How to Adjust the Number of Servings Without Changing Your Defaults

When you set up your meal plan, you initially select the default number of servings that you want to cook for each meal.  Sometimes, though, you may need more flexibility during the week. This article explains the different ways you can adjust the number of servings in your planner to reflect your needs.

If you are using the app, you will follow the steps below.  If you are using the website, click here.

Change the number of servings you want to cook one time

  • Open your Meal Planner
  • Click on the recipe for which you would like to adjust the number of servings you want to cook
  • Scroll to the Ingredients section, where you will see Cook for, with the current number of servings
  • Use the +/- to increase or decrease to the desired number
    • This will adjust the number of ingredients accordingly on the recipe card as well as the shopping list
    • If the cooks for number will not change, the recipe is most likely a recipe that requires it be cooked in a batch. See the instructions below for adjusting the number of servings for a batch recipe.
  • Click on the down arrow in the upper left corner to go back to your Meal Planner

Change the number of servings you want to cook for the same meal every week

If you normally cook dinner for 4 but only cook for 2 for lunch, you can change the Cook for number to reflect the number of servings you need for each lunch

  • Click the gear icon (this is where you access your settings)
  • Select Meal Plan or Whole30 Meal Plan
  • Click Diet and Schedule
  • Click Advanced scheduling
  • Click Filters next to the meal for which you would like to adjust the servings
  • Adjust the Override Servings for this meal filter
    • If you selected that you want leftovers on the Diet and Schedule page, this will be reflected automatically in your filters.
  • Click Confirm Filters
  • Once you have made all of the changes on your Advanced scheduling page, click Continue
  • Confirm your changes 
    • Update my plan
      • Applies your changes to the current week and future weeks
      • This overwrites your entire plan, including the current week
    • Update my future plan
      • Applies your changes on the following week's meal plan
      • The current week will not change
      • This option is not available for Whole30 meal plans

Pro Tip - making changes on this page will reset your menu. Be sure to make the changes before you have shopped for the week.

Change the number of batches you want to cook of one recipe one time

There are certain recipes, like baked goods and quiches, that do not scale well.  Consequently, you cannot adjust the number of servings that the recipe will make. However, if you need to make more than one batch of one of these recipes, you can set that up.

  • You will need to log into the website to change how many batches you want to make
  • Open your Meal Planner
  • Click on the recipe for which you would like to adjust the number of batches you want to cook
  • In the top right corner of the recipe card, you will see Make, with the current number of batches and approximately how many servings are in each batch
  • Use the arrows to increase or decrease to the desired number
    • This will adjust the number of ingredients accordingly on the recipe card as well as the shopping list

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