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Can't Decide What To Cook? Use

It's a weekday night and you're at a loss as to what to cook for dinner. How many of you have been in this situation? You look at all the food in your refrigerator, pantry, freezer and cabinets, and a combination of ingredients isn't coming together. What if there was a resource to give you numerous amounts of recipes that include the things you have in your kitchen? allows you to select the ingredients you have in your kitchen, and does the work for you by listing recipes that include those ingredients.

You have two options to select ingredients: Quick Find or Full Ingredients List. If you're in a hurry, looking through the full ingredients list takes more time, so the quick find list allows you to select generic ingredients like beef (in General) or rice (in General). When you use the full ingredients list, every ingredient you could possibly have in your kitchen is listed under specific categories like Cereal, Condiments: Salad Dressings or Meats: Poultry.

After you select the ingredients you currently have in your kitchen, save the ingredients for later, especially if you have them in your kitchen frequently, and you can quickly search for recipes the next time you use the website.

Once you've selected the ingredients in your kitchen, click the search for recipes button and the website generates recipes that include the ingredients you have, but also tells you what percentage of the ingredients you have to create that recipe. Now, I know you're probably thinking that some of these recipes aren't going to taste great because all of the ingredients in your kitchen can't go together, and probably shouldn't. But, the recipes generated from the website range from simple to complex, such as, dried strawberries and popovers to crab benedict and granola bites.

For a test run, I selected all of the ingredients I could remember in my kitchen, then sorted by breakfast and found peanut butter and jelly French toast. It's a simple recipe, but I probably wouldn't have thought of it myself -- it tasted great, too.

Even after you've received the list of recipes that includes the ingredients you have in your kitchen, you can further refine your search by percentage of ingredients, the meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert, etc.), number of ingredients, cooking time, dietary needs and nutrition.

Registered users contribute to the list of recipes by selecting the tab Submit a Recipe. So you know that the recipes have at least been tried by someone before. If you like the recipes you've made, bookmark them and save them for later.

Other features include finding coupons and creating a grocery list of ingredients you might be missing or you know will need.

Looking in the refrigerator or pantry overwhelms and stumps us at times when we are about to make a meal, but My Fridge Food helps solve this problem. You may know how to make most of the recipes generated on the website, and that's great, but when you're at a loss as to what to cook, My Fridge Food is a handy tool you should take advantage of.

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Molly Dunn
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