Handpick Recipes & Ingredients (Version 4.0.1)

Synopsis of the App
Handpick Recipes & Ingredients helps home cooks easily discover recipes that use ingredients already stocked in their fridge and pantry. Browse a daily digest of recipes from bloggers and popular food websites, or search for recipes based on criteria such as allergies or dietary needs. The app's meal kit feature provides three recipes for the week that require only one ingredient list and one trip to the grocery store. With a comprehensive database of more than 10,000 ingredients, you're bound to find a great recipe for ingredients you already have on hand.

Platform and Price
Free: Apple and Android

RDN Score
4 out of 5


  • Easy to navigate design.
  • Provides a daily feed of dishes from a number of bloggers and food sites including Martha Stewart, the New York Times and the Cooking Channel.
  • Includes a comprehensive food database of more than 10,000 ingredients from acorn squash to zucchini.
  • Excellent search function.
  • Recipes are tagged for allergies and dietary needs.
  • The Handpick meal kit feature provides three themed recipes from one ingredient list and trip to the store. Meal kits include options such as French delights, simple roasts, one-pot vegetarian and elegant weeknight. They include step-by-step instructions to make it easy.
  • Provides a list of foods that pair well with any ingredient selected, which may help inspire new pairings or custom recipes.
  • Provides links to related recipes to further explore and use up the ingredients on hand for additional recipes.
  • Option to contribute comments on each recipe as part of the Handpick community.
  • Share recipes via social media, email and text messages in one click.


  • Varied photo quality and consistency in recipe testing depending on the recipe author.
  • No automatic grocery shopping list for all recipes — only meal kits.
  • Must sign in via Facebook or email to comment on and save recipes.

Bottom Line
Handpick Recipes & Ingredients is ideal for the home cook who has an eye on efficiency and reducing food waste. It's perfect for those nights when you're staring at a half full fridge and have no ideas what's for dinner. 

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