Cool recipe sites?

  1. Here are some recipe sites i use. Today i was searching around for a great recipe for a carry in, and thought, some of these sites might be worth sharing on AN.

    This one, "Kraft recipes"-------- although it sounds corny, and not every recipe on that site would be appealing for a healthnut, (but they DO have a healthy recipe area)

    is still a great recipe site for cooks on a budget, and cooks who prefer recipes that often use very simple common ingredients, and very few ingredients. I myself tend to prefer recipes that do not have bazillions of ingredients.

    besides using simple everyday ingredients,
    Other things i like about THAT SITE, include, one can have your own "recipe box" to save your favorite recipes,
    you can (and SHOULD) read the reviews below the recipe, hearing from others who have made it is a plus,
    and you can also hit "add to my shopping list" to print up ingredients you need to buy,
    you can also search in the "Healthy" recipe area,
    the "Budget" recipe area,
    the "Quick and Easy" areas,
    and many other ways they offer to divide up recipes,
    like hors d'oeuvres, holiday foods, party foods, side dishes, seasonal recipes,

    also, each and every recipe, gives calorie count and nutritional info on every recipe.

    Also, one of the coolest of all features is,
    thingie over on right hand side of the page
    , after you click on "recipes", you get this screen:
    There, you can type in up to 3 ingredients, and get recipes using those 3 ingredients.

    cool, eh?

    THAT SITE, the "Kraft Recipe" site, is where i found my all time favorite way to make fish:

    ^AWESOME recipe, that i've used for years and years, so simple, so easy, great to make for company, as it doesn't require much attendance,
    and everyone demands the recipe...can be used to make other meats, too.
    We grill outdoors all year long,
    we always just shovel path through the snow to the grill,
    and i much much prefer to always cook fish outdoors anyway.

    Even people who say they don't care for fish, LOVE that recipe.

    Last edit by somenurse on Jan 19, '13
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  3. by   somenurse
    Here is another site, more about health and fitness than recipes,
    does contain a huge recipe section, as well, with most of their recipes focused on being lower calorie.
    Free Calorie Counter, Diet & Exercise Journal |

    You can post a question about any type of dish that you want a lower calorie version for,
    and within minutes, have several choices to look over.

    ^that site has very nifty calorie counter one can use to log their daily calories, too.
    That "food diary" will also measure your protein, sugar, potassium, sodium, cholesterols, etc etc etc, depending on which 5 nutritonal items you want measured.
    The food diary can be set to private, or, you can allow others to see it, sometimes getting good tips. Members there
    tend to egg each other on, to eat healthy, to get back up and try again if they messed up,
    to generally support each other as they struggle with various food issues
    or food-related health concerns.
    That site has "sub-groups" too, that one can search for, and join, like "Diabetics" or "Weight lifters" or "Woman Over 50" or "People with over 100 lbs to lose" or "Bulemics" or "Arthritis" groups, you name it, there's probably a sub-group for it there...... etc etc.

    I kind of think, anytime you ever take the few minute a day,
    to log all your food intake, (even if it's only for your own eyes alone)
    for a week or two,
    you might have an "ah ha!" moment, might learn something about how you really do eat.
    Last edit by somenurse on Jan 19, '13
  4. by   somenurse
    I've found some very good recipes here, too,
  5. by   herring_RN
    I really like guacamole.
  6. by   somenurse
    Quote from herring_RN
    I really like guacamole.
    That's so cute! I like *some* gaucamole, some i don't. I kinda wish i liked gaucamole more, as it has so many health bennies to it,
    but, it's kinda pain to make, imo. Herring, do you make your own, or buy ready made?

    I love spicey hummus, just love it. I don't make it, i buy some spicey flavored ones at the store, and especially love to dip those wedgie-cut carrots into it, but i'll use on green peppers or whatever fresh veggie i have..

    I can eat almost half bag of wedgie cut (crinkle cut) carrots if i have some spicey hummus, which is like half the calories of a dip. I try to put on only thin coat of hummus, to further cut the calories, so i can eat more and more of those crinkle-cut carrots.

    not sure why those taste so much better to me than carrot sticks, but, they do. ha ha!!
    Last edit by somenurse on Jan 19, '13
  7. by   herring_RN
    I just mash an avocado with a fork and mix in finely chopped onion, garlic, and tomato with salsa from a jar.
    I get flavored hummus at the store.
    I did learn an easy way to use the beans here.
    Last edit by herring_RN on Jan 19, '13 : Reason: typo
  8. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from Jean Marie46514
    Dangerous question. Very dangerous.

    I love to cook. While many folks at work are happy to grumble about the lousy & tasteless choices available from our cafeteria, I try to bring in something yummy every day (or night, if I'm on nights).

    With the HUGE availability of recipes online, there's almost no excuse for boring food. Just search, and be willing to TRY different things.

    I've probably got over a hundred recipe related bookmarks on my computer browser, mixed with dozens of cookbooks, and a nicely stocked recipe management software package (Mastercook).

    My favorite "go to" recipe website is probably . I usually search for recipes that have lots & lots of excellent reviews (not just a few folks saying that a recipe is good.

    Another source for yummy, fairly healthy, recipes is Cooking Light (magazine or website).
    Cooking Light Recipes - Cooking Light

    I made a version of this for the most recent Christmas carry-in at work.
    Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice Recipe -

    I get new recipes and recipe ideas from NY Times, LA Times, NPR websites.

    Here are some other recipes (and recipe websites) to try:

    Thai food, from a most excellent seller of Thai ingredients & knives
    Thai Recipes and Chef Techniques from Thailand /

    Chinese food:
    Easy Chinese Recipes and Meals - Chinese Cuisine - Easy Recipes and Meals

    Dominican Republic (a favorite rice/chicken/coconut recipe):
    Recipe: Moro de guandules con coco (Rice, pigeon peas and coconut) – Dominican Cooking

    Japanese Onigiri rice balls:
    BLACK MOON - Traditional Rice dishes of Japan.

    Japanese pickles:
    Recipe: A Five-Hour Japanese Pickle; the Sweetness of Salt (SpiceLines)

    Falafel: - for the world-wide Palestine community

    If you like hummus, try this recipe, from a Romanian friend:

    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Hummus - Stela's Recipe

    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    2 cans garbanzo beans (15 oz cans) -- rinsed, well drained
    5 ounces fire roasted red bell pepper (1/3 of 15 oz
    jar) -- drained
    2 teaspoons minced garlic
    1 cup flat leaf Parsley -- chopped
    6 tablespoons lime juice
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper -- ground
    1/2 teaspoon cumin -- toasted & ground
    2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

    Put all ingredients except red pepper & parsley & olive oil into food processor. Gradually add olive oil as beans are ground up.

    Once garbanzo beans are broken up & ALMOST fine enough, add red pepper & parsley to food processor. Add olive oil & adjust to final consistency.

  9. by   somenurse
    ohmidawg, i could SOooo live off of the kind of food that CrufflerJJ makes!! Where is the LOVE button!!?? I am so going to try those recipes!! New sites to me, can't wait to check those out!! so so glad you posted those!
    I need some flavor and taste, don't much care for bland at all, not at all. Your ideas sound like stuff I'd love to eat, i love recipes from other lands so much, especially if they use spices a lot.

    HerringRN, you and CrufflerJJ make hummus and/or gaucamole sound so easy to make. I will have to rethink my idea it's easier to just buy ready-made...or that i really could make some that tastes pretty decent. Might have to give that a try.
    Last edit by somenurse on Jan 19, '13
  10. by   TheCommuter
    I have used previously with good results. I would say that the recipes are clearly laid out, the ratings are fair, and the website looks welcoming (not too much of an eyesore due to minimal ads).
  11. by   CrufflerJJ
    Guacamole isn't just a dip. You can also use it on hamburgers.

    Here's a neat recipe, in which the smoky flavor of chipotle chiles is used to "kick up" the flavor/texture of guac:

    * Exported from MasterCook *

    Guacamole with Chipotle Chiles

    Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
    -------- ------------ --------------------------------
    4 Haas avocodos (or 1 package guacamole)
    juice of one small lime
    1/2 onion -- minced
    1 large tomato or (1 can Rotel tomatoes/g. chilies
    drained) -- peeled and chopped
    1 chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce
    (just 1 chile pepper - NOT the whole can!) -- minced
    1/4 cup cilantro -- minced
    1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt

    Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits.
    Use a large spoon to scoop the flesh into a bowl.

    Use a fork to mash slightly, leaving it chunky.
    Or use 1 package guacamole (two are usually in a box)

    Squeeze the lime juice over the avocados.
    Stir in onion, tomato, chipotle chile(s) & cilantro.

    Season with salt to taste.

    NOTE: This is excellent on hamburgers.

    "Dayton Daily Newspaper - Best of 2002"
    "3 cups"
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    I use many of the websites JJ posted. I love the one JeanMarie posted where you type in ingredients you have on hand. I actually did that tonight but used google and typed "Chicken, spinach, onions". Came up with a chicken recipe that is baking in the oven right now.

    Guacamole to me is simply mashed up avocados . . . I don't want a bunch of other stuff in it. It is easy to make either way.
  13. by   Esme12
    I LOVE to cook.....I love there are a ton of homemade various authentic ethnic recipes.
  14. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from Esme12
    I LOVE to cook.....I love there are a ton of homemade various authentic ethnic recipes.
    Thanks! I've not used that website in the past. I've added it to my ever-growing Cooking Related bookmark folder.

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