Price: FREE ($1.99 in-app purchase to unlock full content)
Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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It's that time of the year when we're all trying to eat better and healthier after enjoying an overindulgent holiday season. This makes it the ideal time for such a recipe app as Garden Plate to be released. The app is focused on offering recipes for vegetarians, vegans, as well as those on a gluten free or raw diet. It does a fine job of demonstrating how much variety is out there, even for those with restrictive diets.
The app is laid out in a way that's ideal for iOS 7, appearing light and clear throughout. Recipes are divided up into categories comprising of particular diets as well as particular meal types such as breakfast or side dishes. Each section is lavishly designed with plenty of photographs to attract one's attention.
Once a recipe has caught one's eye, a clearly laid out recipe and instructions list can be brought up; as well as sharing options and the ability to 'favorite' an idea for later reference. Useful information such as how long it takes to cook, as well as how many people the meal will serve, is also featured.
It's worth noting for international users that Garden Plate caters primarily for the North American market; meaning ingredients are measured in cups rather than other measurements and there's no way of converting within the app. Another important feature to take note is that while, for free, a plentiful supply of recipes are available, an in-app purchase of $1.99 is required to acquire everything that Garden Plate has to offer.
It's worth taking that leap though as the app certainly offers some delightful ideas for those looking to eat more healthily. As a reminder that following a vegetarian or raw diet is far from boring, Garden Plate does a great job.