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This Meal Planning App Low-Key Changed My Life

Perfect for people trying to eat healthy, picky eaters, people with food restrictions or allergies, and pretty much anyone who wants to make their life easier.

As a recovering Seamless addict, I'm always looking for ways to make cooking for myself easier. Like, a lot easier.

In short, Mealime is a free app that claims to make "meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking as simple as getting takeout." And folks, nothing is as simple as getting takeout, but this is as close as it's going to get.

I want to put it out there that they're not paying me to say this — I just really love this app. But anyway, basically, you create a profile, input your food restrictions and preferences, choose a week of meals from a curated list of recipes, and get a grocery list for the week. And if you really, truly hate grocery shopping, you can import that grocery list straight into your Amazon Fresh or Instacart and have it all delivered to your door.

It takes, like, five minutes total. And then yes, you still have to cook the food, but still.

(If you're already sold, you can get it for free for iOs and Android.)

But let's back up so I can show you how it works in practice, since it's so satisfying. First, you input your menu preference (including things like Keto and Paleo) and allergies and restrictions.

And for all you picky eaters out there, you can make a list of stuff you straight up don't like and don't want to eat.

Once all that's done, you get a big ol' list of recipe options to choose from.

And then, voilà! You have your meal plan and grocery list.

This, btw, is all with a free basic account. With a paid pro account ($5.99/month or $49.99/year), you have access to more recipes and features, but they're not must-haves for me.

The biggest thing that a pro account has that the basic doesn't is detailed nutrition information. But as someone who just wants to focus on eating less processed food and not counting exact calories/fat/carbs/etc., that's not a deal-breaker for me. In fact, it's actually really helpful — especially for anyone with a history of disordered eating or eating disorders.

Also cool: You can view the recipes on a computer or tablet, too, so you don't have to squint at your phone while you're actually cooking.

And that's pretty much it! Tbh, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't spread the word, so please, go cook yourself something delicious and enjoy.

As we head into the new year, we're talking about all the ways to make your life and the world around you a little bit better. Read more Do Better 2019 content here.