Canadian Dinnertime Habits and How to Improve Yours

January 22, 2020
by Katherine Sousa Eat

    Almost 85% of Canadians say they enjoy cooking, but what does that say about our dinnertime habits? Are we eating at home every day? Do we know how to cook a variety of different recipes? Are we eating enough vegetables?

    In our recent study about Canadian’s dinnertime habits, we discovered four key takeaways about how Canadians approach dinner, and how you can improve your habits!

    1. Cooking at Home, FTW!

    cooking in Canada

    It was found that on average Canadians cook at home nearly five days a week, with 25% of Canadians cooking at home 7 days a week! For all those home-cooking foodies out there, check out these top-rated recipes: Garlicky Shrimp, Greek Lemon Chicken, and Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato and Spinach Penne

    TIP: Cooking at home less than 5 days a week? Try prepping your ingredients at the beginning of the week to make the cooking process quicker and easier. 


    2. Sharing is Caring

    sharing a meal with family at dinner

    Of all the parts of dinnertime, it’s sharing all your hard work with the people you love that really makes Canadians like to cook. We found that 2 out of 3 Canadians find sharing the final finished dish with their loved ones to be the best part of cooking a meal. 

    TIP: Try sharing more meals with friends and family! Their big smiles and empty plates will make it worth the time and effort. 


    3. Eat Your Veggies

    eating enough veggies

    More than 50% of Canadians are only eating 2 (or fewer) servings of vegetables per day. When asked why most didn’t have a reason!

    TIP: Add more veggies to your diet by replacing unhealthy snacks with prepped veg like sliced peppers, mini carrots, or chopped cucumbers! Better yet, try doing a meatless meal at least once a week. Check out these delicious veggie-packed recipes the whole family will love: Butternut Squash Stuffed Pasta, Lentil Veggie Mulligatawny, and Garlicky Mixed Mushroom Farro Bowl.


    4. Cook Variety

    canadian dinnertime cooking

    Canadians like to cook, but it turns out we only have a few recipes on rotation. On average, Canadians know how to cook 10 different recipes including dishes like steak, spaghetti and meatballs, burgers, stir fry, and roast chicken.

    TIP: Looking to add more recipes to your back pocket? Our meal plans make cooking easy, plus you’ll explore different techniques and cuisines every week! 

    Learn more about Canadian’s dinnertime routines here


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