FoodieView.com Launches Free 7-Day Budget Meal Plan Feature for Time-Starved, Cost-Conscious Americans Who Like to Eat Well at Home

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Rivaling its for-fee counterparts, industry leading food portal's free 'Meal-Plan-of-the-Week' feature provides time savings and financial relief for the over-scheduled by taking the guesswork out of budget-friendly, seasonal meal planning, grocery shopping and recipe preparation.

FoodieView (http://www.FoodieView.com), a leading food portal with a convenient "Google™-like" recipe search engine providing one-stop access to the Internet's largest and highest quality recipe collections, today announced the launch of its free "Meal Plan-of-the-Week" feature intended to save busy, budget-conscious individuals time and money by taking the guesswork out of low cost meal planning, grocery shopping and recipe preparation in full 7-day increments. FoodieView's free weekly meal plans each feature seven lunch and seven dinner recipes from culinary experts that utilize economical and seasonal ingredients while also uniquely accounting for left-overs, which are incorporated into recipes later in the week. Each plan also comes complete with a corresponding grocery list to ease and expedite the shopping process.

"While there are several services on the Web that charge fees for similar expert-based weekly meal plans and grocery lists, we expect our free tool offering budget-friendly, yet delicious fare will resonate with time-stressed consumers - particularly during these tough economic times," said FoodieView founder Howie Wang. "This new feature furthers our company's mission of enabling fellow food-lovers to spend more time cooking, eating and socializing rather than planning, shopping and tirelessly searching for food-related information online. Our specialized food-specific portal approach, which combines unique recipe search engine functionality with relevant tools like this meal planner, information resources and an interactive community, is rapidly propelling our company's growth as we achieve key goals."

FoodieView posts a new Meal Plan-of-the-Week each Thursday featuring 14 lunch and dinner recipes, giving users ample time to shop for meals to be prepared and consumed the following Monday through Sunday. The meal plans are thoughtfully devised by a group of FoodieView partner contributors who are culinary experts in their respective fields - a diversity that also assures menu variety. FoodieView's weekly meal plan partner contributors include Lis of La Mia Cucina, Anne-Marie Nichols of "This Mama Cooks on a Diet" and "My Readable Feast," Rachel Rappaport of Coconut & Lime, Paula Jones of Bellalimento, Lynn Daley of Cafelynnylu, Michele Durante of Veggie Num Nums and Marika Collins of Madcap Cupcake, among others.

In addition to its new "Meal Plan-of-the-Week" tool, the FoodieView Web portal also boasts the following features:

--Social Networking: By popular demand, food-o-philes may now interact with one another through FoodieView's array of social network features, which include the ability to add, view and edit "Foodie Friends," a "Fridge Door" bulletin board system for public comments, Private Messaging, personal Photo Galleries, Restaurant Lists, Reviews Lists, Cooking book and gear wish lists, and more.

--One-Stop Recipe Search Engine: Negating the need to visit individual Web sites to search for recipes one by one, through FoodieView's unique and convenient recipe search engine users may quickly and easily query ALL of the Internet's leading recipe sites - including Epicurious.com, AllRecipes.com, Recipezaar.com, FoodNetwork.com as well as boutique food sites and key food blogs - simultaneously from one single search tool. Users may search by ingredient, keyword, dish name, cuisine, chef, special occasion, dietary program or restrictions and more. The search results are then sorted both by relevance and user rating, also presented with additional "narrow down" refine search options, making it nearly effortless to find the most popular, promising recipes.

--Recipe Box: Once one or more recipes of interest are identified, this free Web tool allows users to store those recipes in a personal online "Recipe Box" for easy access at any time. Users may also share their personal Recipe Box through a dedicated Web link tha t may be easily sent to others via email.

--Metro Restaurant Guide: FoodieView takes the guesswork out of dining out with our comprehensive metro Restaurant Guide, which compiles "Best Of" lists and restaurant reviews from professional food critics, food bloggers, and regular folks just like you. Restaurants in 9 major markets - Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle - may be searched by name, or users may simply browse by cuisine category or geographic location. Users may also make lists and restaurant maps to share with others.

--Must Have Cookbook Reviews: To help our culinary constituents quickly locate cookbooks of interest, FoodieView offers a repository of cookbook reviews across a range of categories: Chinese, Japanese, French, Indian, Italian and General. Here users may read detailed cookbook descriptions, view cover artwork and ultimately click through to purchase those cookbooks of interest on Amazon.com.

--"Recipe Roundup" e-Newsletters: This weekly editorial feature spotlights the best of the food blogosphere. Each week a guest food blogger selects a delicious food topic and guides readers through his or her favorite recipes from all over the Web. The newsletters are sent to subscribers via email and are also archived on the FoodieView blog for continuous consumption.

--"Foodie Views of the Day": Designed to gratify the visual cravings of FoodieView's visitors and to celebrate the beauty and artistry of food, this daily feature showcases the best food photography from around the blogosphere. For this feature, food bloggers, photographers and enthusiasts may submit pictures they wish to share with the foodie community. FoodieView then hand picks the cream-of-the-crop for this popular daily feature, with visitors enabled and encouraged to vote on their favorite images.

About FoodieView, Inc.
Founded in 2005, FoodieView. (http://www.FoodieView.com) is an industry leading food portal featuring a unique recipe search engine providing convenient single-point access to the Internet's largest and highest quality collection of recipes for all tastes and preferences. From one single search point, this innovative recipe search engine queries more than one million top-quality recipes aggregated from ALL of the Web's premier cooking sites and blogs, including Epicurious.com, AllRecipes.com, Recipezaar.com and FoodNetwork.com. FoodieView's other user-friendly features include a metro Restaurant Guide, comprehensive "Must Have" Cookbook Reviews, topical "Recipe Roundup" e-newsletters and other free tools and resources exclusively geared toward food, cooking and dining enthusiasts.

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