Top 50 Food Apps for Moms
Whether you're placating hungry kiddos, planning the week's menu, or getting ready for an all-too-rare date night, you're constantly answering the question: What's for dinner? Luckily, with its ability to keep you organized, map store routes, and gather reviews and recipes in seconds, your smartphone was built to solve this daily dilemma.
For Babble's roundup of the top 50 iPhone, iPad, and Android food apps for moms, we tried to cover the range of food-related thinking: from grocery shopping to meal preparation, all the way to food allergies and other dietary specifics that might be concerns for your family. In the end we were happy to find that many of our picks were available across not just the iPhone and iPad, but also the Android - because, unlike smartphone preferences, the love of a good meal is universal. We've broken down our top 50 food apps by category, price, and platform (iPhone, iPad, Android, or all of the above). We tried to find free versions of the apps wherever possible, but the truth is, many free apps either include ads or limit the number of features you can use. So if the paid version of an app felt stronger, then that's the app we recommended. We hope you have as much fun checking these out as we did testing them.
- Aaron Burgess
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How to Cook Everything
No offense to Betty Crocker, but when it comes to putting artful cooking techniques and creative, modern recipes into terms the family chef can understand, Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything might be the only kitchen guide we need. Bittman’s guide is a heck of a lot lighter in app form and just as essential, featuring over 2,000 recipes in all, organized into how easy they are to prepare. (Busy moms will especially like the “fast” and “make-ahead” sections.) You can also search based on ingredients, meal types, techniques, and other criteria; when you find a keeper, you can save that recipe to your favorites. While the basic recipes and photos are alluring enough, many recipes include variations so you can spice things up. Because while simple roasted chicken makes a wonderful family meal, sooner or later you’re going to want to do something else with that bird.