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I consider it a personal challenge. And an attempt to overcome my lack of confidence in the kitchen.
I’ve decided that a large part of my frustration in the past has been twofold:
- Finding recipes that utilize ingredients that I already have on hand.
- Finding tasty recipes that are quick & easy to make.
My overall goal is to reduce the number of times we eat out each week. (Trust me, it’s a lot!)
For now, my primary goal is to remove the intimidation factor by simply making recipes that adapt to my pantry (…rather than making my pantry adapt to the recipes).
Perhaps you remember my last fiasco…
This time, I definitely won’t be stocking up on all of the possible ingredients that I think I might want to include in a dish… some time… in the near future… before I get tired of cooking again.
In fact, the point of this article is to share a handful of fun websites I found that let you type in the ingredients you already have on hand. After a simple search, you get a complete list of recipes that include the ingredients you entered. It’s as simple as that!
My Favorite “Cook From Your Own Ingredients” Websites
For the purposes of this article, I set out to find recipes which included these ingredients:
- taco seasoning
- sour cream
- cream cheese
Yes, I could obviously make tacos or some other Mexican dish rather easily. But that’s not exactly what I was after.
I was mostly looking for other ways to use up those ingredients (mostly the sour cream and cream cheese) before they went bad.
So the search was on.
I used the following Ingredients Search recipe sites to find fun recipes with those ingredients, and here’s what I found…
It found 6 recipes with ALL of the above ingredients plus 2,000 other recipes that would only require one or two additional ingredients. Bonus: It’s a cinch to see all of the additional ingredients that could yield even more recipes. Just add them one-by-one to your list of ingredients in order to increase the number of recipes found. And… you can even choose a specific category to narrow down the choices to say, Dinner recipes, instead of seeing a lot of recipes for Dips & Sauces.
It found 11 recipes with the “sour cream” ingredient and 13 recipes with the “cream cheese” ingredient.
It found 100 recipes with the above ingredients. It’s no frills, that’s for sure.
It found 165 recipes with the above ingredients. It looks dynamic and modern, but it’s a little clunky the first few times you use it.
It found 19 recipes with the above ingredients. However, most required a number of additional ingredients as well.
It found 12 recipes with the above ingredients. The best part: you can see right away — before clicking on a recipe — which ingredients you’re missing in order to complete each recipe.
It found 1,566 recipes with the above ingredients. When I narrowed the search by “main dishes,” the results yielded 153 recipes.
It found 107 recipes with the above ingredients. From there, you can click the “refine or sort” button to narrow down the recipes by lots of useful factors!
UPDATE: While I was initially using the above recipe databases to find recipes based on ingredients, over time I have gone back to these recipe sites again and again even when I don’t have specific ingredients in mind. Yep, with the multitude of searchable recipe databases out there, these are the ones that constantly go to — whether I’m searching by ingredients or not. The reason? Some of them (like Food Pair and Supercook — my personal favorites) search several of the popular recipe sites for you! That’s super helpful and saves me from having to search through the recipe websites one-by-one.
And finally, don’t forget about your dog!
Here are dozens of homemade dog treats to make using ingredients you already have in your pantry. Want more? Check out my growing collection of homemade dog treat recipes on Pinterest. These are almost always made with items that most people usually have on hand.
More Fun With Recipes
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- My Review Of The 6 Best Recipe Software Programs
- How To Make Nutritional Labels For Your Homemade Foods
- The Best Recipe Organizers For Accessing & Organizing Recipes
I love my kitchen… and I like to cook. But my #1 requirement is that recipes have fewer than 7 ingredients (or arrive on my doorstep via a food delivery service). My absolute favorite thing about being in the kitchen is trying out new gadgets, cookware, and storage containers! I'm SUPER organized in the kitchen (and everywhere else) and I have every gadget I could possibly need neatly and compactly tucked away until I need it. I share only the simplest recipes (which is great for people who don't like to cook), along with time-saving food tips and cooking tricks (that will save you time and money). When I'm not cooking, cleaning, or organizing my kitchen… you can find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).