Today we released a new way of building meal plans as a beta feature. You can enable this feature by navigating to Settings, Preferences, and selecting Advanced under the heading Meal Planner. Here’s what this looks like:
The next time you build a new meal plan you’ll be using the new advanced builder!
Why we released this
The regular meal plan builder (where we suggest recipes and you ‘swipe’ for new options) was designed to be a simple way of building meal plans. However, we’ve been receiving feedback that you want more control over your meal plans, and that having to ‘swipe’ through many recipes isn’t always easy.
Many of you have asked for a search option, so you can find recipes that your friends and family have recommended. You’ve also said that it would be simpler to see a full list of eligible recipes, and have the ability to select and scroll through all of them.
We’ve made this possible with the new builder. You can now easily view all eligible recipes (depending on your eating preferences) and add whichever ones you wish. You can also search for recipes, though right now only the recipe name is indexed in search - you can’t (yet) search for ingredients within recipes.
We need your help
We’d love to compile your feedback here, so you can let us know what’s good about this new builder, what’s bad, and what can be improved. Please note that this is the first version and we have many ideas for future improvements. For how, however, please consider the following questions:
1. How does the new builder feel compared to the old builder?
Do you find it easier to use? Harder? More or less stressful? What are your first thoughts?
2. Customization (i.e., making a feature more powerful) and ease of use (i.e., making a feature simple to use) are competing objectives, and it’s tough to find the right balance.
Considering this and the tradeoffs we all have to make, is there a clear winner here?
3. What additional features would make this builder much more valuable for you?
Please think hard about this one - every additional feature introduces complexity to the app. You’ve told us (again and again) that Mealime is valuable because of how easy it is to use, and how it makes a hard problem (meal planning and eating better) much less stressful in your day to day life. Considering this, what additional advanced meal plan builder features are must haves, and which ones are nice to haves?
All other feedback is welcome. We’re excited to make Mealime better at serving your needs, and your feedback is extremely valuable. Thanks for taking the time to help us out