BigOven Launches Menu Planning Calendar for Home Cooks

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Just in time for the busy holiday cooking season, BigOven’s unique drag-and-drop Menu Planner on the iPad and web saves families time and money.

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All busy parents should use this!

BigOven ( is helping home cooks get organized and inspired this holiday season with its new Menu Planner for iPad and web. BigOven’s Menu Planner is the easiest way for home cooks to plan meals ahead of time to save time and money – both for everyday meals and upcoming holiday celebrations. The new beta calendar-based tool is available today for free in the popular “170,000+ Recipes BigOven” iPad app, on the web at, and coming soon for iPhone.

BigOven’s Menu Planner enables home cooks to plan days, weeks or months ahead, ensuring they’re never stuck wondering what’s for dinner - on a regular night or while entertaining guests. Plans can be simple or detailed with multiple courses, and can be changed easily just by dragging recipes and notes onto different days or meals. On the web, plans can be copied to easily use again.

Choose from over 170,000 Recipes, Add Your Own Recipes
Cooks can get inspired with new ideas by searching more than 170,000 BigOven recipes within the Menu Planner, plus accessing their saved lists of favorite recipes and recipes to try soon. Cooks can also add their own recipes to BigOven by typing them or by just snapping photos of recipes using BigOven’s revolutionary RecipeScan™ (
In addition to recipes, notes for simple sides like “rice” or “bread” and reminders like “out to dinner” or “friends visiting” can be added easily. Daily local weather forecasts automatically appear on the iPad Menu Planner based on current location, helping cooks know when to grill outside or make some warm comfort food like chili.

Create Grocery Lists Quickly
When finished planning, BigOven Pro members can easily create grocery lists with just a few clicks. Grocery lists are grouped by aisle, saving time, and can be emailed, printed, or accessed via one of the free BigOven apps for iPhone, Android, iPad or Windows Phone. Grocery items can be checked off while shopping to buy just what’s needed in each aisle.

Planning Saves Time and Money
Holiday meals are less stressful when planned in advance, as it allows dishes to be made ahead of time. BigOven recipe servings can be scaled for any guest list, and the grocery list ensures the right ingredient quantities will be purchased at the store. Planned menus can be shared by email with guests prior to an event to avoid allergies and dislikes, or to plan a potluck meal together with other cooks.

Christy Lucas, a busy parent and BigOven user says, "All busy parents should use this. It helps a lot with keeping you on budget and always being organized with what to cook on what days. Love love it.”

Menu Planner is a BigOven Pro Feature
Menu Planner is available today for free. When the free beta period ends, Menu Planner will be available to BigOven Pro Members. BigOven Pro membership ($15.95/year) also includes grocery lists, private recipes, nutrition facts, and removes all advertising.

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About BigOven
With more than 5 million downloads of its award-winning, free mobile apps, and more than a million registered members, BigOven gets home cooks organized and inspired in the kitchen and on the go. BigOven lets home cooks search over 170,000 recipes, add their own recipes, create grocery lists and more, all in one place - portable on free apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone. was launched in 2004 by Steve Murch, an avid home cook and Internet entrepreneur, with executive experience from, Microsoft, and Visit BigOven online at


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