Even if you love cooking, it can still be challenging sometimes. Maybe you’ve been so busy all day that the last thing you want to do when you get home is use your brain to come up with a dinner idea. Well, there’s an app for that. Or perhaps you’re trying to come up with a weekly meal plan, to use up all of the food that’s going to go bad soon. There’s an app for that too. Whatever your scenario, you can virtually guarantee that there’s an app for it.
Here are the 5 best cooking apps for your smartphone that can make even the most basic cook feel like a gourmet chef:
This app gives you over 350,000 recipes that you can search by either ingredient or keyword, with many sorting options—by diet, season, course, etc.—at your fingertips. It also has the added features of letting you save your favorite recipes, create grocery lists, and plan your meals. But one of the best features of this app is that you can type in some leftovers you have hanging around and it shows you what you can make with them. How cool is that!
If you want to upload your own recipes, you can do that too. It is available for iPhones, as well as Windows and Android phones and, like most other apps these days, some features require a paid subscription. But don’t let that deter you—the free version is super useful!
Food Network in the Kitchen
If you love Food Network, then you’ll absolutely love this app! It gives you access to thousands of the most popular recipes, with accompanying photos and videos, from all of your favorite Food Network chefs. This app also keeps things fresh by adding new recipes every month. For other features, it has all of the cooking app standards—converters, timers, shopping list tools, and so on. And it’s free for both iPhones and Android phones, so there’s no reason not to try it.
How to Cook Everything
This app is an extension of the New York Times best-selling cookbook of the same name by Mark Bittman. It boasts over 2,000 interactive recipes and 400 how-to illustrations, among many other features. This app includes all of the recipes from the cookbook, as well as illustrations, a list of the kitchen tools needed, ingredient information, email shopping lists, conversions, and so on. It even has a built-in timer! However, it does break the bank, as far as apps go, at $9.99, but if you love to cook, then it’s worth it. At this time it is only available for iPhones——sorry, no Android or Windows apps yet.
EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry
We all know how hard it is to eat as healthy as we should, especially on days where we’re beyond busy. Less healthy junk food is sometimes just easier than cooking a healthy meal. At least, that’s how it was until this app came along. It gives you access to 800 of EatingWell’s quickest—no meal takes longer than 45 minutes, many are ready in only 15—and best healthy recipes. And the photos will have your mouth watering! This app is free and available for both iPhones and Android phones.
If you’ve ever visited a food blog, then you know how beautiful and delicious the recipes look. Eggplant? I don’t even like eggplant, but I’d eat it if it looked like that! Well, then this is the app for you. It has over 330,000 delicious recipes from food bloggers, accompanied by high-quality photos. Warning: You just might get hooked. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This app also teaches you how to make the recipes. So you pretty much can’t go wrong! There is a free version, but you can pay to use more of the features. The one downside is that it is only available for iPhones.
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