While Americans certainly have a love-affair for takeout (and it’s poor nutritional values), there’s something about a home-cooked meal that just beats getting food delivered or going out to a restaurant.
In 2019, more than 75% of Americans said they’d rather eat a homemade meal than go out to dinner. The benefits of eating a meal at home go beyond saving money by actually being healthier than options elsewhere.
Shedding fast-food or a pasta night at an Italian restaurant could benefit you big-time. One study by researchers from the University of Michigan found that eating home-cooked meals could add years to your life.
While research points toward home cooking increasing in America, that’s certainly a positive sign in 2020 — and might be the reason why so many Americans are confident with their cooking skills.
A survey of 2,000 people conducted by OnePoll found that the majority of Americans are pretty confident with the way they cook. Thirty-seven percent said they felt they were judged by others for their skills, but cooking something besides pasta and gravy might be a little too ambitious for nearly a quarter of Americans, who felt they only had one standout dish in their culinary arsenal.
But one of the more surprising findings from the survey was that the average American can only prepare five meals completely without referring to a recipe.
So what can people make without recipes? Mostly just breakfast foods, according to the survey.
The top five meals that Americans can prepare without a receipt were all breakfast foods, where the top four results were dominated by eggs.
Eggs over easy can be prepared by nearly half (49%) of the respondents, according to the survey, while scrambled eggs (46%), hard-boiled eggs (44%), and poached eggs (44%) were the next most popular responses.
Forty-one percent of respondents said they felt comfortable making French toast without looking at a recipe.
As for meals after breakfast, soup was the most made food without using a receipt, followed by grilled cheese (36%), pasta (36%), rice (36%), and salad (36%).
While Americans might not earn any Michelin stars for their cooking abilities, it could be because of being intimidated by kitchen tools.
Thirty-three percent of respondents said they were intimidated by a spatula, according to the survey. Other products like measuring cups (30%), a whisk (30%), food processor (26%), and measuring spoons (25%) also spooked chefs in the kitchen.
Some other interesting findings included more than half of respondents admitting they’ve had a kitchen disaster, which made nearly a third throw out what they were preparing and start all over again. Despite the mishaps, about half (49%) of respondents said they aimed to try more complex recipes in 2020, with 45% hoping to branch out and diversify the types of food they cook.
Forty-eight percent of respondents said they’d like to embrace a healthier lifestyle by changing the way they eat, according to the survey.
Meals respondents can without a recipe
1. Eggs over easy: 49%
2. Scrambled eggs: 46%
3. Hard-boiled eggs: 44%
4. Poached eggs: 44%
5. French toast: 41%
6. Soup: 36%
7. Grilled cheese: 36%
8. Pasta: 36%
9. Rice: 36%
10. Salad: 36%
11. Toast: 34%
12. Beans: 33%
13. Pancakes: 31%
14. Roasted chicken: 30%
15. Mashed potatoes: 29%
16. Bacon: 29%
17. Grilled vegetables: 27%
18. Tacos: 27%
19. Mac and cheese: 26%
20. Grilled steak: 25%