|The issue that got me hooked. Courtesy of cookinglight.com|
So when I heard that Cooking Light had made it’s own app for iPad and iPhone, I was overjoyed. The “Quick & Healthy Menu Maker App” is genius. How often do you prepare a nice healthy main course only to wreck it with some ridiculous side that ends up negating the healthiness of the original dish? Or, if you’re like me, how many times do you struggle to find a side that would complement the other components of the meal?
Mango Shrimp Kabobs, Corn with Lime and Chipotle, Wild Rice Pilaf with Pecans, and Yogurt with Berry Sauce. How wonderful does this dinner look? (If you click on the photo above, it will enlarge so you can actually read what it says.) The photo above is a screen shot from the Corn. I received corn as part of my CSA share this week so I was excited to see this recipe. I came across the recipe by scrolling through the “vegetable” sides. I then clicked the “suggested menus” button and that gave me suggestions for a main meal, another side, and a dessert.
- Love the suggested menu option. Not only are there multiple suggestions, but you can use it by starting off with any part of the meal: Main dish, Side, or Dessert. Genius!
- You have the option to save a specific recipe you enjoy or the whole menu
- You can also e-mail the recipe or menu straight from the app.
- The nutrition per serving is very helpful. Includes all parts of the dish. It also breaks down fat and sodium content.
- The photos are spectacular. I was so hungry after playing around with the app!
- Cons/Suggested Improvements:
- There is no “search” feature. So if you find a recipe you love and don’t save it, you have to scroll through a bunch of other recipes before finding it again. Bummer.
- It would be nice if there was a way to choose ingredients you had on hand and have menus/recipes suggested that include those recipes.
- Another possible improvement: adding a shopping list feature. It would make the app more useful in the supermarket.
- The app is so large, it crashed the iPad a few times. Slightly frustrating but not a deal breaker.
- I think I’ve already managed to scroll through all of the recipes, so I hope the app is continuously updated with new and delicious meals!
- When I tried to e-mail the menu to myself, I realized there is no way to do so. You have to go through recipe by recipe and e-mail them out.
- I personally am a Droid aficionado. I hope this becomes available for my beloved Android in the near future!
So if you managed to stay with me this entire time, I have a little reward. Cooking Light was kind enough to give me five free codes to their app! To be eligible to receive one of these codes you must meet the following requirements:
- Have an iPhone or iPad (this is kind of mandatory, sorry)
- Be willing to write either a blog post review of the app on your own site OR a guest review post on my site OR just send me an e-mail with your thoughts about the app
- “Like” my facebook page AND/OR follow me on twitter
Note: if you have used the Cooking Light App and have any comments, don’t hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear your opinions! To read up on another blogger’s thoughts on the app, check out Katie K. is Losing It. She has used the app on a few posts so far, and has found some great recipes.