food on the table – great for wannabe cooks!

food on the table, recipes, cooking, cooking for beginners, iphone app, android app, easy recipesI know absolutely nothing about cooking. I mean, I can boil water, and I know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich — but ask me to cook dinner? I’m stumped.

However, I want to change things — I know I’ve said it before, but I have a kitchen, and I want to make it useful. That is why I absolutely love the app “Food on the Table.” There are hundreds of helpful cooking apps out there, but I really love the clean look and thoughtful setup!

Steps:

1. Optional: select the grocery store you use most.
2. Select the ingredients you use and dietary restrictions.
3. Select Recipes. There are pictures, descriptions, nutritional information, cook times, and reviews. Standard, but helpful!
4. See your Grocery List.
5. Cook! There are, of course, easy-to-follow directions.

The feature I love most is that you can change the portion size, and the recipe automatically recalculates everything from how much you buy to how long it takes to cook.

And on that note, my second favorite feature is the Grocery List — it takes all your recipes, combines the same items together (if there’s overlap), and puts it right there on your phone in list format. Add the fact that you need milk and ice cream, take off the butter you already have in your fridge, and your grocery list is already set.

Finally, the icing on the cake? The app even finds the stores which have particular items on sale. No joke. It does all the hard work for you, and then it saves you money.

There are, of course, a couple flaws to the app. First, you can only choose three recipes per week if you are using the free version. I mean, you can view and see the instructions for all the other recipes, but it will only add three recipes to your grocery list. Second, the menu is a little limited — it is quite varied, but it is short, and that can be frustrating if you’re picky (like me) or if you have a limited amount of time in which you can cook.

You can also explore their online page at foodonthetable.com, where it’s fairly easy to navigate the website, there’s easier access to more recipes, and you have an unlimited number of recipes you can add to your menu. Score.

I highly recommend this app for wannabe-cooks; I’m sure you “experts” already have a system down, but for those of us who are just getting started? This helps. Enjoy!

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