Despite the popularity of cooking shows such as The Great British Bake Off and a plethora of celebrity chefs hitting our headlines and television screens on a weekly basis, Brits now seem to be spending less time than ever in the kitchen.

A poll of 2,000 adults has revealed that 60 per cent of us turn to snacks rather than cooking a meal.

Getting home late, making do with what’s in the house and being too tired or busy to cook, were just some of the reasons that the exhausted Brits gave for grabbing quick-fix foods on week nights.

MOST POPULAR QUICK-FIX DINNERS

1. Toast
2. Cereal
3. Ham sandwich
4. Crisps or nachos
5. Packet or tinned soup
6. Cheese and crackers
7. Instant rice / noodles / pasta
8. Crumpets
9. Chip butty
10. Sausage roll or pasty

The average adult was found to only eat a hot meal from scratch just four times a week, while a third said they regularly eat their ready-made dinners straight out of its packet instead of serving it on a plate.

Rob Dixon, Head of Marketing at Pukka Pies, who conducted the survey, said: ‘’We can all relate to the feeling of being too exhausted to cook when we get in after a long day, and try as we might, we can’t bear the thought of peeling, chopping and cooking the traditional meat, vegetables and gravy from scratch.

‘’The vast majority of workers want something quick and tasty before they dash off out again or collapse in front of the TV.

‘’Every now and then, we can get by on a quick fix like cereal or toast, but most of the meals in the list are not even hot.

‘’During the winter months especially, it’s important to eat a hot evening meal, rather than eating the first thing we find in the fridge.’’

Do you find yourself snacking rather than eating proper meals? Have you come up with a routine that allows you to prepare hot meals around a busy schedule? Please share your thoughts by commenting in the box below.