Be Healthy, Save Money: Cook Your Own Meals With These 5 Recipe Apps on Android

Joel Lee 17-04-2014

You can save a lot of money by cooking instead of eating out. Unfortunately, cooking the same things over and over can be boring. For simple but tasty recipes, you could start off by checking out these affordable recipe websites 4 Websites For Affordable Recipes That Won't Break the Bank Want to save a few hundred dollars every month? Stop eating out and start cooking! By cooking for yourself, you eat healthier and save money, it could even become a fun and relaxing hobby. Read More , but when you need quick recipes at the snap of your fingers, you’ll find these Android recipe apps indispensable.


Allthecooks Recipes


Allthecooks sets itself apart from most recipe apps by being a social community for cooks. It’s nice to try recipes from famous chefs and TV personalities, but sometimes it’s better to use the tried-and-true recipes that others use on a regular basis. That’s where Allthecooks shines.

Like any social network, Allthecooks allows you to post updates and share new findings to those who follow you. It’s easy to upload recipe photos and instructions and it’s even easier to search through the community by meal type, by ingredients, or by name. They even have a real-time chat feature in case you’re into that.

With an active community of thousands of users, you can’t go wrong. The recipes are always changing, new ones are always being added, and you’ll never run out of new dishes to try.

BigOven Recipes



Looking for a massive stockpile of awesome recipes? BigOven is where you want to go. The app grants you access to a database of over 250,000 different recipes from all over the world. Best of all? No registration is required to use it.

Without an account, you can search and browse the entire recipe database by keyword, by course, by ingredient, or by popular recipe collections. The app automatically handles rescaling of serving sizes and conversion between measurement metrics. For most, these features will be more than enough.

However, with a free account, you’ll gain access to more features: build your own recipe collection, submit your own recipes, add friends and share recipes, save a list of “Favorite Recipes” and “Recipes to Try Soon”, and more.

BigOven is ad-supported, but those ads can be removed with a pro membership for $20 USD per year. In addition, you gain more features: recipe web clipper, nutritional tools, extra search filters, and private notes on your recipes.


Must-Have Recipes [No Longer Available]


Must-Have Recipes is a curated selection of 500+ recipes by Better Homes and Gardens. Since the hard work has already been done for you, you can expect recipes that are no less than cream of the crop. These are must-have recipes for sure.

What I like best about this app is its beautifully clean aesthetics. The layout is clean and intuitive, making it easy to find and use the exact recipes that you need. You can share by email or through Facebook, you can add personal substitutions to recipes, and organize a recipe box with different categories.

Not satisfied with just 500 recipes? You can purchase extra chapters (each one containing another 100 recipes) for $0.99 USD per chapter. In addition to recipes, Must-Have Recipes includes 75 instructional videos full of tips and tricks to get the most out of your kitchen.


Recipes By Ingredients [No Longer Available]


Have you ever looked inside your refrigerator, saw it stocked full of ingredients, but didn’t know what you could make from it? Recipes By Ingredients can help you with that. Never again will you waste those stray carrots or that bunch of unused parsley. Great food for less waste? It’s a win-win.

With this app, you can search for recipes not only by ingredient, but also by allergies, calories, time to cook, and meal type. You can edit recipes, save recipes, back them up to the cloud, share them with friends, and even count your calories with a built-in tracker. It’s a fantastic tool to have on hand for a handful of different uses.

If Recipes By Ingredients doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, you should try these other apps that convert ingredients into recipes Don't Forget That Food! Three Great Android Apps To Get Food From Your Fridge To Your Belly It's funny how sometimes you see an app and realize that it would be the most useful thing you can imagine. Read More .


My Cocktail Bar


What good is food if you don’t have tasty drinks to go alongside it? If you’re itching for something more involved than a pint of beer or a glass of wine, perhaps you ought to try making your own cocktails. Should you choose to give it a go, My Cocktail Bar will be the perfect aid.

Set aside the margarita mix and take a browse through the app’s cocktail recipes. They present a curated list that only includes the best and most popular cocktails so you don’t have to worry about running across strange concoctions that can ruin your night. Search by ingredients, favorite recipes, and even experiment with your own personal creations.

Are there any good recipe apps that I missed? Share your favorite ones with us in the comments!

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  1. bot
    April 17, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    hello UMI friends! i like all this cooking apps. do you also like this apps umi friends?