I often get stuck in a food rut where I feel I am eating the same meals repeatedly. I have a small collection of cookbooks that I occasionally turn to – my favourites incude Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Super Foods and Yotam Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem – but increasingly, I find myself turning to free recipe apps for inspiration.
There are so many benefits when switching to cooking apps, for one thing you increase counter top space and best of all there are no more sticky pages from messy fingers! As technology improves, so do the amazing features, making cooking more accessible and enjoyable.
Top 5 Free Recipe Apps
This app is easy to use, with recipes organised in helpful categories, such as ‘Fast & Fresh’, ‘Summer Dessert’ and ‘Picnic Ideas’, with recipes from some of the best creators and recipe publishers, such as Bon Appetit Magazine.
Cool Feature: Whats In Season – uses your location to show you what produce is in season (not currently available in Australia *sad face*)
Recipe to Try: Pasta with Swordfish and Cherry Tomato Sauce
WHAT’S FOR DINNER by DONNA HAY
I love this app, despite the fact it is mostly paid content, there are a couple of free categories that have recipes worth their weight in gold. Aesthetically it is well designed, clean and functional. The recipes are nurturing and wholesome.
Cool Feature: Measures – provides a range of global conversions and also standards for basics such as eggs and butter.
Recipe to Try: Moroccan Couscous with Spiced Chicken
With thousands of community created, tried and tested reviews this app is a great source for global treats.
Cool Features: Grocery List -recipes can be easily added to your grocery list for your next trip to the supermarket.
Recipe to Try: Southern Sweet Tea
I am a huge Jamie Oliver fan and this app is a sweet addition to Jamie’s website which I browse most days. There is a subscription service for those that wish to gain access to all recipes, however their featured collections showcase free recipes and are updated every Monday, making it a great resource for free recipes.
Cool Feature: Cook Mode – when you select ‘start now’ in a recipe, it displays the steps of the recipe one at a time, in any easy layout where you can swipe through each step.
Recipe to Try: Fiery Fish Stew
Ok, I know I’m cheating a little here. Whilst Pinterest is not solely a recipe app, I frequently find amazing recipes here and collate them all on a pretty ‘Feast’ board. Whilst some may not have recipes linked, the photos give inspiration on what to eat and then I can hunt for a recipe.
Cool Feature: Recipe creators have special pins set up where the recipe is displayed under the photo so you can see what you need at a glance without having to click through to the link. Makes shopping without an internet connection easier – take a screenshot!
Recipe to Try: Huckleberry Pie by Eva Kosmas Flores
Shamesless plug, but you can find me on Pinterest here: @FergMcLean
I’m now starving after writing this! I’m thinking a nice Donna Hay pasta recipe.
Happy recipe hunting and bon appetit!