We asked MenuNV founder, Sandra Vallance, about building an app that allows users to create menu plans, view recipes, and create shopping lists in one click. Sandra has worked as a senior executive in an organization in the U.S. She is now a CEO for an organization in Australia. She spends her free time working on projects like MenuNV. She chose Bubble because the no-code platform’s powerful features, community support, and low cost enable her to bring her app to life.
Tell us about your app and what it does.
Sandra: Are you over the grind of figuring out what to cook every week? We were. Are there loads of great recipes, but can’t quite remember where to find the ones you want? Us too. Surely there must be an app for that, right? Well, there wasn't, so we built one.
In the click of a button, MenuNV creates a weekly menu plan and shopping list for you. True, recipe-related apps are a dime a dozen, but automated meal planning is the real time-saver, and MenuNV does exactly that - it saves you time.
How does your app work?
Once you sign up, you create your household, and set some defaults for how you like to plan menus in your household. For example, you can set how many days you cook, who's cooking, and other details for MenuNV to consider.
Then, you can add your recipes into the app or you can give the menu planning feature a try. The menu planning feature allows you to create a plan using the recipes that other households have made public. Once a menu plan has been created, you can generate a shopping list based on the ingredients in the plan's recipes.
Tell us a little about your background and how you discovered no-code tools like Bubble.
I had the idea for MenuNV years ago, but it was always a hobby or side hustle. My idea took the back seat as being a senior executive in organizations in the US, and now a CEO in Australia, took most of my time. Needless to say, I was never going to find the time to learn full-stack development to finally bring MenuNV to life.
I went down more than a few rabbit holes, but I eventually found Bubble and Bubble's amazing community. After posting a couple questions on Bubble's forum, I linked up with an avid Bubble developer, and we went from zero to MVP in about 12 weeks!
Why did you build your app on Bubble?
I immediately saw that an experienced Bubble developer could bring MenuNV to life in a fraction of the time it would take if I were to use traditional development channels.
Also, there is absolutely no comparison when it comes to cost. The amount of functionality Bubble makes available for free on its Hobby plan is unbelievable. You have everything you need to get going right away- and there really isn't anything standing in the way of getting to your MVP. Bubble gives you the tools to produce an app that is as professional as any full-stack tech app built by developers.
What have been your successes or milestones so far?
In about three months, we created a fully-functional MVP for MenuNV. We are now building a user-base through Facebook and Instagram. As a relatively new take on the food sector, we need users to understand that the app is all about saving time through automated menu planning, and that there is some initial effort that goes into putting recipes into the app. However, the initial effort is the gift that keeps on giving because you get your time back each week by creating a menu plan with a click of a button.
What are your next steps or future plans for your app?
Currently, we are listening to our initial users’ feedback so that we can iterate on the MVP quickly. As the user-base grows, we will look into adding more features like grocery delivery, instant access to recipes that are in cookbooks, and a subscription model that gives you access to enhanced functionality.
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