Menu Plan is a gorgeous app for planning meals and recipes

Menu Plan Lifestyle
Menu Plan Lifestyle (Image credit: Davide Benini)

What you need to know

  • Menu Plan is a meal planner for your iPhone and iPad.
  • Plan meals seven days in advance and track their ingredients.
  • Meal Plan will help create a shopping list when you need it.

If you've ever wondered what you should have to eat for dinner and realized you don't have anything in, you're probably going to like Menu Plan — an iPhone and iPad app that helps you create a menu plan, manage recipes, and figure out what you need to buy from the store.

Planning meals is something that many of us know is something we should be doing but can't quite get to grips with. Menu Plan, available in the App Store, is here to help. No more forgetting what you were going to eat or ending up eating the same thing three days in a row!

Whatever your dietary choices, eating a varied and balanced diet is good for you. It's easy to forget what you cooked last week but with Menu Plan each recipe you cook is stored, with a color associated to its food group; add the missing food types, and build your balanced diet. Your weekly calendar displays how balanced your plan is.

Menu Plan lets you see a seven-day view of your menu and you can import the recipes you need from the web. From there, it's just a case of deciding what to eat one which day and then buying all the ingredients. Menu Plan helps there as well, generating grocery lists for the next seven days.

Whether you're a seasoned meal planner or just want to see if it's right for you, give Menu Plan a try. You can download it from the App Store for free right now. You'll be able to insert up to seven recipes and then unlock all features with the in-app purchase.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.