Finding new meal ideas can be as close as your local supermarket

Remember when supermarkets put out cards with recipes on them? These used to be pretty common at fish counters especially. Well, that function has moved online — you may find it helpful when doing your own weekly meal planning.

I recently got an email from the Jewel supermarket chain (which is owned by Albertson’s) about a meal planning option in its app. My first reaction was that it would feature high-salt, high-fat, high-sugar processed ingredients. But I was pleasantly surprised.

The app let’s you begin by putting in your dietary restrictions. It doesn’t;t include low-salt as one, unfortunately, I put in carb-conscious instead. Other restrictions I included were dairy-free, no nuts, no soy sauce, no eggs and no sulfites.

I also was able to list some ingredients I don’t like such as avocado, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and turnips. Even with all that, it gave me a range of recipes.

The recipes contain nutritional information too, a must for proper meal planning. You can even change how many servings you think you’ll eat from one (who really eats one serving of anything) and have the app do the nutrition math for you.

The result was some meals I might try, such as the salmon pictured here.

So next time you’re looking for new recipes, check your local supermarket app to see if it has a meal planning feature as well.

Jewel’s meal-planning app, and a sample recipe

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