Does modern technology confuse you? Astounded by the internet? Do you want to take part but don’t know where to start? Then the CareCo How To… Guide series is here to help! Following on from our guide on how to shop around for the best holiday deals, today we bring you tips on how to find healthy and nutritious recipes online.
Contrary to popular belief, the internet isn’t just for social networking! Filled with sites full of insightful information, there’s plenty to look at and read – just think of it as a giant encyclopaedia. While many of us love to flick through a good cook book, sometimes you just want to try something a little different, with the internet a great tool in helping you to find something new. But with so many resources to choose from where should you start?
Whenever you’re looking for something online your first port of call should always be a search engine. Whether you choose to use Google, Yahoo!, Ask, Bing etc., search engines are the best places to find recipes you’re looking for. Simply type in the name of the dish and you’ll be shown a huge variety of methods and ingredients from a whole host of websites across the globe. For example, type in ‘apple pie recipe’ and Google will produce over 8 million results just for that phrase – the possibilities are endless!
However, when looking through results generated by search engines, be aware of American websites. The USA uses a different measurements system to the UK, meaning our ‘225ml’ or ‘115g’ become ‘1 cup’ and ‘4 ounces’. If you find an American recipe you really want to try just use Google (etc.) to find an appropriate conversion table, an easy way of finding your measurements.
Back on home soil, you may be surprised to find that the NHS website has a great list of healthy and nutritious recipes for you to try. From vegetable soup to lemon chicken, their Live Well section gives you plenty of inspiration for your next homemade meal, with a handy calorie counter at the bottom of the page to help you keep track of what you’re eating.
Fans of the BBC will already know that the company is huge on food. From Saturday Kitchen to The Great British Bake-Off, their food and cooking programmes are incredibly popular, so with a dedicated Food section on their website you have no excuse to not join in!
While their main website includes information on their latest creations and current in-season ingredients to use, their Dish Up page shows you a selection of easy-to-prepare meals, many created with items you may already have at home. You’re also able to search for recipes to help you Eat Better, Save Money, Impress, and Lose Weight. Plus, with the ability to create a profile you’re able to save the best recipes to your Favourites, ready for you to use later.
Similar to cook books, cooking and food magazines are another great way to find new recipes. However, you needn’t buy a magazine to find something nutritious to eat – just use your chosen magazine’s website.
Delicious Magazine, one of the UK’s most popular choices, has plenty for you to look at and search through. Whether you’re looking for a dairy-free dish or a recipe including in-season fruit and vegetables, you can rest assured that what you’re making it from a top-quality publication. Delicious also offer advice on how to improve your basic cooking skills, in turn helping you to produce better meals.
Our final tip comes in the form of a social networking site (you knew there’d be one!). Pintrest is the online version of making collages/pin boards, except you have less to cut and pin and no mess to clean up afterwards.
Create a profile, name your boards and starting pinning – it really is as simple as that! You can choose to follow the ‘Food/Cooking/Baking’ tags or you can search for specific recipes, but like search engines just be aware of American recipes that require a different measuring system.