It is 5:30 pm. Everyone is hungry and loudly expressing their desire to eat. You are standing with the refrigerator door open, wondering what you could make with milk, olives, eggs and rice that they would actually eat. You debate running to the store, but the kids won’t make it the additional hour it will take. You consider oatmeal and the whining that will accompany it. There is always take out. As you throw in a frozen pizza, you renew your resolve to plan your dinners ahead of time so you can avoid this scenario in the future.
So you carve out some time and make a plan. It works great for a week or two, but it is a real time commitment. And there is so much redundancy in going through cookbooks, putting meals on a calendar, and making a shopping list so you get everything in just one trip. It does work. Still, there must be an easier more efficient way to create a plan for eating at home.
Plan to Eat was born out of our desire to eat real food — great food — prepared at home, together as a family. But without planning, it just didn’t happen as often as we wanted. Eating out is expensive, not to mention the cost to your health. And while oatmeal is great sometimes, it is just not my favorite thing for dinner multiple times a week. So I would plan. But I got frustrated with the tediousness of the process. Finally after 2 years of asking, my clever computer husband made me a program to automate my process.
Plan to Eat is driven by our family’s passion for real food, eating together and saving time and money in the process. We hope you will find it a useful tool as you work to feed your family well, both physically and emotionally.
Lisa is the visionary for Plan to Eat. It was through her frustration with the redundancy of planning meals, and inefficient grocery shopping, that Plan to Eat was born. She is passionate about eating real food (prepared at home), homeschooling and being mom to 4 kids.
Clint is the creator and maintainer of Plan to Eat. He’s a dash of designer, a pinch of programmer, and an all around problem solver. He is also passionate about sharing great food with his family and loves helping people do the same.
Our family loves living in the Rocky Mountain west. We enjoy hiking and have aspirations for family camping trips as our kids get a little older.
Plan to Eat is driven by our food philosophy. We strongly believe our physical and emotional health is directly tied to what we eat, and the best way to insure we are getting the highest quality food is to prepare it at home. Without a way to plan and organize, we will often not have what we need in the pantry to make good food for our family.
We also believe we should do everything in our power to return food production to small, local farmers. Industrialized food is killing us, and the only power we have is where we spend our money. To the extent that we are able, we believe we should support local food production in our own communities.
Our hope is that Plan to Eat will be a tool that will help you prepare delicious, wholesome food that nourishes both body and soul.
Some of our favorite books and documentaries related to food issues:
Plan to Eat is a small business — just our family. We decided early on that charging for our service would allow us to grow slow and build a long term, sustainable business. We are not a startup. We are not trying to grow as fast as possible (by making our service free) so we can sell our customer base and move on to the next project. We don’t like ads, especially in the context of a web application like Plan to Eat. We have intentionally chosen not to seek investors or borrow money. This gives us the freedom to focus on what is best for our customers and our own family.
We try to be very clear and upfront with the cost of a Plan to Eat Subscription. We do not ask for credit card information before starting a 30 day trial. We do not want to “trick” you into paying us because you forgot to cancel and we offer a no-questions-asked refund policy. By default, we do not automatically bill you when your yearly subscription expires. Once your subscription expires we do not remove your account but instead suspend it so you can renew at any point. We do not hold your recipes and information hostage, you can always export all of your recipes, even when your subscription has expired. We believe these ideas are just common sense. They reflect our commitment to treating our customers the way we want to be treated.
“Plan to Eat is the only reason my family doesn’t eat cereal or takeout every night. At first, I was a little iffy about spending money on a meal planning tool, but it has saved hours and hours of planning, list making, wandering around the grocery store and possibly millions of trips BACK to the grocery store for forgotten items.”
Kat Lee – Inspired to Action
“A genius little online program that pretty much does everything for you but actually cook your meals.”
Tsh – Simple Mom
Heather – Mom 4 Life
“I use this weekly to plan out our meals – it stores all my recipes online and then spits out a grocery list for me after I plan out the week.”
Ange – hol : fit
“What makes Plan to Eat particularly brilliant though hands down is how easy the site is to use.”
Laura – Org Junkie
“It’s a really wonderful tool that I think many, many people could benefit tremendously from. In fact, I like it so much that I am seriously considering switching my entire menu-planning process over and using Plan to Eat exclusively because I think it could revolutionize my kitchen and meal-planning organization.”
Crystal – Money Saving Mom
“Plan to Eat is a brilliant meal planning service that gives you the freedom to input your recipes, then it stores and organizes them for you. You then simply drag and drop the recipes onto your menu planning calendar, tag them with the point value and plan your meals for the week or month ahead.”
Gina – Skinny Taste
“I’ve found that it’s worth the monthly fee, because I’m spending less on groceries. Choosing recipes also has become much easier. Creating a shopping list is simple, and my visits to the grocery store have gotten shorter.”
Jessica – usercentric.com
“The Best $5 I Spend Each Month” I signed up for a year subscription and use it faithfully EVERY.SINGLE.WEEK. – Homegrown Learners
“I think it’s well worth the money!” – Better With Veggies
“Plan to Eat has truly revolutionized my meal planning. My recipe book includes all of our favorite recipes as well as new ones we want to try, and from there I can drag them to the calendar, double check my automated shopping list and I’m ready to go. How simple is that?”
Mandi – Organizing your Way
“Plan To Eat is a meal planning website and so much more, and it’s really the perfect solution for someone as disorganized as myself in the kitchen.”
Tara – Deal Seeking Mom
“The more that I played around with the site, the more that I realized how simple it really was to get things set up and how much infinitely simpler my menu planning would become once I invested a little bit of time upfront.”
Stephanie – Keeper of the Home
“I have looked through several different meal planning sites and there are so many advantages and extra features to Plan to Eat” – Getting Through The Day
“It has already enhanced my kitchen, by revolutionizing my meal-planning process & organization” – GracedSimplicity.com
“Now that it has surpassed my expectations and greatly improved our meals, I want to share it with everyone I know!” – Becoming More With Less
“I’ve been using it for almost a year and I love it!” – Lets Get Digital
“It makes my life soo much easier when it comes to meal planning.” – Kaleigh Tones it Up!
“A service that can save both time AND money? Sign me up!” – Steady Mom
“The Shopping List is the real gem of this site” – Thrive Personal Fitness
“Plan to Eat saves me hours every month” and virtually eliminates the, “Any ideas about dinner?” conversation we have every evening. – Fran @ franmeyer.blogspot.com
“Holy wow, do I ever love this site.” I love its retro graphic style, I love the ability to import recipes from websites, I love its easy drag-and-drop meal planner. – Homestead Geek
I have finally found something that is “so simple, so brilliant”, that has transformed meal planning… even for me! – beckybakes
“So Plan To Eat it is! The user interface is the first thing that grabbed me…clean, neat and pretty!” – Resa’s Pieces
“At Plan to Eat a member has the three aspects of meal planning right in front of them in one easy to use application.”
“I happened upon PlanToEat and I’m loving it.” – Chickiepea’s Blog
Plan to Eat is an online menu planner that uses your recipes, scheduled for the days you want them. It automatically makes your grocery list, organized the way you like to shop, using the recipes you’ve selected. Plan to Eat makes it easier to eat real food, prepared at home, with your family gathered around your own table.
You are invited to a free, 30 day, full-service, no strings attached trial.
No payment information is required and your feedback is welcome.
At the end of the trial you can subscribe for $4.95/month or $39/year.
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