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  • Writer's pictureBritt Teravainen

Can AI help me with dinner prep?

Warning don't read this if you are hungry... I decided to see how these tools can help me with something I struggle with weekly- what to make for dinner?


Prompt: Give me two ideas for a healthy but tasty, easy to make weeknight dinner and provide corresponding grocery list

Chat GPT Response:

Idea 1: Lemon Garlic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

  • Chicken breasts

  • Lemons

  • Garlic cloves

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • Broccoli

  • Carrots

  • Red bell pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. Place chicken breasts in a baking dish.

  3. In a small bowl, mix together the juice of one lemon, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and black pepper.

  4. Pour the mixture over the chicken, coating each breast well.

  5. Cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces and place around the chicken in the baking dish.

  6. Cut another lemon into thin slices and place them on top of the chicken and vegetables.

  7. Roast in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

Grocery List

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 2 lemons

  • 4 garlic cloves

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • 1 head of broccoli

  • 4 carrots

  • 1 red bell pepper

Idea 2: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos

  • Sweet potatoes

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • Cumin

  • Chili powder

  • Black beans

  • Garlic powder

  • Onion powder

  • Salsa

  • Corn tortillas

  • Avocado

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

  2. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes into small cubes.

  3. Toss the sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt, black pepper, cumin, and chili powder.

  4. Roast the sweet potatoes in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until tender and lightly browned.

  5. Drain and rinse the black beans, then season with garlic powder and onion powder.

  6. Warm the corn tortillas in a dry skillet or in the oven.

  7. Assemble the tacos by filling each tortilla with roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, salsa, and sliced avocado.

Grocery List

  • 2 large sweet potatoes

  • Olive oil

  • Salt

  • Black pepper

  • Cumin

  • Chili powder

  • 1 can of black beans

  • Garlic powder

  • Onion powder

  • Salsa

  • Corn tortillas

  • 1 avocado

Bard Response:

Sure, here are two ideas for a healthy but tasty, easy to make weeknight dinner and the corresponding grocery list: 1. Chicken tacos

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces

  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 12 taco shells

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 cup sour cream

  • 1/4 cup chopped lettuce

  • 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup chopped onion

  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Grocery list:

  • Chicken breasts

  • Taco seasoning mix

  • Water

  • Taco shells

  • Cheddar cheese

  • Sour cream

  • Lettuce

  • Tomatoes

  • Onion

  • Cilantro

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, taco seasoning mix, and water. Mix well.

  3. Pour the chicken mixture into a greased 9x13 inch baking dish.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.

  5. While the chicken is cooking, warm the taco shells according to the package directions.

  6. To assemble the tacos, place a chicken patty in each taco shell. Top with shredded cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro.

  7. Serve immediately.

2. Grilled veggie burgers

  • 1 pound ground turkey

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1/4 cup chopped carrots

  • 1/4 cup chopped celery

  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 4 hamburger buns

  • Ketchup

  • Mustard

  • Lettuce

  • Tomatoes

  • Onions

Grocery list:

  • Ground turkey

  • Onion

  • Red bell pepper

  • Green bell pepper

  • Carrots

  • Celery

  • Parsley

  • Egg

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Hamburger buns

  • Ketchup

  • Mustard

  • Lettuce

  • Tomatoes

  • Onions

Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey, onion, bell peppers, carrots, celery, parsley, egg, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

  3. Form the mixture into four patties.

  4. Grill the patties for 5-7 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

  5. To assemble the burgers, place a patty on a bun. Top with ketchup, mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions.

  6. Serve immediately.

I hope you enjoy these recipes!



My thoughts: ChatGPT for the win. Not only do the recipes sound better and feel more unique, the grocery lists were more specific.


I did ask a follow up question to understand the AI's rationale

Prompt: How were these recipes selected? Chat GPT Response:

These recipes were selected based on the criteria of being healthy, tasty, and easy to make on a weeknight.


For the first recipe, I chose lemon garlic chicken with roasted vegetables because it's a simple one-pan dish that is packed with protein and fiber from the chicken and vegetables. The lemon and garlic add flavor without adding any extra calories or unhealthy ingredients.

For the second recipe, I chose black bean and sweet potato tacos because they are a vegetarian option that is both filling and flavorful. The sweet potatoes add a natural sweetness and a good source of vitamins, while the black beans provide protein and fiber. Plus, tacos are always a fun and easy meal option that can be customized to personal taste preferences.


Overall, I aimed to choose recipes that were healthy, used whole foods, and were quick and easy to make, without sacrificing flavor.


Bard Response:

The recipes I selected are healthy, tasty, and easy to make on a weeknight. They are also all relatively affordable, which makes them a good option for budget-minded cooks.

Here are some of the factors I considered when selecting these recipes:

  • Nutritional value: I wanted to choose recipes that were high in nutrients and low in unhealthy fats, calories, and sodium.

  • Taste: I also wanted to choose recipes that were flavorful and satisfying.

  • Ease of preparation: I wanted to choose recipes that were easy to make, even on a busy weeknight.

  • Affordability: I wanted to choose recipes that were affordable, so that anyone could enjoy them.

I hope you enjoy these recipes!

My Thoughts: ChatGPT is still the clear winner. First, Tacos are always a good idea. And second, I didn't ask for budget to be any part of this prompt. Sorry Bard.


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