To paraphrase René Descartes, I am, therefore, I eat. Or, should it be the other way around. Whatever it is, eating is a pastime that ranks high on my to-do list every day.
I found an attractive, affordable, easy to figure out meal planner app for my Mac. It plans meals using what you’ve got or what you can get. And it comes with the most creative app name ever.
Meal Planner For Meal Planners
One day I plan to make a career out of dreaming up cute, catchy names for products. Apple? The Mac? Wonderful. So, what would you name a Mac app that plans meals?
Come on, use your creative bone. Don’t have one. Don’t feel too bad. You’re not alone.
The folks who came up with a delightfully creative meal planning app used all their creativity in the app and had nothing left over to name the product.
So, they chose what was left. Meal Planner. Descriptive, no? As it turns out, the name is not important. Meal Planner is fun to use, is loaded with useful options, but has one fatal flaw, and one damaging flaw.
White Bread Can’t Dance
Here’s what Meal Planner does. It plans meals. Duh. But it does so with an interface that’s to die for (metaphorically speaking, of course). It looks like a magnetic cork board meal planner attached to your refrigerator door.
See? What’d I tell you?
Meal Planner turns your Mac’s screen into a cork board with notebook paper and stickies. Digitally enhanced, of course.
Plan the meal for each day, and Meal Planner gives you a list of what you need (hence a list of what to buy). Meal types include Lunch, Dinner, Kids, Snacks, Party, and more.
You set the ingredients for each meal, then define grocery shopping items. The list can be edited, added to, and printed. It’s handy, fun to use, works well, isn’t overly complex (forget about the diet details). It just plans meals on your Mac.
Therein begin the problems. There’s no iPad or iPhone version. You’ll have to print out a list of ingredients to buy. And, it’s a Mac App Store only app. No trial download, so you’re forced to cough up the money before you know whether or not you’ll like it.