Jennie-O shares national survey detailing how Americans are combatting recipe boredom and cooking fatigue

Survey shows where home cooks find inspiration and solutions

 Jennie-O Turkey Store, one of the most beloved turkey brands in the world, today announced the results of its latest national survey showing how Americans feel about cooking at home, recipe boredom during the last couple years, and compelling and unusual ways people are finding inspiration in the kitchen. There was also interesting data about how and why people use turkey in their meal planning. The survey of 2,004 consumers was conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Jennie-O.

Scroll to see the survey results infographic and video below but first, a recipe.

Lasagna is a perfect weeknight meal. Make this ahead of time and chill until ready to bake.



  • 9 uncooked long lasagna noodles
  • 1 16-ounce package JENNIE-O® Lean Ground Turkey
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 26-ounce jar of pasta sauce of your choice, or your own recipe
  • 1 15-ounce container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute or 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg


  1. Heat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions.
  3. Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add ground turkey to hot skillet. Stir to crumble, approximately 14 to 16 minutes. Always cook to well-done, 165°F. as measured by a meat thermometer.
  5. Add garlic and spaghetti sauce and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. In medium bowl, combine ricotta cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, egg, spinach, red pepper flakes and nutmeg; mix well. Spread ¾ cup spaghetti sauce mixture on bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Layer 3 noodles over sauce, top with 1 cup sauce and half of cheese mixture. Repeat layers, ending with noodles and sauce.
  7. Cover with foil and bake 50 minutes or until bubbly. Remove foil and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  8. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

See the “Cooking Boredom” Survey!

Most survey respondents (47 percent) noted they cook at home on average three to four days out of the week, with nearly 30 percent replying they, “cook much more frequently in the last couple years.” In terms of what kinds of dishes people make at home, most made either simple, fresh meals (protein, veggie, starch) and semi-homemade meals using boxed/canned elements (tied at 52 percent), semi-homemade meals from deli products (49 percent) or meals made from scratch (48 percent).

How are people combating recipe boredom and where do they find inspiration? 50 percent of respondents add an unexpected or unusual ingredient, 42 percent add new spices to the mix, and 41 percent feature fruit or veggies in subtle ways. As far as where people get recipe inspiration: friends and family — 37 percent; make it up as they cook using Google — 35 percent; and YouTube — 31 percent. 

However, 37 percent noted they felt burnt out by cooking. The top three reasons are cooking the same types of food, eating the same types of food and the time spent cooking.

“During the last couple of years, many of us have felt the fatigue of cooking at home and mealtime monotony,” Behne said. “Jennie-O has a variety of different food-forward turkey products that are incredibly versatile, convenient and taste great — from deli meats to ground turkeyturkey burgersbacon, and so much more. Our website,, is an invaluable resource when it comes to finding inspiration, craveable recipes, meal prep ideas, easy how-to videos and cooking tools. We are here to help people shake things up for any meal and any time of day!”

The survey also found that nearly 50 percent of Americans eat ground turkey because it helps them reach their eating goals, is a good source of protein (48 percent) and they like the taste and its good value (tied at 45 percent).

The most popular ways to incorporate turkey are:

  1. Burgers — 30 percent
  2. Meatballs — 21 percent
  3. Lasagna — 18 percent

The favorite ways to prep turkey are:

  1. Stovetop/oven — 43 percent
  2. Grill — 38 percent
  3. Slow cooker — 35 percent

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