FOR PICKY FAMILIES
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