How to Take Charge of Your Unruly Shopping List: A Foodie App Worth a Spin

Unruly Shopping List: A Foodie App Worth a Spin

There are plenty of foodie apps out there but there is nothing quite like Spinning Meals.  The big idea behind it is that it generates your meal plan and shopping list based on your favorite recipes, then it allows you to plan your weekly meal schedule around your preferences. Pretty cool stuff!

I happen to know the guy behind this app, Ryan Smith. I had an opportunity to beta it prior to its release and find it invaluable for planning weekly meals. Marc does most of the cooking in the house and he likes to wing it for the most part, but I use this app to plan my breakfast and brown bag lunches and it is quite a timesaver.

Here is how it works. The app comes pre-loaded with a handful of recipes. You can start with these or download your own favorites from sites like Epicurious, AllRecipes, and BigOven! Then, here comes the cool part. Once you capture your recipes, you take the app for a spin (no pun intended). The concept is similar to shaking your iphone to randomize results like Urbanspoon or other comparable apps. Once the spin is complete, it randomizes your recipes into a weekly meal plan.

From there you can customize and change out meals if needed, then the shopping list is automatically populated and categorized into a shopping list, sorted by department—by baked goods, dairy, meats, etc. Other features that set this app apart is its ability to organize meals by category, prep time and seasons, group recipes into meals, and build meal plans manually if you prefer.

Overall, the app is easy to use and the learning curve is low.  It takes a little time to set up your preferred recipe list, but this app makes it fun to find and save recipes. Once you get this step out of the way, you are ready to rock-n-roll—no more manual shopping lists, or the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” And what’s cool is that Ryan continuously adds new features so the app frequently improves on functionality.

This handy app is perfect for busy families or anyone wanting to simplify their life—it is an easy and fun way to plan meals. So if you are looking for an app to make meal planning and grocery shopping easier, this time saving app will pay for itself in the first week. It is well worth the $2.99 investment and it is available for download here. Take it for a spin and check out the quick how-to video over on his site.

How would you like a chance to win a copy of the iPhone app Spinning Meals? We’re giving away FIVE redemption codes to download the app for free!  Simply comment on this post and on Monday, May 7, we will randomly select five winners who will receive a redemption code via email!! All comments will be eligible to win!!

*Disclosure: I consider the creator of this app a friend, and I received the beta version for testing purposes. When the full version was available, I purchased it because I believed in the product. I paid $2.99 and considered it a bargain. I have no affiliation with Spinning Meals and I have not been compensated whatsoever for promoting this product. I simply believe it’s a great app that many will enjoy.


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Greg April 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM - Reply

    Count me sounds like a great app.

    • enobytes April 30, 2012 at 8:49 PM - Reply

      Best of luck Greg! Your name is in the hat!

  2. Sara M April 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM - Reply

    I could use an app like this! I would love to win a copy.

    • enobytes April 30, 2012 at 8:49 PM - Reply

      Good luck Sara!

  3. grapes of wrath April 30, 2012 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    Sign me up for any app that can make my life easier.

    • enobytes April 30, 2012 at 8:50 PM - Reply

      I’m all for easy too. Good luck!

  4. Cynthia April 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM - Reply

    With my busy schedule I could certainly use an app like this. Please sign me up.

    • enobytes April 30, 2012 at 8:50 PM - Reply

      You got it Cynthia! Best of luck…

  5. Jen April 30, 2012 at 9:48 PM - Reply

    Looks like an app I can easily benefit from!

    • enobytes May 1, 2012 at 6:27 AM - Reply

      Good luck Jen!

  6. ficklefreek May 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    Sign me up! Sounds like a great app worth downloading.

    • enobytes May 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM - Reply

      You got it ficklefreek! Best of luck..

  7. Janice May 3, 2012 at 8:39 PM - Reply

    I’m interested in this app. Put my name in the hat.

  8. Jennifer May 4, 2012 at 3:28 PM - Reply

    I can’t wait so I’ll just buy it :)

  9. enobytes May 8, 2012 at 6:13 PM - Reply

    congrats to the winners!

    You will receive an email with a promo code to download the app:

    grapes of wrath

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