Top Apps For Finding Recipes For Ingredients You Already Have

Do you ever look through your pantry and fridge wondering what you could possibly make with what seems to be an impossible mystery basket off of “Chopped”? Well, there’s an app for that – several, in fact! As a culinary academy student, you’re learning what flavors and textures work together. Here are five apps that can help:

1. SuperCook

SuperCook is to the rescue, helping you waste less food and eat fantastic meals. This website is simple and effective. Start by selecting ingredients you already have on hand from several categories (such as meat, seasoning and dairy). As you add available ingredients, SuperCook suggests recipes, updating results for each new item you include. From there, you can narrow down your results by selecting the type of meal you want to make (such as soups, salads, casseroles, you name it), type of cuisine and the star ingredient. Make a profile to save your ingredients and recipes.

2. Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

Allrecipes is available on multiple devices, including tablet and smartphone. You can find recipes by browsing through categories such as dietary restrictions, ingredients, cuisine type, meal type, season and cooking technique. Searching by ingredient allows you to set your parameters based on what you have available. In fact, the app lets you list ingredients to include or omit in recipe results. That way, if you don’t have chicken in the fridge, the app won’t show any recipes that contain chicken, even if you have all of the other necessary ingredients for a certain dish.

Save your recipes and ingredients by creating an account – you can log in anywhere, including on your phone, tablet or computer.

Recipe apps are great for making meals out of what you already have.
3. BigOven

With more than 350,000 recipes in its database, BigOven is certainly, well, big. This app lets you navigate and brainstorm in a number of ways. For instance, check out the Ideas section to browse through meal inspiration. There you’ll find categories like “Use Up Those Leftovers,” which curates recipes based on reusing ingredients. The Grocery List section allows you to sort by ingredient and keep tabs on what you’ll need to make a certain meal. The Planner lets you come up with dishes for the future so you’re not stuck trying to compose a meal with random ingredients again.

4. Epicurious

The Epicurious app is both beautiful to look at and easy to use. You can toggle through ingredients to find recipe ideas, many of which feature photos of the finished dish and instructional videos to help you along the way. The app also includes a kitchen timer to help you cook ingredients to perfection even without a recipe and a tool that finds local, seasonal ingredients.

5. Cookpad

Cookpad is part recipe finder, part social platform. You can search for recipes by ingredients and share what you’re making. Invented a fantastic recipe you want to share? Post it publicly along with an image so other users can test it out. Other search terms you can use include dietary restrictions, recipe names and holidays. Basically, any category you can think of.

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