Tired of getting to 5pm without knowing what to cook for the family? Made a last minute decision on the meal only to discover you are missing most of the ingredients?

PlanBuyCook is meal planning made simple using our no-fuss app. It makes planning, shopping for and cooking your meals easy.

Whether you are a household of 1 or 10, this is the meal planning app to get dinner done easily.

PlanBuyCook is available for iPhone and iPad.

PlanBuyCook offers a real life meal planner: use any of our 130 recipes or write your own favourites. You can also schedule in events such as eating out or takeaway – just like you plan your meals in real life.

The PlanBuyCook app automatically scales main meals to match your household size, from 1 to 10 serves for every main meal recipe.

Write your own recipes and the ingredients will automatically be added to the shopping list and aggregated along with any PlanBuyCook recipe ingredients you choose. The PlanBuyCook app will automatically scale your recipes to your household size, or locks the scaling for desserts or recipes you do not wish to scale. AirDrop your own recipes to other PlanBuyCook users.

Switch between metric and imperial measurements, and the app will automatically switch to match AU/UK or USA/Canada ingredient names.

The PlanBuyCook smart shopping list includes all meal ingredients plus you can add in everyday items which are automatically sorted into grocery section. Mark off items you already have in your refrigerator or pantry, or edit amounts of each ingredient. When using the iPad version, send the shopping list to your smart phone or someone else's, and tick off the items as you do your shopping. On your iPhone simply tap each item as you walk through the supermarket.

We have also included more than 130 everyday PlanBuyCook dinner, breakfast and snack recipes for you to try using ingredients available in the supermarket.

• Scale meals (1 to 10 serves)
• 130+ everyday recipes
• Add your own recipes
• Plan up to 3 meals a day
• Choose metric or imperial measurements and ingredient names
• Real life planner integrated with your calendar. Share your calendar between household members
• All freezable meals marked to allow you to double each meal and freeze half for later weeks
• Share recipes between PlanBuyCook users via AirDrop
• Print and email recipes
• Smart shopping list available on your phone
• Built in timers
• Support from

At we provide weekly suggested meal plans, helpful planning and cooking tips, extra recipes and kitchen basics such as how-to videos to help you find economical ways to feed your household and save time in the kitchen. We also have our FREE Dinner Done Challenge to teach you all how to meal plan over one month.

No more "What’s for dinner?" Plan your meals, shop once, cook simply – dinner done.

What's New

Version 2.3.4

Minor adjustments to recipe database.
Corrected image anomaly.

Customer Reviews

2.8 out of 5

30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Could do with more work

This app has potential but it needs more work and bug fixes. I would like to see it sync over a cloud so you can share the receipts over multiple devices. Inputting recipes should be a lot easier, at the moment the choosing an ingredient on the iPad app is frustrating, plus for some reason as I’m entering the method the lettering comes up bold when I didn’t request it to be, infact it doesn’t give you that option so it stumps me at how it does. I would like to see importing a recipe from a pdf (for example). Felt a little ripped of that you pay money for about 15 recipes, I get more from free apps. This needs a lot of work if you want to people to pay for it.

Developer Response

Thanks for your review. We are always looking to improve our app. You can share your own recipes between iOS devices via AirDrop. There are 130 recipes on the app from a variety of cuisines that can be scaled to match your household size from 1 to 10 serves, and any recipes you add can also be scaled.



This app gives me a great variety of meals so I dont need to put all my energy into thinking what meal is next. I can plan the weeks meals and shop once at the start of the week. I like how all the ingredients for the week's plan is converted into a list and how it calculates quanities needed. Love it for the convienience and would recommend this to any busy dad cooking for the family with very little time.

Great app

We got this for the scaling feature for our large family and being able to send the compiled shopping list. The fact we like a whole bunch of the recipes is a real bonus, it is our kind of food. We are more organised are eating better. For the price of a Schooner or beer - well worth it.


116.5 MB
Food & Drink
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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