“Missing” Recipes? Make sure you’re signing in with the right account.

BigOven keeps your recipes organized across the web and mobile devices, and lets you sign in and join via Facebook, Google+ or email. Sometimes, when moving to a new device or upgrading their app and signing in, cooks notice a near-empty My Recipes area and write in to say “Help, where are all my recipes?”

The first thing to note is that all your recipes are still there, safe and sound — it’s just that you very likely have inadvertently created more than one membership (by, say, accidentally clicking “Join” instead of “Sign In”), and you’re likely not signed into the “master” account. Very often, this arises because you may have added recipes using one (say, email-based) BigOven membership and then sign into, or inadvertently create, a totally different membership (say, via Facebook, if you’ve used a different email address for that registration.)

Not to worry. Your recipes are still there — you simply need to sign in with the correct account.

Key concept: BigOven places high value on your email address to identify who you are.

How Facebook and Google+ Sign-in Work

When you sign into BigOven with Facebook or with Google+, after you give permission to BigOven and have authenticated with them, at sign-in BigOven is handed the registered email address you have with Facebook or Google+, and next looks for a BigOven membership with that email address.

But a problem can arise if you’ve used a different email address to register with Facebook or Google+ than the one you may have created on BigOven. Thus when you sign in, you may see radically different or fewer recipes in that secondary account.

There’s an easy fix

You simply need to use the same email address on BigOven as you do with the service(s) you sign in with.

  1. From a desktop computer (or a mobile device), you can use the BigOven.com website to locate and verify your “master” account — i.e., the primary one that matters most to you.
    1. Sign into BigOven.com. Check your My Recipes area to verify that this is indeed where your recipes are. (If not, try another login.)
    2. Click on the Account tab to check your account details. This will tell you what email address is registered for the account.
    3. If you don’t remember your password for this email account, you can set or reset one by visiting https://www.bigoven.com/account/forgot. BigOven will email you a reset-your-password link, and you can choose a new password.
  2. Now, sign out of the app in question. (On the new iOS apps, you can see the Sign Out option by clicking the Bell icon and then the gear icon in the upper right.)
  3. Sign into the app using the email/password combination that you’ve verified is the correct one from the web.
  4. If you have more than a couple dozen recipes, give it several minutes to pull down your recipes, grocery list and folders.

Your accounts are now linked and synchronized.

Alternatively, you can change the registered email address of your BigOven.com account to the one that you know is registered for Facebook and Google+. To change your registered email address on BigOven, visit your “Account Settings” area and then the Account tab.

Still having problems? Open a support ticket with as many details as you can provide (usernames, email addresses you might have used) and we’ll be happy to help.

The Best Grocery List for Home Cooks

Still using a paper list at the grocery store? You’re missing out. Go right from recipes to automatically-sorted time-saving lists. Text your list to someone else, or even share your list within your household. Watch this brief demo to see some of the things you can do with BigOven’s easy-to-use grocery list:

We All Love Food

Raspberry Fools with Honey Butter Croissants
Raspberry Fools with Honey Butter Croissants


So dig in!

And share with someone you care about, if you want.

(Just remember, dogs aren’t allowed to wolf down chocolate.)


Appetizers & Drinks:

Get the party started with some cheese and booze.

Pomegranate Ginger Paloma

A little sweet, a little bubbly, and always blushing. We’re clearly crushing on this cocktail.

Goat Cheese, Honey & Fruit Crostini

Feel free to pile on your favorite fruit. Berries, pears, apples, and figs are all lovely. (Skip the banana, perhaps.)

Crab Cakes with Lemon Herb Aioli

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Oh, and there’s citrusy, herby aoili for some dunking action.



Whip up one of these flavorful entrees for your main squeeze.

Caprese Stuffed Garlic Butter Portobellos

More cheese! And this cheese situation is melty, gooey perfection.

Ragu Alla Bolognese

Serve this flavorful sauce over spaghetti, then slurp it down Lady and the Tramp style.

Seared White Wine Scallops

Drink your wine and eat it too. A little butter and garlic never hurts.



The moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Chocolate Cheesecake

And the cheese keeps coming…. in cake form this time, with lots of chocolate.

Red Velvet Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

Molten chocolate never gets old. Don’t burn your tongue in all the chocolate lava induced excitement!

Chocolate Berry Tart (GF, Vegan, Paleo)

This dessert is pretty much healthy, so go ahead and enjoy the leftovers for breakfast… if there are any leftovers, that is.


Looking for more romantic treats? We have plenty options.


Meal Planner will Require BigOven Pro Starting February 15, 2017

Hi cooks,

We’re making an important change to our membership plans. Starting February 15th 2017, BigOven’s Meal Planner will require BigOven Pro membership.

This change only impacts those of you who are free members who use the Meal Planner. Everything else that you enjoy as a free member remains free. That includes finding any recipe, using up ingredients with the Use up Leftovers feature, a grocery list that automatically groups items for you by aisle and syncs with your household.

We’ve found Meal Planner most-used by power users, and BigOven Pro is our power-user offering.  While we all love free apps and features, there are real costs to designing, delivering and operating BigOven. Each month, we spend tens of thousands of dollars on the servers and bandwidth alone, not counting the costs of the design and development team. If you find Meal Planner useful, please support it by joining BigOven Pro!

BigOven Pro removes all advertisement, unlocks features such as custom folders for organization, unlimited recipes, private notes, nutrition calculation and more. BigOven Pro is free to try for 30-days — if you cancel within the first 30 days, there’s no charge. A single BigOven Pro membership removes ads and unlocks Pro features anywhere you sign in, and all your data stays in sync.

We’re continuing to listen to you, our community, in making BigOven the best app for home cooks. Got a suggestion? Drop us a note.


Steve Murch

Founder & CEO, BigOven



The Big Game

Garlic Butter Pizza Pull Apart Bread
Garlic Butter Pizza Pull Apart Bread


No matter what team you’re rooting for this Super Bowl, these recipes will be sure to score you some major points.

Now that’s a win-win situation.



Ooey gooey cheese please! With a side of carbs, of course.

Easy & Quick Chicken Quesadillas

It’s hard to beat “easy” and “quick.” Especially when cheese is involved.

French Fry Cheese Pizza

Because plain cheese pizza isn’t nearly epic enough.

Ham & Cheese Sliders

Serving size = the entire pan. Just kidding, this is not fantasy football.



If you haven’t already filled up on cheese, get some protein in your life.

Adobo Chicken Wings

We understand, sometimes you need to get down and dirty. Don’t forget the moist towelettes.

Heart Healthy Turkey Chili

Worried that this chili sounds too healthy? Douse your bowl with cheese and sour cream. Problem solved.

Crockpot Salsa Verde Chicken Pozole

Let your slow cooker do allll the work while you kick back and relax. Enjoy an ice cold beer while you’re at it.



Football and snacks go hand in hand.

Avocado Hummus

Give your hummus a facelift. Then dunk some toasty pita right in there.

Sweet Cornbread

Honey, this cornbread is begging for a good butter smothering. Or a dip in your overflowing bowl of chili.

Black Bean Salsa

Black beans and corn make a great team. Tortilla chips think so too.


Want more game day inspo? We have plenty more recipes for you.

Start the Day off Right

Whole Wheat & Flax Waffles
Whole Wheat & Flax Waffles

Skipping breakfast is just not an option.

Instead of stuffing your hand into that box of uber sugary cereal, whip up something a bit more healthy and a lot more tasty.



Dreams do come true.

Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie

Pretty much a milkshake that can pass as breakfast. Now that’s doing it right.

Brownie Batter Peanut Butter Swirl Oatmeal

Dessert for breakfast! Chocolate and peanut butter lovers will be in a darn good mood after wolfing down this bowl of decadence. Did we mention it’s pretty healthy too? No it’s not opposite day.

Chocolate Superfood Granola Bars

Take one of these treats with you when you’re running low on time. Make that two. Two bars please.



Perhaps sweet just ain’t your thing, so go the savory route instead. We promise you won’t regret it.

Toast with Refried Beans & Avocado

Avocado toast with an extra hit of protein. You don’t need to convince us.

Black Bean Breakfast Bowls

This protein packed bowl will surely get you through the morning until lunch hour hits. If not, pack one of these granola bars.

Scrambled Eggs with Lox (Smoked Salmon)

Serve this creamy concoction on top of a perfectly toasted slice of whole grain bread. And then promptly make yourself another.



The middle ground between chocolatey and savory. Although you could always add chocolate…

Whipped Berry Porridge

Basically a really pretty smoothie served in a bowl. Grab a large spoon!

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats

More dessert for breakfast! And quite possibly breakfast for dessert. It’s hard to stop.

Healthy Apple Muffins

These muffins are indeed healthy. Enjoy a couple with a small bowl of lowfat plain yogurt and fresh fruit. A generous smear of almond butter never hurt anybody…


Looking for more healthy recipes? Get ideas for light meals and guilt-free desserts.

Feel Good About What You’re Eating

Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger Vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps
Seared Ahi Tuna Poke Salad with Hula Ginger Vinaigrette + Wonton Crisps


The holidays are over (for now), so that means it’s time to get back on track.

Whether you made a resolution to eat better or just want some flavorful recipes added to your repertoire, we have a few ideas for you.



Healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. Whip up these dishes and see (err taste) for yourself.

Cashew Chicken Quinoa Bake

A much healthier version of the popular takeout dish. We think it tastes better too. Now that’s a win win situation.

Huevos Rancheros with Avocado Salsa Verde

Just another excuse to consume perfectly cooked eggs and creamy avocado. Plus, there’s a little cheese going on.

Simple Poached Salmon

Finish your beautiful piece of salmon off with a hit of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Then dig in.



Get those vitamins and minerals in your system! You’ll feel like a million bucks after noshing on greens, lean protein, and healthy fats.

Broccoli, Chickpea & Avocado Pita

More avocado please! Green never looked so delicious.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Bowls

Everything tastes better in a bowl, including zesty shrimp. Enjoy for lunch or as a light dinner. (Try to refrain from drinking the Greek yogurt dressing.)

Lentil & Mushroom Ragu

Skip the meat. This vegetarian ragu is hearty and flavorful thanks to earthy mushrooms. Serve over whole wheat pasta for bonus points.



Burgers sure taste great, but man they can weigh you down. Enjoy a lighter meal and avoid that guaranteed food coma.

Hawaiian Chicken Noodle Bowls

A tasty way to conquer the food pyramid and get a little kale in your life. Tangy, sweet pineapple truly makes this dish special.

Lentil & Spinach Curry

This super simple curry is perfect for busy weeknights. Or for when you just don’t feel like actually cooking.

Easy Ratatouille

Veggies, veggies, and more veggies. Reward yourself with a little freshly grated Parm right on top.


Looking for more healthy recipes? We’ve also got you covered for breakfast and dessert.


Nurse That Hangover the Right Way

Peanut Butter Acai Bowl
Peanut Butter Acai Bowl


Sooo maybe you enjoyed yourself a little too much last night and happened to overindulge in the alcohol department.

Once you manage to roll out of bed, head to the kitchen and whip up a little snack to help ease your pain.

Soothe your stomach, kick that headache to the curb, nourish your body, and heal your soul.

Or something like that.



Before you reach for the meds, whip up a pot of oatmeal or a smoothie au naturel.

Oatmeal with Apple, Blueberries & Chia Seeds

What’s more comforting than a warm bowl of oatmeal? Chia seeds and fresh fruit add a boost of nutrition.

Kale-Ginger Detox Smoothie

Ginger helps settle unhappy tummies. And we all know kale is uber healthy. (Although it won’t quite make up for that entire cheese platter you demolished last night.)

Coconut Water Smoothie with Berries

Hydrate yourself with tropical coconut water to make that pounding headache disappear. Throw some fruit in there for an extra refreshing experience. The spinach will blend right in.



Get some good stuff back in your system. (Peanut butter counts.)

Peanut Butter Banana French Toast

Potassium is your friend, and peanut butter makes life better in general. Allergic to peanuts? Swap in almond butter or even tahini with honey.

Spinach Omelet with Parmesan

Protein and dark leafy greens! This omelet is super simple, so you won’t have to use up what little energy you have in the morning.

Veggie Quesadillas with Eggs, Spinach & Beans

Protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals… this healthy veggie quesadilla has it all. Plus cheese of course. Don’t completely deprive yourself. Cheese = calcium, anyway.



Disney princess Band-Aids in recipe form.

Ginger Beef, Mushroom & Kale Stir-Fry

Yup, more ginger. This dish is slightly more substantial without being too greasy or heavy.

Ramen Miso Soup with Mushrooms & Bok Choy

Ramen is a classic hydrating hangover cure. Step up your game by adding probiotic-rich miso.

Spicy Kimchi Quinoa Bowls

Kimchi is pretty darn good for your gut. Now’s the time for a fresh start so fill up on those probiotics.


Looking for more hangover helpers? We’ve got your back.


Feast Mode

Pineapple Glazed Pork Roast with Bacon Wild Rice Stuffing
Pineapple Glazed Pork Roast with Bacon Wild Rice Stuffing


Feast your eyes on these holiday recipes.

Life is all about balance, so fill your plate with a little bit of everything.

And don’t forget to quench your thirst.


Main Dishes:

Go big or go home. Just try to save some room for dessert! Plus more dessert.

Tangy Honey Glazed Ham

This sweet, tangy ham is a classic. Serve with decadent scalloped potatoes and crisp green beans.

One Pan Turkey & Potatoes with Gravy

Nothing is wrong with easy…. and this easy main dish is beyond mouth-watering. Plus, one pan = less dishes!

Maple Glazed Salmon

Perhaps you want to switch things up a bit. This flavorful salmon is a guaranteed home run. It’s pretty too!



A little bit of green is nice. To balance out all the protein, cheese, carbs, and sugar, of course.

Baby Spinach & Roasted Beet Salad

Fresh spinach, juicy oranges, earthy beets… now that’s a winning combo.

Garlic Shiitake Green Beans

Green beans with attitude. Did we mention there’s bacon involved?

Kale with Pomegranate & Avocado

Healthy never tasted so good. We recommend adding more avocado, simply because you can never have enough cado.



Cookies count! But fill your belly with a little more savory first.

Baked Squash Mac & Cheese

Cheesy and impressive. And cheesy. Very cheesy.


Stir up a pot of creamy risotto. Seconds are required. Thirds are expected. And fourths are definitely acceptable.

Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Indulge your wild side. Nope, we’re not talking about downing 10 too many festive cocktails, but it is the holidays…


See even more jolly holiday recipes over here.

Running behind with the whole present thing? Whip up a yummy homemade holiday gift.