Recipe Finder Transition

The Recipe Finder is now part of What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl
When you click a link or bookmark to the Recipe Finder, it will take you to the What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl SNAP Recipes collection.

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl is a Recipe Database
The database is a collection of recipes from many USDA food programs. The database has recipes from the SNAP-Ed Connection, federal food distribution programs, school nutrition programs, and consumer nutrition programs.

What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl has many of the same features as the Recipe Finder.
All recipes from the Recipe Finder are labeled SNAP Recipes. SNAP Recipes still:

      • contain cost information
      • contain nutrition analysis*
      • are available in English and Spanish (Spanish link is in the upper right hand corner of the site)
      • are searchable by many categories geared toward nutrition education

* Some SNAP Recipes currently do not contain nutrition information. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. We are currently adding nutrition information to recipes that do not have it. If you need a Nutrition Facts label for a SNAP Recipe, please email us at and we will email you the Nutrition Facts label.

Follow these steps to find recipes from the SNAP-Ed Connection Recipe Finder:


Go to What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl SNAP Recipes now

Recipe Criteria
The following criteria was used to review SNAP Recipes.

        1. Recipes are appropriate for programs based on the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
        2. Recipe must include yield. Serving size is preferred but not mandatory.
        3. Recipes appear to be accurate/tested.
        4. Recipes use low cost, readily available ingredients.
        5. Recipes use precise and simple measurements.
        6. Recipe instructions follow the order of ingredients.
        7. Recipes can be prepared relatively quickly. Those that include an estimated amount of time to prepare and cook are given preference.
        8. Recipes are easy to read with clear and few instructions.
        9. Recipes use no more than 15 ingredients.
        10. Recipes list basic equipment needed.
        11. Recipes follow appropriate food safety precautions and/or cooking temperature recommendations.

Many of the recipes in the Recipe Finder have been submitted by programs that have received funding from the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Each recipe has been reviewed by a Registered Dietitian at the Food and Nutrition Information Center, and has been analyzed for nutrient content to create the Nutrition Facts label. Dietitians use these criteria and other internal guidelines to evaluate recipes for inclusion into the database. Professional judgment may allow a recipe to be included that meets most but not all of the criteria (e.g., recipes may lack serving size or preparation time).

Every effort has been made to include those recipes appropriate for use when teaching the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Recipes taken individually may appear higher or lower than recommended in certain nutrients, but when consumed as part of an entire day's intake, would contribute to a healthy diet. For example, a food such as a cream sauce may be high in saturated fat. However, an appropriate serving size can be included in the diet and meet the recommendation that total saturated fat intake should be less than 10 percent of total calories daily.

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