Thank you for your support it has been great so far.
I figured out #2: I had to edit meal-simplelist-item.php.
One thing weird about this, though, is that the excerpt doesn’t show up unless the meal has an ingredient. Wasn’t planning on using ingredients, so it took me a while to figure this out.
How can this be adjust so it doesn’t need an ingredient selected?
As those ingredients still appear when a meal is view in detail from the grid view.