Best cooking sites for people too busy to cook

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Sometimes I feel like my wife and I spend more time planning meals than cooking them. It’s a weekly brainstorming session where we somehow forget about every dish we’ve ever enjoyed and have to come up with brand new dinner ideas from scratch.

Then during the week, we get busy and don’t feel like cooking because it’s taking too long or we’re missing a vital ingredient. It’s a vicious cycle of expensive takeout paired with unused groceries.

No more! We swore to organize ourselves culinary. Here are three great tools we use to help us keep the kitchen tidy without spending a lot of time doing it.

Deliciously quick and easy

If you’ve ever been to a cooking blog, you know that most recipes start with about 15 paragraphs of the cook’s personal story before moving on to step-by-step instructions.

Enter Yummly, which brings together great recipes from the nearly endless collection of cooking sites on the web. It helpfully creates a kind of landing page for each recipe, which tells you how long it will take to make, what ingredients you’ll need, and even offers to find nearby grocery stores to have those ingredients delivered. Once you decide to commit to a particular recipe, you will be taken to its original cooking blog.

Yummly’s Quick & Easy section is a must-have for finding recipes that use just a handful of ingredients, take minutes to prepare, or both. You will find enough to keep the stove warm day after day.

And if you run out of Yummly ideas, Epicurious also has a great Quick & Easy section.

Allrecipes Dinner Spinner

If you often find yourself screaming internally, “I don’t care what it is, just give me something to eat!” then the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner deserves a place on your phone. It’s a fun tool that generates recipes for you based on the type of dish, the ingredients you have on hand, and the cooking time.

You can manually choose to lock one, two or all three categories or leave them all unchecked for a truly random result. You then shake your phone to spin each line like a roulette wheel. It’s an easy way to conjure up dinner ideas, especially if you don’t know what to cook or don’t want to think about cooking at all.

The cookie rookie

Don’t let the name fool you: The Cookie Rookie is so much more than baked goods. This is a great site if you really want to learn how to cook but are still looking for quick and easy recipes.

There are plenty here that can be made in less than 30 minutes with just a handful of ingredients, plus handy categories like “Crock Pot”, “One Pot”, “5 or Less Ingredients”, “Kid Friendly” “, and more.

Each recipe includes clear instructions, step-by-step photos, related side dish ideas, and handy printable cards that automatically adjust ingredient measurements based on the number of people you’re cooking for.

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