Looking for some new lunch recipes to add to your collection? You’ve come to the right place. I love cooking, and I always love trying out new recipes every chance I get. Whether it be breakfast recipes, lunch recipes, dessert recipes or snack recipes, I am always eager to try new flavors and build up my cooking skills.
Just last week a friend of mine asked me where I get all my lunch recipes from. While I end up tweaking many recipes to my taste preference, most of my recipes actually come from recipe libraries I’ve found online. I ended up recommending a few recipe apps I use that have been super useful in finding quick and easy lunch food recipes anytime I want to try something new. So, I thought I would share my top 3 favorite lunch recipe apps with you, so you can diversify your lunch menu and keep it interesting.
Healthy Recipes & Calculator – Rating: 4.1, Downloads: 1M+
One of my go-to lunch recipe apps is Healthy Recipes & Calculator. What I really like about it is that there are so many recipes to choose from, that you will always find something new to try. Supposedly there are more than 500,000 recipes, which is just mind-boggling to think about. Another reason I really like it is that you can find a detailed nutritional breakdown for every recipe. In fact, recipes are broken down into 12 key nutrients, so you know exactly what you are eating and make the right food choices. I also like that you can search by preparation time, so if you are short on time, you can quickly find a recipe to cook up.
Want to find out the nutritional value of some of your home recipes? While it can take a bit of time to enter recipes manually, the detailed nutritional breakdown you get is definitely worth the effort. By entering the quantities for each ingredient, you’ll find out the amount of fiber, fat, sodium, protein, potassium, cholesterol, and more in your favorite meals.
Pros: More than 500,000 recipes, nutritional breakdown into 12 key nutrients, convenient search tools.
Cons: Takes time to manually enter recipes.
Overall: Make smart food choices with a detailed nutritional breakdown for hundreds of thousands of recipes, although it can take a bit of time to manually enter home recipes.
Mealime – Rating: 4.8, Downloads: 500K+
Another lunch recipe app I really like is Mealtime. One of the main reasons I like it is because every recipe can be made in under 30 minutes. So, if you are looking for lunch recipes you can cook quickly, this is a great choice for you. I’ve also found that the step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, so even if you don’t have cooking experience, you won’t have any problem preparing recipes. Another feature I really like is that you can get an instant grocery list just by selecting the recipes you want to cook.
The only drawback I’ve found is that there are not that many vegan recipes on the app. On the other hand, you will find a large variety of recipes for other types of diets, including vegetarian, keto, low carb, and more. For more vegan options, I recommend you try my last pick, Eat This Much.
Pros: Recipes can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, step-by-step instructions, grocery lists.
Cons: Few vegan recipes.
Overall: Cook up delicious meals in under 30 minutes regardless of your cooking experience, but you might want to look elsewhere if you are interested in vegan recipes.
Eat This Much – Rating: 4.5, Downloads: 500K+
My final pick is Eat This Much. I’ve found this to be a great choice if you want to find recipes that will help you gain muscle, maintain weight or lose fat. I found that the setup process is quick and easy to complete. You start by specifying your age, height, weight, taste preferences, and fitness goals. And, with just a few taps you will find out what your macronutrient goals should be, and get a personalized meal plan to help you reach those goals. I also like that you can track your food intake so you can always keep your macronutrient count in check.
While I’ve found the recipe recommendations to be really delicious, the weekly meal plan could use some improvement. For example, sometimes I’ve found that meals are so different in terms of the ingredients they use, that you end up with many leftover ingredients sitting in your fridge. If you want to minimize food waste, I recommend you take a look at the meal plan and swap out meal suggestions to optimize ingredient usage.
Pros: Recipe recommendations for fitness goals, macronutrient goal calculator, track food intake.
Cons: Meal plan does not optimize ingredient usage.
Overall: Great for finding recipes to help you reach your fitness goals, although the meal plan suggestions could be improved to minimize food waste.
So, these are my top 3 favorite lunch recipe apps. Although there are many more to choose from, these are the 3 that I find myself using the most. If you want to check out some other options, you might want to check out this top 10 list I found of the best lunch recipe apps.
Some of the apps I picked are mentioned on the list, and I also recognized a few other ones that I have used in the past. So, if you aren’t thrilled with my picks, you might find what you are looking for there. Have a great time cooking lunch recipes!