I’ve been looking up recipes on the internet a lot lately, and I’ve noticed a few things. They all look very similar with their multi-font graphic for Pinterest, the recipe format within the blog, the nutrition label, and the print recipe function. A lot of these bloggers don’t strike me as super technical, so I figured there must be easy-to-use tools. It turns out there is a WordPress plugin for nearly everything.
I did a quick search on “WordPress recipe plugins” and came up with quite a few to choose from. My needs are simple: easy to use, recently updated, nice recipe output, and free. I narrowed my choices down to WP Recipe Maker and Zip Recipes. My Honey Nut Granola recipe is created with WP Recipe Maker. I will install Zip Recipes and compare at some point. I just went with WP Recipe Maker because it had more installs, was recently updated (that day), and had good documentation and support. I think the free version did a decent job with my recipe.
To get nutrition information included in my recipe, I need to upgrade to the premium version of WP Recipe Maker. Instead, I opted to find a nutrition label generator. I used the VeryWellFit Recipe Nutrition Calculator. You just paste in your recipe ingredients and it generates a nutrition label graphic. I think I will do some more research in this area, but it was a good start.
And finally, we come to those pretty multi-font graphics. Another quick search and I discover everyone ( everyone that’s not a graphic artist) is using a free site called Canva to create their stunning graphics. They too have a premium version, but I got what I needed for free.
Now I just need to work on artsy food photography. I don’t think there’s an app or plugin for that.