Apps. You can find them for just about everything – games, to-do lists, recipe finders, different web browsers and mail platforms – and everyone’s got their favorite. With so many options it can be hard to get a consensus because different folks are looking for different features and it seems like there’s an app for everyone.
And tracking down the best recipes on the Internet is no different. There are hundreds of food blogs on the Internet and scores of apps in the App Store claiming to be the best resource for prepping tonight’s dinner… but how do you know which ones are actually the best? Well, we did the hard work for you! That’s right – we downloaded a ton of different recipe apps and compared their features, photos, and – of course – quality of their recipes and are prepared to declare the Top Five Recipe Apps!
If you’re looking for the healthiest food to put into your body, Wholesome is definitely the app for you! Each recipe is ranked on a scale of 1-10, with the scale being based on a number of factors including variety and quantity of nutrients (with deductions for things like too much sugar or sodium). As you flip through the recipes you’ll see highlights for what the food is “excellent for” and “good for.”
Once you select your recipe you can add it to your daily food tracker and, for an in-app purchase of $3.99 – get suggestions on what to eat next to balance out your nutrition content for the day. You can also search recipes and foods “by color” (taking a cue from the notion that a healthy meal contains foods of various colors) and see their nutrition information and their “excellent for” and “good for” rankings. (If you want to get really into the nitty gritty of healthy eating you can also search for foods by specific nutrients so you’re never missing out.)
Oh, and with recipes like “Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Brownies” that are “excellent for Omega 3’s” and a Wholesome Score of 7.9 you won’t have to feel like you’re depriving yourself while eating healthy.
This app’s namesake is one of the most popular food sites on the web, and now you can carry it with you in your pocket. In addition to being able to search through thousands of recipes with standard filters for things such as specific meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack), dietary concerns, and ingredients (ie: all dishes containing chicken) you can also search for recipes by What’s In Season (requires use of GPS location services). With this feature you’ll be served up a list of recipes using produce that’s considered “in season” in your region so that you can prep meals with the freshest (and least expensive!) ingredients.
Possibly the most helpful feature of this particular app, however, is its Smart Timer. In this section you can search for specific foods (think “boneless skinless chicken breast” versus “chicken breast with bone in and skin on”) and see exactly at what temperature and for how long you should be cooking it and you can use a timer that’s built right into the app. This way even if you aren’t following an Epicurious recipe, you’ll still be able to prepare food that’s cooked to perfection.
Bonus Points: Epicurious just launched a new app containing more than 90 food and recipe videos offering tricks and tips on how to best prepare your food.
Here we have another app that’s an off-shoot of a hugely popular food website. This app is pretty standard – you can search for recipes by a number of different filters and it provides clear, concise instructions. But what this app has that no other app that we came across features was the Dinner Spinner.
In the Dinner Spinner you can shake your phone and it will randomly select a recipe suggestion for you. Or you can manually select answers from three sections (“dish type,” “ingredient,” and “ready in”) and it will pop out a recipe that meets your criteria. So if you’re looking for a dessert made with cheese (yes, cheese) that’s ready in 20 minutes you can scroll through the 33 results that are populated.
We checked out a few vegan/vegetarian apps in the App Store, but this one was by far the most comprehensive. With a database of nearly 11,000 vegetarian recipes – 200+ of them which are strictly vegan (woah!) – you’ll never have to panic about what to serve your vegetarian family members again!
The app allows you to flip through in various sections (All Meals, Vegan, Kids, 30-Minute, Must Try, Chef’s Recipes… the list goes on and on, literally) and then add all of the ingredients to a shopping list or add it to your favorites. You can also rate the recipes and even ask questions about them.
This app also happens to have what those of us who stare blankly into the cabinets wondering what we could possibly make with chicken, grape jelly, and saltines would call a “life saver.” With their “My Kitchen” feature you can enter up to three ingredients that you’ve got handy and it’ll throw back recipes using those items.
Last but certainly not least is Yum-Yum. Yum-Yum contains a list of recipes from “the best European restaurants.” Every recipe is chef tested and approved and (this is the best part) the recipes are so easy to follow. Each recipe has professional photos accompanying every step, so you never have to worry about whether you’ve sliced the beets too thin or left the onion slices way too big. (Also, bonus points to this add for having the most beautiful photos.)
So there you have it – our Top Five Recipe Apps roundup! Of course each of these apps also provides you with the ability to generate a shopping list of your selected recipes so that you are prepped and ready to hit the store. But before you head out, make sure you use OurCart to ensure that you’re getting your ingredients at the best prices possible so that you can create a Five-Star meal without breaking the bank.