The Food Network Kitchen App is the Ultimate Life Hack
It’s the most-entertaining way to meal plan, shop and cook.
As a longtime Food Network fan and a contributing food writer for the website, I was excited to learn about the new Food Network Kitchen app. A couple weeks after launch (because deadlines, a toddler and, you know, life), I finally downloaded the app, so I could see what all the buzz was about.
I was at the gym when I first opened the app. If you’re like me, you’re probably constantly thinking about your next meal, but that’s never more true than while working out, and Food Network shows have helped me extend many a treadmill session. This app, though, was entirely new.
By the time I had wrapped up 30 minutes of cardio, I had learned how to make the Ultimate Cheese Platter from none other than Ina Garten, laughed along with Alex Guarnaschelli while she made Sweet Potato Puree with Brown Butter (I promptly bookmarked the recipe for Thanksgiving.) and researched what to do with the chicken thighs thawing at home on my kitchen counter.
As I scrolled through Ree Drummond’s Rigatoni with Chicken Thighs recipe, I noticed two buttons at the end of the ingredient list: “Shop Ingredients,” which sends the recipe’s ingredients to Instacart or AmazonFresh, and “Send Ingredients,” which delivers the ingredient list to you as a shopping list via text, email or notes. That’s when it dawned on me: The Food Network Kitchen App is the ultimate life hack.
While I upped my incline and speed on the treadmill, I also upped my productivity on dinner prep. I was able to meal plan, click “shop ingredients” to have an order sent to my local grocery (where I have e-coupons saved to my account) and arrange for grocery pick-up. Plus, I’m entertained and learning cheffy techniques and valuable time-saving tips along the way.
You don’t have to multi-task with cardio while you learn, either. Some of the videos are a zippy 10 minutes, so you can cook along with your favorite Food Network chefs making quick, easy dinners (taking away any guesswork), learn how to make perfect fried chicken, and shop the ingredients right away. Or, what I plan to do next, is search for recipes based on what’s on sale at my local grocery store, menu plan for the week, and send the ingredients to myself as a shopping list for a future grocery run.
Speaking of running: Dare I say it? I’m kind of looking forward to my workout tomorrow.