Bring Out Your Inner Chef: 11 Best Apps for Better Meals

Photo (cc) by ericmcgregor

Tired of preparing the same boring meals each week? It used to be that taking your cooking to the next level required a new cookbook or a cooking class, but technology has really changed things.

Here are some useful kitchen apps to help you embrace your inner chef:

1. How to Cook Everything (Available on: iOS, Windows Phone)

Created by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, How to Cook Everything offers 2,000 recipes and 400 how-to illustrations to help with meal planning and preparation. Users also have access to built-in timers and printable shopping lists. The meal planner enables you to export recipes to your calendar and, best of all, this and other features are available even when you don’t have a network connection.

If you like this app, check out How to Cook Everything: Basics and How to Cook Everything Vegetarian for more tips, tricks and classes.

2. Substitutions (Available on: iOS)

If you’ve ever gotten halfway through cooking a meal only to realize you’re missing a key ingredient, this app is for you. Instead of making a run to the grocery store, you can make a great meal that meets your dietary and budgetary needs using Substitutions, the app that helps you make the most out of the ingredients you have.

You can scroll through its comprehensive list of suitable substitutions for any ingredient, or conduct a keyword search using the toolbar at the top of the app.

3. Escoffier Cook’s Companion (Available on: iOS)

Learn from one of the best in the industry, world-renowned master chef Auguste Escoffier, with this savvy app. It features a built-in timer, measurement converter, comprehensive list of substitutions and a host of other helpful tools. In the event you encounter an unfamiliar culinary term, a cooking glossary is available to settle your curiosities.

4. Paprika Recipe Manager (Available on: iOS, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, Kindle, Nook)

Users can create meal plans for up to one month using Paprika’s Meal Planning tool. Interactive recipes, which enable you to cross off ingredients once they’ve been added or highlight cooking steps based on your progress, are also available. When it’s time to head to the grocery store, the Smart Grocery List function automatically sorts items on your list by category, so you’re not running all over the store.

5. Big Oven (Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, Kindle)

Enjoy more than 250,000 recipes along with handy features to simplify meal planning and the creation of grocery lists. You can also input three or more ingredients and the app will recommend recipes. And because no network connection is required to access the app’s database, recipes can easily be accessed while on the go.

6. Green Kitchen (Available on: iOS)

This app is chock-full of recipes for the health-conscious cook, classified by whole grain, vegan, gluten-free, raw or naturally sweetened. To facilitate meal or dessert preparation, users can also access photos demonstrating each of the detailed step-by-step cooking instructions. Every recipe includes estimated cooking time and the option to check off steps as they’re completed.

7. Epicurious (Available on: iOS, Android, Windows, Kindle, Nook)

The Epicurious app lets you access the recipe of the day or a host of other options and create customized shopping lists, all from the same screen. Recipes are sortable by skill level and theme. And when it’s time to prepare your meal, detailed step-by-step instructions are available for your stove-side viewing pleasure.

8. Healthy in a Hurry (Available on: iOS)

Being crunched for time doesn’t mean you have to resort to poor eating habits. This app helps you make healthy meal choices when you’re in a hurry by offering 200 quick recipes, which can be sorted by primary ingredients or estimated preparation time.

9. Appetites (Available on: iOS)

Appetites gives you instant access to video cooking courses directly from your smartphone. There’s even a built-in function that allows you to order ingredients to be delivered directly to your doorstep. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to get same-day delivery.

10. Weber’s On the Grill™ (Available on: iOS, Android)

This app features 280 classic Weber recipes, as well as 40 recipes for sauces, marinades and rubs, ensuring you have the perfect menu for any occasion. The app helps you with your grocery list to make shopping a breeze, you can even share it with family and friends if they’re going to be stopping by the store. As they check items off, the master list is updated. The app also allows for easy sharing of your favorite recipes via email.

11. Perfect Produce (Available on: iOS, Android)

Perfect Produce takes the guesswork out of determining the best way to store your produce in order to maximize its shelf life. The app also contains more than 450,000 recipes, which can be categorized by any fruit or vegetable you choose. Plus, you’ll have at your fingertips the nutrition information for virtually every piece of produce you can imagine.

Have you tried any of these apps? Have we left out any of your favorites? Please share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

How to find cheaper car insurance in minutes

Getting a better deal on car insurance doesn't have to be hard. You can have The Zebra, an insurance comparison site compare quotes in just a few minutes and find you the best rates. Consumers save an average of $368 per year, according to the site, so if you're ready to secure your new rate, get started now.

Read Next
7 Free Tools for Saving More Money at Amazon
7 Free Tools for Saving More Money at Amazon

Use these websites and other tools to save money — or earn extra cash — when shopping at Amazon.

Can My Wife Use My Social Security Benefits While Letting Hers Grow?
Can My Wife Use My Social Security Benefits While Letting Hers Grow?

Your self-discipline in not uttering three little words helps determine whether you can use a key claiming strategy.

My Favorite Amazon Purchases From 22 Years of Shopping There
My Favorite Amazon Purchases From 22 Years of Shopping There

Yes, I’ve been shopping on Amazon since the 1990s. These are among my most beloved buys.

5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles
5 Keys to Making Your Car Last for 200,000 Miles

Pushing your car to 200,000 miles — and beyond — can save you stashes of cash. Here’s how to get there.

11 Secret Uses for Everyday Items That Will Save You Money
11 Secret Uses for Everyday Items That Will Save You Money

These are simple solutions for life’s irritations.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
This Gas Station Scam Is Victimizing More Drivers
This Gas Station Scam Is Victimizing More Drivers

For the second straight year, a growing number of Americans believe they’ve fallen prey to this scam.

7 Unusual Ways to Declutter Your Home
7 Unusual Ways to Declutter Your Home

Tired of possessions weighing you down? Here are seven ways to declutter painlessly and effectively.

7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast
7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score Fast

Your financial security might soon depend upon the strength of your credit score.

This Is the Most Popular Age for Claiming Social Security
This Is the Most Popular Age for Claiming Social Security

Both men and women are most likely to start receiving Social Security benefits at this age.

Could You Give Up These 7 Expenses to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year?
Could You Give Up These 7 Expenses to Save Thousands of Dollars a Year?

You could save more than $30,000 by setting aside these costly expenses for just one year.

6 Things You Should Never Buy at Trader Joe’s
6 Things You Should Never Buy at Trader Joe’s

We love Trader Joe’s for plenty of reasons. But think twice about this handful of products.

Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them
Don’t Toss These 7 Household Items — Sell Them

Here’s how to earn cash as you give new life to these unwanted items.

6 Legal Documents Retirees Need — but Don’t Have
6 Legal Documents Retirees Need — but Don’t Have

Few retirees have these documents that are crucial to their golden years — especially during a pandemic.

19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree
19 High-Paying Jobs You Can Get With a 2-Year Degree

These jobs pay more than the typical job in the U.S. — and no bachelor’s degree is required.

Eat This Food If You Want to Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease
Eat This Food If You Want to Avoid Alzheimer’s Disease

One type of food associated with the Mediterranean diet offers especially large benefits.

21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store
21 Things You Should Always Buy at a Dollar Store

Dollar stores have great bargains on both everyday and occasional purchases.

11 Expenses That Quietly Drain Your Wallet
11 Expenses That Quietly Drain Your Wallet

It’s scandalously easy to overspend in these areas of your life.

9 Dumb Ways You Are Ruining Your Home Value
9 Dumb Ways You Are Ruining Your Home Value

Homeowners, beware these mistakes that can drive away potential buyers.

18 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now
18 Amazon Purchases That We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Tips for Building an Emergency Stockpile
7 Tips for Building an Emergency Stockpile

A pandemic or natural disaster could leave you reliant on your existing food supply. Is your pantry prepared?

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

15 Outrageously Overpriced Products — and How to Save on Them
15 Outrageously Overpriced Products — and How to Save on Them

Retailers mark up products by hundreds of times their cost — but you don’t have to pay the premium.

Why Half of Retirees Now Owe Taxes on Social Security
Why Half of Retirees Now Owe Taxes on Social Security

Growing numbers of seniors are paying taxes on their Social Security benefits, but you might be able to avoid this fate.

11 Disgusting Household Items You Should Toss Already
11 Disgusting Household Items You Should Toss Already

Never keep these items past their prime.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.