I realize that my question has some parts of it that are not completely "QS", but I figured this would be the best place to get an answer to my burning question.
My wife and I have been using a meal planner (plan to eat) for 2 years now and have tried multiple others (paprika, meal planner pro, etc), but my biggest problem is that I (personally) also want to do calorie counter/macronutrient tracking. All of the current calorie counter apps that I've tried (MFP, LoseIt, NetDiary, etc), don't allow for good meal planning (i.e. shopping lists, adding personal recipes, etc.) and honestly are horrible because if you do plan meals, you have to enter everything in two apps. There's some apps that let you use a meal plan that they create (not what I want) and track calories (eatthismuch). I have been considering using Menuplanner, but the reviews scare me away. I have a wife and 3 kids so meal planning is critical for the food budget, but I'm also hoping for a simpler way to plan meals and track nutrition (other things like pantry inventory, shopping lists, etc aren't as important).
So my question is does anyone know of a great meal planning/calorie counting app? Or even two that could work together because they have public APIs (I'm technical enough that I could build some simple middleware between the two)? Or even better, does anyone have enough experience with food tracking and meal planning with Menuplanner that they would recommend it?