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Cooking in Quarantine: 5 Apps That Give You Recipes for Ingredients in Your Kitchen

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Remember the last time you had a meal at a restaurant? Neither do I. Weeks into quarantine, we are all a fabulous cross between Michelin star chef and Nigella Lawson circa 2000s — read: All bets are off. One day we are simmering away the last batch of portobello mushrooms in risotto and on another, we have a singular potato staring back at us from the kitchen counter. The duality of our times is undeniable – even in our kitchens.

This is us coming to your culinary rescue with some helpful apps that tell you what you can cook with the ingredients you already have in your pantry. And the possibilities are endless.


Epicurious is a sort of cult food app with over 33,000 recipes and stats on what percentage of people would use the recipe again. This is a great app for using filters like “keto-friendly”, “vegan”, “dairy-free”.

Available for free on iOS and Android.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

Allrecipes has a great Recipes can be found by browsing through categories like ingredients on-hand, meal-type, cuisine and dietary restrictions. With 50,000 recipes at your fingertips, you are spoiled for choice. The app can be accessed on your phone, tablet and computer.

Available for free on iOS and Android.


Perfect for when you are browsing the web on your desktop or laptop – Supercook lets you streamline your search with ingredients in a two-step, asking you to narrow your search further with more specific ingredients you might have lying forgotten in your pantry. You’d be surprised by the potential of your own kitchen pantry sometimes.

Available for free on iOS and Android.


Big is a bit of an understatement for an app that has a database of over 50,000 recipes sprinkled across its various sections. The Ideas section lets you browse meal inspirations under multiple categories like breakfast, dessert, marinades etc. The “Use Up Leftovers” section curates recipes based on the leftover ingredients in your fridge that you have no idea what to do with.

Available for free on iOS and Android.


Tasty is the popular Instagram food handle that started out with step-by-step food videos and simultaneous instructions on how to prepare them. For the easiest meal, you can search for “5 ingredients or less” or “under 30 minutes” and it will whip up some of the “tastiest” quick and easy meals for those working from home.

Available for free on iOS and Android.

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