Recipes That Use Food You Already Have
When I go grocery shopping, I tend to buy a number of staples: broccoli, spinach, chicken, etc. Not a planner at heart, I know through experience that I will be able to configure these ingredients in some palatable manner. This strategy, while nourishing and convenient, can sometimes lack creativity–ingredients often get tossed together in ways that are more reliable than delectable. To overcome this food rut, a new app called Su Chef allows non-planner types like me to buy our same old staples, but configure them in tasty new ways.
The app works by creating filters for recipes based on various ingredients; you can put in navy beans as your main ingredient, for example. Su Chef has other filters like type of cuisine, cook-time, which meal, dietary preferences, etc. LifeHacker says it’s like an “advanced search” for recipes.
We don’t imagine Su Chef will always find a perfect match for the contents of your fridge and your cuisine and meal of choice–e.g. using tilapia to create a German breakfast–but what it will likely do is give new ways to creatively configure your staple ingredients, or show you how to make an all new standard dishes with the addition of an ingredient or two. And Su Chef will surely provide some clever uses for your Thanksgiving leftovers. Get Su Chef for $2 on iTunes.