How to Search for Recipes in Your Recipe Box

Your Recipe Box is the place to find all of the recipes available to you. 

Follow the steps below if you are using the website. If you are using the mobile app, click here to learn how to search the Recipe Box on the app.

Access your Recipe Box

  • Click on Recipe Box in the upper left corner of the screen
  • When you open the Recipe Box, the My Diet filter is active by default to ensure that the recipes you see meet your dietary restrictions
  • To see which filters are currently active, look at the right side of the Recipe Box


Navigating the Recipe Box

  • Browse through the recipes in the Recipe Box
    • Recipes at the top of the Recipe Box are those that have been marked as favorites
    • Navigate through all pages of the recipes using the menu at the bottom of the screen
  • Type the name of a recipe in the search box to search for a recipe by title
    • Use filters to narrow your search
  • Type the name of an ingredient in the search box to search for a recipe by ingredient
    • Use filters to narrow your search
  • Leave the search box blank and search using only the available filters

Search using filters

  • Filter by Season
    • Take into account the types of fresh produce that are available in each season
    • Accounts for the types of meals you are more likely to cook in that season such as BBQ for summer and soups for winter
    • Include multiple seasons to narrow results further
  • Filter by Diet Type
    • Helps you find meals for special occasions when you need a recipe that is outside of your normal diet
    • Allows you to view recipes from a different diet type if you are considering changing diets  
    • Note:  You can only search one Diet Type at a time, so checking another Diet Type will uncheck the My Diet filter
  • Filter by Course
    • Narrow your search down to the course you need
  • Filter by Main Ingredient
    • Choose the main ingredient you want to spotlight in your meal
  • Filter by Tags
    • Search by preset tags for a variety of options
      • Includes options such as simple, kid friendly, slow cooker, pressure cooker, and make ahead breakfasts
    • Create your own tags as needed to personalize your recipes
    • Check multiple tags to narrow your search
  • Filter by # of Ingredients
    • Search based on how many ingredients are in each recipe
    • Pantry ingredients such as spices and oils are not included in the ingredient count
    • Allows you to see actual non-pantry ingredients that will be needed in each recipe
  • Filter by Favorite Recipes
    • Favorite Recipes are those that have been marked as Liked by clicking on the heart icon or Disliked by selecting that you never want to see the recipe again
    • If you have not Liked or Disliked a recipe, this filter will not be visible
    • You can use this filter to search through recipes you have marked as favorites
    • You can also review recipes that have been removed from your Recipe Box in case your dietary preferences have changed
  • Filter by Cuisine
    • Use the cuisine filter when you are looking for a recipe that fits a particular culinary region
  • Filter by Origin
    • Origin filters by recipe developer and includes:
      • Real Plans Basic Subscription recipes
      • Recipes you have modified (Real Plans-Modified)
      • Recipes you have imported (Imported By You)
      • Your add-on recipes, like Nom Nom Paleo or Whole30 upgrades
  • Filter by Active Time or Total Time
    • Search for recipes based on the preparation time only
    • Search for recipes based on total (preparation plus cooking) time
  • Filter by Ingredient Cost
    • Search for recipes within different cost categories
  • Filter by Whole30 Reintroduction ingredient
    • Whole30 subscribers who have finished their Whole30 Reset and are ready for reintroductions can search using the Whole30 Reintroduction filter
    • This option is only visible if you have a Whole30 subscription
  • Filter by Package Recipes
    • Browse through the recipes in any recipe packages that you have purchased, such as the Quick and Easy Recipes
  • Search using multiple filters
    • Narrow your searches by choosing multiple filters
      • For example, search for a recipe that uses a slow cooker and has chicken as the main ingredient

Once you find a recipe you want to add, you can add it to your Meal Planner without leaving the Recipe Box.  For information on how to add a recipe to your Meal Plan, click here


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