Enter the life changer...the app, Paprika. For those of you who have never heard of this app, it includes a meal planner calendar, a specialized browser where you can search any recipe site and easily save recipes in printable format, and the ability to pull ingredients from these recipes into a grocery list. I spent a few hours scrolling through some of my favorite recipe blogs and saved a TON of recipes. Then I went through a month ahead and planned the meals for the month. I can easily make a grocery list for the week and even better, because of the new Apple update and the ability to share apps within your family, my hubs has it on his phone too. So he can now easily help with grocery runs and cooking in a pinch. It also has the option to email recipes or a list if your significant other doesn't have the ability to share the app on their phone. The list is organized by category and most grocery items auto sort into categories for you (saving even MORE time at the store).
The recipe view is easy to read on both the IPad and Phone. I like to use my William Sonoma IPad kitchen stand and splash guard when I'm cooking so I can view my recipes easily and touch the screen. Luckily on the IPad this condenses those long directions on a blog into an easy to read one page view so no flipping through or scrolling needed!
You can also favorite a recipe, email it or add ingredients need to your weekly grocery list. Below you can see a list of recipes and how you can organize them into easy to find folders just like a recipe binder.
I have to say that this has saved us a TON of money on dining out because I always have groceries and meals planned. Making a monthly menu now takes only minutes and I can add items to a grocery list on the go, while I'm sitting at kids activities or even sitting in the grocery store parking lot (which has sadly happened more than I care to admit recently). The price tag on the app is pricey ($19.99) but after hearing rave reviews from so many people I finally buckled and purchased it. With an unpredictable newborn, easy planning is a must and I was getting desperate. I can honestly say though this has been my #1 app I recommend to all my friends now. It is everything a well designed app should be and I have saved so much more than the price of the app in food cost alone, just by having a super simple way to plan each week. I HIGHLY recommend you check it out for yourself here!
And here is the William Sonoma stand, my favorite way to cook using my IPad! There is also an option speaker system which I don't have but would make a fun addition. Lexi and I always listen to music when we cook meals with our Bluetooth speaker, so this would be a great way to keep everything in one place! Pick one up at William Sonoma.