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  1. How do I use the Search function?
  2. How do I use the Advanced Search?
  3. How does the shopping list work?
  4. How much is your serving size?
  5. How do I build my own custom meal plans?
  6. Where can I see recipes for specific nutritional requirements?
  7. I have some great recipes. Can I put them on your site?
  8. Can you recommend a diet for me?
  9. Why do you use cookies on your site?
  10. How do I turn on my cookies?
  11. I don't see certain types of recipes. How come?
  12. Do you have recipes for people on a budget?
  13. Sometimes I get a service error. Why?
  14. Do you have recipes for diabetics?
  15. Where can I find recipes you don't have?
  16. Is your website free?
  17. How do I subscribe / unsubscribe to your newsletters?
  18. How do I change my password?
  19. What are the advantages of creating a login?
  20. How do I register or create a login for your site?
  21. I forgot my login information. Can you help?
  22. How many servings are your recipes for?
  23. How do I adjust the number of servings in my recipes?
  24. I changed servings from 4 to 3 and the recipe I selected did not change. Why?
  25. Can I view recipes with metric measurements?
  26. What are Diet Points?
  1. What are Dietary Exchanges?
  2. How do I add a recipe to my personal cookbook?
  3. How do I view my cookbook?
  4. I need a gluten-free diet. Can you help?
  5. Some of your recipes include prepared or packaged foods. Why is this?
  6. Can I link to your site?
  7. How do I view nutritional information?
  8. How do I print my recipes?
  9. How do I print my shopping list?
  10. Can I reprint your recipes for an organizational fundraiser?
  11. What is on sale at my store this week?
  12. I want to know the nutritional information for some my own personal recipes. Can you help?
  13. How do I add personal items to my shopping list?
  14. How can I sort a list of recipes or meals?
  15. I tried to go to your site from an external link, but the link was bad. What can I do?
  16. As a vegetarian, I don't like the fact that you include meat recipes on your site. What can I do?
  17. I lost my cookbook. How can I get it back?
  18. Aren't Australian, New Zealand, British, and Metric units the same?
  19. Where can I look up nutritional information for a particular food?
  20. Can you recommend any nutrition-related websites?
  21. Who is Point of Choice?

How do I use the Search function?

From our homepage, you can find a recipe by using the Search function. Type a word, phrase, or ingredient in the Search box. Then click on Go. Results include recipes and meal plans that contain the word, phrase, or ingredient.

To search meal plans, click on the Meals tab, type in a word, phrase, or ingredient in the Search box, and click on Search Meals.


How do I use the Advanced Search?

Our Advanced Search feature lets you find recipes based on one or more nutritional criteria. From our homepage, click on Advanced Search. You can:
  • Type in food items to include or exclude
  • Check to exclude one or more of the most common food allergy groups.
  • Select one or multiple nutritional levels (low or high)
  • Select recipes based on prep time, cook time, or marinade time.

How does the shopping list work?

The shopping list combines all ingredients in all selected recipes. It also adjusts all amounts for the number of servings you indicate.


What is a serving size?

Our serving size is generally 4 to 6 ounces for meat, 3 to 4 ounces for dry pasta (depending on whether it's a main dish or not), and about 1 cup for other dishes.


How do I build my own custom meal plans?

After you select a recipe or meal plan, you can continue navigating and selecting additional recipes or meals plans. When you click a new recipe, it appears on the page for your review. Click Add To My Shopping List to add it to your list. (If you later decide to delete this recipe, click Remove From Shopping List from the drop-down menu in the My Selected Recipes section of the shopping list page.)


Where can I see recipes for specific nutritional requirements?

From the homepage, click on Recipes and then on By Nutrition. Click on the nutritional category you want. You can then sort the resulting list of recipes by a second nutritional characteristic. You can also use our Advanced Search feature to find recipes that meet multiple nutritional characteristics.


I have some great recipes. Can I put them on your site?

We will consider them. Email your recipes to us or mail to: Point of Choice/Meals For You, Attention: User Recipes, P.O. Box 2139, Fairfield, IA 52556. Please note: we do not guarantee we will use submitted recipes. We also reserve the right to change the wording to conform to our writing conventions. Recipes must be either original recipes or not from a copyrighted source.


Can you recommend a diet for me?

Although we provide nutritional information for our recipes, we do not provide medical or dietary advice of any kind. Please discuss any concerns with your physician or registered dietitian. Once you know what types of foods you can have, our site and its Advanced Search may be useful in helping you stick to your prescribed diet.

If you need help finding a registered dietitian, try the American Dietetic Association.

In Canada, go to Dietitians of Canada.

In Australia, go to the Dietitians Association of Australia.

In Great Britain, go to the British Dietetic Association.


Why do you use cookies on your site?

Our website assigns a unique cookie to each new user and stores the user's preferences in a database: it remembers how many servings to scale recipes for, what units of measurement to use, the user's personal cookbook, subscription information, etc. All user information remains strictly confidential. When your browser asks you whether to accept a cookie from our site, if you click "Yes," then it should accept a cookie and you should never be asked again. You can also tell your browser to stop giving you warnings about cookies (usually by changing your Preferences).


How do I turn on my cookies?

Refer to your browser's User Guide or Help function for information about turning on cookies.


I don't see certain types of recipes. How come?

We have thousands of recipes on our site and are adding recipes all the time. We continually evaluate our recipes and recipe categories and will consider all suggestions.


Do you have recipes for people on a budget?

We do not track costs for food items since there are so many items and prices vary from store to store, from region to region, from season to season, and even from week to week. You can build meal plans based on your budget by selecting recipes with food items that are usually modestly priced (pasta, rice, potatoes, etc.) or on sale.


Sometimes I get a service error. Why?

There could be many reasons. Once in a great while, our site gets overwhelmed with users. Try logging on a little bit later. Also, if you follow a link from another site to our site, that link may be outdated. In that case, go directly to our homepage (http://www.MealsForYou.com). If you encounter problems, please email us with a description of the error.


Do you have recipes for diabetics?

We offer a Diabetic Recipe category on our site from the American Diabetes Association. From our homepage, click on Recipes, Handy Recipe Collections, and then Diabetic Recipes. Our site also lists Dietary Exchanges for all recipes. You can also use our Advanced Search feature to search for low-sugar and/or low-carb recipes.

Ideally, diabetics should meet with a professional dietitian to plan an individualized diet plan. There is no single diet that meets all the needs of everyone with diabetes. If you need help finding a registered dietitian, visit the American Dietetic Association.

Here are some other valuable links:


Where can I find recipes you don't have?

We would suggest using Google or any other major search engine. Or, try using Google Groups to access cooking-related newsgroups.


Is your website free?

There is NO charge for people to use our website or to subscribe to our free newsletters.


How do I subscribe / unsubscribe unsubribe to your newsletters?

To subscribe:
  1. From our homepage, click on Newsletters.
  2. In the Register section, type your email address, your user ID (if you want it to be different from the email address), a password, and your password again to confirm.
  3. Click Register.
  4. On the My Newsletter page, select your email preferences and then check the newsletters you want to receive.
  5. Click Submit.
To unsubscribe (remove your name from our list):
  1. From our homepage, click on Newsletters.
  2. In the Register section, type your email address, your user ID (if you want it to be different from the email address), a password, and your password again to confirm.
  3. Click Register.
  4. On the My Newsletter page, uncheck the newsletters you no longer want to receive.
  5. Click Submit.

How do I change my password?

To change your password:
  1. Go to our site and click Sign In.
  2. Type your User ID and password and click Sign In.
  3. Click on My Account.
  4. Type in Current Password, New Password, and Confirm (new password).
  5. Click Update.

What are the advantages of creating a login?

By creating a login, you can access our site from any computer and still have access to your cookbook, shopping list, and all your preferences. You can use the site without creating a login, but you'll need to access the site from the same computer in order to access your cookbook, personal preferences, etc.


How do I register or create a login for your site?

To register:
  1. On our homepage, click on Sign In.
  2. In the Register section, type your email address, your user ID (if you want it to be different from the email address), a password, and your password again to confirm.
  3. Click Register.

I forgot my login information. Can you help?

Go to the "Sign In" page and fill in the section "Forgot your info?" We will email your user id and password to you.


How many servings are your recipes for?

The default number of servings on our site is 4. After you select a recipe, you can change the number of servings by click-holding on Servings in the My Preferences box, selecting the number of servings, and clicking on Change Preferences. The recipes on the site automatically re-adjust.


How do I adjust the number of servings in my recipes?

After you select a recipe, you can change the number of servings by click-holding on Servings in the My Preferences box, selecting the number of servings, and clicking on Change Preferences.


I changed servings from 4 to 3 and the recipe I selected did not change. Why?

You selected what we call a "whole" recipe, one that typically calls for a particular-size cooking pan (very common for pies, cakes, and pizza.) For example, if you select Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake, the finished cake serves up to 10 people. If you indicate you want 1 (or 2 through 10) serving(s), the recipe does not change. If you indicate you want 11 (or 12 through 20) servings, the recipe doubles, since you would be making two whole cakes using two cake pans.

Also, some recipes, by nature of the ingredients, can serve only a particular number of people. For example, a recipe that calls for one egg may serve 6 people. Since it's hard to use 1/6 of an egg, the recipe may not adjust down to one serving. However, it will adjust upward for servings that are multiples of six (for example, 12 servings using two eggs, 18 servings using three eggs, etc.).


Can I view recipes with metric measurements?

Yes. When you view a recipe, you can easily change the units of measurement:
  1. In the My Preferences box, next to Units, click-hold to select your preferred units of measurement.
  2. Click on Change Preferences.

The site automatically shows the recipes with the units of measurement you selected.


What are Diet Points?

Diet points are calculated to be the same as values used in some popular weight control programs. We include them for the convenience of people who may be participating in one of these programs.


What are Dietary Exchanges?

Dietary exchanges are the basis of a meal planning system developed by a committee from the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association. The program is designed principally for diabetics; diets are typically individually prescribed. Talk with your physician or dietitian for more information.


How do I add a recipe to my personal cookbook?

After you view a recipe, click on Add to My Cookbook.


How do I view my cookbook?

To view your personal cookbook, click on the Cookbook tab.


I need a gluten-free diet. Can you help?

You can use our Advanced Search feature to search for recipes that exclude gluten. The following links may also be useful:

A few of your recipes include prepared or packaged foods. Why is this?

As a convenience to users, and to supermarkets and food manufacturers who help support our site, we sometimes include ready-to-eat, ready-to-heat, and mix-and-serve meal ideas in addition to from-scratch recipes.


Can I link to your site?

Personal websites and non-industry sites may link to our site at no charge. Industry-related sites (food companies, supermarkets, etc.) should contact us for terms and pricing information.


How do I view nutritional information?

When you view a recipe, we provide general nutritional information. For detailed information - including nutrients, exchanges, vitamins, and minerals, click on View Detailed Nutritional Information.


How do I print my recipes?

After you view a recipe, click on Print This Recipe for a printer-friendly page. Then click on your browser's Print command.


How do I print my shopping list?

After you add a recipe to your shopping list, click on Print Shopping List for a printer-friendly shopping list. You can also click on Shopping List from the homepage.


Can I reprint your recipes for an organizational fundraiser?

Nonprofit groups and organizations can print (hard copy) up to 25 Meals For You recipes at no charge. The following text must appear with each recipe:"Recipe provided by www.MealsForYou.com. Copyright (circle-C symbol here) Point of Choice, Inc." Groups can also use up to 5 recipes online. Each recipe must be credited to Meals For You and must include a link to http://www.MealsForYou.com.


What is on sale at my store this week?

We do not have access to your store's weekly circular. Your best bet would be to contact your store directly.


I want to know the nutritional information for some my own personal recipes. Can you help?

Sorry, we provide nutritional information for recipes offered on our site only.


How do I add personal items to my shopping list?

You can add personal items(such as shampoo, diapers, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.) to your shopping list:
  1. From the homepage, click on Shopping List.
  2. Click on Add My Checklist Items.
  3. Click in the checkboxes to add staple items.
  4. Type in other items.
  5. Click on Update My Shopping List.

How can I sort a list of recipes or meals?

When you view recipes or meal plans, they are listed in alphabetic order by Title. You can sort them according to a variety of criteria:
  1. Click-hold on Recipes [Meal Plans] Sorted By.
  2. Select a new sorting criteria.
  3. Click on Smaller Values First/Larger Values First
  4. Click on the Sort button.

I tried to go to your site from an external link, but the link was bad. What can I do?

We cannot guarantee the accuracy of links to our site coming from another site. Go to our homepage, http://www.MealsFor You.com, and use our Search or Advanced Search feature to find what you are looking for.


As a vegetarian, I don't like the fact that you include meat recipes on your site. What can I do?

We try have a variety of recipes on our site that suit different eating and dietary preferences. This includes, for example, some foods that some people may never eat, whether for nutritional, medical, religious, personal, or other reasons, but that others find convenient or desirable. You can use our Advanced Search feature to find recipes that exclude certain ingredients (such as meat).


I lost my cookbook. How can I get it back?

A few questions:
  1. Are you logging in to our site? If not, you need to using the same computer to access the site to see your cookbook.
  2. If you are not logging in, did you clear out your cookies? (Cookies are needed to create the cookbook. If you cleared them, then your cookbook is lost.)
  3. Did you click on Clear My Cookbook on the Cookbook page?
  4. Go to MFY User Info. Copy and paste the resulting page into an email and send back to us.

Aren't Australian, New Zealand, British, and Metric units the same?

There are subtle differences. The Australians use larger tablespoons than the rest of the world (20 ml instead of 15 ml), the New Zealanders use "normal" ones, and the British like to use 20 fluid ounces to a pint and Imperial measurements. The Australians, New Zealanders, and British use a variety of measures of baking temperature. Metric uses centigrade.


Where can I look up nutritional information for a particular food?

The USDA Nutrient Database lets you look up nutritional information for individual food items, From our homepage, click on Tips & Guides and then on USDA Food Search. Or, click here. You can also go to the USDA website directly:

Reference books - such as Food Values by Jean A.T. Pennington et. al. - also supply detailed information about food nutrition.


Can you recommend any nutrition-related websites?

Here are some useful sites:


Who is Point of Choice?

MealsForYou.com is operated by Point of Choice, a small, privately held company founded in 1991 as a recipe mail-order business (Bon Vivant). From 1992-1997, the company installed touchscreen recipe kiosks in supermarkets in the U.S. U.K, and Australia under the My Menus name.

MealsForYou.com went online in the Fall of 1996. Updates over the years include extensive search and advanced nutritional search capabilities (search by multiple nutritional criteria, food allergy exclusions, etc.), automated Dietary Exchange and Diet Points, Health Guide, newsletters, and customizable e-commerce solutions.

We support our site through supermarket participation, food manufacturer support, and through customized web development services and licensing agreements (with supermarket chains and related companies).

In addition to recipes created developed in-house, we have agreements with various food and health organizations, cookbook publishers, and food manufacturers to provide recipes on our site.

We use the latest nutritional data available from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). We also obtain nutritional data from food manufacturers about their products.