A survey conducted by Instacart revealed that 68 percent of Americans secretly dislike a classic Thanksgiving menu. They just eat it to honor tradition.
Is it just me or has this year gone by like the Flash on steroids? One second I was taking down my Christmas tree and stuffing all the New Years Party decor back into the depths of my closet, and the next I'm getting ready for my mom's Thanksgiving dinner. Didn't we just finish digesting one Thanksgiving meal? Do we have to do it all over again? I mean, sure I enjoy the holidays and the all-around cheerful tinge in the air, but would it be so wrong to skip tradition one year and have lasagna for dinner?
While some of you may have gasped in horror at the thought of it, let it be known that I'm not alone in wanting to give traditions a rest. A survey conducted by Instacart revealed that 68 percent of Americans secretly dislike a classic Thanksgiving menu. They just eat it to honor tradition. The top five unpopular dishes include canned cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes / sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, and turkey. Yep, turkey, the pièce de résistance of the meal. Over 2,000 US. adults took part in the survey and 19 percent of the participants expressed their dislike for turkey.
Millennials seem to be driving this shift as according to Instacart, as most of them "are introducing alternatives when hosting Thanksgiving. 42 percent of Millennials who have hosted have served something other than turkey." So what are they making if not turkey? Instacart’s sales reportedly indicate that "after turkey, pork is the second most ordered protein ahead of Thanksgiving." Not a bad choice, to be honest.
Meanwhile, contrary to popular belief, millennials aren't all that crazy about Thanksgiving leftovers either. "23 percent of Americans are not interested in saving Thanksgiving leftovers. 32 percent of Millennials say they are not interested in saving Thanksgiving leftovers, compared to 18 percent of Boomers," states the survey. Neither are they jumping at the chance to host Thanksgiving either. Apparently, "40 percent of Millennials (ages 23–38) would rather give up sex for a month than be responsible for cooking Thanksgiving dinner." To be fair, it is a lot to handle. From shopping for a zillion things to cooking up a storm, I don't understand why anyone would willingly subject themselves to it.
Speaking of shopping, 74 percent of those who have played the host revealed that they've needed to go to the grocery store two or more times to get all of the necessary ingredients. On the other hand, even among those who take up the challenge, 59 percent revealed that they'd only do it so as to make the dishes they'd like for Thanksgiving. Come to think of it... Nope, still wouldn't do it.