Tutorial - Recipe Builder

Written by flesch1234 (mary anne) on 10/3/2010 4:18 PM | COMMENTS (20)

WELL, it would seem that at least 3 of my friends have no idea how to use WW's Recipe Builder, which is one of the most powerful parts of the eTools collection.

So I figured they weren't alone - and since I have at least 20 recipes in mine, I would share how I use it.

  1. Click on POINTS Tracker, then click on Recipe Builder (chef's hat icon).
  2. Give your recipe a name.
  3. Add ingredients. This works just like adding food to your tracker. Type an ingredient, click "Go." You will get a list you can choose from, or you can add a new food if you need. Add how much you are using (EXAMPLE: 15 oz. chicken broth). Continue adding ingredients until you are done. If you want to be thorough, you can add every herb & spice you add too, but I usually skip that. But I do add zero point foods, in case they aren't zero points at the quantity I am using.
  4. Enter the number of servings at the bottom. Estimate if you aren't sure - I would underestimate so you don't make it too few points. Just be as honest as you can be!!!
  5. Save it. You can add a serving right to your tracker, or click the "X" to close. When you type the recipe's name into your Food Tracker, it will be a choice you can pick from here on out.
I've included a screen shot of one of my recipes for Bourbon Chicken.

I hope each one of you will try to use the Recipe Builder!!!

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  • Post Image sharri trottier

    7/29/2013 4:39 PM
    I have a question for you. I am really loving this recipe builder, but one thing is REALLY throwing me off....Oil when grilling or mainading. Often, a marinade will use a tablespoon or so of oil, then you grill. Obviously, there is a lot of the marinade left when you are done that gets tossed... Yet, if I add that tablespoon or 3 or 4 depending on the recipe, the builder treats it as if you are ingesting the full amount... Do you have any work-arounds you would suggest? Thanks!


  • Post Image chrishays (chrishay)

    12/19/2012 3:19 PM
    Thank you for this tutorial. I am confused about the serving size. For example if i am making spaghetti for a family the gorund turkey and the spaghetti noodles will have different servings sizes. So how would I accurately add each item to find out the number of points for a cup?


  • Post Image sylvia0425 (sylvia)

    3/17/2012 1:36 PM
    How would I enter 1lb of ground beef? I could not find it in the selection section. Sorry, but I am new to etools so feel a little intimidated.


  • Post Image jawilber64 (julie)

    10/19/2010 12:57 PM
    Love the recipe builder - great tool to use as a makeover for old favorite whipping them into shape by deleting and substituting!


  • Post Image tpbronko

    10/14/2010 2:19 PM
    This is great; I literally just this week discovered that my giant roasting pan of "zero" veggies that I make myself for dinner several times a week ACTUALLY amounts up to 4-5 points! I had recorded them all individually, but they all come up as zero....so you see the problem. The Recipe Builder is what I'm using now going forward!


  • Post Image oneofakindlady

    10/5/2010 2:34 PM
    I have a couple of "old" WW recipes given to me along the years. This is a great way to check them and make sure they are correct.


  • Post Image sunnysandy

    10/4/2010 5:58 PM
    I love the recipe builder :) Thanks for reminding me to USE it !


  • Post Image cadkins40

    10/4/2010 12:28 PM
    Thanks for the "How to". I haven't used it yet but I will give it a try now.


  • Post Image amyers916 (amy)

    10/4/2010 12:09 PM
    Thank you!!! :)


  • Post Image tabitha trojan

    10/4/2010 12:04 PM
    thanks! i needed this...i knew it was there but havent really thought about how helpful it could be. i am going to try it today!


  • Post Image chrisppp (chris)

    10/4/2010 10:29 AM
    I love the recipe builder! It's one of the best tools WW offers as far as I'm concerned. It enables me to take old favorites and skinny them down so I can still enjoy them. Thanks for highlighting this function!


  • Post Image locdiva (cecile)

    10/4/2010 8:24 AM
    Thanks, I used it a couple of times and then forgot about it. I do use the tracker though.


  • Post Image alzabees

    10/4/2010 2:08 AM
    This will be a great help to many folks. I have used it when I need it, but mostly have not been branching out too much lately. I think it hast to do with too many balls in the air. Thanks for the primer on how to use this important tool.


  • Post Image rvtraveler09 (cathy)

    10/3/2010 9:13 PM
    I LOVE the recipe builder, don't know what I would do with out it..


  • Post Image boatmansbabe1968 (joyce)

    10/3/2010 8:44 PM
    I always had a hard time with the recipe builder too. Thanks for the info! I will have to give it a try tomorrow!


  • Post Image nitab2010

    10/3/2010 8:31 PM
    Soups were hard for me too...then I decided to measure it out to my containers 1 cup at a time and there I got the results I needed...Yippee! I'm happy now.


  • Post Image sdc3273 (stephanie dyane)

    10/3/2010 8:15 PM
    You are just awesome!


  • Post Image pecan09 (lori)

    10/3/2010 8:07 PM
    I love mine also.It hard to figure out the servings sometimes.Soups are the hardest for me.


  • Post Image marywalking

    10/3/2010 7:03 PM
    Thanks.....what a great help!


  • Post Image tcampy65

    10/3/2010 6:42 PM
    Actually this is great...I am one of the people who didn't realize what it was for....duh...i thought it helped you create a recipe or something! Thanks for this note! Tammy




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