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Kitchen helper app No Time to Cook a bit on the pricey side

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Don't have the time to cook during the week? Honestly, who does? It obviously goes without saying, though, that we've all gotta eat.

Real Simple No Time To Cook? is a great resource to finding quick, easy meals that are also pretty healthy.

To think cooking, you have to select what kind of meal you crave (poultry, beef, lamb, pork, seafood, pasta or vegetarian) and how much time you have at your disposal (either 20, 30 or 40 minutes). Then, just hit the "Go!" button.

There were a lot of diverse meal options in every category — like spicy coconut noodles in pasta, grilled BLT pizza under pork, and chilled sweet pea and watercress soup in vegetarian. Just scroll through the lengthy list to find something tasty.

When you do, tap on the recipe to see a list of what you'll need and easy-to-follow directions on how it's made. There are also instructional videos and tips at the bottom of each recipe, in case you're more of a visual learner. Also, if you find that a full screen of directions is overwhelming, you can opt for a “step-by-step” view, which gives you just one ingredient at a time.

The app also has it's own kitchen timers that can be used to track several items at once.

One especially handy feature about No Time To Cook, though, is the shopping list. Instead of jotting down everything you'll need, you can just hit the “Add to Shopping List” button, and all of your ingredients will be put on the list. You can add your own items if you'd like.

The app has a Favorites option, so you can put recipes off to the side for later. The one major bummer with No Time To Cook is that the app doesn't have a search option. This way, if you have a bunch of tomatoes sitting in your fridge and you'd like the use that Quinoa in your pantry, but you don't know what to make, this app won't be much help.

Because it's a paid app, No Time To Cook doesn't have any ads. It is a well-constructed application, but I had trouble seeing much difference from similar, and cheaper, apps out there.

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