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In a lot of ways, Home Assistant is why this project exists! Since Mealie has a robust API it makes it a great fit for interacting with Home Assistant and pulling information into your dashboard.

Get Todays Meal in Lovelace

Starting in v0.4.1 you are now able to use the uri /api​/meal-plans​/today​/image?group_name=Home to directly access the image to todays meal. This makes it incredibly easy to include the image into your Home Assistant Dashboard using the picture entity.

Here's an example where sensor.mealie_todays_meal is pulling in the meal-plan name and I'm using the url to get the image.


type: picture-entity
entity: sensor.mealie_todays_meal
name: Dinner Tonight
show_state: true
show_name: true
image: 'http://localhost:9000/api/meal-plans/today/image?group_name=Home'
.: |
    ha-card {
    max-height: 300px !important;
    overflow: hidden;
    display: flex;
    align-items: center;
    justify-content: center;

The sensor that gets the name of the meal can be achieved using the following REST sensor in Home Assistant

  - platform: rest
    resource: 'http://localhost:9000/api/meal-plans/today'
    method: GET
    name: Mealie todays meal 
      Authorization: Bearer MySuperSecretBearerCode
    value_template: "{{ }}"
The Bearer token can be created from the User Settings page (


Due to how Home Assistant works with images, I had to include the additional styling to get the images to not appear distorted. This includes and additional installation from HACS.