FOR PICKY FAM­I­LIES

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Plate­joy

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Cost: Plans be­gin at $8 a month, with a 10-day free trial.

About: Plagued by picky eaters? Count­ing calo­ries? Just want to get a bal­anced meal on the ta­ble? Plate­joy has you cov­ered, thanks to its in-depth sur­vey that asks about ev­ery­thing from food pref­er­ences and al­ler­gies to weight-loss goals and even the types of places you shop. (The recipes vary de­pend­ing on whether your reg­u­lar gro­cery store is, say, Whole Foods or Kroger.) Based on the re­sults, and the size of your fam­ily, the app gen­er­ates recipes for break­fast, lunch, din­ner, snacks or desserts, or all five, as well as a shop­pable gro­cery list. It even re­mem­bers what you’ve al­ready got in your pantry. And the list can be synced to In­stacart, so you can have the in­gre­di­ents de­liv­ered to your door. There’s a nutritionist avail­able via chat and email too.

“I con­sider my­self a pretty good cook, so the recipes don’t de­part much from what I can al­ready make on a weeknight. But as a com­mut­ing mom of a busy tod­dler, I did find Plate­joy help­ful in be­ing more aware of calo­rie counts and

nu­tri­tion facts. I also ap­pre­ci­ated that Plate­joy cre­ates recipes based on in-sea­son in­gre­di­ents. My daugh­ter isn’t a picky eater, and I found her able to eas­ily share the meal op­tions we were given, but some of the recipes (like a honey-glazed salmon with av­o­cado kale salad) might need to be de­con­structed to ap­peal to young eaters.” —Pa­tri­cia Rap­pa­port, com­mu­ni­ca­tions ex­ec­u­tive, Westch­ester, NY

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