Whether you’ve just switched to a plant-based diet or you’re a seasoned veteran of the vegetables, sometimes it can be a pain to attend to your dietary needs. While meat and animal byproduct-free fare is becoming more and more common in many places, these vegetarian and vegan apps can help you more easily enjoy the food you love, whether you’re in the kitchen or on the go.
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
With this vegetarian app, famed cook and New York Times columnist and cook Mark Bittman brings his award-winning cookbook to your smartphone or tablet. Whether you’re looking for a quick fix or a time-intensive (but oh so rewarding) project, this app’s collection of 2,000-plus recipes is sure to provide you with the inspiration you need and then some. Vegan eaters will find plenty of mouth-watering material, too. Bittman’s app has over 900 recipes tagged as vegan to search through.
For those looking for an app experience that offers guidance for more than just the cooking, Mealime offers full-on custom meal planning to suit your lifestyle in the convenience of a mobile app. Upon adding the app—which is available on both iOS and Android—to your phone, you’ll be able to fine-tune over 200 different settings about your eating habits, your likes and dislikes and more. Then, with your tastes in mind, you’ll be able to choose simple recipes to fill up the week ahead. Once you’ve planned your week, you can take an automatically generated grocery list with you to the store. From there, all you have to do is cook up your delicious vegetarian (or vegan) meals!
When you’ve just adopted a vegan lifestyle, one of the hardest tasks is finding specific substitutes for common ingredients. That’s where gonutss, hands down one of the best vegan apps around, comes in. This “vegan translator” application provides a simple search function that returns a list of both recipes and products that you can use as replacements. For example, search “mayonnaise” and you’ll find a selection of recommended egg-free mayos that you can look for at the grocery store as well as a recipe for oil-based mayo that you can swiftly whip up at home. No matter what you’re looking to swap out, gonutss makes it much easier to stick to your vegan diet.
Of course, you probably won’t always want to just veg out at home. So for those times you’re craving take-out or planning a date night, there’s HappyCow. Basically the Yelp for the meat-free community, this vegetarian app offers an easily searchable and extensive directory of nearby vegetarian and vegan restaurants—as well as those that just offer some tasty vegetarian options. In addition to these listings, you can connect with the hundreds of thousands of community members in the app’s forum. Trade recipes, suggestions and more on your way to tracking down whatever it is your taste buds desire. Add this app to your arsenal along with the others and get to munching your way!
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