Cooking Light Recipes: Quick and Healthy Menu Maker Food & Drink App Review (iOS, $3.99)


Languages: English

Seller: TI Media Solutions Inc.

- Minor Bug Fixes

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
18 Ratings
All Versions:
366 Ratings
Food & DrinkPaidIOS


Build a healthy menu or choose one of ours in a snap! Swipe through more than 300 easy, delicious chicken, beef, pork, fish and vegetarian entrées—then add sides and desserts to make healthy weeknight meals you and your family will love.

The Cooking Light Quick & Healthy Menu Maker features:
- Real-time nutrition calculation as you make your menus
- Gorgeous photos of every healthy recipe
- Save your favorite recipes and menus
- Share recipes via e-mail, Facebook and Twitter
-  Cooking, shopping and nutrition tips

Customer Reviews

  • Love this ap!

    by LZcook

    All meals are easy to make and delicious!

  • Handy little app

    by Catholic Publisher

    I love Cooking Light recipes but we are vegetarian so it doesn't make sense to get the magazine or cookbooks. I love this app. Beautiful photos and delicious easy-to-make meals with side dish and dessert suggestions. Can't print but can email the recipe and use it at the grocery store easily, or use it right from my phone or iPad mini. A search feature would earn the last star.

  • Please add shopping list function

    by JustCJ2008

    ...only thing missing from this great app.

  • Love it!

    by ToniSD

    Maybe I don't have a lot of expectations, but I'm surprised that this App isn't rated higher. I use it all the time to plan menus for the week. I've made great meals and I love that I can mix it up a bit. I rarely make the desserts, but I've tried many of the entrees, and side dishes. All I want is a good recipe that is not complicated and delivers good-great tasting food, and I've gotten this from this App. This is my first go-to App when I'm in a rush and need something that will deliver a good meal. This along with my Cooking Light Magazine App are what get me through the week with good health meals.

  • Recipes are good but lacking some cooking app necessities

    by Nickelad

    I like the idea of being able to add sides and the layout is great but how can you not have a shopping list created? It is something that should be included in every cooking app.

  • Nice Start

    by Billie Wheeler

    I like the concept of the app. It does have nice photography and it is helpful in that it gives me fresh ideas for healthy dinners. What I don't like is it does not let you search. I also wish it would let you print the recipes and create shopping lists.

  • it stinks

    by cleovalentine

    what a waste. I love cooking light mag but this app is bad. can't browse, can't search, you just get what the app wants to show you. better off going to their site and search there. very disappointed :(

  • Excellent

    by Trexmacy

    I don't know what app the people who are posting negative reviews are using but this is without a doubt one of the best cooking apps out there! If I could give it ten stars I would. It is very easy to navigate through the different recipes and there is a nice variety. That being said, I would love for them to add some more. I have made quite a few of the recipes and they have all been great, especially the sides. And the fact that the app will put together an entire meal for you with nutritional info is just icing on the cake.

  • New recipes please!

    by Niswas

    I love the idea of the menu maker and nutritional info, but can't rate higher as the recipes get old after a while. It would be great to have a seasonal update. I'd also like to see an opportunity to rate/comment on recipes and menu combos.

  • I like this app

    by SuZQCooks

    I agree that the magazine and web site are better but I love this app for menu planning!! I love that I can start with their suggested menus and then modify them for my family with the app doing all of the nutritional calculations automatically. You pay more for 1 issue of the magazine than for this app and it has fewer recipes and no menu maker.

  • Good recipes....want more!

    by Chris102986

    I like the app, all of the recipes that I've tried I have really liked. I do wish that there were more recipes in each category....or that recipes are added on a monthly basis, especially since this is an app you have to pay for! It would also be really nice to be able to write notes for the recipes you try, so that when you make it again you can remember if and how you had to modify it.

  • Love it-but room for improvement

    by JAV.JAV.JAV

    This app is wonderful. Based on prior comments, they must have recently updated with recipes because there are now tons to choose from. For me, the biggest thing that is missing is a consolidated shopping list for the meals. Still, I think this is something I will use a lot!

  • Pointless

    by robin leipfert

    I also expected to be able to search recipes from the magazine. Instead, I have limited choices from items that are all very similar in nature. I can do better doing a google search.

  • Waste of $

    by Readb4buy9

    This is not a searchable app of the magazine recipes. This is a FEW menu option recipes. Very very disappointing; especially since it costs.

  • Not worth it

    by Rdwils

    I thought it would be nice to be able to build meals with this app. But there were very few options and just did not satisfy. If it had more extensive list of recipes would be better. I got a refund.

  • Disappointed

    by Michellec29

    Really disappointed. Can't search like the website.

  • Wasted my $

    by Vava 376

    I got the app and can't even download it. I deleted half my apps bc I was so excited to get this one just to keep saying there's not enough storage and there is. I wish I read the reviews first.

  • Totally lacks variety

    by JenJStu

    I thought it would have tons of recipes but it barely has any. I mostly cook chicken and there are only about 10 recipes. Wish I read reviews first!! I wang my $$$ back :-/

  • Not cool

    by Violet316

    This app is a total disappointment. I thought I'd be able to look for recipes from the magazine, which I subscribe to, to make shopping easier - bring the phone, find the recipe, do my shopping. What a scam - you can only look at their pre-programmed recipe, and there is no search feature - a total rip off for a $3.99 app. Buyer beware. I only gave one star because zero stars is not an option.

  • Very disappointed

    by Bubbles4good

    I should have read the reviews first. This app does not allow any searches. You have to scroll through recipes one at a time. Really? That's the best you can do, Cooking Light?


    by Rebecca Stern

    Wow! This app is a complete ripoff. I would have given this app a half a star rating, because frankly it doesn't even deserve 1 star. I'm completely steamed that the app only suggests recipes, it does not allow you to search for your own recipes. I want my $4 dollars back cooking light!

  • Practically unusable. Do not buy

    by J:)10

    I have been a magazine subscriber for many years what a disappointment. Was expecting to be able to search all cooking light recipes. Only a few to choose from. Hopefully this app will be fixed

  • This is it?

    by Arlene59

    I thought the recipes would update....? This is it? You guys need to update the recipes once a hard would that be? You're magazine is great...what's up with your app? You guys need to catch up..we're all on these devices ....your too old school...seems like little to ask 4 bucks for an app is a is not worth it.

  • Limited recipes

    by Balibali15

    Limited recipes but they are yummy. Wish we had access to more recipes.

  • Needs work.

    by V.shell22

    I receive the cooking light magazines and they rave about their new app. They boast about the ability to take a snapshot of dishes in their magazine using their app and the recipe will load. I can't seem to find that option anywhere. I like an app that works as it is described and is intuitive. This could be a good app if it is tweaked and the option buttons were easier to spot. I'm hoping the improvements are made so this app can be more user-friendly. I can see myself enjoying this app once it is improved. Hopefully it happens soon.

  • Limited

    by Mjb12184

    Pretty disappointing as far as usability and the limited number of recipies. Definitely not worth the 4 bucks.

  • Worse App Ever!

    by NeededAnAppLikeThisSoBad

    Limited recipes, why would this app cost so much and have limited recipes? You can get more by searching the web for free! Very disappointed, this app would only be worth the money if it had a database of recipes! Don't waste your money!!!!!!

  • Terrible

    by Buahaahaa

    This is nothing like the website, you can't access your saved recipes, can't search, and you only get limited recipes. So not worth $4!!

  • This Ap doesn't do anything!

    by Bruisen

    What kind of ap is this? You can't even search......what a waste.....

  • A $3.99 rip-off

    by Travelworks4me

    This app would be great IF it worked! I wasted money on this one!

  • Little recipes

    by Like this 234

    When it comes to paying $3.99 for a recipe app I plan on having a ton more recipes! What did I pay for because I feel like this was a waste of money. Grant it the food can be good but compared to free apps I'd rather just get those. Def not worth spending money on! Very disappointed

  • Shame

    by glasgowrose

    This should be a great app, but is not. As for this update - I have tried but cannot install it.

  • Not worth to pay!!!!

    by Ausandivaras

    I wouldn't purchase this app if I knew it was so poor.

  • Waste of money

    by aquapoet

    I thought I would be able to access more recipes, or at least search recipes, but I cannot do either. I can't believe that they charge this much for so little. As a subscriber, I expected more from this app.

  • Not User Friendly!

    by kimwarnke

    I usually only write good reviews but I'm here to tell you that this is the only app that I have that is not easy to use. You can't figure out how to get to the main menu and the recipes are extremely limited. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone until they add more recipes and make it easier to use.

  • Do not buy!!

    by ASouzaJr

    Very limited amount of recipes. They mix and match ingredients but in reality its only 3 or 4 different plates. Don't waste your money!!

  • Terrible

    by Kel Bell

    Really upset that I paid $4 for this! There is no search option so if you are looking specific like "chili" good luck! Only a few recipes in each category. Very disappointed!

  • Don't!

    by Woopedydoo

    Wish I read the reviews before downloading this. There is no search option,making the app a complete waste. Shame on them! I feel so ripped off I will never buy another issue of this magazine. If there was a 'no star' option I'd place it there!

  • Pricey

    by WOW81

    Not worth $3.99. You can't even access your saved recipes. Waste of money.


    by 1lilola1

    Terrible.... It is very expensive for what I got.... It is just a couple of Recipes. I can NOT believe the price of it. I Don't even deserve one star. This app IS almost an INSULT.

  • I can't believe I wasted my money on this!

    by Kmmkwilson

    No search capacity and limited selection of recipes...definitely NOT worth the price!

  • No search?!?!

    by Whitneyd74

    Awful. No search option. Choices limited to what CL decides to offer. I use CL recipes daily, but deleted this app. Not user-friendly at all. Boo.

  • No Recipe Search

    by dbeltt

    I didn't read the reviews before buying this app and wish I had. I thought it would be the recipe search you find online but it is not. The meal planning aspect would be an asset in addition to a search. Alone, it is unsatisfactory.

  • Better off going to the website

    by BeantownBiddie

    Recipes are never updated and there are no reader reviews which makes it pretty stale after a month.

  • Visually stunning but largely useless

    by OrbitDC

    I am very disappointed with this expensive and large app. The creators mistakenly emphasized optics over substance. I had hoped this would have the breadth of amazing recipes on the Cooking Light website, but it falls far short of that. The app provides a drop-down menu for each protein, and then you're forced to scroll a very limited universe of recipes. There is no search engine. Do not waste your money on this app.

  • Should have read the reviews

    by obkajs

    The app is useless. I thought I would be able to search all of Cooking Light's recipes and it only has a limited number of recipies. Expensive app that is not worth the money.

  • Not worth it!

    by Fbg16

    Not worth it.....very disappointing! There should be no charge for this app!

  • I want my money back

    by JaynieJaynie

    This app was 'recommended' by the PRINT version of Cooking Light. One would expect excellence. Instead I got useless. I WANT MY MONEY BACK

  • Disappointing

    by LaContessa17

    I would have expected more recipes and/ or updates for this relatively expensive app. Have not had one update in the year I have had the app, and seasonal updates would be useful. Loved the magazine but rarely use this app.

  • Disappointed

    by One Knee McGee

    Searched in Google for a recipe, and found one on Cooking Light's website, but the website forced mobile and I couldn't see the rest of the recipe and was directed to use the app. After paying $3.99, the app didn't even have the recipe. I feel ripped off and now I'm stuck with a useless app. Might be better with a search function, but with the small amount of recipes it isn't actually needed right now.

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