I'm with MISSG180
At first, it can be time consuming.
My wife generally cooks, and instead of bugging her all the time to tell me ingredients (often, she'd just save labels for me) and 90% of the time the particular brand was already in the database. If it was something we used frequently and not in the database, I'd add it. Otherwise, I'd just go with a comparable brand.
I found I used "Boston Market" a lot. If my wife made meatloaf, I'd just use the "Boston Market" meatloaf, figuring it was higher in calories/sodium/etc. and it gave me the extra challenge to eat even better for the next few days.
After awhile, though, you'll find that you do use a lot of "goto" type things. For me, a good example is a black bean corn relish. Sometimes it's a side. Sometimes it goes into chicken stock and becomes a soup. Sometimes it goes in a wrap with some chicken. Having that as a user-added item in the database makes sense and makes entering home made meals easier.
I always have trouble with conversions and serving sizes. I would often note the serving size in the 'title' of the recipe I added to the database. Less thinking later on when you re-use that entry.
| current weight: 187.2