FYI: Use fewer ingredients without breaking a sweat!

Have you ever looked in your fridge at the end of the week, only to find yourself overstocked with random ingredients you aren’t sure will fit together? We’ve all been there - that’s why we’ve rounded up a few websites to help. By letting you type in the ingredients you do have, you’ll be able to track down recipes that work with your kitchen and not against it. This prevents wasting food and buying things you don’t need.


National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. Did you know that River Valley Co-op is part of NCG? It's true! NCG supports our co-op in many ways, but our favorite is their expansive tried and true recipes that use ingredients you can find at the co-op. Their High Five Recipes aim to simplify your life with easy, delicious recipes made with five main ingredients or less.

Pinterest Homepage

Pinterest -

This one might be a no-brainer for most people these days, but Pinterest is a great visual tool to find that perfect meal. Just enter your ingredients into the search bar and voila - you’ll find recipes pinned that include your ingredients.

Epicurious Home Page,, -

Food52 and Epicurious also have huge databases for finding recipes. It’s designed and set up similarly to the ones above. Smitten Kitchen is a digital publication with a robust Pantry tag with recipes using pantry-ready ingredients.

Supercook Homepage

SuperCook -

This website lets you make smart, quick decisions about what recipes to make, which ingredients to use and how to bring everything together into one delicious package. With SuperCook, you can select ingredients from a number of categories and bring up a list of applicable recipes. It will also tell you if the meal requires more ingredients - or if you already have them all. Best of all it has an app so you can use it while grocery shopping!

If you find yourself having only one or two ingredients some night there are plenty of resources available for you to cook a recipe using those few ingredients. Sometimes we find a recipe that’s appealing but may require a special ingredient and could potentially be wasteful if you only use it once!

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