With 2 working parents, school schedules to keep, back-to-back activities, appointments and more these days, there’s not a whole lot of time to think about delicious dinner ideas. But with the help of the fast recipes in this iOS cooking app, and your iPhone or iPad, you can quickly make dinner menus for the week and keep your family well fed. Real Simple No Time To Cook? is a free iOS Food & Drink app that has quick and easy recipes to please the meat and non-meat eaters in your household – and these fast recipes can be made in 20, 30, or 40 minutes.
Real Simple No Time To Cook? is very straightforward. It has an attractive and easy user interface that makes it quick and simple to get right to the dinner recipes provided. Upon opening this cooking app you’ll see a white plate graphic with your 6 main ingredient categories listed: Poultry, Beef or Lamb, Pork, Seafood, Pasta, and Vegetarian. Simply choose your main ingredient, tap the 20, 30 or 40 minutes icons and hit “Go.” In a matter of seconds, Real Simple pulls back 3 quick dinner recipes for each time group using your main ingredient.
I was actually surprised by the nice variety of meal choices that can be made in under 30 minutes. You’ll find 20 minute fast recipes for Chicken and Pepper Fajitas, Mini Ranch Burgers made with ground beef, Linguine with Spicy Shrimp. And for vegetarians, your 20 minute fast recipes include Creamy Ravioli with Squash, Lemon, and Chives or Chopped Greek Salad with Pita Chips. There are even side choice suggestions, but no recipes for those. A couple of things I noticed in the Real Simple No Time To Cook? meal planning app are that almost all recipes only serve 4, Vegetarian ideas include dishes with fish and poultry, and some dinner recipes overlap into other time categories, which limits the number on free recipes available.
On a positive note, you can filter meals in this fast recipe app by main ingredient, time, and type of dish. This is great for saving you time and frustration when creating a meal plan for the week. The dish filter categories are: Low-Calorie, Make-Ahead, One-Pot, No-Cook, Family-Friendly, Easy-Elegant, and All. With each included recipe there are easy-to-follow step-by-step directions, helpful tips for each recipe, nutritional information, and even a timer. You can also share whole recipes via email, Facebook or Twitter, which is really nice since some apps only let you share a link to download the app.
Real Simple No Time To Cook? may not be one of the best cooking apps, but it is a great free recipes app to save you time, frustration, and provide you with quality dinner recipes to make your meal planning easier. However, being a free cooking app there are limitations. Unless you already have a Real Simple subscription, you will not be able to favorite, rate, search, create shopping lists, add notes or access all recipes without upgrading to the premium version. The upgrade gives you access to all recipes and functionality and is $9.99/yearly or $0.99/monthly. But either way, you will get access to fast recipes that are delicious and easy-to-make, and dinner ideas that will always be fresh since this free cooking app is updated each month.
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