Developer: Chang & Cox
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

For those as unorganized as me, Munchies has the potential to solve some cooking based issues with its recipe recommendation tools, depending on what one happens to have available.

Simple to set up, users simply tap on the food items that they have at their disposal. The list could, perhaps, be a little longer but it covers many of the primary types of food people tend to eat, such as carbs like potatoes, rice and pasta, along with various fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of meat, fish and spices or condiments. As long as a few items are selected, Munchies does a pretty good job of coming up with ideas. Depending on the selection, the results can be a little sandwich heavy, but there are also sufficient other options too.

Once I filled up my virtual fridge, the app came up with quite a varied selection of meal ideas, ranging from simple meals to do with toast or sandwiches, to pasta meals and salads. None of the options were dinner party quality, but Munchies seems like an app aimed at those who just want to enjoy the food already in their fridge, rather than spend hours preparing.

In each case, the recipes are clearly laid out and quite brief to complete. A choice of cups or grams will keep people happy, regardless of their geographical location, too. There aren’t any pictures, which is a shame as everyone loves to be tantalized by attractive images of food but that’s a relatively small downside to things. For an in-app purchase of $1.99, it’s possible to unlock a shopping list feature which is convenient but not too essential.

Munchies won’t teach its users how to create huge banquets or how to complete particularly difficult recipes, but for those who often struggle to choose what to make on a weekday evening, it’s a handy and quick solution to a common conundrum.

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