Easy breezy grocery shopping 5/5
I am not very creative in the kitchen so if I don’t have a recipe, I’ll just eat a sandwich. But I wanted to eat healthier while keeping expenses to a minimum, and also wanted to try vegetarian recipes... and Mealime was the answer to my secular prayers!
With Mealime you can plan your meals, grocery shop efficiently, try new and delicious food without making recipes over complicated or long, and all of this for free!! You have the option of paying to unlock more recipes but so far the free version has met all my needs.
Mealime also allows you to indicate ingredients you don’t like and dietary restrictions and preferences. You also have the option of picking each recipe or to have Mealime pick however many recipes you want per week automatically (which saves time).
Before Mealime, even when I make a grocery list before getting to the store, shopping was very inefficient—getting too many unnecessary items and getting either too much or too little of some ingredients and always forgetting at least 1 thing. After you choose your recipes, Mealime automatically generates a grocery list subcategorized into isles so you don’t have to go back and forth. Additionally, the Mealime grocery list also displays detailed quantities (it tells you the weight/volume of any ingredients that call for a “can” or a “pack” or a “bundle” so you know exactly how much you need) and if you click on any item, it will show a picture and additional info (e.g. substitutes and which recipe it is for). In the past, when I shop for a specific recipe that calls for uncommon produce or herbs, I have to google each one separately or ask for help, but Mealime makes it so much simpler.
I am so happy I found this app! It has made cooking enjoyable and shopping efficient. I highly recommend it!
One thing Mealime does not have that I hope they add in the future is different categories of meals, like breakfast and dessert. Right now all recipes are grouped together. There are some frittatas on their list but nos recipes are dinner/lunch.
Download this app now! 5/5
This app is so easy to use and it’s perfect for anyone with a special diet. The grocery list makes my shopping trips quick and easy. All the meals are fresh and healthy. We have had no food waste. The cooking instructions are super easy to follow and the meals I have made have all turned out to look like the picture and taste amazing! I wish I would have downloaded this a long time ago!!!
Useful and Convenient 5/5
I have made a total of 6 meals so far using this app. The interface is easy to navigate, and there are a lot of healthy recipes to choose from. I like that the app breaks down all ingredients into categories for a shopping list, and that you can check to see what ingredients can be substituted if you can’t find something or if you want a cheaper ingredient. I like this so much that I am considering upgrading.
The only criticism I really have right now is that the prep time is only accurate if you’re super good at chopping vegetables. And well, I’m okay at it. So far it has taken me longer to prep the food than the app estimates, by a pretty good amount. Maybe that’s my problem, but if you’re like me and haven’t been cooking for ages, try giving yourself a bit more time than estimated.
Love this app 5/5
We have found this app to be a life changer. It’s so easy to use and I like it so much I’m considering upgrading to Pro.
The only thing I would like to see is better measurements when it comes to things like “a small bunch of cilantro” because I’m not sure what that means.
Limited as of yet 3/5
Since the developers have decided not to let free users email them, I’m going to write my comments here.
- great idea
- no FODMAP or Whole30 options
- forced signup before you can actually see if this app works for you
- subscription seems pricey for what you get, especially if your dietary restrictions are not recognized
Needs a Vegan or Dairy-free option 1/5
I got the app because the pictures show that there is a dairy free option. But once I downloaded the option wasn’t actually on it. Misleading pictures... please add dairy free option or else update your App Store pictures.
Love this app! 5/5
The recipes here are wonderful. Before using this app, scrambled eggs was the only thing I knew how to cook. The shopping list and cooking instructions make it so easy. And the food tastes so good. Give it a try and you will be hooked!
Very few things have come into my life and completely revolutionized it. Mealime changed the way I grocery shop and cook. I tell everyone I know about it. I was spending ~45 minutes every week searching for recipes, writing them down, and creating a grocery list. I was THEN spending so much time at the store looping back because my list was made by me and I’m an unorganized baboon.
Things have changed. My meal plan is made in minutes. Grocery shopping is a breeze (and I mostly stick to produce, meat, and dairy!). I will never go back. Get this app.
Great features, so so recipes 3/5
The tools are great but there’s nothing special about the recipes I’ve done so far
Favorite app 5/5
I’ve made 3 meals, and each one was so good! I even chose things I wouldn’t normally eat, like cauliflower- trying to be healthy- but it tasted amazing! The recipes are so simple to follow and they really do take 40 minutes or less. I can’t recommend this app enough. The grocery list feature is what really did it for me. So simple in navigation.
Healthy Eating 5/5
Less reasons for me to eat fast food when I can make inexpensive, quick meals at home.
You can be a 5 Star chef at home with this 5/5
By Meg in Whittier
If you are board of cycling though your go to meal items- pizza, tacos, pasta, burgers, take out..... get this app. I have had it three days and I haven’t had a recipe I didn’t like. Tons of free recipes, excellent filters to narrow down choices (vegetarian, pescatarian, Keto, Paleo, gluten free). You don’t like don’t like fish, say so and it won’t show recipes with fish! It makes shopping lists you can check off based on your meal plans also has suggestions for substitutions! You will be a five star chef in your own kitchen with this app.
By Mr NickL
Easy to use
Love it! 5/5
Great for meal prep and planning ahead for the week. Easy to follow instructions and delicious food!
I love this app!! I planning on getting the pro version but am hoping they start having some breakfast and dessert options. This would make this app a 10/5!
The single best meal planning app. 5/5
By Olli H M
I switched from meal prepping for 4 hours on Sunday and eating the same thing each day to cooking for 30 minutes a night and having different food each day. Overall a great app, I love the ability to choose the meals I want at the beginning of the week, and grocery shop for every single one of them. Saves me a ton of time in the grocery store and throughout the week I’m only spending 3 hours in total cooking. 5/5 great app, 10/10 am recommending to friends.
Best App out there! 5/5
It’s everything I needed. From the pictures of what it should look like and then given you everything from institutions to shopping list is easy. I recommend getting the pro version for $50 a year to unlock nutritional info and more. Worth it! I weighted 603lb and 80lb in 3 weeks just eating right. The hardest part of dieting is find something different to eat that’s not the same thing over and over again. Now that I’ve lost some weight I feel it’s easier to exercise. Best app on the market period!!!!!
Love the customizable meals! 5/5
I’m the primary cook in a house of 7 people. Finding healthy meals for 4 generations under one roof has been a challenge. Both my grandmother and uncle taking anti clotting medication. And I have a seafood allergy and soy sensitivity. The fact that I can exclude the ingredients that would interact with their medication has been a huge help. And it creates a shopping list! That also gives substitutions for certain ingredients (using onion if you don’t have shallots on hand) I’ve made meals that I never comfortable doing. (Frittata, lamb chops, Catalina dressing to name a few.)
Love, but how do you add a favorite to meal plan? 4/5
I love this app, but can’t for the life of me figure out how to add a favorited meal to my current week’s meal plan! Minus one star for that. Otherwise, it’s great!
I wish there was a vegan option 3/5
It is a good app, but when I choose my preferences I had to put “vegetarian” instead of “vegan.” This means I am ending up with lots of recipes which include eggs, dairy, and refined sugar and it is hard for me to filter through and find vegan recipes. It would be very helpful for them to add a vegan option.
EASY MEAL PLANNING 5/5
I heard about this app from a friend when I was complaining about wishing there was an app/website that would put together a grocery list for you... THIS IS IT! This app makes cooking so much easier! You can choose recipes for the week and you can even narrow them by your eating preferences (ex. No tuna, vegan, dairy free, etc.). The recipes are step by step and are easy to follow. This app puts together the recipes you chose for the week into one easy grocery list! People are always impressed by the meals I make and think I’m a great chef, but it’s really all MealLime. Definitely recommend this app! One word: AMAZING.
No vegan options 1/5
Why does it only have vegetarian but not vegan ? It’s a great app but you guys need a vegan option!
Love it so far! 4/5
I have only used this once so far but I absolutely love it! Very easy to use!
Easy and delicious! 5/5
Love this app! The meals are relatively simple but tasty. I would say I've liked 90% of the meals I've made, and really really loved 30% (which I think is pretty good based on my low success rate when googling recipes)! I appreciate that this app calls for normal ingredients that are available at generic grocery stores, as opposed to some meal kit delivery services where I couldn't repeat the recipe without going to specialty stores.
My only suggestion for improvement would be adding a feature like "The meal you just selected uses half of a container of mint, here are other suggested recipes that include mint" because it can be frustrating, for example, to buy a whole thing of celery and just need one stalk. I find this to be an issue especially for herbs like mint, cilantro, parsley, etc.
But all in all, love the app and I use it every week! :)
A sincerely useful app 5/5
This app is the best! So many choices, so customizable, and the auto generated grocery list is a huge time saver. Meal planning for our family used to be a thirty minute activity - now it takes about thirty seconds. The recipes are delicious, very adaptable and quick to prepare. I’m seriously impressed.
Great but...... 4/5
The app is phenomenal. I can figure out my meal plan for the week and go grocery shopping and boom. It’s done. The food taste amazing and so easy to make. It’s so convenient how you pick a meal you want and all the supplies automatically make a grocery list that you can add or change as you please. This app does it all!
However, my only flaw is that you have to pay $5 to get like maybe 3 other recipes everyday when you already have so many amazing options to choose from, 3 really doesn’t make a difference, or how you have the pay to be able to see the nutritional side like calories and etc.
The app is amazing, but if you want me to pay $5 a month or $50 a year for a subscription make it worth the $5. 2 minor things isn’t enough. You can live without it, the loopholes are just inconvenient and a hassle.
Great idea! 5/5
What a great way to try new foods and it’s so easy!!
best meal planning app out there 5/5
I’ve been using Mealime for 2 years now and it’s completely changed how I cook and grocery shop. Most recipes are practical and affordable. The grocery list is fantastic and I love that it gives you suggestions for possible ingredient substitutions.
Before using this app, I basically cycled through the 3 dinners I knew how to make. This app was really what I needed to branch out. I have a lot more confidence cooking different things and just a better sense of what ingredients will work together!
I’ve looked through other meal planning apps just to see what’s out there. I don’t think there’s anything as useful, tasty, practical, and beautifully formatted as Mealime, and certainly not for free!
The one thing I will say is that the instructions are sometimes written in a confusing way. It’s best to read all the directions before starting so you understand where everything is heading. Once you get used to the format, it’s a lot easier to understand.
Overall, this is one of the best apps I’ve ever used and I’m really grateful to the creators.
We’ve been using this app for a couple years now and haven’t looked back. Made planning and making meals for the week so much easier. Being able to go to the grocery store with a list of actual needed ingredients (instead of guessing) ensures we get only what we need, and don’t forget anything. Love that you can add other items to the shopping list too.
Better than a meal delivery service 5/5
By Erka Derka
Better than a meal delivery service. I don’t have to wait for delivery and I have total control over what dishes we make for the week. Also can be specialized for diet preferences. Love it more than I expected.
I wish.. 3/5
I wish that I could enter in my own recipes, even if they are for my eyes only. And I wish I could add my stuff to the grocery list or at least be able to sync this one to another app
Big help 5/5
I get anxiety in grocery stores, this helped make my trips quick and easy
This app is amazing!! I never liked the idea of a meal delivery kit because I like to be in control of the ingredients. This is perfect because it gives you control to pick your ingredients, but also makes it so much easier to not have to think about what you’re gonna eat.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cooking mode. I hate to touch my phone while I’m cooking and I love the fact that it keeps the screen bright while you’re cooking.
Well executed app! Bravo!!
I loved almost everything BUT.... 2/5
Can’t add your own recipes. Can’t set the meals in a calendar to know what day is what meal.
For just starting out, goes above and beyond 5/5
After some time preparing to move out of my parents house and into college, I realized I really needed to try to understand meal planning, hopefully before I went and would be too caught in a frenzy to be organized. So I got this, mainly because it appealed to various diets, it showed to have quick recipes, it was free, and seemed to make itself as a “hassle-free” app. Surprise- it lets you restrict recipes based on ingredients you don’t like-which is great because unfortunately I have a sensitive stomach and I just don’t deal with some foods. There were lots of recipes. From what I’ve seen,most are kind of out there- not just spaghetti, meatloaf or special casserole - the stuff you know how to make and really don’t need a planner for. No, these are meals I guess would cater to those looking to try new things. That or I really don’t eat different stuff a lot. Either way I enjoy what is offered. It helped me learn the basics of meal planning, and honestly I don’t really do much else- the app provides a shopping list for you from the meals and you can also add more items to get the complete shopping trip
I use the 2 serving because I’ll make my dinner and use the second portion for next day lunch, which pinches more pennies and help me stay on the plan
First Week! 5/5
By Chauncey T
Was a success! Couldn’t believe the ease of the grocery list!! Saved so much compared to those ship you food companies!
Love it! 5/5
Mealime is a great app to get awesome recipes that are easy to make and the fact that I can get a grocery list based on the meal I pick, makes my life so much easier and helps me safe money! And I didn’t even mentioned that fact that I have the step by step of all the recipes!!! Highly recommend
Amazing meal prep app! 5/5
This app has worked out perfect. I am able to plan my meals for the week and it makes the grocery list for you. I can even share it with my husband, in case he is going to the store or cooking. The recipes have been delicious and perfect for 2 people. Most of them can be made in 30 minutes and the instructions are very easy to follow, step by step. Best app I’ve downloaded to make dinner a breeze!
My Favorite Cooking App 5/5
I love this app. It makes meal planning incredibly simple and easy. I used to spend hours each week poring over cookbooks, choosing recipes, and making shopping lists. Now I create my meal plan quickly and painlessly using the app, and it generates a shopping list for me. I especially like how the cooking instructions are laid out - step by logical step. I use the Paleo menu, and my family loves the recipes!
Simple, Quick, Healthy, TASTY 5/5
I love this app! You choose your preferences and your recipes. All of the recipes that we’ve tried are simple, quick, healthy, and delicious. I’m considering buying the pro version for more recipes and I’ve never purchased the pro version of apps! I highly recommend.
AWESOME APP 5/5
This app is incredible. 10/10 recommend!
Quick and delicious thus far 5/5
We have tried 6 recipes and all have been a bit! Super easy recipes and the grocery list is awesome
Delicious and easy!! 5/5
Been using for several days and we are in love with it! The planning and step by step instructions make it simple. And the results are incredibly delicious and healthy (depending on your meal plan). Wish we had this app years ago! It’s made dinner so much better!!
The Best 5/5
By 3L T1T4N
The Best Cooking App out there without question!
Easy to use, give you a grocery list base on the meals that you selected and even give you alternatives for some ingredients.
I really recommend it!!
Best cooking app ever!!! 5/5
By Black Dusk
I’ve used many other apps but they’re too overwhelming to use, complicated instructions, and generally have to create your own shopping list. This app is perfect for my family of 5!! I’m diabetic and my husband has high cholesterol. Being able to completely customize recipes to fit our needs is a life saver. I’m now able to construct a weekly meal menu which has eliminated discussions of who wants what to eat. Additionally, having ingredients added to an in app shopping list saves me so much time. Being able to cook healthy meals from fresh foods makes me feel like a chef. I love this app! I will be upgrading to pro soon!
Exactly what I needed! 5/5
I wanted an app that helps me plan meals and save money, as that is a constant struggle for me. I’ve tried meal services, and they’re great for saving on resources but they’re expensive. Thanks to this app, I have found a cheaper alternative and more! What I especially love about this app is that if there’s an ingredient I don’t want or can’t find, the app will suggest substitutes if you click right on the name of the item in question. There are few items it doesn’t provide suggestions for. I think the app should also provide vegan substitutes for things like eggs and other items that would work well with the recipe. This app just saved me $30 this week compared to what I would’ve shelled out for something like Hungryroot, and way more than if I would’ve tried planning something on my own! I am appreciative of this app, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Simply amazing 5/5
This has made my life 1,000 times easier!!!
Exactly what I’ve been looking for 5/5
The worst part of meal planning for me is compiling the grocery list. For weeks I’ve been saying “I wish there was something that just generated the list based on my recipes.”
FINALLY I found it! We just left the grocery store after using this app, and it was perfect. It organized the items by type (produce, dairy, etc) exactly like I like to do.
Life changing 5/5
This app is amazing!!!
Amaze Balls 5/5
I normally don’t cook and this app made it simple and easy. Love it!