5 Recipe search sites to help use up pantry ingredients (with 10 recipes)

Are you sheltering in place or stuck at home? Are you tired of the same boring recipes? I’ve found 5 different websites that offer a recipe search by ingredients. The basic idea with these sites is you tell the site what you have on hand and it spits out recipes you can cook using those ingredients. I tried them all out and some are better than others. But you should be able to find something at one of these five sites. Step out of your routine and get creative! I’ve also included 10 recipes I found while searching these sites. I hope you enjoy!

Super Cook

Inputting chicken, butter and rice, I came up with the following recipes:

Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

From; Just a Pinch Recipes
Outback Steakhouse Alice Springs Chicken

Persian Rice with Golden Crust

From: Epicurious

Recipe Puppy

On this site, I input tuna and rice. and, eventually, came up with this recipe. This site was a bit more frustrating to use. Many of the recipes I wanted, led to a general site and not the actual recipe. I had to sift through a lot of “tuna salad” and “tuna casserole” recipes before finding this one.

Tuna and Brown Rice Salad

From: Food.com

Recipe Land

On this site, I began by inputting salmon and pasta. This, however, only retrieved 4 recipes. So, I simply put in salmon and came up with five pages of recipes, including the ones below:

Creamy Salmon and New Potato Salad

From Recipe Land

Cheddar Salmon Cakes

From: Recipe Land

Old Fashioned Salmon Loaf

From: Recipe Land

Food Combo

This site was quite different than the others. It has a “pantry” function. I was able to put in 15 different items. You can unlock premium features and put in more for a one time fee of $9.99.
Here’s the recipe I found after figuring out how the site worked. I was a bit frustrated at first. It seems unnecessarily complex. However, once I figured out how it worked, I realized this site is jam packed with recipes. I believe it may be worth the one time fee of $10. The pantry function is nice. The ability to put in more than 15 items would be wonderful. You could fill the pantry with everything you have on hand and find just the right recipe.

Meatloaf Potato Casserole

From: Food.com

Slow Cooker Creole Chicken Stew

From: The Gracious Pantry

Brown Sugar Salmon

From: Slender Kitchen

My Fridge Food

This site was just okay. I don’t think it was quite up to the quality of the other sites. On the main page, you select ingredients from a limited list and search. Unlike the other sites, which link to other recipe sites on the internet, the recipes here appear to all be submitted by other users and limited to just this site. This is fine, but limits the number of recipes available. Here’s what I found:

Chicken Stuffed Peppers

From My Fridge Food

Closing thoughts:

Life and food doesn’t have to be boring, even when you’re stuck at home. Think of it as a challenge…you have 5 random ingredients and get creative…or use one of the five sites I’ve highlighted here. Go ahead…let out your inner chef!

Author: Tamara Hoerner

Welcome to The Purple Almond Wellness! I’m Tamara Hoerner, MHNE, ROHP/RNCP wellness educator and founder of Purple Almond Wellness. I work with middle-age individuals to help support brain health and develop whole body wellness, in order to improve the quality of their mid-life years. Heart and Alzheimer’s diseases run in my family and I struggled with weight loss, so I strive to help others with similar conditions. Using only nutrition, I rid my body of seasonal allergies, Psoriatic Arthritis and migraines, as well as cured my insomnia. I know what it takes to use food as medicine, especially in middle age. As a wellness educator and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Hawthorn University, I develop personalized nutrition plans and wellness education sessions, to help clients. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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