Your Virtual Chef: Essential Cooking Apps for the Busy Mom

Remember how easy Jane Jetson had it? A robot maid at her disposal and an automated kitchen that only required a couple of taps of a button and dinner was served. Modern technology hasn’t quite caught up with Hanna Barbera, but with your smartphone at your side you’ll get pretty close. Whether you’re looking for a tasty new recipe or you want to match that heavenly pasta dish you had at Di Giatano’s, there’s an app for that. Actually, there are several cooking apps available for mobile phones. Many have basic similarities, but they all have a unique feature that makes them useful in their own way. Work at home mommy or mom on the run, whatever role you play there’s a recipe app that will help you answer the question, “What’s for dinner?”

Mobile Recipe Box

It might be useful to carry around that tin recipe box you started filling back in Home Ec, but it would be more than a little cumbersome. And the first time you spill all your recipe cards in the spice aisle at the market, it would be embarrassing, too. But isn’t it typical that you’re nowhere near your trusty recipe box when you need to grab a few things at the grocery store? Recipe Box for BlackBerry 10 to the rescue! According to Crackberry1 you can search a list of recipes or go straight to your list of favorites. Each recipe shows a delectable pic of the finished dish and by tapping on the “details” tab, you get a handy shopping list that allows you to check the items off as you shop.

Search by Ingredient

It happens all the time. You have a few obscure ingredients sitting in the pantry or fridge waiting to reach their expiration date. Wouldn’t it be great if you could actually use them to create a meal? Thankfully app developers think so, too. One of the over 400 cooking apps for BlackBerry cell phones2 ┬áis Recipes by Ingredients. According to Goodereader.com.3 it’s quite versatile, allowing you to search by one or multiple ingredients, by meal type or you can even do an allergy conscious search. It comes with over 175,000 recipes, but you can add your favorites and even upload images of your culinary triumphs. It also has an editing capability that allows you to make notes or changes to truly personalize this handy recipe collection.

Cooking With the Stars

If Food Network is on 24-7 at your house, you’ve already got the site bookmarked on the laptop in your kitchen. Now you can access those star-quality dishes from your smartphone with the Food Network app. It not only puts the must-have recipes and FN Stars at your fingertips, this app also has all the features you want in a cooking app. Meal planners, search options and shopping lists — with Food Network on your cell phone, you can’t go wrong.4

Tasty and Nutritious

You don’t have to sacrifice flavor for healthy eating, and the Spark Recipes app is here to prove it. Listed in MomeoMagazine.com’s5 Top 10 Blackberry Apps for Work-at-Home Moms, this one comes with over 2 million healthy recipes. And that’s not all. Not only does Spark Recipes provide you with shopping lists and search options, but it also gives you calorie counts and nutritional data for each recipe, invaluable information when it comes time for meal planning.



1 http://crackberry.com/recipe-box-blackberry-10

2 http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/search/cooking/?countrycode=US

3 http://apps.goodereader.com/playbook/blackberry-playbook-travel-and-leisure-apps/?did=13412

4 http://crackberry.com/food-network-launches-mobile-app-blackberry

5 http://www.momeomagazine.com/blackberry-apps-top-10-blackberry-apps-for-work-at-home-moms/