I love cooking my own meals. There are many benefits to cooking at home: it’s cheaper than eating out, you can alter ingredients to suit your tastes and dietary needs, and you can control your portion sizes more easily.
However, there is a downside: it can be difficult to know the nutrition information for the meals that you are cooking. You could spend hours searching for the nutrition information for every ingredient you use to cook with, combining the totals for each ingredient in each recipe, and then dividing the totals by portions. Honestly, that sounds like a lot of work to me. So, you can imagine how excited I was to discover Foodily.com.
Foodily.com is a cool new recipe search website that offers recipes from popular websites such as All Recipes, The Pioneer Woman, Martha Stewart, and many more. Users can search the entire database for recipes that they want to cook based on ingredients, keywords, and even ingredients that they do not want to cook with. You can also filter your results by recipes that originally appeared on a blog, ones that contain high levels of fiber, are low in fat, or are considered to be low carb. Now, you can search many Internet recipe website at one location to find one that meets your dietary needs or satisfy that late night craving. Think of it as the Google for recipes.
Each recipe on Foodily.com features it’s rating, amount of time necessary to prepare the meal, the ingredients, preparation instructions or a link to the instructions, and then the nutrition content per gram. Instead of using the vague “per serving” term, Foodily.com measures nutrition content by gram. This makes it easier for you to accurately determine how many calories, grams of fat, grams of carbohydrates, grams of sugar, and grams of protein. It also allows you to determine how much cholesterol, sodium and dietary fiber is in your food.
So next time that you are going to cook at home, spend a few minutes surfing the web on Foodily.com. If you are not sure what exactly you want to cook, you can type in a general term, such as “healthy pasta.” If you do know what you want to make but do not want to ruin your diet, you can use the site to find out how many calories really are in that chicken fried steak. Either way, it’s a great site that I plan on use on a regular basis. Happy cooking!
by Kelsey Murray
May 19th, 2011