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Best Lunch Recipe Apps with Grocery List

Best Lunch Recipe Apps with Grocery List

By Oct 7, 2018

After reviewing over 600 recipe apps, we’ve concluded that Yummly is our top pick. With a staggering database of over 2 million recipes to pick from, you will never run out of fresh, exciting new recipes for lunch or dinner. Chefling is our pick for runner up as it’s just like having a kitchen assistant in your pocket. No need to check your cupboards every time you cook, just check out the digital log of your pantry items before you get started.

Over 2 million recipes

Our Pick

The most personal recipe app. Start cooking recipes and food you want now.

Free
  • Free
  • 160B
Yummly Recipes & Shopping List

Yummly is our top pick with thousands of recipes added every week so you can find a virtually limitless supply of new cooking ideas! Yummly is perfect for budding chefs as well as culinary masters. Explore as many food options as you want, as often as you want! 

A digital log of your pantry

Runner Up

Totally Free | Recipes Based on Your Ingredients | Weekly Meal Planning | Pantry

Free
  • Free
  • 27B
Chefling: Recipes by Ingredient, Meal Plan, Pantry

Chefling is our pick for runner up as it relieves the frustration of trying to keep track of what’s in your cupboards. Create a digital list of everything in your pantry and update it quickly and easily every time you shop just by scanning your grocery receipt. Then find recipes with the ingredients you already have on hand!

  • Broad Search:

    Our unique algorithm scoured the App Store and Google Play Store by searching daily recipes, lunch ideas, lunch recipes and 3 other keywords. From there, we retrieved a total of 1,236 unique apps (529 Android apps and 707 iOS apps) as potential candidates.
  • Filter only high-quality apps:

    We then selected the highest quality apps from the 1,236 apps listed. We compared the number of stars, downloads, and reviews along with the velocity of these apps to create a list of the Best Apps for Lunch Recipes for both Android & iOS.
  • Rigorous Research by Editorial Team:

    Finally, our editorial team spent tens of hours checking every single listed app on our Best 10 list, comparing these apps and their features, to come up with the Best Lunch Recipe Apps with Grocery List just for you!

If you are interested in learning more about our process, find out here.

If you always forget your shopping list at home, this article is for you. Save yourself the frustration of coming home from the store without the items you need for dinner tonight. Make sure you always know what’s in your pantry and wow your friends and family with delicious, new recipes for every meal. 

When you’re looking for just the right recipe app, there are certain things you’ll want to consider. Here are 2 things that will help you decide what’s right for you:

Cooking experience

It’s helpful to consider how much cooking experience you have. If you’re new to cooking, you’ll want to find not only easy recipes, but step-by-step instructions and instructional videos to make learning enjoyable. When you’ve been cooking for years, you’ll be more interested in advanced recipes that will enhance your cooking skills and keep you challenged with lots of recipe options.

Type of cuisine

Recipe apps come with a variety of options. If you are a baker, you’ll look for apps that offer cake, pie and cookie recipes. If you want to cook a meal from another country, you’ll need to find a recipe app that focuses on the cuisine of your choice. And if you just want the option to cook anything you want, you’ll want to find a recipe app with a large variety of recipes - from cakes to casseroles. 

Our Pick

The most personal recipe app. Start cooking recipes and food you want now.

Free
  • Free
  • 160B
Yummly Recipes & Shopping List

Pros

Yummly offers recipe recommendations, helpful videos, and handy tools to broaden your cooking experiences. With lunch recipes from some of the top sites, like Epicurious, Food52, and AllRecipes, as well as smaller food blogs, you will find recipes for just about anything you want to cook. Set up your taste and nutrition preferences and Yummly will learn your likes and dislikes, and provide you with new lunch and dinner recipes you’re sure to love every day. And setting up your shopping list is as easy as a click of a button.

  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List
  • Yummly Recipes & Shopping List

Cons

If you’re allergic to garlic or don’t like cooking with garlic, you should know that Yummly does not offer the option to select garlic as an allergy ingredient or an ingredient you wish to exclude from recipes. However, you can easily eliminate the garlic from any recipe you might want to make and spice it up in your own way.

Runner Up

Totally Free | Recipes Based on Your Ingredients | Weekly Meal Planning | Pantry

Free
  • Free
  • 27B
Chefling: Recipes by Ingredient, Meal Plan, Pantry

Pros

Chefling will help you discover new recipes, step-by-step instructions, and inventory your kitchen by scanning your grocery shopping list with the handy barcode and receipt scanner to keep track of everything in your pantry. You can even categorize and maintain an inventory of shopped groceries with the “best used by” dates, so you’ll always know upcoming expiration dates.

Cons

If you don’t save your receipts, you might be disappointed when it comes time to inventory items to your pantry. Chefling offers the option to simply scan your receipt instead of scanning each individual item. However, the quick fix here is to simply save all of your grocery receipts until you’ve scanned. And if by chance you forget, you can easily scan item by item.

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