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My mom's least favorite question to ask has always been "what do you want for dinner?" because, inevitably, the rest of us would say "I don't know."

Whether you're cooking for a family or just for yourself, you might consider using Innit (iOS, Android), a "culinary GPS."

The app makes it easier to plan, shop, prepare, and cook meals so you're less likely to opt for takeout.

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After you download the app, you can create a Food Profile. You'll be asked about dietary restrictions, food allergies, dislikes, gender (there's a neutral option), activity level, and some basic information about yourself.

Your profile will include recommended dishes, quick recipes, popular recipes, and low-calorie recipes.

Recipes are also categorized into types, like main dishes, tacos and wraps, grain bowls, pastas, and salads.

Tapping a choice, like chicken, generates a list of potential recipes. Innit will tell you how long it takes to make it, how many ingredients you need, and how many calories are in the dish.

You can favorite a recipe by tapping the heart icon, explore the ingredients, or add it to your cooking plan.

Recipes and ingredients are searchable. You can schedule a week's worth of meals, start a grocery list, and add items to the app's calendar.

If you have any smart devices in your home, Innit can connect to them. You can choose to add your Bosch, GE, LG, or Philips appliances to make cooking even easier with just a few taps.

Knowing what you want to cook for the week can make shopping, cooking, and planning ahead so much easier.

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  1. The Innit app takes the stress out of planning meals, finding recipes, navigating restrictions, and grocery shopping.
  2. The app can connect to your smart appliances to make cooking even easier.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.