So I’ve just recently acquired the hobby of cooking, both for myself and for friends and family. This is the perfect app for people who love cooking, even if you’re not a “good” cook (yet). There are so many amazing things about this app that it’ll probably take me an hour to write this review, but I’ve got time, so go on and keep reading. I started with the free version. Which already exceeded my expectations. I eventually upgraded to the $6/month version, which is worth it for people like me who are watching their weight like me, but we’ll get to that later. The free version gives you plenty of delicious recipes (maybe half of them?) that are super easy to make. The recipes are diverse and come from cuisines all around the world. I’m American but am in a passionate love affair with south and east Asian cuisine, and there’s no lack of Asian, European, and American recipes on here. What really blows my mind is the AI that Mealime uses. Somehow or another, the app figures out what foods I love. Part of that, of course, is what I explicitly stated when downloading the app. I got to choose food allergies (what foods will literally make me sick), dietary restrictions (low carb, low fat, keto, etc.), and foods I simply dislike (lettuce and raw tomatoes in my case), so it automatically avoids foods with those ingredients. But it goes beyond that. When choosing a new meal plan for the week, it automatically chooses recipes based on what I made the previous week. For example, I used some toasted sesame oil for chicken fried rice last week, so this week one of my suggested recipes was for a Korean BBQ beef, which also used toasted sesame oil. So it saves me money by choosing recipes with ingredients that I already have in my pantry or freezer! Cooking mode. What I lifesaver!!! One of the things I hate about using online recipes is that I have to find the recipe, then print it out and probably get oil on it while cooking. But cooking mode presents the recipe itself on your phone in a user friendly format! You can read each step at a time, and it tells you exactly what ingredients and utensils you need for each step. So you can get out those specific utensils and ingredients before you even start that step so that you won’t be scrambling around your kitchen wondering where the chicken or the cast iron skillet is! Now you think that’s awesome? That’s just the awesomeness of the free version. I’m on a low calorie diet, so I need a convenient way of counting calories without having to check the nutrition label on every single ingredient. No worries, the $6/month version of Mealime automatically gives you all the nutrition info for every single recipe. Calories, carbs, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, the whole dang shebang! Not only that, but you get tons of new gourmet recipes that you can make from easy and cheap ingredients! Grocery lists! Mealime makes grocery shopping so incredibly easy! It tells you where to find the ingredients for all your recipes for the week. It groups everything by aisle (produce, meat, spices, etc.) and lets you check them off as you shop, and you can even link to Instacart delivery service if that’s your thing! This app has actually changed my life for the better, and I’m not even exaggerating. Grocery shopping and cooking has turned from a chore into a hobby—even a JOY—thanks to Mealime’s intuitive interface. I do have one suggestion though. The one single thing that would make it truly the PERFECT app. Give prices for the groceries. Yes, I know grocery prices vary based on where you live, but a rough estimate based on where you live would be nice. Balancing a healthy yet affordable diet is something I struggle with every day, so please add this feature! Other than that, everything else is SPOT ON!!!
This app is a life/game changer! I love it!!! Eating healthy just got a little bit easier!
Makes meal planning and getting groceries quick and easy. Genius! And delicious too!
The ideas and flow are good but only if you shell out money. I would rather pay that for better recipes and meal plans. Don’t waste your time here.
I have never been good at groceries. It’s the planning. This app does all of the work for you; all you have to do is pick up the ingredients and put it all together. I enjoy the shopping experience so much more now. The app is free - what do you have to lose? Anxiety, that’s what.
This app is life changing... so easy to use, makes cooking fun and the recipes are out of this world delicious! I love that you can select your diet and allergies etc. it’s amazing!!!
I’ve got a full-time job, two dogs, a serious relationship, and a sister who’s home from college. In a nutshell: I’m busy, broke, and bone-tired 90% of the time. When I tell you this app has CHANGED my life, I mean it. I love to cook but I am detrimentally indecisive and i don’t have the energy to stand in front of my pantry and go back and forth with the lightbulb about what I should cook. When i was trying to find a meal planning app, i had a list of requirements that I wanted for it in my head and those are as followed: 1) easy to follow 2) quick meals 3) HEALTHY FOOD (i hate that sludge-y feeling) that everyone wants and 4) small batch cooking (idk how to cook for less than 25 people, it’s a travesty.) I’m a simple girl with simple wants, what more can I say? Mealime met every single requirement (plus more!) It completely changed my routine around as I am now someone who is on time for work every day (a miracle) because I don’t have to worry about what I’m eating for lunch bc I already packed a serving from my dinner the night before! I just grab my protein shake and my lunchbox and go, like the lil’ adult I am. I cook every night because there are too many good things to try and I’m EXCITED about cooking again. It’s not a chore, but an enjoyable experience. I’ve balanced my diet and recommended this app to all of my friends looking for the same things I was looking for. The food is a hit with everyone who tries it and the grocery list tool is my best friend, my soul mate, and the apple of my eye. Just try it! It’s free!
Wouldn’t know where to begin without this app! I’m a stay at home mom who loves to cook but hates meal planning and grocery shopping. Now I’ve got my issues all taken care of and I don’t even have to leave the house. The app is set up for low carb, paleo and vegetarian meals and more. Plus you can choose how many people to feed etc. once you choose your meals for the week, you can shop with SUPER ease at a few venders that are linked up right here in the app. Genius!!! The shopping list is legitimately my favorite part. It refers to how many limes you need for all recipes and takes you right to the lime section of the online grocery store. Same with types of meat! Etc... It doesn’t get any easier than this! I’d recommend to all my friends and family!
I get it that this app is specific to full meals (you won’t find any snack, smoothie, breakfast, or really even any lunch recommendations here!), that’s somewhat excusable. They have their niche. But the Pro is essentially 60 bucks/year for a handful more recipes, especially if you’re on a specific style of diet. I like the functionality of the app, so this revelation (after I paid for Pro) was quite disappointing for me. I would give this app 5 stars if the selection was much more broad, and they offered more than just dinner meal plans.
A new lifesaver for me, the meals are healthy, easy, and relatively quick. It’s hard for me to know how much to cook for one person and this makes it so easy for an amateur cook like me. LOVE it!!!!!