Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cooking Planit Review & Spice Set Giveaway!

In putting together our series on College Cooking, it has become clear that it is not just beginning cooks that sometimes feel intimidated about cooking. Planning and orchestrating a meal is not as easy as it looks on those cooking shows with the insanely happy hosts. While we have attempted to make our blog posts easy to follow, it can still be difficult to coordinate an entire meal.

Enter Cooking Planit. Cooking Planit is a personal cooking assistant for novice or experienced cooks. It provides a powerful set of simple-to-use tools that enables the cook to combine the recipes of multiple dishes into a complete meal. Cooking Planit organizes the cooking process and provides step-by step instructions so that all the dishes come out at the same.
You start off by choosing a full meal from the menu, or by searching. After tapping a title you are given a summary of the dishes and what ingredients and tools you’ll need. You can also select a single recipe from over 300 chef-tested recipes, or build your own meal. The app easily adjusts the quantities of the recipes to suit the number of people being served, as well as any dietary restrictions. When it’s time to cook, Cooking Planit HD breaks down the steps in each recipe, complete with built-in timers. The app tells you what time dinner will be ready to serve (a time estimate that changes as you work, so it’s always accurate); kind of like a GPS for your meal. It lets you know when you have a few minutes to take a break between steps, and maybe grab a glass of wine. There is even a limited voice control feature helps you manage the steps while cooking without having to touch your screen.

The integrated digital assistant also includes an aggregated grocery list. This feature is my favorite aspect of the app. It allows you to create accurate grocery lists that combine the ingredients of all meals/recipes you have selected which are then automatically categorized by grocery store aisle. It is easy to add additional grocery list items to make it the only grocery list you ever need. The app allows you to synchronize your grocery list with other family members and friends, access your cloud-synced account from your computer, iPhone and/or iPad, or print or email your lists. Do you already have ingredients in your pantry that you want to use? You can search recipes by individual ingredients in your pantry to find delicious meals you can use them in. While recipes are being added regularly, my only criticism is that I would prefer more options for side dishes (which currently seem to be skewed toward variations on couscous and orzo). I would love to be able to add my own recipes or to use recipes from other sites. Currently desserts are not included as a menu category. I would like to see desserts added as part of the menus option.

Cooking Planit is a free web service. When you register an account, you will have an individualized “planit” of your menus and recipes. Cooking Planit also offers iPhone and iPad apps for meal planning on-the-go. There is a free “Lite” version with full sample menus which users can register right from within the app. The fully-featured app (available on iTunes for $2.99) has all the elements of the online version. I actually prefer the navigation of the iPhone app which seems more intuitive.


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40 comments:

Lou said...

Southern Italian Pasta.

Meryl said...

Linguine and Clam sauce.

Dani H said...

I would like to make the Caesar Salad ~ it's funny, but I've never made one at home!

Thanks for a chance at the giveaway!

Dorothy Teel said...

I would like to make the pork chops with mushroom sauce, sounds great to me

Angela M said...

I would love to try the Cheesy Garlic Bread. I love garlic bread.

Madeline Brubaker said...

I'd like to try the Red Skin, Corn and Poblano Hash.

Michelle K said...

I would like to make from Plan-it's site "Fun with Greek Flavors" burgers. Uses the cumin and does sound yummy!

Rusthawk said...

The Brussels Sprout salad sounds delicious! http://cookingplanit.com/recipe/shaved-brussels-sprout-salad

This recipe would also be wonderful with shaved broccoli.

AnnaZed said...

I would like to make the Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts.
http://blog.cookingplanit.com/2012/11/roasted-beets-w-goat-cheese-pine-nuts/

margueritecore [at] gmail [dot] com

Susan Broughton said...

I would like to substitute the recipe Cauliflower and Chive Puree instead of potatoes. I think that would be different and tasty

Ronalee said...

would love to try Bacon-Wrapped Scallops

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toplesshotdog said...

Omg bacon wrapped scallops ftw teatly AT gmail Dottt com

Amy L said...

I'd like to try their recipe for Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes. Sounds yummy, and it can be made ahead of time.

Mais Khourdaji said...

I would like to try their shrimp Stir fry flavor recipe with spicy soba noodles!

Joan said...

The shrimp stir fry sounds fantastic to me.

BethElderton said...

The Parmesan Panko Chicken sounds delicious.
Mary Beth Elderton
bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

Mer said...

Loving the meatless monday recipes as I'm trying to go veggie a few days a week. The pasta dough looks amazing, and I'd enjoy experimenting with some of these spices to make a delicious sauce.

djc319 said...

Crispy Potato Pancakes
Broccoli, Cheddar and Canadian Bacon Quiche..I love Potato Pancakes .And Love to make Quiche

Laura said...

Romain Wedge with Bacon and Blue Cheese Dressing! YUM!!

rachel said...

I'd make cheesy garlic bread

Madonna said...

citrus poached shrimp

Brandi said...

I'd love to make the bison burgers with chipotle aioli. Yummmm

BusyWorkingMama said...

Their cheesy garlic bread looks delicious!
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jenn said...

I would definitely make the shrimp stirfry!

Austin Baroudi said...

The Surf and Turf looks great!
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Dianne Osmun said...

I want to try the entire menu for the Meatless Mediterranean meal:
Cucumber, Dill and Red Onion Salad
Red Lentil and Chive Couscous
Chickpea and Artichoke Burgers

Linda said...

I'd like to make Brie Napoleon

Jill H said...

I would like to try the shrimp stir fry

Michael Jones said...

I think that 3 cheese past looks kinda tasty

mrsshukra said...

Caesar Salad -- just picked up romaine lettuce, too!

Lynn said...

I think the Arugula Salad with Garlic Oil recipe looks scrumptious!

Laura Jacobson said...

Oh I would love to try the Easy Oven-Roasted Drumsticks! Those look really good! I see them on sale all the time at the grocery store, but never really knew what to do with them! I would love to try this recipe! Looks really good!

Cindy Brickley said...

I love the linquine with clam sauce, I am the only one in the house that eats it and when I make it I have to call my brother over for some.

Amanda Rauch said...

The Brussel Sprout salad-that is something our whole family could agree on and enjoy very much!!

Kate Fenner said...

I would love to try the Parmesan Panko Chicken, sounds fantastic.

slehan said...

Cucumber, Tomato and Feta Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette
Thanks for the contest.

slehan at juno dot com

Denise @ We Like To Cook! said...

So excited to see so many entries! Loving my readers! ♥♥♥

Lynn said...

I would like to try making curry! The recipe calls for ground cumin, cayenne pepper, turmeric, paprika, and curry powder!

christopher sorel said...

pork with mushroom sauce

Anonymous said...

It looks like a useful tool. Should be handy for people who are not professionals but regularly cook for a large number of people on a regular basis or enjoy cooking up several interesting dishes at once. Thanks for sharing this with us. I want to try making chow mein.

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