UPMC Health Plan Partners with Food Bank to Introduce Recipe App

Recipe Rainbow offers more than 300 delicious, nutritious recipes via Smartphone

PITTSBURGH (November 11, 2014)—UPMC Health Plan and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank have teamed up to develop a free, downloadable App called Recipe Rainbow, a healthy resource offering a broad array of simple and nutritious recipe options using common ingredients, to create healthy, delicious meals.

Initially developed to assist Food Bank clients who often faced limited food items with which to prepare an inviting and nutritious meal, Recipe Rainbow has gained widespread popularity in the general community. Families with little time to spare, students preparing meals on their own for the first time and senior citizens looking to manage their special diet are among the audiences who regularly turn to Recipe Rainbow for meal-planning ideas.

“The recipes on Recipe Rainbow are designed to help make healthy cooking easy for today’s busy family,” said Jesse Sharrard, food safety and nutrition manager for the Food Bank and a classically trained chef. “Our goal is to provide easy-to-prepare recipes that taste good and are good for you.”

Originally available only through the Food Bank’s web site, Recipe Rainbow can now be downloaded to an Android or Apple smart phone through the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The simple design of Recipe Rainbow enables the user to type in one or more ingredients or to choose from a list of more than 200 ingredients already stored in the App. Among the ingredients already listed are common Food Bank products, such as canned goods and produce.

Recipe Rainbow will provide users with a list of recipes that use any of the ingredients they select. Recipe Rainbow offers more than 300 recipes in all, including such mouth-watering choices as Chicken Peanut Stir Fry or Peach Cinnamon Crisp—all developed by the Food Bank. A description of each recipe is provided, along with step-by-step instructions and nutritional information. Many are illustrated with a photo of the finished product.

“UPMC Health Plan is proud to join the Food Bank in making Recipe Rainbow more accessible to the public through this smart phone application,” said Michael Parkinson, MD, UPMC Senior Medical Director and Past President, American College of Preventive Medicine.“By providing recipes that are practical, affordable, good-tasting and healthy, we are building on our commitment to improve the wellbeing of our community.”

For more information about Recipe Rainbow, visit www.pittsburghfoodbank.org or call 412-460-3663.

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