Between coordinating and juggling a family’s school, work and extracurricular activities, getting a homemade dinner on the table at night isn’t always easy. Parents, however, can turn to smartphones and tablets to help them plan nutritious meals for their loved ones, with fewer headaches:
- Springpad – This app consists of an online note-keeping system to help people become more organized with a section designed for planning weekly meals and grocery trips, which is perfect for busy parents.
- Meal Planning and Grocery List – This app from Food on the Table helps tailor meal plans to a family’s own tastes. First, parents complete a short survey that includes their favorite ingredients, cooking styles and dietary requirements. Then, five dinner recipes are delivered to the app on the preferred day along with an organized grocery list to allow shoppers to quickly get in and out of the grocery store. Users can also select their preferred store location to find out what’s on sale.
- eMeals – With this online resource and app, parents can pick meal plans based on their family’s size, eating style and favorite grocery store. New meal plans arrive in their inboxes each week complete with seven family-friendly dinner recipes. The user also receives a detailed grocery list organized by department and coordinated with the weekly sales at selected stores.
Parents don't necessarily need to do the meal planning alone – asking kids to help research fun recipes and cooking videos online will get the whole family in on the meal-prep fun.