By Sonia Verma
Wanted: one grownup to plan the family meals and methodically put every ingredient on a grocery list. Successful candidate will also do the shopping, so we don’t have to trawl every store aisle with overheated children whining or throwing produce.
Maybe you’re not a huge spender on clothes or big-ticket items or luxury goods. But food, everyone needs food, right? And you don’t always have the time – or inclination – to plan a week ahead. But when the nickel-and-dime of a few takeout meals and a few aimless grocery trips adds up, the well-planned weekly Big Shop that your type-A sibling/friend/neighbour does starts to look kind of sexy.
Well, just in time for holiday dinner savings, there’s an app with your name on it, along with a chance to win free groceries.
Toronto-based Meal Garden wants to help with the daunting task of keeping your household fed. The company’s new app has a shareable recipe database and customizable meal planner, as well as an integrated grocery list that lets you order ingredients online from a nearby store. Users can opt for grocery delivery or a bagged and ready pickup.
If that sounds like a lot of heavy lifting for one small app, Meal Garden breaks it down into steps for new users. Check out their user-friendly guide here and tell them what you think; you could win $100 of groceries in time for the holidays. Just follow the blue dot and click on it wherever it stops as it guides you through planning a week – or a lifetime's – healthy, simple meals. Don't forget to click "I'll share my thoughts now."
The app, scheduled for release in the new year, also remembers your preferences, tracks your nutrition and spending, and integrates with devices such as FitBit and IHealth. And for those days when you simply cannot cook, it offers a slew of takeout menus from nearby eateries, searchable by cuisine, proximity and name.
momstown readers get an exclusive preview and the chance to win a $100 in groceries here.
This post was sponsored by Meal Garden.