Here we are in the depth of summer with harvest season building to a peak. There are three great websites every experimental cook should have on their desktop.
Self Magazine has the best site I've seen for looking up nutritional information. www.nutritiondata.self.com goes way beyond calories and carbohydrate counts. When you search for the food ingredient you want to know more about you end up with information about all kinds of things. Just a few of the facts it includes are the glycemic load, a nutrition factor score, an inflammation rating, and a rating for the effectiveness of the ingredient for gaining or losing weight.
Another fun site is www.foodily.com. Foodily allows you to search for a recipe to use the ingredients you have on hand while also noting what you do NOT want in the recipe.This is great if you have food allergies or sensitivities, or if you're on a diet that excludes certain foods. To put it to the test I searched for macaroni and cheese - without cheese. After a few false starts, I came up with several recipes for chili and macaroni.
Vegetarian Times has a recipe search on their site that allows you to plug in a recipe name or ingredient to find related recipes. Not for vegetarians only, this is a great way to find recipes for your glut of garden zucchini or tomatoes. A wide variety of recipes for vegetables and other meatless ingredients can be found at the Vegetarian Times recipe site.
I'm searching for the best healthy recipe sites, share with us any you know, and I'll keep you "posted" on my finds too.