November 20, 2013

3 Free Apps to Help Prepare Your Thanksgiving Feast

By Amy Johnsonbaugh

Thanksgiving is next week and if you’re hosting a celebration with friends or family you’re sure to be busy planning your menu, grocery shopping and preparing your holiday feast. Here are a few apps that can help you find delicious twists to your menu – whether you’re thinking about serving turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, or looking to find a new dish!

BigOven – Free: Android, iOS
With more than 250,000 recipes, BigOven has a plethora of Thanksgiving ideas, including:
  • Thanksgiving Main Dishes
  • Thanksgiving Stuffing and Grains
  • Thanksgiving Potatoes
  • Thanksgiving Vegetable Sides
  • Thanksgiving Sauces
  • Thanksgiving Deserts
  • Roasted Veggie Feast
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
  • A Healthier Thanksgiving
  • Gluten-Free Thanksgiving
  • Southwestern Inspired Thanksgiving
  • Leftover Ideas
  • Vegan and Vegetarian Thanksgiving
Additional menu categories include: Halloween, Fall, Kid-Friendly, Comfort Food, Parties, etc.

Other app features include:
  • Search recipes by keyword, course, ingredient, plus browse popular recipe collections
  • Use up leftovers: enter three ingredients from your fridge or pantry to get ideas to make
  • Read reviews, scale recipes, convert to metric, share recipes by email, Facebook, Twitter
  • Browse and share complete menus for special occasions and everyday meals
  • Make grocery lists
Must-Have Recipes from BHG – Free: Android ,iOS
I often use the recipes from my Better Homes & Gardens magazine and cookbook, so I was excited to find this great app! While it offers fewer recipes (500+ rather than thousands like other apps), it has many other great features, including how-to videos.

Holiday dishes include:
  • Acorn Squash with Bacon-Chive Crumbs
  • Almond Sour-Cream Sugar Cookies
  • Apple Brandy and Sage Glazed Turkey
  • Apple, Bacon and Leek Stuffing
  • Apricot-Anise Nut Bread
  • Butternut Squash-Wild Rice Casserole
  • Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup
Additional categories include:
  • Mouthwatering main dishes
  • Favorites from the grill
  • Savory salads and sides
  • Creamy casseroles
  • Quick and easy everyday dinners
  • Slow-cooker sensations
  • Bubbly stews
  • Dozens of our most decadent desserts
Other app features include:
  • Get 500+ delicious recipes FREE, each with a gorgeous photo
  • See 75 how-to videos and step-by-steps that guarantee success in your kitchen
  • Share recipes by email and Facebook
  • Add personal notes and substitutions to any recipe, so every dish suits your family’s preferences
  • Organize your favorites into groups in your recipe box
  • Personalize the app with bonus chapters (100+ recipes each) for just 99¢
  • Create shopping lists for different stores or special occasions, and check off ingredients as you add them to your shopping cart
  • Find just what you’re looking for with advanced browsing capabilities
Epicurious Recipe App – Free: Android, iOS
This app from award-winning food site Epicurious.com includes more than 28,000 delicious, professionally tested and created recipes from renowned magazines such as Gourmet and Bon Appétit, popular cookbooks, top chefs and leading restaurants.
A search for Thanksgiving returned more than 2,000 recipes, including:
  • Pumpkin Pie with Toffee Walnut Topping
  • Roast Wild Turkey with Blue Cornbread
  • Sour Cream Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
  • Herb Rubbed Turkey with Roasted Garlic Gravy
  • Plum Glazed Turkey, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Marshmallow
  • Wild Mushroom and Spinach Stuffing
  • Italian Sausage and Bread Stuffing
Categories include:
  • Weeknight Dinners
  • Decadent Desserts
  • Cool Cocktails
  • Healthy Lunches
  • Party Snacks
  • Dinner Party Ideas
  • Fast Breakfasts
  • I can Barely Cook
  • I Cook Like a Pro
  • Dishes Kids Love
Happy Thanksgiving and Bon Appétit!

Amy Johnsonbaugh is a communications manager for the Apps and Services team at Sprint. Based in Orange County, Calif., she can answer questions related to Sprint-branded or third-party consumer applications, music/entertainment applications, accessibility applications, Sprint ID and family service applications. Amy can be reached at amy.johnsonbaugh@sprint.com.

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