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Once you have more than a few recipes in your recipe book you are going to need a way to find them. The Sort, Filter, and Searches functionality will allow you to do just that.
Use the search box in the top-right corner of most recipe pages, or at the top of your recipes on your meal planner to find specific recipes. Separate multiple keywords with spaces. If you search for "fast healthy chicken" (no quotation marks), only recipes with all three keywords will be returned, but not recipes with just one of those keywords.
Found recipes can be sorted by the Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient, Times Planned, or when the recipe was added to Plan to Eat. Sorting does not change the number of recipes in your found set, it only changes the order in which they are listed.
You can use the drop-down filters to filter recipes based on Course, Cuisine, Tag, Time, Website, or Member.
Ingredient filters at the bottom allow you to find recipes in your Recipe Book based on specific ingredients. This is helpful if you have a specific ingredient on-hand that you would like to use, or if there is an ingredient that you are trying to avoid.
The With Ingredients filter will display any recipes containing any of the ingredients that you add using this filter. Additional ingredients can be added below the one that you entered previously, which will widen the search results.
For example, if I add “apples” as one ingredient filter, and “cinnamon” as a second ingredient filter, I will see all recipes that contain either apples or cinnamon.
Ingredient filters can be removed by clicking on the X next to the ingredient name.
The With ALL Ingredients filter will display recipes containing all of the ingredients that you add using this filter.
If I add “apples” as one ingredient, and “cinnamon” as a second ingredient, I will see all recipes that contain both apples and cinnamon.
The Without Ingredients filter will display recipes containing none of the ingredients added using this filter. This is helpful when you are trying to avoid a particular ingredient.
If I add “apples” to this filter, I will see all recipes in my Recipe Book that do not contain apples.
It’s really in the combining of these filters that we see how powerful they can be.
For example, if I have dinner guests coming and I know I want to have an apple dessert, but I know that I want the recipe to be free of wheat, I can put “apple” into the With Ingredients filter, and “wheat” into the Without Ingredients filter. I can also include any of the Course, Cuisine, Main Ingredient, Tag, Total Time, Website, and Member filters.
The resulting recipes will fit all of the criteria.
Once you have a group of filters set up you will see a button that reads Save Search. This button will save your sort and filter criteria allowing you to easily access the results again. Once you have saved a search it will appear in the Saved Searches dropdown menu. From here you can bring up the results again by pressing the load button, rename a saved search, or delete the saved search.
All of these sort and filter features are also available on the Planner by pressing the Filter Recipes text link above the recipe listing. Found recipes can be added to the Planner.p
The filtering also works when you are looking at the recipes available through your Groups and Friends. This allows you to quickly find recipes that meet your requirements out of what may be thousands.