We launched multiple updates last week but did not communicate the changes in a timely manner. We know the changes were a surprise to many of you and we want to take a moment to apologize for that. In the future, we will be more clear when a change is made and we have put a plan in place to do this.  Thank you for being such amazing customers!

Bulk Editing Recipes: Our most popularly requested feature is now live on the Plan to Eat Website!  

Bulk Editing allows you to select multiple recipes and make changes to the entire selected group all at once! Currently, you can bulk edit:

  • Course
  • Cuisine
  • Main Ingredient
  • Tags 

(Additional bulk changes like Time, Rating and Private are all coming at a later date.)

Here’s how it works:

To get started, open your recipe book at plantoeat.com/recipes. On the My Recipes page, you can now use the bulk editing options from the Grid View or Table View. If you are using the Table View you can start selecting recipes you want to edit and the actions menu will appear at the top of your screen. If you are using the Grid view, you’ll need to click the Select button to enable the recipes selection mode. Once you have selected recipes you want to update, click on Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient, or Tags to begin making bulk changes to the recipes you selected.

This help article will share exactly how to start bulk editing your own Recipe Book. We cannot wait for you to try it out. 

Improved recipe category management for courses, cuisines, main ingredients and tags.

We also improved category selection for individual recipes by adding the ability to select recipe categories in the existing manage category modal. This change allows you to select multiple tags for your recipe at one time, instead of having to select/add one tag at a time. 

When the manage category modal opens, you can quickly search for recipe categories by typing any part of the category name. Then use the check boxes to select a category and click Save Changes when you are done.

You can also rename and delete your existing categories, or create a new category, all in the same modal.

These changes also apply to the Recipe Clipper bookmarklet, so you can easily select and manage your recipes categories inside the recipe clipper window! As always, make sure to save the draft recipe you just imported before closing the recipe clipper window!

The Shopping List also received a few updates to streamline the way selecting items appears across Plan to Eat. You’ll notice that a more minimalistic action menu appears at the top of the Shopping List when you select items, very similar to when you select recipes. 

Oh, and by the way… you may also notice that when you select shopping list items, you can now select a new Grocery Delivery option! We are currently testing this feature, so please try it out and let us know what you think!

Leftovers

We launched a Leftovers feature in the app several months ago and we are excited to now have a Leftovers feature on the desktop site! 

You no longer need to use a workaround to plan your leftovers! Simply click on a planned recipe to access the “plan as leftover” button. This will automatically duplicate the recipe with 0 servings (so additional ingredients are not added to your Shopping List) and you can drag that leftover recipe to the date when you plan to eat the meal a second time.

We’re very excited to launch these frequently requested features! We hope they make your meal planning even more efficient! 

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  1. I love that you have added the leftovers feature…although we don’t usually have enough of one meal to typically have one leftover for leftovernight.

  2. I have a request for the shopping list. For each of the categories (e.g., Salt, Oil) could you have a way to select all in the category (e.g., a checkbox next to the category name), so that I can delete all of those in a single operation? I have salt, oil, flour, onions, etc, and having to delete them 6 or 7 times because they are used in multiple recipes is my biggest annoyance with the shopping list. Oh, and thanks for the leftovers feature. I will definitely use that. (and I missed it in the list, till I read this article.

    1. Hi Robin! You can tap the shift key and click on the first item you want to remove and then the last. It will select all of the items in-between and allow you to remove the group of items. Email us at help@plantoeat.com if you have any issues! So glad you are excited about the leftovers feature!

  3. I LOVE the leftovers feature. I take my lunch to work, so it is now so easy to plan a recipe for dinner and have the leftovers be lunch the next day genius!

  4. I am SO excited about the Leftover feature!! Wow! I’ve been a Plan to Eat subscriber for about 7 years. Regardless of whether I have “fallen off the meal planning wagon” I continue to refer to my Plan to Eat recipe base when I’m cooking for my family. It has been such a blessing and I’m so proud of your growth and expansion over the years. Kudos!!

  5. Woo Hoo. That leftover button is going to be great. I don’t use the app too much for planning, but this will be great on the desktop. thank you for listening to all our requests. Great app, great people!

  6. More reasons for me to love your App! Thanks for always looking for ways to improve an already great service. Plan to Eat is the only system I’ve used consistently over the years.

  7. HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!
    I am SO happy to have the grocery delivery option!!!!!! I will check that out next week!! Thank you ! Thank you! thank you! now all i want for meal planning is in one place!!!

  8. Great stuff thanks.

    Hey what about Alexa …. can you enable PTE to work with Alexa, to add items to the PTE shopping list?

  9. This program is the best out there and I love your new changes! It just keeps getting better and better. My husband is happy! I cook more! I have been using it for a year and just renewed my subscription. Please don’t go away! 🙂

  10. Hello, my request would be to add a random generator. Something like “dinner spinner” from the All Recipes app. For example, it would just show me a random list of my own dinner recipes. So I can find inspiration when I don’t know what I want to cook.

    Thanks!

  11. I would love for these two options: The ability to scan a barcode to add an item to your grocery list when you run out. Also, when you are in the cooking view, I would love to see a box (like a + sign or an Add button) next to each ingredient. When you tap that button, it automatically adds that ingredient to your shopping list when you run out while cooking. Thanks! 🙂

  12. Your new leftover feature no longer lets me resize a recipe to .5 of its original. It automatically codes it as leftovers and changes the ingredient list to zero, instead of turning it from 1 to .5. This is important because a lot of my sauces and dressings import as one serving despite being enough for an army, and I like to halve a lot of them.

    1. Hi Erica,

      If a recipe is in the planner with a serving size of less than one (.5), the planner will automatically designate it as a leftover.

      You will need to adjust the original recipe to the correct serving sizes and then plan it with a whole number of servings. This can easily be done by adjusting the original serving size to then allow for a smaller scaled size. Allowing for fractional serving sizes in the planner is not something we can do currently.

  13. Squealed and called all my friends who I have been trying to convert to using PTE! Adding The ability to load my list directly to Walmart, even if I don’t actually do delivery or pick up has been the most exciting thing since I discovered how easy meal planning is with Plan to Eat!

  14. The new grocery delivery feature is amazing!!!! I tried it out this morning and what a huge timesaver it will be for me. I have been having my groceries delivered for a couple years and I am amazed at how seamlessly plantoeat worked with Instacart. Thank you so much!

  15. Love this application! I especially love the Recipe Clipper. I started having an issue with the Clipper today after my laptop ran its update (and updated Chrome). Is there a glitch using the Clipper with the new version of Chrome?

    Keep up the great work!

  16. Unfortunately, this update has labeled *all* of my past, present and future planned meals as leftovers, and things are not showing up on my shopping list. How can I fix this?

    1. Hey Katherine,
      Please reload your page and see if you see your recipes planned correctly without the leftover note.
      If that does not work, please clear your browser’s cache.
      If neither of those things resolve it, please email us at help@plantoeat.com
      Thanks!

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