How to import and add to your recipe box

Do you have a favorite recipe that isn't in Real Plans yet? You can easily import it to your Real Plans Recipe Box. You can import them from your favorite website or type them in yourself.

To import from a webpage

Copy the link in the address bar on the page that contains the recipe you want to import.


Head to your Recipe Box, and select Import Recipe.

Paste the website URL into the text box and click on Import.


Follow the prompts. Enter as much information as possible to make sure that it is searchable and fully integrated into your meal plan.

When all of the information has been entered, click Add and Save upper right corner of the recipe card. 

Go through and double check the ingredients and quantities. This is especially important if you use our macro tracker.

On occasion, an ingredients list may not be compatible, and you could receive an error message. See our helpful hints below.


Click "Confirm" when it all looks right.   

Bonus Tip:  If you use Google Chrome as your browser, you can import even faster with the Real Plans Google Chrome extension. Click here to find out how.


Manual Importing

If you have a recipe that you would like to import that is not on a website, head to your Recipe Box, and select Import Recipe. In the popup, select Manually.

From here, a blank recipe card will open and you can type in the ingredients, instructions, and notes. You can even add a photo. Be sure to fill in as many fields as possible to make your recipe easy to find in your recipe box. Click Save and confirm your ingredients as above.

This recipe is now in your Recipe Box and will show up in your weekly meal rotation. 




Helpful Hints: 

Bullet pointed ingredients lists and numbered directions work the best. Select the URL that is not the printable version of the recipe (URL ends in “/print” for the printer-friendly version) for best results.

On occasion, an ingredients list may not be compatible, and you could receive an error message.  If that should occur, check the ingredients list for some of the following issues:

  • Be sure you have both a quantity and a unit of measure - "1 whole chicken" works better rather than "1 chicken".
  • Select exact quantities - "4 pounds ground beef" works, whereas "3-4 pounds ground beef" would not.
  • Be specific. Rather than listing one can or one package, specify ounces or pounds needed.  
  • Fractions should be listed as 1 1/2 rather than 1+1/2.
  • Look for large spacing between the quantity and the ingredient.  "4      pounds  ground beef" should be changed to "4 pounds ground beef".

If you're having trouble getting a recipe to import, hop into chat so we can help. You can also email us at support at realplans dot com. Include the link to the recipe you are trying to import.


**Using the app? Click here to learn how to import recipes from our mobile app.**



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