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Must-Have Recipes: Frequently Asked Questions for the Android

Need help? If your question isn't answered below, just email us at Learn how to find and personalize recipes from our Red Plaid Cookbook, manage your shopping lists, and find cooking tips with our Better Homes and Gardens Must-Have Recipes app. Get answers to your most common questions here.

Q: How can I open the navigation drawer to see all sections?

A: Just swipe to the right on any page other than a recipe.

Q: What do the recipe buttons do?

A: The clock sets the timer. The shopping cart saves ingredients in this recipe (you can select which ones you need) to your shopping list. The star saves that recipe to your Favorites so you can get back to it easily. The "<" icon lets you share that recipe via email.

Q: How do I save and organize my recipes?

A: Tap the star icon on any recipe to save it in Favorites. (To see your Favorites, tap the red plaid icon at the top left of any category or list.) You can also create your own Favorites group by tapping the arrow beneath "My Favorites," then tap "New Group." You can also do this by tapping the star icon on any recipe. You can then name your group whatever you want (such as "My Kids Love These"), and then save recipes there.

Q: Where can I find a specific kind of recipe, such as healthy chicken recipes?

A: You can search by ingredients and cooking time by tapping the search button in the slide-out drawer (tap the Red Plaid icon at the top left of any category page). You can then type one or more ingredients. You can refine your search by tapping "filter" at the top right of the results. Among the options: Editor's Picks, Low Fat, 5 Ingredients or Less, and Healthy.

Q: What makes a recipe "Fast"?

A: We define it as a recipe that takes 30 minutes or less from start to finish.

Q: What makes a recipe "Healthy"?

A: Low Fat: Appetizers must have no more than 2 grams of fat per serving. Main-dish recipes: maximum of 12 grams of fat. Salads: max of 5 grams. Breads and vegetable side dishes: max of 3 grams. Cookies: max of 2 grams per cookie. Healthy: Max of 35 percent of total calories from fat per serving, or less than 1 gram. Saturated fat: max of 10 percent of calories per serving, or less than 1 gram. (To calculate either fat, multiply the grams of the fat in a serving by 9; divide that number by the total calories in the serving.) Trans fat: 0 grams. Cholesterol: max of 80 milligrams. Sodium: max of 600 milligrams. Sauces: max of 2 g fat and less than 200 g sodium. Beverages: max of 3 g fat per serving, 150 calories, and 250 mg sodium.

Q: How do I add items to my shopping list?

A: You can add items to your list in a couple of ways:

  • From a recipe: Tap the shopping-cart icon on any recipe to add any or all of its ingredients to your list, automatically sorted by category.
  • From your list: To add items manually, tap "+" on your list and the keyboard opens.  

Q: How else can I use the shopping list?

  • Delete items: Tap and hold the item you want to delete. A delete option will pop up.
  • Open your list: Slide open the left navigation drawer from any category or list, and tap the shopping-cart icon.
  • See what recipes you've added: Tap the bowl icon at the top of your list.
  • Create more lists: Tap "My Shopping List" at the top of any list, then "New List" to create new lists such as for a specific store or event. 
  • Email shopping list: Tap the "<" icon () on any list.

Q: Where can I find help with a cooking skill or technique?

A: Tap "How-To" in the slide-out drawer. Open the drawer by swiping to the right on all pages except recipes. You'll find lots of handy step-by-step guides, tips, and videos from our Red Plaid Cookbook.

Q: Can I enlarge the recipe text?

A: Yes! Just tap "Settings" in the slide-out drawer. Open the drawer by swiping to the right on all pages except recipes.

Q: How can I add notes to a recipe?

A: Tap the blue "Tap to enter a note" at the bottom of a recipe's Steps, and your keyboard will open. Then type your note, tap "Done," and your note appears on the recipe. Just tap the note it again to edit or delete it.

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