For years now, vegetarian and vegan stuff has been weird. Restaurants with weird or crappy names and logos, people with funky looks and smells… you know what I mean. And the same has been true in the digital world. First there were websites like Happy Cow that, while at least trying, had terrible designs. And in the app world… don’t even get me started. Vegman, for instance, probably offers a decent service, but it embraces that same ultra-hippie, low-class weirdness vibe that normal people can’t really embrace. In short, people pushing vegetarian and veganism have, for many years, been playing things too niche which, unfortunately I think, has made each lifestyle less accessible to normal, mainstream people.
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But that’s slowly beginning to change. There are some really decent vegetarian restaurants opening up around the country and vegetarian food products are starting to really hit their stride (Beyond Meat anyone?). And there are a few vegetarian and vegan apps doing their thing as well. I’ve highlighted 3 of the best vegetarian/vegan apps I could find below. What do you think?
Green Kitchen Healthy Vegetarian Recipes
Without a doubt, Green Kitchen’s Healthy Vegetarian Recipes app is the nicest-looking vegetarian app on the planet. The polish that went into this app is incredible and very much appreciated. It’s the opposite of Happy Cow. The photography is amazing, the recipes are super original (although perhaps too fancy or unique for some people) and the user experience is well thought out. For instance, you not only get a summary and list of ingredients for each recipe, but the directions are step by step: there’s a circle next to each step which, when tapped, adds a checkmark so you can easily keep track of what you’ve done.
Forks Over Knives (FOK) Recipes
With the Forks Over Knives app, you’ll get a lot of mileage as there are plenty of good recipes to keep you cooking for several months without repeating anything. The pictures in this app are great, although step by step instructions (with pictures) would be so much better. This app also features a shopping list feature, although to be fair you probably can’t use it exclusively as you’ll definitely be buying stuff besides ingredients needed for these recipes and you can favorite the most appealing recipes for later. Plus, you can get the whole rundown on the FOK diet. The best part? New recipes added weekly!!
Vegourmet is another recipe app that looks as good as the recipes it contains. It comes to us from a food magazine in Sweden and it’s vegan (although there’s a sister app called Veggie Meals that is vegetarian). You can find recipes using picture-driven categories like Main Courses, Asian, Street Food, Bites & Snacks, Drinks and more. The only downside to this app, and it’s companion apps, is how few recipes you get for the money. But if you’re looking for a swanky app that fits your lifestyle and does have some good recipes, give this a look.