Roughly 28 percent of Americans lack basic cooking skills to prepare foods at home. Foods prepared away-from-home (including restaurant, fast food and quick-service foods) account for approximately 32 percent of calories consumed/eaten. Current dietary intake patterns show foods prepared away-from-home are higher in saturated fat, added sugars, sodium, calories, and lower in dietary fiber, calcium, and other vital nutrients than those prepared at home.
People who cook meals at home tend to prepare foods with fewer calories from saturated fat, added sugars, and sodium. The Dinner Tonight program, provided by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Food and Nutrition Unit, provides clients with resources to prepare nutritious meals at home through online recipe collections and videos. The program emphasizes meals that are low-cost, nutritious, and can be prepared quickly. Resources include nutritious recipes, cooking skill videos and seasonal Texas produce.