Sunday, June 16, 2024

Apps for the Inner Budding Chef – App Central

The reality is, we’re not all professional chefs with the skill set to whip together a last-minute gourmet dinner.  For me, living in the hustle-and-bustle of Toronto, I’m constantly searching for great, quick dinner ideas, without compromising the taste!  As always, “there’s an app for that,” and upon taste-testing various simple and elaborate recipe apps on the mobile app market, here are my three choices!

Good Food Healthy Recipes – $2.99

The “Good Food Healthy Recipes” application for the iPad offers over 150 healthy recipes, showing off stunning photos of healthy dishes, full nutritional information as well as step-by-step instructions to try out the recipes, yourself!  Recipes are sorted by course like breakfast, main, dessert or you can sort them by ingredients, save them to your favourites so you can easily access them and share them with friends and family. They’ll also take you through methods to choosing and preparing 10 healthy ingredients crucial to maintaining a healthy diet. You get a built-in cooking timer, reassuring that you, the cook, won’t burn the food or cut into raw, uncooked chicken, and you’ll find interesting twists on classic dishes and over thirty-five recipes that contain less than 200 calories per portion.

Epicurious – FREE

As far as recipe applications go, the Epicurious app is fully loaded with features to get you going. The application has over 28,000 recipes for everything you could possibly imagine. You can search for a specific recipe, or you can browse through available options in some of the pre-set menus such as “Weeknight Dinners” and “Decadent Desserts.” If you find a recipe that you like you can save recipes to your favorites list, e-mail a recipe to yourself or add the recipe to your shopping list which populates multiple recipe ingredients into one, easy to go organized list. As far as iPhone recipe applications go, this one is a no-brainer. The application has a ton of functionality and is exceptionally easy to use. In my opinion, there’s no reason not to download a copy. Best part– it’s free!

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20 Minute Meals – Jamie Oliver – $7.99

For $7.99 in the App Store, this application is one of the pricier ones currently available on the market.  Having said that, “20 Minute Meals” is far superior, compared to the other apps, offering simplicity and elegance, making your job much easier. The application offers 60 quick and easy recipes, giving you the option to add ingredients from multiple recipes to one, combined shopping list, sorted by aisle. When cooking, you’re guided through stunning step-by-step photos, allowing you to ensure that you’re on the right track! If photos aren’t enough, the application offers over an hour’s worth of video hints, tricks and tips from Jamie Oliver himself, covering a vast range of skills from using knives to cooking the perfect pasta.

What are your favourite cooking apps?  Feel free to share them with us on by leaving a comment below!  Or, share them with us on Twitter, @WinstonSih and @AppCentralTV.

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Winston Sih
Winston Sih
Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.


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