Mealplana now has access to a recipes database with 360,000+ items. You can query the recipes database using both simple and advanced search.
Recipes are provided by Spoonacular, and include:
- Ingredient list
- Preparation instructions
- Cooking/Prep time
- Credit to original author
- and more
Not only can you export recipes as PDF files to hand in to your clients. You can also include these recipes in meal plans (coming soon). All nutrients are automatically calculated on your behalf.
How does the recipes database work
The easiest way to use the recipes database is to take advantage of the simple search functionality.
The simple search interface allows you to specify:
- A recipe name
- Ingredients to exclude (optional)
- Cuisine (optional)
- Diet (optional)
- Intolerances (optional)
- Type (optional)
When searching recipes, the recipe name can be a human readable sentence, such as “gluten-free banana cake”. The search engine understands semantics and will show relevant results.
When querying the database, you will receive a list of matching results. The interface will show you the recipe name, picture, and cooking time. Not only that, but you can also click to preview any recipe that you are curious about.
The preview shows you at a glance everything you need to know about a recipe, including:
- Ingredients (and their amounts)
- Cooking/Preparation instructions
- Nutritional breakdown of every nutrient contained in the recipe
For instance, the summary for a “Butternut Squash Pizza” recipe found in the database reads as follows:
The recipe Butternut Squash Pizza could satisfy your Mediterranean craving in about roughly 45 minutes. This recipe makes 4 servings with 924 calories, 46g of protein, and 51g of fat each.
For $4.86 per serving, this recipe covers 29% of your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. It works well as a main course. This recipe from Foodista has 2 fans. If you have manchego cheese, mozzarella cheese, balsamic reduction, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it.
Taking all factors into account, this recipe earns a Spoonacular score of 59%, which is solid. If you like this recipe, you might also like recipes such as 2ways2percent: Butternut Squash Pizza and Creamy Butternut Squash Puree with Scallops and Bacon, Butternut Squash Pizza, and Butternut Squash Pizza.
Having the ability to quickly preview a recipe before choosing it for editing can save you time as you look for the perfect match for a client.
The recipes database advanced search
Are you looking for a very specific type of recipe?
Mealplana allows you to specify a vast amount of parameters when using the advanced search feature. This should allow you to find exactly what you need with a high degree of specificity.
In the example above, we are querying the database for a banana recipe matching the following conditions:
- Suitable as a dessert
- including egg but excluding peanut
- Part of European cuisine
- Gluten free
- Requiring a pan to cook
- Between 100-800 Kcal per serving
- Less than 35g of Carbs per serving
- More than 5g of Protein per serving
- Less than 40g of Fat per serving
After querying the database, we will see a list of results that can be previewed.
What happens when finding a recipe
Once you find a recipe in the database, you can select it and save it.
When the recipe is saved, you can edit it. So, for example, you can change ingredient amounts, customise the text, or change the image – amongst other things.
Moreover, Mealplana will provide you with a complete nutritional analysis of your recipe, as well as a breakdown of nutrients per ingredient.
You can also download your saved recipe as a PDF document. This can be handy when you want to share the recipe with a client.
Finally, we will soon add the ability to incorporate recipes into meal plans you create. So, as you are editing a meal plan, you will be able to add both your own recipes, and recipes from the database into the plan.
We encourage you to try this new feature today. Sign up for a free trial of Mealplana and check it out!