Answers to frequently asked questions about the iOS app.
I haven't bought the app yet...
Q: What do I get when I purchase the app?
A: Upon your purchase, you'll get 126 grain-free recipes (with more added each month!) that are designed within the rules of most of the major grain-free diets like Paleo/Primal/GAPS/SCD/gluten-free. No grains, gluten, soy, refined sugar, corn, or legumes. You’ll also get the amazing features of the app which set it apart from any physical cookbook. These features include things like:
- keep a running history of the items you have cooked
- view each recipe in multiple serving sizes
- filter the recipes you see down by criteria like whether they are nut, dairy, egg, nightshade, or FODMAP-free, sweetener-free, and whether they are freezable for later use or portable for on-the-go snacking
- a comprehensive and interactive shopping list where you can see items by Recipe and by Supermarket Aisle
- save recipes as favorites or in your Cooking Queue - a place you can keep recipes that you want to try or want to plan for the coming week
- see recipes in both US and Metric measurements
- and more!
Q: What are your qualifications?
A: We have been following a grain-free diet ourselves for several years. We first started on the GAPS diet back in 2011 to help our then 2 year old son to get rid of random food allergies to cinnamon and walnuts that had suddenly appeared after several rounds of antibiotics. After over a year he is now free of those allergies along with his eczema (another benefit to the diet!). We started transitioning back to grains but noticed a definite change in behavior in our son when we did, so we looked into the Paleo diet and decided that it was for us as a long term solution, especially since both of us discovered recently that we are Celiac. And we are huge foodies who wish we were chefs, so you can always find us in our kitchen cooking up new and exciting recipes. (GAPS is the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. You can read about it here: www.gapsdiet.com )
Q: Why this app?
A: Since we want to live this grain- and sugar-free lifestyle, we are different from many of the mainstream people we encounter. As parents we want our sons to grow up feeling included and not ostracized, so we work really hard to come up with ways to make their meals, snacks, and treats seem just as cool as what their friends get. However, we aren’t sure that is enough and hope that through our efforts, along with the efforts of all those on alternative diets, we will be able to make something like grain-free eating seem normal and cool. We definitely try to instill the best into our kids and hope that they will learn to make the right decisions, but it doesn’t hurt to have several others eating the same way as you (who are we kidding, this goes for adults too).
Q: I heard something about some Bloggers being featured in the app? What’s up with that?
A: Yes! Our thoughts are that this whole grain-free diet movement would never had happened had bloggers not started writing about their research and knowledge. We find them to be incredibly inspirational and motivational and it just didn’t seem right to us to do this project without featuring some of our favorites. The bloggers that are featured have provided us with countless hours of entertainment, volumes of knowledge, and recipes for some of the most delicious food we have ever put into our mouths. The bloggers we have featured embody the inspiration, passion, and ability to produce delicious recipes that we look for when we ourselves follow a blogger.
Q: So who are these Bloggers?
A: Our favorite rockstars of the grain-free culinary world are:
- Elana Amsterdam of Elana's Pantry
- Vanessa Barajas of Clean Eating With a Dirty Mind
- Kelly Brozyna of The Spunky Coconut
- George Bryant of Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations
- Cara Comini of Health, Home & Happiness
- Tammy Credicott of The Healthy GF Life
- Amy Densmore of Paleo Cupboard
- Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo
- Melissa Joulwan of The Clothes Make the Girl
- Sarah Smith of Nourished and Nurtured
- Bill Staley and Hayley Mason of The Food Lovers Kitchen
- Lisa Wells of Cook Eat Paleo
Q: What recipes are included in the app?
Q: What devices does your app work on?
A: It works on any iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod Touch running iOS 6 or above.
Q: Who made this app?
A: We did! Michele did all the coding, Erik did all the design and most of the photography (some photos were taken by the bloggers), and we both came up with the recipes (the ones that aren’t from the bloggers). We had a ton of fun doing it too!
Q: Do you have plans to make an Android or Windows version of this app?
A: You never know what the future holds.... Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to know when/if this happens.
Q: Where can I download this app?
A: You can download it by clicking this link. It will take you to the App Store.
I bought the app but need a little guidance...
Q: How do I filter the items?
A: On the iPad - When you are in the “All Recipes” view, tap the icon that you want to filter by. So if you want to see all nut-free recipes, tap the “Nut-Free” icon. The icon will turn orange. To un-filter, simply press the icon again and it will turn gray. On the iPhone/iPod Touch - On the top right corner of the "All Recipes View" there is a magnifying glass icon. Tap that and it will bring up the filter view. Tap the icons that you want to filter by and when you have the filter set it will turn orange. Tap the "Find Recipes" button on the top right corner to see the recipes that match those selections.
Q: I’ve got 6 filters on, how do I quickly get rid of them all to see all of the recipes again?
A: On the iPad - Tap the “Clear” button that is on the outer right hand side of the “All Recipes” view. It will clear all filters you currently have set. On the iPhone/iPod Touch - Click the magnifying glass, tap the "Clear selections" button, and then tap "Find Recipes".
Q: I want to see my favorites (or items in my cooking queue). How do I do that?
A: When you are in the “All Recipes” view, there is a button at the top center of the screen that says “All Recipes, Favorites, Cooking Queue”. Simply press the word corresponding to the view you want to see and it will take you there. Note: If you have a filter set, it will still apply in these views. So for example, if you are looking at nut-free recipes, only nut-free recipes that you have saved as favorites will show up in your favorites view.
Q: How do I change serving sizes?
A: When you are in the individual recipe view looking at the ingredients and instructions, there is a button next to the word "Serves:" which displays the current serving size. To change the size, tap the button and it will cycle through the available sizes for that recipe.
Q: How do I add recipe ingredients to my shopping list?
A: When you are in the individual recipe view looking at the ingredients list, choose the serving size you want to cook. Tap the checkbox that says "Add to Shopping List". If you mistakenly put the items on the list for the wrong serving size, simply tap the checkbox to remove them from the list and then tap it again when you are on the correct serving size. The orange text should let you know which serving size is currently on the shopping list.
Q: When I am in my shopping list, how do I remove items?
A: When you are in the actual shopping list you can remove items by swiping the item. A red "delete" icon will appear. Tap it and the item will be deleted from your list. You can also delete entire recipes this way by swiping the recipe and hitting the delete icon. If you want to delete the entire list, hit the trash can icon at the top of the screen.
Q: How do I change measurements from US to Metric (or vice versa)?
A: From the main menu screen, tap the "More" button. Go to the Settings and you will see a button for Measurements. Tap the measurement itself (it will say either US or Metric) and the opposite will appear. This will now be the setting throughout the app.
Q: Are there currently any known issues with the app?
A: Check here for any issues that may currently be in the process of being fixed.