12 Sep
There’s Life on Cooking Planit

I’m a terrible cook. It’s true. And not “terrible” in the “this needs more salt” kind of way; “terrible” in the “mommy’s going to the Emergency Room again” kind of way. Cooking’s just not for me.

But because I have a husband and two kids who like to eat food upon occasion, it would be kind of nice if cooking was for me. In fact, I’ve long wondered if I’d cook more often if I felt more confident putting meals together. Meals that actually turn out and don’t prompt the response of, “Can we just have vitamins and water for dinner instead of this grody black stuff, mommy?”

Which is why I said “yes, please” when CookingPlanit asked me to try their new app. CookingPlanit works as a meal planner and recipe organizer, but it also gives fabulous step-by-step instructions on prepping and cooking your meals so everything is done at the same time. I know, what a concept.

I downloaded the CookingPlanit app on my iPhone, then looked through all of their meal recipes. (Unlike most cooking websites, they don’t have an overwhelming amount, which I appreciated.) You can either choose a complete meal or combine various entrees and side dishes, then Cooking Planit will generate a grocery list that can be printed or kept on your iPhone or iPad.

Then, once you’re ready to start cooking, Cooking Planit gives you step-by-step, timed instructions that are voice activated so you don’t have to touch your iPhone or iPad with “meatball hands.” For my first meal, I picked Zesty Chicken, which was comprised of Sautéed Chicken Tenders with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce, Grilled Crostini and Sautéed Garlic Spinach. And, despite doing a few dumb things like dropping a knife on my foot and starting a small fire, the food was all done at the same time and tasted amazing. My husband said it was the best thing I’ve ever cooked, which is saying a lot after being married for 20 years.

Here’s what the step-by-step looks like with the start and finish times:

A couple of nights later, I made blue cheese steak, roasted green beans and a Bibb lettuce salad and even made my own dressing. That’s HUGE for me. Here’s a picture as proof:

It was really, really good and I’m still amazed I was able to do it. Cooking Planit has many more features and benefits that I can’t possibly detail here, so please take a look at their website and/or this video.

Cooking Planit is free on your desktop, but it works best with the app that you can purchase for your iPhone or iPad at the Apple store. (Droid coming soon.) And guess what? The first five commenters on this post, get the app for free! So comment! Then get yourself in the kitchen and start cooking!

I was not compensated for this post.

 

 

9 Responses to “There’s Life on Cooking Planit”

09.12.12#1

Comment by irlmumof2.

Woo hoo! Hope I make the top 5 😉 I’m an ok cook, just have difficulty making it all come out at the same time.

09.12.12#2

Comment by Andi.

I NEED THIS! Dinner always takes about an hour longer than I anticipate. I need to start serving dinner at a reasonable hour.

09.12.12#3

Comment by Marissa.

Sounds awesome! Just tonight I served ice cold potatoes that were done almost an hour before the rest of the meal. I am also pretty sure my husband will run away if I prepare any more “new” recipes that are any more versions of pasta with red sauce…

09.12.12#4

Comment by Louise.

Ahh that app sounds amazing!

09.12.12#5

Comment by Julie brink.

Inwould love this app!

09.12.12#6

Comment by BestofSeven.

Sign me up! Baking I can do. Cooking – not so much.

09.12.12#7

Comment by Amy.

#7! I was so close… Sounds VERY cool.

09.12.12#8

Comment by dusty earth mother.

#8. Sigh. I would have loved this. Voice-activated prompts? Who are these geniuses?!

03.21.13#9

Comment by Hey Hey Hey, It's A Cooking PlanIt Spice Giveaway! | The Mouthy Housewives.

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