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05 October 2005 @ 02:05 pm
 
I'd like software that lets me:

-input recipes
-randomly generate a week's menu from them
-print a shopping list for that menu.

Anyone ever found something like that?
 
 
 
purplemusicpurplemusic on October 5th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)
I use all recipies just like this. I imput my recipe, add it to my "box" and make my shopping list. It's free, and fairly secure as it's not on my hard drive.
Blooming in the dark: File under Dknitmeapony on October 5th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
It doesn't let you randomly generate a menu, though, does it?
purplemusicpurplemusic on October 5th, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC)
No, not randomly. But I'd much rather just pick my meals.
see me down to the edge of the wildfaecat on October 5th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
(hi!)

I think the part where everything I've ever seen is going to break down in your preferred process is the randomly generating part. By "a week's menu" are you meaning all meals, or dinners only, or..?

My non-techy solution to the "randomly generating" part: a D&D-esque D20 roll chart on my fridge of main dishes, side dishes and veggies. *facepalm*
Blooming in the darkknitmeapony on October 5th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
(hey hey!)

I'm basically looking for a replacement for eDiets.

I really don't care for any of their meal plans, but I love how on Sunday with one click I generate every meal for a week, and have a shopping list for those meals.
see me down to the edge of the wildfaecat on October 5th, 2005 06:43 pm (UTC)
And you can't put in customized recipes? Hm. *ponder*
Blooming in the darkknitmeapony on October 5th, 2005 06:44 pm (UTC)
Nope, it's an online database that they draw from.
Keep it light enough to travel.christychristy on October 5th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm. That would be lovely. And it might be extra nifty if the ingredients in recipes could act as tags and if you wanted, the software/service, could generate weekly menus that are not totally random, but which instead try to use some overlapping ingredients (i.e. recipes that share some of the same tags). So that you don't end up with, say, half an avocado rotting in the fridge.
Blooming in the darkknitmeapony on October 5th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would be fab!
Keep it light enough to travel.christychristy on October 5th, 2005 06:52 pm (UTC)
And of course you could share other users recipes too. Hmm. A Hip Domestics Start-up?
Little Apple Blossom: LJnofriendsmeldawen on October 5th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)
Might I suggest menumailer? Savingdinner.com. You don't pick the meals yourself, but Leanne (the lady who runs it) picks out a dinner for 6 nights, based on which mailer you subscribe to (vegetarian, menu for two, low carb, etc), and e-mails them to you. This includes your menu list and a shopping list showing everything you need! It's really a great service if you use it (I don't cook often enough, but I have tons of recipes saved up from this). She also has a book, with the same premise (same name too).
Blooming in the darkknitmeapony on October 5th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
I want to pick my menu, though.
ehy2kehy2k on October 5th, 2005 11:21 pm (UTC)
If anyone figures something out, PLEASE POST IT! This would be so amazing to have!
halcyon_n_onhalcyon_n_on on October 6th, 2005 12:35 am (UTC)
Blooming in the darkknitmeapony on October 6th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC)
None of those seem to allow you to make a one-click menu... like after the recipes are all put in you click and it randomly assigns a breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal to each day of the week.
halcyon_n_onhalcyon_n_on on October 6th, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
Blooming in the darkknitmeapony on October 6th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
Genius. This looks VERY promising. I'll report back in the group if it works well -- thank you!!
Blooming in the darkknitmeapony on October 6th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
The demo convinced me within about eight seconds this is exactly what I need.

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