finding love in an iphone app

Blog World, I have met the love of my life.

It is an iPhone app called SparkRecipes and it completes me.

Yesterday afternoon I was stressing because I hadn’t made my lunches for the week yet, and wanted to go to the grocery store on my way home instead of making a special trip.  Alas, I didn’t have a recipe with me, so I wasn’t sure what I would need to pick up once I arrived at the store.  I was browsing through the App Store on my phone and stumbled across SparkRecipes. 

I downloaded  it for the whopping price of FREE and opened it to a world of healthy, easy, intuitive recipes.  Users submit their recipes, and then other users rate them—which is perfect because you know with one quick glance whether a recipe is yummy or not.  My favorite feature is the search capability: you can search the database by ingredient(s) you have lying around the house (in my case, quinoa). 

It pulls up hundreds of recipes that use the searched ingredient, with the number of stars received right under the title.  When you pick one that sounds good, there is a quick list of ingredients, then directions, then NUTRITION FACTS!!!

So wonderful!  And if you are confused, there is descriptive VIDEO!!!  It’s like your very own Food Network!! 

So I made it to the store last night—withOUT a recipe—and just whipped out my phone and found a highly rated quinoa and black bean salad.  It had the necessary ingredients right there, so I was in and out in under 10 minutes.  (Of course I thought I had cayenne pepper at home, which I didn’t, so I had to make a return trip anyways.  But that’s irrelevant).  The salad was delicious, and as the handy nutrition fact screen tells me, packs 11 grams of protein.  What else do you need in life?  Besides a family of pug puppies and bottomless mojitos, I think nothing.

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