FOR FAST DINNERS
Cost: Free, with optional in-app purchases About: No mom wants to face down hangry kids after work, which is why all of Mealime’s recipes take about 30 minutes from turning on the stove to getting plates on the table. Recipe ideas are divided into broad categories (classic, gluten-free, vegetarian, lowcarb) and account for any allergy info. You get a recipe and grocery list for the number of meals specified per week, as well as the number of people you want to prep for—so if you like leftovers for lunch, just double the number of people you’re cooking for to get the right ratios. Recipes, which include options for sides, tend to be crowd-pleasing favorites, such as chicken quesadillas and steak and mashed sweet potatoes, but there are a few unique twists—think cauliflower and chickpea couscous for your next Meatless Monday.
“I chose a low-carb option because my husband and I are trying to eat more healthfully, and
I figured I could just throw in a side of noodles or rice for our 6-yearold daughter. I got an extensive selection of menus. Each option included the main protein, along with a veggie side or two. We really liked the pork chops with sauteed carrots and cauliflower mash, and grilled steak with a tomato, corn and avocado salad. Both dishes were yummy—and simple, which meant my grocery list was short. I also like the
way the app organizes recipes. The ingredients are listed right next to the instructions at each step of the recipe, so I didn’t need to scroll back to the master list of ingredients and then back to the instructions.”