Key Insight

Everyone’s been busy with sports or recitals or after-work functions, but there’s one night when everyone’s schedules align, and they’ll be home at dinnertime — so it’s time to make it count. This meal centers on being homey and comforting, yet healthy. It can also be a chance to make the recipe that the kids seem open to trying.

The Healthy Family Favorite dinner occasion needs to be reliable but not stodgy. While these meals lean toward the hearty side, they’re also fresh and healthy. Protein choices run the gamut, with chicken breasts a solid No. 1, and fish, ground turkey and fresh pork also in the mix.

What’s for Dinner?

Meat acts as the main course half the time (52 percent), and the preparer often uses a recipe, typically a go-to choice or one that has been tried before. These dinners overwhelmingly fall into the “plenty of time—not rushed” category and are prepared in the oven or on the stovetop in most cases. When protein is mixed with other foods, it skews toward casseroles and soups or stews.

Needs

  • Everyone likes it
  • Healthy and hearty
  • Fun and a nice way to celebrate a birthday, game win or other special occasion

Pork Cuts That Fit

Pork Tenderloin

+ Occasionally requested
– Not perceived as healthy

Pork Chop

– Not perceived as healthy

Ideas for Innovation

Fresh pork could be a more frequent option for the Healthy Family Favorite dinner occasion, but the challenge is to present fresh pork as a healthier option and separate it from the negative health associations of red meat.

Calling out leaner cuts at the store could enhance the likelihood of fresh pork making it into refrigerators to be on hand when the family needs a healthy, hearty meal. Highlighting the versatility of fresh pork, whether as a main dish, a mix-in for a casserole or stew, or to complement healthy side dishes, could also increase usage.

 



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