What’s For Dinner? How to Navigate the Internet to Meet your Cooking Needs

Whether you live alone or have a family to feed, figuring what to make for dinner is a challenge. The Internet is full of recipes easy and complicated–you could spend days searching through all the websites! To save you time, I did a thorough search and have found sites that are user friendly with easy recipes and are all free!

Myrecipes.com: A database of recipes from Cooking Light, Southern Living, Sunset, Coastal Living, Cottage Living, and Health Magazines. The options are endless of how you can use this site; everything from complimentary daily newsletters to creating your own virtual cookbook. Nutrition Facts are available for the recipes. You can create shopping lists, view “how to” videos, and plan the menu for your next dinner party.

Supercook.com: A recipe search engine; you put the ingredients in that you have in your kitchen and they turn them into dinner! It is actually a search engine (like google or yahoo) so the site is constantly crawling to find new recipes. Great for last minute decisions!

Allrecipes.com: A database of free recipes that have been created, tested, reviewed and approved by home cooks. You can create a free profile where you can manage you recipes, review meals you have tasted, and share your favorite dinners. Complimentary newsletters are available.

airc.org (American Institute for Cancer Research): This organization is a leading charity in the field of diet, physical activity and weight management as it relates to cancer prevention. AICR supports research into the role of diet and physical activity in the prevention and treatment of cancer. Its weekly health-e-recipe newsletter provides simple and easy to follow recipes in keeping with the dietary guidelines for cancer prevention.

Eatingwell.com: The website for the award winning national consumer magazine offers several complimentary newsletters. It you are looking more more than just a recipe, this is the site for you! Information on health and nutrition is also available, but what you get may be more in the lines of dieting tips that may cause more harm then good.

Other sites you may want to add to your favorites are foodnetwork.com and epicurious.com. Keep your eyes out for a new website, cookstr.com, a place where star chefs will share their culinary secrets.
Bon appetite!