Plan Ahead. Put an end the “Dinner Scramble.” Save Time and Money!
Have you ever gotten to 4 or 5pm and wondered “What are we going to make tonight?”
What if there were an easy tool to make menu planning a breeze?
BigOven is pleased to introduce Menu Planner, designed by home cooks just like you. It’s now available in free beta on the web, and coming very soon in the 170,000+ Recipes – BigOven app for the Apple iPad.
With Menu Planner, you simply drag and drop recipes onto a calendar, click to add notes, and easily put them in any order you want.
Then, when you’re done, click a button and BigOven will create a sorted grocery list automatically for you! It’s the easiest way to create grocery lists from your favorite recipes.
Watch a Demo
With Menu Planner, you simply drag recipes from the left and drop them onto the calendar.
You can choose from four different sources of recipes:
Find a recipe in the archive
Recipes you’ve marked “Try Soon” (in our mobile apps or website)
Recipes you’ve marked “Favorite” (in our mobile apps or website)
Recipes you’ve posted or added via RecipeScan
Any recipe that is online at www.bigoven.com – there are currently over 200,000 of them – can be added to a menu plan. If you’re a BigOven for Windows user, simply post one or more recipes from your desktop software to use the online Menu Planner. Recipes will show up in your “My Posted Recipes” tab on the left hand side.
BigOven’s Menu Planner is designed to be extremely flexible, and work the way you do. You can add free-form text notes anywhere you’d like – they can be events, notes about company visiting, or even easy side dishes to accompany your meal.
You can email a plan to others, simply by clicking the “Send” button in the upper right corner of the screen.
When you’re ready to create a grocery list, simply click this button:
… and BigOven will convert any date range on your calendar into a grocery list! Better yet, the grocery list is automatically sorted by aisle for you, eliminating back-tracking through the grocery store.
Add a Recipe from any recipe page
You can also add a recipe to your Menu Plan from any recipe detail page. Just click “Add to Menu Plan” on the right hand side, and you’ll see a popup dialog asking you when you’d like to make it, and for which meal.
Now in Free Beta for All Users
Menu Planner is a feature of BigOven PRO membership. BigOven Pro brings you the ability to post private recipes, generate a grocery list, an advertising-free experience, and detailed nutrition facts.
During our beta period, we are opening Menu Planner to all users, free of charge. Once our free beta period ends, you’ll need to be a BigOven Pro member to use it ($15.99/year).
Importantly, even during our free beta period, BigOven Pro membership is required to generate grocery lists; you can watch a demo of the process above. A no-risk free 30-day trial of BigOven pro is available at www.bigoven.com/pro.
Why Plan Ahead?
Making a menu plan helps you get organized.
- Planning ahead reduces the number of shopping trips you make
- Planning ahead makes them more efficient
- Planning ahead helps you eat better
- Planning ahead can help ease the holiday stress
- Planning ahead can dramatically reduce the amount of food you throw away
- Planning ahead can help you utilize coupons or other specials at your store
- Simply click the “create grocery list” button to get a grocery list created for you
- Click on a meal name (breakfast, lunch, dinner) to add notes
- You make make copies of entire days, weeks or months that are on your plan. Simply hover over a date, and you’ll see a tiny calendar icon pop up. Click on that icon, and it’ll let you “copy into” that day from any other date range on your calendar. (Want to get unstuck? Simply define a few common week plans, then make copies of those to fill out your year!)
Give it a try – it’s free!
To get started, just visit www.bigoven.com/plan. If you’re not yet a BigOven Pro member, try our free 30-day trial at www.bigoven.com/pro to create grocery lists, post private recipes, and enjoy an ad-free experience.
BigOven is a brought to you by a team of home cooks and developers that are are passionate about getting your organized and inspired in the kitchen. Got comments or suggestions? We’d love to hear them. Jot us a comment right here on this blo
g, reach our development team directly at www.bigoven.com/site/comments, or join us on our Facebook group. Happy cooking!