The Masterchef Mothers: Mums cook THREE different meals a day for fussy children

The Masterchef Mothers: Mums cook THREE different meals every night as they give in to demands of fussy children

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12:47 GMT, 22 May 2012

It is an oft-heard refrain in households across the nation. 'You treat this house like a hotel!' mothers will often complain to their demanding brood.

But according to new research, they are right.

One in three mothers say they cook up to three different meals each night to accommodate their family members' different tastes, claims the study.

Researchers found 34 per cent of mothers prepare the large variety of meals every day to satisfy the individual preferences of their children and partners.

Domestic goddess: Mothers are cooking up to three different meals every evening to cater for their family's whims

Domestic goddess: Mothers are cooking up to three different meals every evening to cater for their family's whims

As well as increasingly having to bow to family mealtime pressures, the study also reveals that traditional family dinners are being phased out with less than half of families (44 per cent) finding the time to eat together between one and three times each week.

Just one in five families manage to eat at least one meal together every day of the week

The survey, by Flora Cuisine, also found that despite owning an array of recipe books, 72 per cent of UK mothers stick to cooking the same meals time and time again.

Family meals: Only one in five sit down together every night of the week

Family meals: Only one in five families sit down together every night of the week

And, it appears that the recipe books currently on the market are having a big part to play in the lack of creativity in the kitchen.

The costly ingredients featured in celebrity chef recipe books are acting as a deterrent, with nearly two-thirds of mothers (63 per cent) admitting owning a recipe book that they never use.

The main reasons for this were 'the ingredients are too expensive' (43 per cent); 'the recipes are too long' (41 per cent), and 'the recipes are too advanced' (40 per cent).

However, 60 per cent of mothers said that they would like to be more creative in the kitchen if the 'cost of ingredients' was lower and if recipe books would feature recipes that had 'shorter cooking times' and were 'healthy'.

Alastair McKerrow of Flora Cuisine said: 'The survey results show that traditional mealtime preparation and habits are changing.

'Mothers are busier than ever, and many are having to prepare more than one meal each evening in order to accommodate their family's tastes.

Increasingly, mums need products which facilitate quick and healthy cooking.'