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My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals. However, I’m all about the lazy, so I’m always looking for shortcuts to deliciousness - cue Real Plans. If you're like me and need a digital kitchen fairy to help keep dinner on track, Real Plans just might be your saving grace!

—Michelle Tam, Nom Nom Paleo

Ok, here’s the scoop:

A little while back, I happened to meet Antony and Emily at a party down in Los Angeles, and learned about Real Plans for the first time. The three of us immediately hit it off—not just because we share a similar sense of humor and passion for real food, but also because we each run family businesses committed to helping folks get off their butts and actually cook in the kitchen. When Antony and Emily shared with me that they’d been obsessively refining an insanely powerful and dynamic meal planner, I couldn’t wait to check it out.

Many of my longtime readers (perhaps even you) have been asking us for a meal planner for eons, but we never had the bandwidth or technical know-how to pull off a truly awesome one. Plus, I’ve always been reluctant to form partnerships with meal planning services, because until now, nothing has wowed me. I have a strict policy of recommending only those products I truly love and use myself. But with Real Plans, Antony and Emily developed something that blew my socks off.

Seriously: watch this video if you don’t believe me, and see Real Plans in action.

1 Plan

Save time planning with customized meal plans based on your diet, family size, and schedule. You can always adjust your plan more - the end result - a weekly plan of what to eat that is perfect for you.

2 Shop

Save money shopping with efficient aisle-based shopping lists that you can print or check off on your phone. Or get all your groceries delivered with our easy Instacart integration!

3 Cook

Nix bad attitudes at meal time, by feeding your family with nourishing, home cooked food. No matter your cooking skill level, our recipes are easy to follow and darn delicious.

Real Plans also includes easy Instacart integration so you can get your groceries delivered and save even more time.

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Let’s face it: cooking healthy dinners on a consistent basis is tough.

We all know we should do it—and we want to do it—but it’s not always easy to pull off in the real world. It takes commitment, diligence, and planning—and who has time for that? In our household, with two working parents and a couple of rambunctious kiddos, the struggle is real, people.

Sadly, as my regular readers know, I’m terrible at meal planning. Ad hoc cooking is much more my style—which is great when I have a fully-stocked fridge and all the time in the world.
Which, unfortunately, is never.

Over the years, I’ve tried a bunch of different meal planning tools—from Paleo meal plans in cookbooks to static PDF worksheets that I’ve grabbed online. But I found that none of ’em gave me the flexibility I need to adjust on-the-go: to swap out ingredients that I don’t (or can’t) eat, discard dishes I don’t like, or pick recipes based on the stuff I actually have in my house. In the end, these meal plans were just someone else’s rigid and unyielding idea of what I should make and eat.

But then I found Real Plans. And suddenly, meal planning has become not just doable, but easy, flexible, and life-changing.

Real Plans is a crazy-awesome meal planner that’s helped us plan, make, and enjoy home-cooked meals every night—all without the stress and panic that used to accompany my desperate nightly scramble to get food on the table.
No, Real Plans isn’t free, but it’s well worth it—and I’m not saying this just ’cause I’m a partner and affiliate of Real Plans. Subscriptions start at $7 a month and you won’t just be getting a meal plan.
You’re also getting a carefully thought-out (and totally dynamic) timeline and shopping list. The timeline changes with each recipe you add or delete, and tells you when to thaw/soak/prep ingredients and any other tips and tricks you need to know about preparing each dish.
The shopping list also changes as you modify your plan, and you can add anything else you might need to buy (like paper towels or beef jerky). You can then either print your list, email it, or use the handy Real Plans app to check off everything as you put it in your cart at grocery store. AND if you don’t feel like going out, you can now have all your ingredients delivered by Instacart with a few clicks!

The meal planner itself comes with over 1500 fool-proof real food recipes (including over 300 of mine, too—if you add the optional Nom Nom Paleo package for $1 a month), all carefully tested in the Real Plans kitchens. Plus, if you want nutrition information for any recipe—that’s included too!
Attention, control freaks: another way to use Real Plans is simply to clear the entire week and pick your own entrées and sides from the Recipe Box! You can easily find a recipe to suit any occasion or taste using the clever filtering system.
When it comes to meal planning, it doesn’t get any easier for Paleo eaters—or those of us with even more restrictive diets due to allergies or other health concerns. Real Plans allows you to exclude whole food groups (like shellfish or nightshades), and gives you the option to exclude specific ingredients, too. And then…PRESTO! You’re presented with a complete meal plan—totally customized according to your specific dietary preferences and schedule of how often you realistically want to cook. (Update: There’s now a filter for AIP recipes as well!)
Of course, if you’re happy cooking by the seat of your pants, just keep on rockin’ it. But if you’re like me, and need a digital kitchen fairy to help keep dinner on track, Real Plans just might be your saving grace!