For just about everything in life, as the slogan goes, there’s an app for that.  Whether you’re reading books, hailing a cab or planning a meal, there’s any number of iPhone apps that can make your life a whole lot easier.  When it comes to the latter—planning meals—this can be even tougher when you’re not only trying to please your own palate, but that of a picky or finicky young eater as well.

The 5 Best iPhone Apps for Finding Kid-Friendly Recipes

With that said, here are five great iPhone apps that will help you find recipes that your kids will love.

1. Coleman Classic Camping Cookbook & Meal Planner iPhone App


The first app comes from the number one name in camping, Coleman.  Now, you may be wondering why this app, but think about it—kids love camping food.  Whether you’re roasting it over an open fire out back or firing it up on the grill, the Coleman Classic Camping Cookbook & Meal Planner will help you create meals based on the type of food, the category and the ingredients you have on hand.

Plus, this app is free, making it even better.  Simply find the best meals from other people or let the app help you create your own.  The Coleman app will not only serve you well at home, but will increase in value if you actually do go camping thanks to its handy meal planning capabilities.

2.  Martha’s Everyday Food: Fresh & Easy Recipes iPhone App

Next up is a must-have iPhone app from perennial household name, Martha Stewart.  Martha’s Everyday Food app gives you thousands of fresh and easy recipes that are family friendly.  Stocked from Everyday Food Magazine’s plethora of delicious food recipes, you can get a quick and simple dinner recipe every day, delivered right along with professional cooking tips directly from Martha’s hand-picked team.

The recipes here are seasonal and simple to prepare, but most importantly of all, focused on the family.  Making everyday food is all about pleasing all of your eaters—even the most picky little ones.  Plus, with Martha Stewart’s cooking app, you’ll get daily articles, technique videos, daily suggestions and the ability to browse through recipes by main ingredient, course and prep time.  For added variety, there’s a “Recipe Shuffle” feature that lets you shake your phone to bring up four random recipes!

3. Rachel Allen iPhone App

Rachel Allen is one of the top names in cooking, and now you can get her home cooking recipes right on your iPhone.  Allen personally handpicked 66 recipes that are family-friendly, meaning that your kids are going to love them.  You can sort the recipes out and place them in the interactive shopping list feature, viewing them item by item, recipe by recipe or aisle by aisle.  This is perfect for the busy mom or dad that is also lugging around a child in the grocery store who is trying to grab every cookie and candy in sight!

You’ll get video tips on preparing the recipes as well as a function that has Rachel Allen actually read you the recipes herself, out loud.  The recipes are all simple to follow, laid in in quick and easy steps that you can move on from simply by clapping your hands.  You can choose from recipe categories such as:

  • Quick and Easy
  • Bake
  • Family
  • Children
  • Desserts
  • Entertaining

The children’s recipes are all classics, many of which have healthy twists that will leave both you and your kids smiling.

4.  RecipePal

George Duran is one of the hipper new chefs around and his new cookbook, Take This Dish and Twist It, is right here in the iPhone with the RecipePal app.  This gives you all the recipes that kids love with little twists on them to make them even more fun to eat.

Duran’s takes on Pepperoni Pizza soup, PB&J Bread Pudding and Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake will be instant favorites with your kids—plus, you’ll have tons of fun preparing and eating them yourself!  You get instant access to all the ingredients for every recipe in Take This Dish and Twist It as well as helpful color photos that speed along the process.

5. Real Simple Recipes: No Time to Cook?

Finally, we have a perfect iPhone app for those working parents who are still trying to make time to provide the homemade cooking experience for their children.  Real Simple Recipes: No Time to Cook? is an iPhone app that will pull up over 850 quick and easy recipes that will leave you and your children feeling satisfied.  All of the recipes in this app take under 40 minutes to make, from start to finish.

Whether you’re looking to make your food ahead of time or want to reduce your caloric intake, this app gives parents on the go a chance to maximize the time they have.  You want to provide the best food and family experience for your family—that means spending more time with them at the dinner table and after, while spending less time cooking.  This app puts all of that power, right in the palm of your hand.

You’ll get a grocery list that you can e-mail to yourself or your partner, kitchen timers to help keep you on the right pace, how-to videos that are quick and easy to follow (made by Real Simple food editors) and easy to follow, step by step instructions.


Kirt Harrison is an appliance repair technician at Harrison Appliance, an appliance repair company based in Wayne, Michigan.

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