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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Works for Me Wednesday: Finding Recipes for What You Have

One of the ways I like to save money is to plan meals using what I already have on-hand. If I got a good deal on diced tomatoes two weeks ago, I might have 6 cans in the pantry. Or if my uncle shares some zucchini the size of a small country with us, I need to either freeze them or use them.

The problem...
Not always having recipes for the items that I have on-hand

The solution...
Websites that I can customize for what I have on hand

My favorite place to customize recipes is allrecipes.com. Once there I head to their Advanced Search area.



In the Advanced Search area, I can enter the ingredients I want included in the recipe. I can also enter ingredients I don't want in the recipe.

With the search shown above, I got back 595 recipes! The nice part is that they're all rated. I can even sort them by rating and just view the 5 star recipes.

I can also use the want/don't want feature when I know what dish I want to cook. I can enter the name of the dish, fill in the want/don't want lists, and find great recipes. I did this today to find a zucchini bread recipe that used what I had on-hand, including the country-sized zucchini from my uncle. The recipe was delicious!

What do you have on-hand? Can you make a meal from it? You just might be able to with the Advanced Search feature at allrecipes.com! It works for me!

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4 comments:

Ann said...

That is great! I never knew of such a site. I will have to check it out!

Buffie said...

I've only ever used their basic search feature. I didn't realize that you could do all that with the advanced search. Thanks for the tip. I will definitely be checking out their advanced search.

Jessica said...

Fabulous! I once had a cookbook that was organized by main ingredient that was similar but the recipes were all fat and sugar-laded. I had no idea such an online feature exsisted! This has actually been my latest quest for budget savings - use more of what I already have so I'm not throwing away food.

Jenna said...

I love this feature! I use it often.