Why Does “What’s for Dinner?” Challenge Us? [Infographic]

It's mealtime, again? We get it and so do lots of other people.

If you hear internal alarm bells ringing most days around 4:30 p.m., we get it, and so do lots of other people. How do we know? Pampered Chef partnered with a research firm to survey people who take on the daily cooking duties at home and learned that most people could use some help finding—and keeping—their cooking confidence.

It’s no secret that lots of people feel overwhelmed, and our to-do lists aren’t getting any shorter. The good news? Most of us think cooking is worthwhile. People continue to spend time in the kitchen and believe that shared mealtimes are important to connect with family and friends.

And whether you love to cook or it’s not really your thing, we all have a superpower in the kitchen. Take our cooking personality quiz to find your power, plus discover some essential tools and resources to build your confidence in the kitchen.

Almost 65% of Americans are spending more time i the kitchen. The same amount feel overwhelmed by it all. On top of that, 80% of home-cookingduties fall on one person.
Despite spending more time in the kitchen, only 4 in 10 feel confident in their cooking abilities. So, why is confidence down?
44% High self-expectations. 37% too many responsibilities. 32% lack of time. But people love and value mealtime.
1 in 5 say they will always make time to cook, even if it adds to their plates. 7 in 10 say providing a nutritious meal and enjoying ti together is the best part of mealtime. Help is here.
Help is here. 1 in 3 say a good role model to follow helps them feel more confident. Ask a Pampered Chef consultant to be your guide! 56% credit having the right resources for driving higher confidence.

What's Your Cooking Personality?

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4 Responses to Why Does “What’s for Dinner?” Challenge Us? [Infographic]

  1. Beverly Russman April 13, 2021 at 9:10 pm #

    explorer , , but far from that!!!!

    • Mary Spolman April 29, 2021 at 5:47 pm #

      I think one reason we struggle with the question of what’s for dinner is because the planning part of meal time notoriously falls on us women. Just when I plan something he will say “hey let’s have sloppy Joe’s. Without having planned this I have to scamper around looking in the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to find proper ingredients. And wonder if he will settle on bread because we are all out of buns

      • Laurel May 4, 2021 at 11:19 am #

        Exactly! I also need to plan which meat I’ll use because we buy directly from the farmer. His beef, pork & chicken are fantastic but it’s frozen rock hard when we buy it & bring it home. It’s loaded in a freezer in the basement, so I need to plan 1-2 days ahead. I have fibromyalgia & stairs have been very hard for me lately. I need to rely on my husband or 2 teens to bring meat up. Occasionally I will let them pick. It can be great or awful! Awful is a roast that’s too large for the quick cooker & one of the kids wants it tonight! Great is having all the right ingredients for whatever comes up! I love the garlic seasoning on a roast. The kids want me to try “something Asian.” Good thing I have the Pampered Chef seasonings in the pantry.

  2. Hope Holten May 11, 2021 at 10:59 pm #

    I needed chores for the youngest of kids and would have them pic out a veggie for dinner time we ate peas for many nights but they felt like they were doing a chore

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