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We’ve all been there: You pick out the perfect recipe for dinner, scan the ingredients list and realize that in order to make the meal fit your dietary preferences or needs, you’ve got to customize the entire thing. Whether you’re swapping out prepackaged ingredients for cleaner alternatives, adding in low-carb alternatives or cutting back on salt or sugar, adjusting and adapting recipes – and then remembering what, exactly, you customized – is a process that most traditional cookbooks don’t exactly lend themselves to.
But there’s a super convenient, ultra-innovative new solution, and it’s the Manna Cooking app. Launched in April 2019, this new app lets you find recipe inspiration, customize recipes any way you’d like and so much more. And it can all be tailored to your personal preferences.
With a focus on those with special dietary needs, from lifestyle- and health-specific nutritional needs to diets of all different kinds, Manna Cooking is designed to make finding recipes that work for you easy. And with this app, you’ll get plenty of inspiration and be able to completely customize your cooking anywhere, any time.
Manna Cooking offers ideas and recipes for every dietary preference
Born out of both dietary needs and health concerns, Manna Cooking really is unlike any other recipe app you’ll find in your smartphone’s app store. It’s created for customization – meaning it’s made to handle all of the unique dietary needs and preferences users might have.
CEO and co-founder Josh Abady came up with the idea for Manna Cooking after he was diagnosed with health issues that limited his food choices. Josh realized that there was no existing recipe or cooking app that allowed users to totally customize their own cooking process to suit their wants or needs.
Sure, there were apps to generate recipes based on ingredients, or apps that could store recipes of users’ own inventions. But there was nothing available for cooks who wanted to customize existing recipes, make tweaks for their needs and personal diets, or even simply edit and share recipes.
So, along with CMO and fellow co-founder Rachel Abady, Josh decided to create an app that could fill this void. The two teamed up with co-founder Guy Greenstein, and the trio developed Manna Cooking into a platform that allows users to import recipes, personalize them and share them in multiple ways.
Think of this app as Tinder for recipes that cater to different dietary needs. Seriously – you can swipe right on your faves and swipe up to save deliciously inspirational recipes to your personal cookbook. And if you don’t like a recipe (or it doesn’t suit your dietary preferences), just swipe left.
Then, when you find a recipe you like, you can use Manna Cooking to make changes that suit your needs (and even your tastes!). Love a pasta recipe, but can’t have gluten? You can edit the recipe and swap out gluten-filled ingredients for gluten-free alternatives – and you can save your changes as your very own recipe. Need to adjust a recipe to suit your health needs or allergies? You can customize the recipe and save your version, then share with others who have the same dietary needs.
Forget scratching out notes on pieces of paper or in your physical cookbooks. With this intelligent app, you can do it all right on your phone. Whether you’re on a low-sodium diet for your heart health, trying keto or Paleo and cutting out carbs, keeping kosher or need to give up dairy, you can customize and curate endless in Manna Cooking.
From home cooks to dietitians to professional chefs, Manna Cooking has it all
This impressive app offers more than recipes alone, though. It’s like a whole community of foodies, home cooks and professional chefs right in your hand. Manna Cooking has partnered with a number of experts, all of whom are lending their expertise – and incredible recipes. You’ll find a wealth of inspiration, and you can make recipes created by some of the best-known chefs (and, of course, customize them to your liking).
For the app’s launch, Manna Cooking has partnered with celebrity chef, restaurateur and cookbook author David Burke to offer exclusive access to restaurant-quality recipes. You can cook awe-inspiring dishes designed by Chef Burke as a user of the app, and you’ll also get the rare opportunity to dig into stories and techniques too. And with a whole host of top chefs, recipe creators and cooking personalities joining Manna Cooking, you can explore ideas, inspiration and recipes that fit every possibility.
Plus, you’ll love the community built right into the app. You’ll interact with chefs, recipe developers, creators and home cooks from everywhere. And it’s all about the community – it’s like an even-better-than-Insta platform that includes gorgeous food photos, recipes so you can recreate those dishes and total customization to create (and keep!) the meals you make.
Manna Cooking makes it incredibly easy to eat clean
The customization offered by Manna Cooking is what makes it such a standout app for Clean Eating readers. No matter what diet you’re following or what your health needs might be, you can take your favorite recipes, tweak them and save your adjustments for the future to have go-to recipes that work just for you right in your phone. From dietary restrictions to nutritional needs, Manna Cooking is tailored to work for you.
And with even more to come in the future, like an integration with Fig, you’ll be able to do even more. Manna Cooking will ultimately allow you to input your dietary preferences and see flags for any ingredients that may cause you issues. What could make cooking for your health better than being able to pinpoint swaps and adjustments to recipes? And that’s before you start cooking!
Ready to start cooking? Currently, Manna Cooking is available on iOS devices.
And if you’re wondering what kinds of recipes you’ll find in the app, we’re sharing an exclusive sneak peek. Manna Cooking shared recipes with us, all created by Stephanie Wright, recipe curator and engagement editor for the app. Stephanie is an Ayurvedic chef, culinary educator, yoga teacher and body work healer who specializes in nutrient-dense, locally-sourced, seasonal cooking – try her Vegan Golden Milk to start!