SideChef (Version iOS 5.11.0)

SideChef (Version iOS 5.11.0) -Synopsis: SideChef is a meal planning and grocery shopping app.

Price and Platform: Free with premium option. Apple and Android.

RDN Score: 4/5


  • Easy-to-use app with a wide variety of recipe options.
  • Includes 18,000 step-by-step recipes that include images and videos for each cooking step, guiding users through the process with ease.
  • SideChef includes recipes that meet a variety of dietary needs and preferences including vegan and vegetarian, low carb, keto, paleo, gluten-free and allergen-free.
  • Easy to search by ingredient or filter by diet to discover recipes that work for your personal preferences.
  • Includes tags for recipes that are easy, quick, healthy, great for beginners, entertaining or weeknight dinners, among others.
  • Users can view community ratings and comments on each recipe.
  • Get personalized daily recipe inspiration from the home screen.
  • SideChef makes it easy to create grocery lists and use one-click grocery shopping via Walmart or Amazon Fresh.
  • Users can link smart appliances in their home with the app to cook more than 2,000 smart recipes.
  • Premium subscription is available for $4.99/month or $49.99/year.


  • Recipes are obtained from a variety of sources including food bloggers and writers; therefore, not all are tested by the SideChef team.
  • Image quality varies from recipe to recipe.

Bottom Line: SideChef is ideal for beginner cooks and anyone who wants personalized recipe recommendations and an easy way to shop for groceries in one place.

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.