The problem with many recipe apps is they highlight recipes from one chef or a small group of chefs. “Bing Food & Drink,” however, pulls recipes from loads of celebrity chefs, cook books and food bloggers. Developers say the growing list of recipes is already close to a million.
And you can search for what you're looking for based on a whole host of criteria -- everything from food that's good for grilling to gluten free recipes. A feature you will find in many similar apps is an ingredient checklist that will compile into a digital shopping list.
Plus, once you start to prepare the meal, you can set it to hands-free mode so you don't gunk up your screen with greasy fingers. Just wave in front of the camera and your next step slides in. Since this is food and drink, the app also offers up loads of information on wines. Creators say more than 1.5 million bottles are profiled there. “Bing Food & Drink” is a free app for Windows 8 devices.
For parents dreading the whole "What can I make for school lunch?" conundrum, here is “52 School Lunches.” The app offers creative meals to pack that are curated into eight different categories: make-ahead lunches, leftovers into lunch, wraps and rolls, sandwiches, no-prep lunches, salad stacks, smoothies, and smiles on the side.
That last one is what makes this particularly helpful, giving you little tips on things to do so that your child actually looks forward to opening his or her lunchbox. Tips include putting smiley faces on foods or baking animal shaped rolls. For the most part, the meals are designed to be relatively healthy, even offering suggestions like, “If your child won't eat whole wheat bread, start by making a sandwich that's one side white, one whole wheat.”
Many of the meals don't look like typical school lunches, so you will have to come to an agreement with your child that he or she may have to go a bit out of their comfort zone and try some new stuff. “52 Lunches” is an iOS and Android app for $1.99 or it's available on Windows mobile devices for $2.99.