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Mealime

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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.”

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