App Finder: Best meal-planning apps

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

As summer winds down and you find yourself dealing with more intense schedules for you and the kiddos, take advantage of these nifty meal-planning apps to help you get organized. Find quick, healthy options for those hectic days, and meal-prep ideas you can have ready in advance.

Food Planner: Food Planner is an app that offers utilities like grocery lists, a recipe collection, meal plans and more. Track your pantry’s inventory, check items off your list and import recipes from your favorite sites. Cost: Free for Android and iOS. Find it: foodplannerapp.com.

Quick Meal: If you’re super short on time in the evening and need to find recipes that can be whipped up in less than half an hour, consult Quick Meal. The app has a growing database of quick recipes sorted by category, so you can easily whip up kid-friendly dishes. Cost: Free for Android and iOS. Find it:megabytebomb.com.

MealBoard: MealBoard is an app that can do it all: Use it to help quickly scale a recipe down to different serving sizes, keep track of which ingredients you need to buy (and which you already have on hand), and helps you plan out all of your meals for the week. Cost: $3.99 for iOS and Android. Find it: mealboard.com.

LaLa Lunchbox: Get your kids in on the lunch-planning action with LaLa Lunchbox, a fun app that lets kids pick food for their lunchbox, with the help of their monster friend … and ensures that they make nutritious choices. Cost: Free for iOS and Android. Find it: lalalunchbox.com.


Couch to 5K: Looking to find a good starting point for training for your first race? Couch to 5K makes it easy, offering up a plan everyone… Even those of us who have spent a bit too much time as couch potatoes this summer. Cost: Free version available for iOS and Android; full version available for $1.99 for both. Find it: c25k.com.