Allrecipes Dinner Spinner
Take a chance on what recipe to cook

What’s for dinner? Randomize the process a bit with the Allrecipes Dinner Spinner, which pulls together a suggested recipe at random. The app has three slot machine-like reels (one for categories of dishes, one with ingredients and one with estimated prep time) to come up with a recipe that could work for you. Plus, if you’ve got time constraints or find you have, say, oregano, that you don’t know what to do with, you can lock one of the reels to suit your needs. The app doesn’t always come up with searches that make sense — one random spin led to an ill-fated search for beef cookies — but it’s a good place to go if you need some inspiration. Free, for iOS, Windows and Android devices — including the Kindle Fire.

Hayley Tsukayama

The Allrecipes Dinner Spinner app pulls together a suggested recipe at random. (Screenshot)