*PLEASE NOTE these features are currently only available on the mobile app, however please stay tuned as we're bringing them to the site very soon!*
The weekly planner will give priority to using up your pantry foods to reduce waste, especially if you select "Groceries" as your generator focus in the Settings.**
What if you want to just fill up the Pantry with what you own, and generate meal suggestions based on that?
We don't have the ability to generate a full week with just your pantry yet (the chances of finding a bunch of recipes that fit your pantry and your nutrition targets and your meal preferences is very low, and too difficult for our algorithms at the moment).
However! We do have a couple of things you can try to help:
1. On the mobile app, tap on the 3-dot menu button next to a meal in your day and select the "List Alternatives" option:
From this next screen, you can toggle on the "Favor Pantry Foods" button to have some meal options shown to you (if applicable) that use some/all pantry foods you should have on hand:
To make the pantry meal suggestions work best, make sure you fill up your pantry using foods from our "Foods" (USDA) section of the database. Most of our recipes are made up of ingredients from these USDA foods, so if you want to find a good number of recipes that has overlap with your pantry, use those found in the "Foods" section.
2. The second thing you can try if you want total control of what the planner recommends is the Recurring Foods feature. Find the foods and recipes you want in the Food Search, then add them as "recurring foods" that recur "often" to your Recurring Foods lists. Then, if you check off the checkbox for those meals that says "Only use recurring foods for this meal" this will force the generator to use only the small subset of foods you already own when creating your plans.
** During testing, we've found the planner to be 80%-90% efficient with using up groceries when you let the planner handle most of the generating. The average American is about 70% efficient with grocery usage, or if you're anything like me, much much worse than 70%.