quest to organize my life!

  72. This sounds like such a neat service- between allrecepies, kraft and all the food blogs- it’s so hard to remember where I found what. Great idea!

  73. Oh my, this sounds too good to be true!!!!

  74. This looks really handy!

  75. I really really need to do this, so many reasons to!
    Thank you

  76. looks like a great system! will check it out as well…

  77. I would LOVE to try this!

  78. Such a good idea!

  79. What a simple yet profoundly useful program! This would be a great time- and sanity-saver for me.

  80. Awesome! Getting it for free would be great, but in all honesty it looks so good, I’ll be getting it regardless :)

  81. I would love to do better with meal planning. We are stuck in a rut of doing the same things week after week.

  82. avatar
    Katherine says:

    Wow! This is a great site and would really make life easier. :)

  83. Oh I would LOVE to try this!

  84. avatar
    Tricia Kolsto says:

    What a great tool! Thanks for sharing.

  85. I struggle with meal planning and making a grocery list that doesn’t inevitably end up missing key componets of the recipe. I, alone, do not do the shopping for our family, we have three purchasers and communication is not lacking so much as jumbled. It is so frustrating that I cannot seem to get a handle on having ALL the ingredients I need at any given time. I toured the site and I believe this might be the answer for our family.

  86. avatar
    lynne moore says:

    This would be so helpful to our home. I want to start making better meals with better planning, but our schedules all go in opposite directions.

  87. What a great idea!

  88. avatar
    Amanda S. says:

    sounds cool!

  89. I’ve been using Springpad, but it’s not always ideal. I’d love to try Plan To Eat!

  90. Oooh . . . I’m off to check out how their site works!!

  91. Love this idea!

  92. I’d love a go at this program, going back to work full-time in the fall and boy would it help!

  93. A friend just told me about this plan this morning. What a neat idea!

  94. Wow, this sounds like an awesome support for busy moms!

  95. avatar
    Bonnier says:

    Finally a menu/recipe organizer that I would actually use. I am starting the trial today!

  96. avatar
    Kristin says:

    Sounds like a great tool!

  97. Boy this looks awesome! Thanks for the opportunity!

  98. avatar
    Paris Golec says:

    What a fantastic idea! I wonder if it finds recipes based on ingredients on hand?

  99. My foodie children would love this..
    always looking for a solution!

  100. avatar
    Patricia says:

    I’ve tried manual menu planning (filling in a paper calendar) so many times but it hasn’t stuck. Maybe this will help!