How to Import a Recipe

We all have those family-favorite recipes that we want to be used in our weekly meal plans. Follow the steps below to see how easy it is to import recipes right into your Recipe Box!

Start by clicking on the Real Plans logo bar at the bottom of your screen and navigating to your Recipe Box. Once there, click on Import Recipe at the bottom of your screen.




You will then have the option of importing a recipe from a website or creating your own recipe.




Let's begin by importing a recipe from a website.

Your first step will be to enter the website address of the recipe you'd like to import in the address field at the top of your screen. By default, Google will come up so you can search for the recipe, if desired, or you can just copy and paste the website URL into the address bar.  




Once you have entered or found the recipe of your choice, click on the blue Import button at the bottom of your screen.




You'll then be prompted to select and resize your recipe photo. This is the photo that will represent your recipe in your Recipe Box and Meal Plan. You can resize your photo by using your index finger and thumb to zoom in and out.  Select done when the desired image is framed to your liking.




Your recipe will now be ready for you to input the necessary information to be imported.




In most cases, the recipe title, ingredients, and preparation directions will be inserted for you automatically. If they are not, simply copy and paste or type this information into the correct fields. You'll also want to adjust the prep time, total time, and serving size for this recipe. 
If you want this recipe to show up in your weekly meal plans, you will need to select the appropriate season(s), diet type, course, and main ingredient, as well. If you choose to, you can also select the recipe's applicable tags, cuisine, meal size, and timeline instructions. 
Click here for more information about the Timeline Instructions.  Click "Save" when finished.

You will then be prompted to confirm each ingredient in the ingredients parser.  When you have made sure all of that ingredient's information is accurate and in the correct place, swipe to the left to confirm each additional ingredient in the recipe.  This will ensure that your shopping list is accurate.  Click "Save" when all of the ingredients are entered properly.



Congratulations!  Your recipe is now imported and will be placed on your Shelf to be added to your Meal Planner, if desired.




If you wish to manually import a family recipe or a favorite recipe from a cookbook you own, select "Create a recipe manually". You will need to enter each field by hand. You will begin by uploading an image for your recipe (if desired) and choosing a title for the recipe, followed by the remaining fields as described above.  Click "Save" when finished.




Your next step will be to confirm all of your ingredients, adjusting as necessary. You'll want to pay close attention to the ingredient name, quantity, and unit of measure. You can also add or modify ingredient notes. Lastly, you'll want to select the appropriate category for the ingredient.  This category will correlate directly to your Shopping List.



Swipe your screen left or right, or use the arrows at the bottom of your screen to navigate between ingredients.

Once you have finished reviewing each ingredient, click on the green Save button at the bottom of your screen.

Congratulations!  You have manually imported a recipe!

After saving your recipe, you will be redirected to your Recipe Box, where your new recipe will be placed on your Shelf. You can hold and drag this recipe to place it on your Meal Plan, or you can click on the recipe to view the Recipe Card or remove it from your Shelf.    

Having trouble importing your recipe? Go here for some helpful tips and to find out how to import your recipes via the Real Plans website! 

If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, please pop into chat, or send us an email at support at real plans dot com.

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