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Cost: $5 one-time download About: Curating recipes can be fun. Keeping them all in one place can be a nightmare. That’s where Paprika comes in. See an interesting recipe as you scroll through Pinterest? Open the recipe page in Paprika’s browser, and the app will store it. You can also search inside Paprika—look up “turkey meatballs” and find options from all over the Internet— and save the ones you like most. Once you’ve picked your recipes for the week, Paprika generates a grocery list. The app syncs across the cloud, so you can do a grocery run with your phone, then follow a recipe on your tablet. A simple interface makes it easy to follow recipes and tick off steps as you go.
“Every weekend I had been slogging through mealplanning, grabbing recipes on different sites, writing down ingredients, and trying to design a menu my kids will actually eat. I was impressed because Paprika does all of that in one app. Having ingredients automatically imported to my shopping list as soon as I add a recipe saved a ton of time— I was able to plan a week of meals and a grocery list in about 20 minutes,
instead of my usual hour. And I could save the completed menu to reuse, which makes it easy to create a monthly menu rotation. My one complaint: There’s no shortcut for repeating recipes you use daily. I had to add my usual breakfast of overnight oats to my menu five times (once per weekday) instead of being able to click once and schedule it Monday to Friday. But that’s a small price to pay for a mealplanning app that’s functional and helpful!” —Ashley Austrew, writer, Omaha, NE