Sunday, September 1, 2013

Cooking Planit App Review

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So, you know how I have the awesome giveaway going on right now for the 12 piece Stainless Steel T-Fal Cookware Set over here? Well, Cooking Planit is behind that amazing giveaway! Have you heard of Cooking Planit? If you haven't, then prepare to be amazed! Prepare to say "ahhh" and "oooh" and make some other noises that mean you're impressed. Cooking Planit is really quite awesome and I'm going to tell you why...

I've been playing for the Cooking Planit App for a while now and let me just say... it's fun! There are so many amazingly delicious recipes featured on the app and I feel like I'm going to have to try multiple new recipes from there every week!

The people over at Cooking Planit are super nice and they have already put together a huge selection of wonderful meals just for you! The meals usually consist of 3 different recipes - an entree and 2 sides and all of them sound divine! But, what's even better is that you can customize the recipes and make substitutions based on your own diet! Or you can simply create your own meal by putting together your choice of main course and sides. 

The advanced search feature allows you to search for recipes based on the ingredients you are looking for! That way, whatever it is you're in the mood for, you can find and add it to your grocery list! That's right... this app even makes your grocery list for you and includes the ingredients from all the recipes you will be making for that meal! Isn't that handy? 

Your grocery list can be viewed a couple of different ways... in List form (pictured above) where you can check each item you purchase as you purchase it... or...

By pictures! That way if there's an ingredient that you're not really sure what it is or what it looks like, you can just check out the images and it will show you exactly what to get!

One feature I absolutely loved about this app was that you can choose how many servings you want to make for your meal and it will adjust your ingredients and your recipe for you and you don't have to do any of the work! Yay! There have been multiple instances in my cooking past where I have accidentally doubled or even tripled certain ingredients (usually the salt) and completely changed and even ruined the flavor of the meal! Oops. Luckily I won't be doing that as long as I'm using this app. 

This was one of the meals I created for us one night: Honey BBQ Meat Loaf and Warm Potato Salad with Bacon and Blue Cheese. I loved being able to pick the recipes I wanted to put together and not just have to choose from the already-planned meals! 

The app walks you through the steps and even gives you tips throughout the process -- like how much parsley you're going to need to chop for your entire recipe, so you can save time and get it done with all at once!

The app even has built-in timers for your meal and will sound off when you need to remove something from the oven! 

And guess what else? It's voice activated! You can tell the app to move on to the next step or go back to the last one without even touching the screen! Pretty neat.

Overall, the Cooking Planit app is loaded with great features that takes a lot of the hassle out of weeknight dinners. I know, for me, sometimes I really don't want to have to put a lot of thought into that night's meal and planning out my grocery list, and this app is a great tool for that! 

The only drawback that I have found so far is that sometimes it takes a little longer to make something by following the instructions on the app. I like to take shortcuts in my cooking and sometimes the app will tell you to take some unnecessary "breaks" along the way. I found myself just ignoring them some of the time and heading to the next step. If you're learning to cook or love to cook this app is perfect for you. It is full of great recipes, easy-to-follow instructions, practical tools that will help you prepare your meal and it takes a lot of the guesswork out of your dinner. 

So, go here to sign up for a free account and try it out for yourself!

Or download the free app for your iPhone or iPad here.

**I was given a free download of the Cooking Planit app for review. All opinions and views are 100% my own.**

1 comment :

  1. I don't know exactly what I would make yet but Cooking Planit looks wonderful for suggestions for meals! Love that it offers main dishes & sides to go with that main dish, if you choose to do that, or you can change it up! Love the pans and really really REALLY need a new set. Our old ones are about shot, for sure! Thank you!


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