Nowadays, we all can spend too much time on our electronics. We are bound to our portable screens, continually on the go without much thought and care to the sacredness found at home in our kitchen. We have succumbed to frozen meals and microwaves because we either don’t have the time to cook or we don’t know how to combat our habits. It doesn’t have to be this way! Our two worlds of electronics and cooking can come together in harmony. Whether you’re a lazy cook, a bad cook, or a chef, it’s important to use the tools we have to generate recipe and kitchen inspiration so we are more connected to our food, and ultimately, ourselves.
Let’s put our smartphones to good use. There is a growing amount of health, wellness and food related apps, with plant-based and vegan ones making headway. Check out these Top Ten Apps for vegan eaters and plant-based followers. For those who are trying to learn how to cook- have no fear, there are apps for that too! With thousands of recipes and kitchen tips, here are ten of the best, how-to cooking apps for plant-based eaters:
The Food Monster App is a must-have food app available for both Androidand iPhone. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to cut out or reduce allergens like meat, dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, grains, and more find awesome recipes, cooking tips, articles, product recommendations and how-tos. The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions.
The Food Monster App has over 8000+ recipes and 500 are free. To access the rest, you have to pay a subscription fee but it’s totally worth it because not only do you get instant access to 8000+ recipes, you get 10 NEW recipes every day! You can also make meal plans, add bookmarks, read feature stories, and browse recipes across hundreds of categories like diet, cuisine, meal type, occasion, ingredient, popular, seasonal, and so much more!
2. Kitchen Stories – Free
Is the kitchen not your most comfortable place? You’re not alone. Kitchen Stories can help out with this. Learn how to chop an onion, bake a cake, or make a 20-minute meal all at the touch of your fingertips. Download the Kitchen Stories app to connect yourself to like-minded communities, share your own recipes and learn from all sorts of food lovers. With how-to videos and step-by-step photo instructions for recipes, anyone can cook plant-based with Kitchen Stories.
3. YogicFoods – $1.99
Balance your body, mind, and pantry. YogicFoods is a great guide to help build healthy relationships with food. This app will teach you about the body chakras and connect recipes and ingredients to these. You can easily find recipes suitable for vegan, gluten-free or nut-free diets. Whether you follow a plant-based yogi diet already, or you’re simply looking to incorporate more thoughtful ingredients into your meals, download this YogicFoods app for creative and insightful ideas.
4. Forks Over Knives – $4.99
Based on the critically acclaimed film, Forks Over Knives is essential for plant-based eaters. This app is extremely user-friendly with the ability to make convenient grocery lists through iCloud and follow step-by-step instructions for recipes. You can filter through the 20 different contributed chefs and 180 meal ideas to find a recipe that you’ll surely love. Download the Forks Over Knives app to delve deep into a plant-based journey of eating.
5. 101 Juice Recipes – $14.99
Reboot your diet and drink some juice! 101 Juice Recipes was designed by Joe Cross, the star of the documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead.” This app features juice recipes to fuel your body and shows you tutorials on how to make juice properly. There are juice recipes for helping any type of sickness- from the common cold to diabetes to arthritis. Being very user-friendly, you can search through recipes by ingredients and juice color. Download the 101 Juice Recipes app to taste the rainbow and get glowing.
6. 5000+ Vegan Recipes- $1.99
Plant-based food is suitable for any tastes and desires. Download the 5000+ Vegan Recipes app to make gourmet, indulgent, light, fresh or satisfying meals. This app is great for plant-based newbie cooks as there are simple recipes for pasta, stir-fries and casseroles, while also being great for long-term vegans looking for some ideas to spruce up their diets. Plant-based eating can often viewed as restrictive, however with the help of 5000+ Vegan Recipes, veganism can become anything but that.
7. Look & Cook – Free
Get your own private assistant chef with this app. With the inclusion of recipes, a timer and easy cooking techniques tips, Look & Cook is a foolproof teaching experience. This app shows gorgeous photos of food and ingredients, making your kitchen experience feel fun and worthwhile. Look & Cook is also perfect for those lazy cooks who need some meal inspiration! Download this Look & Cook app for an interactive, yet relaxing way to seriously improve your meals and impress anyone.
8. How to Cook Everything: Cooking Basics – $7.99
Get some kitchen confidence and download this How to Cook Everything: Cooking Basics app. Mark Bittman has created numerous apps on how to cook everything. This app breaks down the basics of chopping vegetables, marinating plant-based ingredients, and even how to buy and organize your pantry or refrigerator. With 185 simple recipes included, there are also gorgeous photos and easy navigation to help you find just the right idea for your next meal. Cooking can be easy with this app, and cooking plant-based has never felt simpler.
9. Healthy Desserts – $3.99
Get your sweet tooth on and download this Healthy Desserts app. This app holds wonderful inspiration for making a plant-based dessert on any occasion. Healthy Desserts has over 60 delicious recipes which only use natural sweeteners, fresh fruits, and whole grains. There are numerous vegan and raw recipes, as well as recipes that focus on protein or being gluten-free. This app features bright photos that will be sure to convince you to choose a healthy dessert that will leave your body feeling radiant.
10. Vegan Nom Nom – Free
Find any recipe you can think of with Vegan Nom Nom. With a collection of over 20,000 recipes from the web, this app will absolutely offer something you’ll love. From sweets like blueberry cobbler, to protein-based meals like roasted seitan, refine your search your way. Easily accessible, bookmark your favorite recipes and share them to your family and friends. Download this Vegan Nom Nom app for a fast, fresh and free cookbook.
11. Vitamins 101 – $1.99
This app has everything you’ll ever need to know about food nutrients and vitamins. A massive database, download this Vitamins 101 app to learn about plant-based ingredients. From broccoli to oats to lemons to tofu, Vitamins 101 can give you caloric, mineral, fat, protein and carbohydrate information. This app is particularly great for plant-based eaters as it will help us to choose foods that will nourish our bodies inside out.
Now Get Cooking!
So get back into your kitchen and start cooking! Apps can be your personal teacher and fun recipes and kitchen techniques can become your friends. These are only 10 apps that could benefit a plant-based lifestyle, however there are so many more out there that a plant-based eater would love. From ingredient suggestions to healthy recipes, these apps are sure to make your life a little more convenient and easy.
Is there an app that you think our Green Monsters would love? We would love to hear about your favorites, share your comments to us!
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