Q: How Can I Search For Recipes to Suit My Needs?

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You can filter your search for recipes based on health rating (priortize most nutrititous recipes), time (fastest recipes first), simplicity (minimal ingredients for easy preparation), or what you've added to your cookbook most recently. For example, if you're thinking you want to prepare a chicken dish for dinner an evening next week, but prefer to keep it simple - just type in "chicken" and then hit "simplicity":

Our search engine allows you to do something no other tool can offer! Type the "#" before one of the terms below, followed by a ">" (more than) or "<" (less than) symbol to filter recipes by your desired amount of nutrients. 

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These are some common ones to try: 

  • #carbs>   
  • #carbs<
  • #fat> 
  • #fat<
  • #protein>
  • #protein<
  • #calories>
  • #calories< 
  • #iron>
  • #iron<

For example if you wanted to find a recipe with less than 600 calories type "#calories<600" into the search engine like this: 

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                                                               Click here to watch a video on how to search using this method.

Some other ways to customize your recipe search can be achieved by typing the search terms followed by your desired ingredient or dish:

  • #mine – searches recipes you have created as well as those you have emailed in
  • #all – can be used to bypass diet restrictions, if you have any
  • #not/no –  means that all terms following #not are excluded from your search (except key words)
  • Quotation marks ("") – Use quotation marks to search for recipes containing ingredients with 2 or more words. For example, if you're looking for coconut flour - a term that requires TWO separate words, you need to put quotes around them and search “coconut flour”, or the system will think its coconut and flour (those 2 separate things).

Also, our advanced search allows you to find the following types of recipes by including the search term in the search bar (even if the recipe itself doesn't have the word in the title/instructions):

  • kids - marked as kid friendly in recipe editor
  • baby - marked as kid friendly in recipe editor
  • raw- no cooking time
  • dairyfree, dairy-free, dairy free, non-dairy
  • pescetarian
  • vegetarian
  • vegan
  • glutenfree, gluten-free, gluten free
  • seafoodfree
  • eggfree
  • keto

Of course, you can also search more generally like:

  • Appetizer
  •  Beverage or Drink
  • Breakfast
  • Dessert or Sweet
  • Lunch
  • Main or Dinner
  • Salad
  • Side
  • Snack
  • Soup


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