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SparkRecipes FAQs

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These instructions assume you are on the SparkRecipes site. To get to SparkRecipes from SparkPeople, click on Articles & Videos at the top of the page and select from the dropdown menu.

How do I become a SparkRecipes member?
SparkRecipes is linked to SparkPeople, so that any recipe you find here can be added to your daily meal plan on SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker. Sign up for one site, and you'll have access to both. If you are a SparkPeople member, you can share recipes immediately. If you need to sign up for an account, click here.
Do I need to be a member to calculate nutrition info or search for recipes?
You can calculate nutrition info in any recipe and search for recipes on our site without being a member. However, you cannot save any recipes without becoming a member. Joining is easy and free, so we recommend signing up.
How do I add a recipe to your site?
  • Click the "Add/Calculate Recipe" tab at the top of any page on SparkRecipes.
  • Enter the ingredients, nutritional information and cooking instructions for your recipe.
  • At the bottom of the page, above the "Save Recipe" button are two checkboxes: "Submit My Recipe to SparkPeople's Shared Recipes Database" and "I want an email to be sent to me when anyone comments on this recipe."
  • Leave the top box checked to submit to SparkRecipes' Shared Recipes Database or uncheck the box to keep it from being shared. Click the bottom box if you want to receive an email when someone comments on your recipe. Then click "Save Recipe."
  • Click on "My Recipe Box" at the top of the page (under the "My Recipes" tab), and your recipe will now appear there.
How do I calculate the nutritional information for my recipe?
  • Click the "Add/Calculate Recipe" tab at the top of any page on SparkRecipes.
  • Click "Add An Ingredient."
  • Search for your ingredients one at a time, click on the food you'd like to add in the dropdown menu, then enter the amount.
  • Click "Add Food" then continue entering your recipe information.
I want to share a recipe I found. Am I allowed to do so?
You are only allowed to share recipes that you created yourself. Please do not share any recipes you found on a blog, in a cookbook, in the newspaper, or anywhere else.
How do I edit or delete my recipe, or change the shared status of my recipe? How do I unsubscribe from receiving comments when someone comments on my recipe?
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Member Comments

  • How do I change a recipe I submitted? The nutritional info tripled my ingredients, so the values are all tripled! - 4/10/2014 8:56:45 AM
    I have calculated a recipe incorrectly and cannot find where to fix it - 4/8/2014 7:53:29 PM
  • It would sure be nice to be able to share recipe makeovers to more than just friends. It would be nice to find a recipe and see what makeover ideas other people had about it. Just my two cents! - 4/4/2014 11:11:26 PM
    I guess I have company.I entered a recipe makeover and forgot something plus some things I added don't show up o the makeover but DO appear when I click on the nutritional value of the changes I made? How to fix or even just start over? - 3/19/2014 8:55:35 PM
  • I added a recipe makeover to my recipe box. I'd like to share it but I don't see that option. When I try to search the recipe by it's exact name it doesn't come up. - 3/16/2014 4:10:44 PM
    I entered a recipe into the recipe calculator and the amount of carbs it calculated is WAY to high! - 2/19/2014 8:41:09 AM
    I made a mistake in my recipe and I can't find out how to correct it. My recipe serves 12 and it says "serves 1". Yikes! - 2/8/2014 7:59:29 AM
    Sorry new here and trying to figure out if I can create a menu plan? It would be nice to be able to select meals and plan them out for the week. Is that possible and I just can't figure it out? Thank you. - 1/4/2014 10:59:07 PM
    How do I save a recipe to my recipe box? I'm not doing collections, just saving a bunch of recipes. But I can't find a way to do it. There used to be a little button beneath the recipe, but there isn't one now. - 12/13/2013 12:44:51 PM
  • Every recipe I look up says I've earned the spark points when I've never even looked at that recipe before. Why? And what can be done to correct this? - 9/22/2013 6:29:24 PM
  • KATH1948
    I can print out a recipe by regular means, but you don't have a " PRINT" option....that I can see anyway. I'm new to this site...about 2min. ago. I do see a lot of interesting recipes and the holidays are coming up.......guess I timed it right. - 9/1/2013 4:15:26 PM
    One thing I find extremely frustrating with websites that are supposed to allow you to calculate nutritional information of a recipe is that you enter an ingredient, say for example chicken breast., and it brings up a kitchen sink of ingredients none of which are chicken related. One ingredient I typed in brought up things like Jell-O. It would be so much easier if it would bring up only the ingredient you were looking for. - 8/27/2013 10:42:35 AM
    This site is way more complicated than it needs to be! - 7/16/2013 3:26:14 PM
  • saves to arrange your recipes, click and drag. That doesn't work. So what to do? Have no clue. I agree with someone else, it would be nice to be able to put them in alphabetical order. - 6/12/2013 2:33:37 PM
    how do i add a snack that is 60 calories to my data base
    - 4/10/2013 10:21:55 PM