New for PRO members – Download and backup your recipes

download-recipesWant to make a backup copy of your recipes? You can now download them as a single .ZIP file. Your recipes will be sent to you as a ZIP file of .html files, one per recipe, in hrecipe format, which is an emerging recipe markup standard.

To backup your recipes, simply visit your Account Settings area, click the “Account” tab, and then “Backup Recipes”. This feature requires a current BigOven PRO membership.

Here at BigOven, our goal is to build the best-loved, most used app for home cooks. And well over half our new features and improvements come straight from you. So please let us know what you’d like to see in future versions!

You Can Can

Cherry Jam
Cherry Jam

 

Eyes bigger than your stomach?

Have enough produce to literally feed an army?

Shed tears of sadness during the winter when apples and bananas are the only option?

Preserve your summer goodies then enjoy them all year long.

 

Berries:

When life gives you berries on berries, make jam.

Blueberry-Lemon Jam

We recommend spooning this summery jam right over a big bowl of vanilla bean ice cream. (Or yogurt for a healthier option.)

Strawberry Jam

Perfect for those classic PB&J’s.

Triple Berry Jam

Because two berries is not always enough.

 

Fruity:

Give your morning toast routine a face-lift.

Mango Jam

Beach and palm trees not included.

Spiced Plum Jam

Spice averse people, don’t worry… it’s not actually spicy.

Cherry Jam

Pie takes too much effort. Just whip up this jam instead then call it a day.

 

Savory:

We get it, not everyone has a sweet tooth.

Pickled Green Beans

Excellent savory snacking material.

Tomatillo Salsa

You’re going to need a boatload of chips.

Pickled Peppers

How many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick? Enough to make this here recipe.

You can keep on canning. Jams, pickles, and sauces make wonderful gifts! See more recipes.

Cooking in the Great Outdoors

S'mores
S’mores

 

Camping season is here!

And that doesn’t mean granola bars for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

If you can pitch a tent, you can certainly cook up some fine meals at your campsite.

 

Breakfast:

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you might as well do it right. Why settle for a cold bowl of cereal when you could whip up ooey gooey cinnamon rolls? Drool.

Breakfast Quesadilla

When the opportunity arises to consume cheese for breakfast, you take it.

Campfire Raspberry Double Dutch Baby

Think puffy cloud-like pancake pillow for your precious raspberries to rest their heads on. Don’t get too attached now.

Campfire Hash

Meat and potatoes for the meat and potatoes folks.

Dutch Oven Cinnamon Rolls

Overachievers, this one’s for you. Or people who happen to have a raging sweet tooth.

 

Snacks:

You’re going to need some extra fuel if you’re hiking up and down all over the place or burning excessive calories simply trying to set up that dang hammock.

Granola Bars

Hooray for  homemade! The money you save from making your own granola bars instead of buying them can go towards that extra comfy air mattress. And shiny new kayak. And cute hiking boots.

Sweet & Salty Trail Mix

There’s a reason why the sweet + salty combo is so addictive. Swap in your favorite nuts and dried fruit to suit your taste.

Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas

Not your average snack. These savory bites are a good source of protein and a great reward after you finally reach the top of that mountain.

Campfire Popcorn Satchels

You won’t be able to help feeling proud of yourself after popping corn right over that glorious fire that took 6 hours to get going.

 

Lunch & Dinner:

No no, driving over to your favorite fast food chain to grab a cheeseburger is not going to cut it. So lock up your coolers because “the squirrels ate all my food” is never a valid excuse.

Dutch Oven Stuffed Peppers

So good you might just have to whip up two batches.

Veggies & Dumplings

Tent collapsed for the 14th time? Forgot to pack extra socks? Comfort food is exactly what the doctor ordered.

Vegetarian Cashew Chili

Hearty, flavorful, and… vegetarian?! That’s right, this tasty chili is meatless and mighty fine at that. Great for times when you’re trying not to attract the woodland creatures.

Campfire Flat Iron Steak

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! If you’re willing (and able) to fight over a juicy steak, more power to yuh.

 

Treats:

Life wouldn’t be the same without sugar. If you’re a traditional person who loves traditional treats, there’s no shame in toasting up perfectly traditional s’mores. Or you could try something new and throw together blueberry cobbler right at the campsite like a boss.

Blueberry Cobbler

Not a fan of s’mores? Prepare this fruity, satisfying treat after a long day spent among the trees. You might have to forgo the ice cream though.

Chocolate Jar Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Oh you fancy huh? Bake these cuties at home then transport your treats to the campground. Make a few extras because your neighbors are guaranteed to be a little jealous.

S’mores

Puffed golden brown marshmallows, melty chocolate, subtly sweet graham crackers… you know what to do. If you’re especially good at burning things, please hand off the toasting duty to a more competent individual.

Campfire Cones

Kids love these. Adults love them even more. See who can successfully stuff the most mallows and choc chips into his or her cone.

 

Campfire still burning? See more recipes over here.

 

Easily Edit Private Notes on Recipes (PRO)

Want to make personal notes on a recipe, capturing taste preferences, who you cooked for, or things you might do next time? BigOven PRO members can easily add and edit notes on the recipe detail page on the web.

Simply visit the recipe detail, click on the Notes tab, and enter the notes. If you’d like to change the note later, just click on it, and the change the text in the popup.

(Android and iOS clients will soon have full recipe note updating functionality.)

BigOven PRO members can also clone and customize any recipe on the site — simply click the Edit dropdown on the recipe page and choose “Copy and Customize.” This creates a private copy just for you, where you can edit the ingredients and instructions to suit your taste.

Edit notes on recipes
Edit notes on recipes

Let’s Have a Picnic

Multigrain Watercress & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Multigrain Watercress & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

 

There’s something magical about enjoying a meal outside in the grass.

Maybe it’s the fact that clear blue sky and sunshine seem to make everything taste 548 times better.

Or perhaps you feel a bit rebellious (in the best way possible) by avoiding dining at an actual table.

Whether you’re sharing a few casual bites with friends, going all out for a family reunion, or trying to impress a hot date, we’ve got you covered.

 

Picnic Mains:

Picnic newbs, start with a simple sandwich or salad. If you consider yourself a picnic pro, try your hand at zucchini noodles or chicken satay.

Multigrain Watercress & Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

We recommend leaving the crusts on, but feel free to indulge your inner picky child.

Spicy Quinoa, Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friends rejoice! This salad counts as a complete protein, plus you get some veg action. Carnivores, you’re welcome to join this quinoa party too.

Zucchini Noodles with Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

If summer had a taste, this dish would be it — light and refreshing with bursts of flavor in every bite.

Chicken Satay

This low-maintenance chicken can be enjoyed hot, room temp, or cold. So stop fussing over the temperature, but please make sure it’s actually safe to eat.

 

Picnic Snacks:

Pack a whole bunch of snacks and you might be able to forgo a main dish. Variety is the spice of life, after all.

Summer Caprese Skewers

Forget the fork. Enjoy this summertime favorite on a stick!

White Bean Dip

If you love pita as much as we do, this one should be a no-brainer.

French Bread

The French know how to picnic. Bake up your own fresh loaf of bread, then tear off bites and slather on the cheese. Or butter. (Or both.)

Garlic Dill Pickles

You could just settle for a store-bought jar… but why would you want to do that?

 

Picnic Sweets:

No picnic is complete without something sweet. Think hardy treats that won’t crumble or melt all over. There is a time and place for ice cream, and now is definitely not that time.

Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

Are you a peanut butter fanatic? These chewy peanut butter bars are packed with peanutty flavor, and they can definitely take a beating. No cookie dust here!

Old-Fashioned Raspberry Bars

Easy, sweet, buttery, and crunchy. Not into raspberries? Use your favorite fruity jam for the filling.

Cherry Hand Pies

That’s right, you can eat this pie with your hands. Pretty much the definition of finger food. Plus you don’t have to worry about cutting even slices… sweet tooth brawl avoided.

Lattice Top Peach Pie in a Jar

Keep all of those delicious peach juices contained in your own personal jar. How cute!

 

Food comes first! But don’t forget:

A) A comfy but sturdy blanket that you won’t bawl over if you happen to spill a glass of spiked raspberry lemonade in all the picnic induced excitement

B) SPF 30+ sunscreen to protect your flawless skin with

C) And a positive attitude because no matter how carefully you pack your basket or cooler, a couple grapes might get smooshed in the process

The fun doesn’t stop here. Get even more ideas for Picnic Mains, Snacks, and Sweets.

 

No Cook Recipes

Antipasto Zoodles
Antipasto Zoodles

 

Is cooking always necessary?

No, no it is not.

Especially when it’s hot hot hot out and the last thing you even want to think about is turning on that dreaded oven.

Or even the microwave.

So instead of relying solely on lemon water and cereal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, whip up one or all of these refreshing no cook recipes.

 

Soup:

Wait, what? No one wants to down a bowl of piping hot liquid during the summer months.

So why don’t you give chilled soup a try.

Fresh Tomato Soup

Only 5 ingredients required? Yes please! You can certainly break the rules and dunk a perfectly golden brown and gooey grilled cheese in there. (We won’t tell.)

Veggie Gazpacho

Kind of like a Bloody Mary minus the alcohol. A splash of vodka definitely couldn’t hurt…

Chilled Avocado Soup

Slightly obsessed with avocados? Give avocado toast a break (just for one day) and drink the stuff instead. Chewing is overrated anyway.

Strawberry Melon Gazpacho

Even if you’re usually all gazpach-no, this fruity soup will certainly change your mind. Think refreshing summer smoothie that you can slurp down with a very large spoon.

 

Salad:

We’re not talking about your standard Caesar (which is delicious in it’s own standard way). Now’s the time to think outside that box of greens.

Raw Taco Salad

Skip the ground beef and grab some walnuts instead. This taco salad will give you an energy boost instead of the urge to take a 3.5 hour siesta.

Tuna & White Bean Salad

Pile it on a slice of hearty whole grain bread, stuff it into a jumbo wrap, or simply take a forkful straight to the mouth. Just don’t forget a breath mint.

Panzanella

Are you the type to save all the croutons for last, then savor and enjoy them one by one? Panzanella is basically a crouton salad with some veggies thrown in the mix. In other words, a carb lover’s dream.

 

Rolls & Sandwiches:

Fun to make, fun to eat, and fun to share. Well maybe not the sharing part.

Fresh Spring Rolls

A valid excuse to consume copious amounts of addictive peanut sauce. Not that you ever need an excuse.

Paleo California Rolls

Rolls without the rice! If you’re not about that Paleo lifestyle, you could certainly include rice in this equation.

Veggie Goddess Sandwich

Meat isn’t always necessary. Especially when you can slather on the hummus like there’s no tomorrow.

 

Pasta:

Uncooked crunchy ramen noodles may be tasty, but you can do better…

Raw Vegan Lasagna

If “raw” and “vegan” are foreign terms to you, all hope is not lost. Just remember, “lasagna” is in the title.

Antipasto Zoodles

Whoever came up with the grand idea to magically transform zucchini into noodles deserves an award. A major award.

 

Dessert:

For when Joe the ice cream man skips your neighborhood and you need a break from your good friends Ben & Jerry.

Mango Sorbet

When your dessert counts as a serving of fruit, you know you’re doing something right. Oh, and sorbet happens to be vegan and gluten-free.

Frozen Apricot Almond Dessert

Sometimes an ice cream cake is in order, but cake just isn’t your thing. This recipe will solve that dilemma.

Raw Banana Ice Cream

Technically this frozen treat isn’t ice cream at all, but it will still satisfy your sweet tooth when that midnight snacking hour hits.

 

The no cook inspo doesn’t end here. Take a peek at more chill recipes, including Avocado & Chicken Tortilla Wraps, Zesty Black Bean & Corn Salad, and Salmon Ceviche.

 

BigOven for iPhone 10.1 Release Now Available

iPhone-6--Screenshot--Homescreen--No-Background-2The latest update to BigOven for iPhone is now available! It’s free for all users.

It includes:

Add Notes to your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, click the “+” button, then ‘Add note’. Enter your note or meal idea, choose the date and meal, and then Done.

Create Grocery Lists from your Menu Planner

In the Menu Planner, simply click the “Edit” button on the left, then tap the recipes you’d like to add, then “Add to Grocery List” at the bottom of the screen.

Add a Photo to your recipes

In recipe detail, you can add a photo by tapping the 3 dots (…) and choose the option to ‘Add Photograph’.

Several bug fixes

Including an important one related to login. If you were having trouble signing in, please Sign Out and then sign back in again. (To sign out, click the alarm bell, then the gear, then Sign Out. Also fixed were a couple of crashing bugs, more efficient downloading for large accounts, and more.

You can find the update by searching “BigOven” on the App Store, or this link.

Happy cooking!

 

Meet the all-new BigOven Android App Menu Planner

Let’s get planning!

Eating out can quickly rack up costs and calories. Why not plan your meals to help save time and money? Plus, get the added benefit of spending time with your loved ones over a delicious, more nutritious, homemade meal. Meals enjoyed at home create memories, stories and conversations. The new BigOven menu planner makes it easy to plan meals ahead of time.

Getting Started

Get started with over 350,000 recipes on BigOven or get inspiration from our Get Ideas section. Choose a recipe that strikes your fancy, go to recipe detail, and add it to the menu planner by tapping the red (+) button and choosing Menu Planner. Pick the date and meal option of breakfast, lunch or dinner.
In the menu planner, you can access all of your recipes — Favorites, Try, Added, as well as Custom Folders if you’re a Pro subscriber. To add a recipe to the menu plan, tap the red (+) button to type in one of your recipes, then pick a date and meal option. Opting for takeout or have a certain wine to pair with dinner? Add notes as a reminder or to help you plan what you’re making.
That’s all there is to it! Now you can plan meals a week at a time or a month out. It’s up to you.

Upcoming features

We will be adding a handful of features and improvements to the menu planner in the coming months: the ability to edit recipes, transfer items from your menu planner to the grocery list, and much more.
We want to hear from you so let us know what you think about the redesign. Leave a comment below or send us feedback. Thanks and happy cooking!
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