The John C. Stalker Institute
of Food and Nutrition

at Framingham State University

JSI Recipe Analysis - A Brief Tutorial

In this brief tutorial, we will create a simple recipe — a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

  1. From the recipe analysis home page, open the recipe list by clicking View my recipes on the home page.

    The recipe list will open. If you are just getting started, you will see no recipes listed.

  2. To create a new recipe, click the Add a Recipe button on the right side of the Recipe List.

    The recipe editor will open.

  3. Name the recipe. The name can be anything you like. You may use letters, numbers, apostrophe ('), dash (-), and underscore (_).

    You want a recipe name to be unique among your recipes. When naming a recipe you plan to make public choose a name that will distinguish it from any body else's similar recipe.

    Tutorial naming Recipe
    Begin by naming your recipe, specifying servings, and a category

  4. For this recipe, enter "1" in Number of Servings. This recipe will be for just one sandwich.
  5. For the recipe analysis tool to know what criteria to use to evaluate the recipe, you must specify a Category

    For our sandwich, select Entree.
  6. In the Available Ingredients box on the left, click Nuts-Seeds to expand the folder. Then click Nuts to expand that folder. Then click any variety of peanut butter you like. Below the selection box, click the Add to Recipe button. This is one method of adding an ingredient to the recipe's ingredient list.

    Tutorial Finding by Browsing
    Finding ingredients by browsing

  7. In the recipe's Ingredients area, specify the amount of peanut butter used. Enter Quantity 2 and select Units Tablespoons.
  8. Now, let's add the jam. This time, we'll use the filter feature to find the jam and the drag-drop method to add the jam to the recipe.

    In the Available Ingredients box, enter "jam" in the Filter box, then click the Go button.

    The list of ingredients will change so that only items with "jam" in the title appear. At the top of the list are the "most frequently used" ingredients that match your search criteria.

    Tutorial Finding by Searching
    Finding ingredients by searching. 1) Enter the search criteria; 2) Click the Go button

    You can read more about filtering ingredients in the Viewing Ingredients help file.

    Use your mouse to drag the jam onto the recipe's Ingredients area. While you are dragging, you will see the target area highlighted in yellow. When you successfully drop the ingredient into the area, it will be added to the recipe's ingredients list.

    Tutorial Dragging Ingredients
    Add ingredients by dragging them into the Ingredients box

    Set the amount of jam to 1 Tablespoon.

    If you enter "strawberry" in the "Preparation" field, this will show up on your printed recipe as jam, strawberry, 1 Tablespoon. The Preparation field is used for any instructions you want to provide to a person following the recipe. For example, if you want carrots sliced, you can add the carrots, then specify "sliced" in the Preparation field. The Preparation field does not affect the nutrient analysis or show up on the food label.

  9. Finally, add bread to your ingredients. Use either method you prefer to find your choice of bread and to move your selected bread to the recipe's ingredients list. Enter the amount as 2 slices.
  10. You may have noticed, as you progress in specifying your recipe, messages appear on the right side of the window below the ingredients. Those messages will remind you that you need to add ingredients, specify quantities, and units in order to see results in nutrition facts and Massachusetts standards.

    Once you have all necessary information (ingredients, number of servings, and amounts), the recipe's nutrient facts, MA standards adherence, and National School Lunch Program equivalents are calculated automatically.

    If you have completed adding the ingredients and specified the amounts above, you should see a problem. There is too much fat in our sandwich.

    Tutorial Fail to Pass Standards
    There is too much fat in this recipe

  11. Reduce the fat in the sandwich by changing the peanut butter to 1 tablespoon.

    The nutrition facts are automatically recalculated, and the recipe now passes the evaluation for the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards.

    Tutorial Pass Standards
    The recipe now passes Massachusetts Nutrition Standards

  12. It is a good idea to save at this point. Click the large Save Recipe button.
  13. Return to the recipe list by clicking Recipes on the menu bar. You will see your recipe listed.
  14. Now look at some of the public recipes. In the Select Recipes box, check the box for Public Recipes, then click Show Selections.

    Click the name of one of those recipes to view it.

    Notice how it has steps describing the process of creating the recipe.

  15. Let's return to our recipe and add some steps.

    Click Recipes from the navigation menu at the top.

    To the right of your recipe, click the Edit Recipe button.

    Your recipe opens.

  16. Below the ingredients is an area to add steps.

    Click the Add Recipe Step button to create a space to enter information on how to create your recipe. Click the button two more times so you have a total of three steps available. (Notice that they are automatically numbered.)

    Enter these steps:

    1. Smear peanut butter on one slice of bread.
    2. Smear jam over peanut butter.
    3. Put second slice of bread on top.

    Tutorial Add Recipe Steps
    Adding recipe steps

  17. Click Save Recipe to save your work.

    This time, when you click Save, it asks you for the purpose of your change. For accountability, the system tracks who, when, and why changes are made to recipes. Enter the purpose of your change to document the change history of this recipe.

  18. Return to the recipe list.
  19. On the recipe list, click your recipe name.

    A view of your recipe opens.

  20. Click the Download Recipe button in the upper right corner to "print" your recipe.

    This doesn't actually send the recipe to your printer. Rather, it asks you to open (or save) the recipe in your preferred document editor. You can use your document editor to add headers/footers or make other changes you see fit.

  21. Close the print view of your recipe.
  22. Notice the allergens list for your recipe. It should list peanuts, wheat and possibly other allergens depending on the ingredients you selected.

    It is likely it declares "may contain soy." Let's pretend you have checked your bread's ingredient label and you have confirmed it contains soy. You must therefore override the automatic allergen selection to be more specific.

    Edit the recipe again. In the Allergen area, change the Soy selection to Yes.

    Tutorial Recipe Edit Allergens
    Editing recipe allergens

    Save your recipe. View your recipe again to confirm the change was made to your recipe.

This concludes the brief tutorial. For additional information, please peruse the help files.