Back in May, we updated our site with a new coat of paint.  Since then, we have been hard at work on updating the desktop recipe book so it is even easier to manage your recipes. Our primary goals with these updates are to:

  • Improve the transition between the mobile and desktop recipe book.
  • Declutter the existing recipe card view while also offering more functionality.
  • Add a brand new Spreadsheet View for power-users, with the long term goal of providing a bulk editing interface so changing the course, tag, etc for multiple recipes is just a tap away.

  Recipe Card View (updated)

We took a cue from our app and updated the recipe cards so the recipe name is easier to see and the cards are less visually cramped with information and cluttered with repetitive buttons.

Before

After

We replaced some of the existing buttons/icons on the recipe cards with a ••• menu so you can quickly access all of the recipe actions without having to view the recipe.

When you tap the ••• menu you can now edit the recipe and the updated Add to Planner option will open a small calendar with (a much requested) meal time selection for Breakfast, Lunch, Supper and Snacks! We still include a few quick toggleable icons on the recipe cards like the Queue Private and the  for saved friend’s recipes.

  Spreadsheet View (new!)

One of the most notable changes is a new spreadsheet view for your recipes. We think this spreadsheet view will help you navigate and manage your recipes more efficiently.

Some things you can do with the new Spreadsheet View:

  • While the spreadsheet view includes all of the same info on the recipe cards in a tabular format, it also includes Total Time, Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient and Tags. We also display the Created At column when sorting by Recently Created and the ingredient search results when searching by ingredients.
  • Quickly sort your recipes by most column headings by tapping the heading title.
  • Easily tap the Edit Recipe icon to edit the recipe, or the Plan Recipe icon when viewing your Queue or Freezer. And similar to the recipe cards, you can still easily access the Queue, Private, and ••• menu to access all actions.
  • Easily rate your recipes by tapping on the star rating.
  • Tapping on any category for a recipe (like Source, User, Total Time, Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient and tags) will filter your recipes by that category.

Bulk Editing Recipes (coming soon!)

The updated spreadsheet view paves the way for us to add an upcoming (and highly requested) bulk editing recipes feature. The feature will allow you to select multiple recipes and change different recipe taxonomies like the rating, source, total time, course, cuisine, main ingredient and tags. You will also be able to use most of the existing recipe actions on multiple recipes, like private, queue, remove, etc. We also have tons of other interesting plans for this upcoming feature that will even help you print a cookbook!  

Here’s a quick breakdown of a few other changes you may notice as you’re navigating the website:

  • We added the Freezer to the Recipe Book sidebar menu.
  • On frozen recipes, we added an “Edit Frozen Quantity” option in the ••• menu. We also added a “Remove from Freezer” button so you no longer have to change the “meals in your freezer” to zero to remove it from your Freezer.
  • For recipes that are saved from a Friend or Challenge, the average rating is now displayed on the recipe card below your personal rating. 

If you normally use the Plan to Eat Mobile App and haven’t checked out our desktop app in a while, now is a great time to login at plantoeat.com and see what’s new!

We hope you really enjoy and benefit from these updates! And as always, if you have questions please email us at help@plantoeat.com.

 

Mobile App News:

We have also been busy improving our mobile app! Here are a few notable updates to our Mobile app in the past few months.

The Plan to Eat Freezer: Freezer cooking on your phone has never been this easy!

Bulk Editing Recipe Ingredients: Easily manage your recipe ingredients in one large Bulk Input text field (just like our desktop app). So much easier!

Lots of Shopping List Updates:

  • If you are showing purchased items on your list, you can consolidate them at the bottom of each store. Enable this feature in the List Settings by tapping the ••• option at the top right of your shopping list.
  • Added the total purchased items to the top right of each store. Tap the purchased total to jump to (or clear) your consolidated purchased items.
  • Added the number of remaining items for each grocery category.
  • Added haptic feedback (a short vibration) when checking off grocery items. We think this makes grocery shopping at least 10% more satisfying!
  • Added the super helpful Restore Shopping List feature already found on our desktop app.

And also:

  • Added “Cook”, “Plan”, and “Shop” labels to the bottom menu so navigating is easier.
  • Added an Edit Recipe option to the ••• menu on the recipe cards.
  • And of course, we fixed a bunch of little bugs.

If you don’t already use our mobile app, you can download it below.

iOS App StoreAndroid App Store

And if you’re currently only using our mobile app, you may want to try out our desktop app at plantoeat.com. It has a few tricks up its sleeve and few extra features that are not yet included in our mobile app. 

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  1. Hi,
    I love the new look and functionality on the website! This is going to be fantastic and make planning meals even better than before! However, the Add to Planner option is not working correctly. It will only let me add a recipe to the current day. I tried it from the recipe card view, spreadsheet view and from inside the recipe itself. I also tried logging out and back in again. Please help.
    Thanks,
    Linda Fleck

    1. Hi Linda, thanks for this comment and feedback! Can you please email us at help@plantoeat.com with information on what browser and type of device you’re using when you see this issue? Also, if you can try clearing the cache on your browser and let us know in the email if that changes anything.
      Thanks!

  2. Thank you for making all of these updates! I love the spreadsheet view and upcoming plans.
    I’ve asked before, but is there a way to have something that shows a “last planned” dates on the recipe cards? It already shows “total planned” but it would be helpful, when busy, to be able to see when the last time I cooked a recipe when planning for a future week.

    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for the feedback! We do have this item on our internal request list for future updates! I will make a note to have the development team look into this possible feature. One thing you can do currently is sort your recipe book by “times planned” and the recently planned items will have that extra (# recently) attached to the times planned tag. We also recommend adding frequently planned recipes to the Queue for quick reference.
      If you have questions, please email us at help@plantoeat.com, thanks again!

  3. I love the new spreadsheet view! I would love it more if I could eliminate a few of the columns, or reorder them, so the main things I want to see are on the screen without having to scroll left and right. Thank you!

  4. Well done. I have moved over from a weight loss meal planning app because of your flexibility (and because I reached my goal with the other app!), and needed something to allow more long term sustainability. You are doing what I had been doing on paper for so many years. And then to see continued support and an update to the app with even greater ease of use, simply bravo! And thank you!

  5. Thanks much! There have been so many times over the months I’ve used P2E when I thought there must be a way to edit a recipe without opening it. I searched the Help docs to see if there was a way to do this and found nothing. Thank you for adding the ability to edit without opening the recipe and all the other development to improve the user experience. This is what your subscription pays for, my fellow customers. We get a reliable app with great features and ongoing development so P2E keeps getting better with no ads.

  6. I have been using PTE for over five years now, and you guys never fail to impress! I think I am always happy with it as-is, and then you guys come out with new features and I’m BLOWN AWAY all over again. Thanks for your hard work! I recommend PTE to people all the time!

  7. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your app and use both the phone and desktop versions. I really miss the option for the recipe to rotate with the screen on my phone. I prefer to look at many of them sideways (landscape) when I am cooking. What are the chances of getting that functionality back?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Christine, we have landscape mode enabled for tablets at the moment. I will add your request to our developer’s request list so they can review it! Thanks!

  8. I’ve been with you guys from the first year, I think. But I shut down and couldn’t read another word on seeing the evening meal referred to as supper. It’s simply not used ever by a majority of the US. In addition, it comes with derogatory connotations.

    Is there an option within an account to change that to dinner?

    1. Hi Melissa! Thanks for being such a long-time customer. We have this request on our internal to-do list and when we launch it, we will let everyone know with an email/blog similar to this. Thanks for your feedback!

  9. Great changes, thank you for an awesome menu and meal planning service! I love that I can use this for edible recipes, but I also use it for other ‘recipes’ like my DIY cosmetics and cleaners. The format is so nice and helps me to stay organized and easily share my personal recipes with friends. The freezer option has been pretty cool too. I started also using it for “pantry” items like oats, non-dairy milk, and other ingredients that I regularly buy and use. I can hardly wait to try out the new spreadsheet view!

    1. Hey Donna, while we don’t have this integration currently, I will add the request to our internal feature request list! Thanks for the feedback!

  10. The changes look great! Can I also suggest a new future feature for recipe suggestion?

    I have been thniking about this for a while, but I would like something that recognizes that I planned a recipe with an unusual ingredient lately and suggests ways to use up the rest. For example, if I plan something with feta, show other recipes that would use feta in the coming week. Or if I buy green onions, some other recipes I haven’t made lately using green onions.

    1. Hey Jac, thanks for reaching out! I can certainly add this to our internal request list! A recommendation I have for you right now it to use our “with ingredients” search filter. This filter allows you to add ingredients you have on hand and find recipes that fit those items. It’s perfect for ingredients you don’t normally use but buy for a specific recipe. If you have questions about this contact us at help@plantoeat.com. Thanks!

  11. All the changes look great! I am looking forward to utilizing the new features!.
    Something I would like to see in the future if it is possible is a way to keep a pantry list. When I created my shopping list (which I love about this) I take my list to my fridge, freezers and pantry remove what I have and shorten my list. If I could keep my pantry here in the program and as I look through my list am able to see it in the pantry rather than running around the house this would cut my time even more. Thanks

    1. Hi Andrea! We currently recommend using the Staples list for an inventory system in PTE. You can create custom “stores” for Fridge, Freezer, and Pantry staples and fill them up with what you have on-hand. When you run out of anything, those items can be easily moved onto your Shopping List and then you won’t forget to purchase them when you’re shopping. If you’d like more info, email us at help@plantoeat.com

  12. I am unable to get the spreadsheet view of my recipes.
    Also, when I choose “shop” my grocery list is a list of instructions for the recipes, not the things needed to prepare and shop for. Is this something I’m doing wrong, or is this a glitch in my program?

  13. Very nice updates! Thank you 🙂

    Please consider handling “common” ingredients better – water, salt, pepper, oil, etc. It would be nice to be able to block them from appearing in the shopping list.

    1. Hey Rodi! One option that you have, is to move these unwanted items to a new store that you can create on your list. For example, you can call this list “Kitchen Items” and move pepper, water, salt, etc. over to that list. When you do this, those items will move to that store automatically the next time they are planned and can help you clear out some unwanted staples from your list. If you have questions, email us at help@plantoeat.com

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