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posted ago by davidw221 ago by davidw221 +264 / -2

My family was poor, but my mom always had a hot meal for dinner, anything from fried bologna and eggs, spam and eggs, meatloaf, greenbeans and mashed taters, and on Fridays it was always bread pudding made from the leftover bread from the past week. Please list your cheap but delicious meals your mom served you. As the economy falters many of us will be serving those tasty meals of the past.

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LucilleBrawl 26 points ago +26 / -0

I grew up on pinto beans, cornbread, and fried potatoes. We rarely had frozen or processed dinners.

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davidw221 [S] 20 points ago +20 / -0

I bet your mom made the cornbread in an iron skillet, and used the bacon grease on the stove in the coffee can to line the skillet!

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trumplican2020 16 points ago +16 / -0

That is exactly what I grew up with. My grandparents lived next door and there was always beans and cornbread on the stove. We also ate fried potato sandwiches with mayo and onion. On occasion my sisters will get together and make them -- great memories.

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hothousecreekguy 4 points ago +4 / -0

YES the Best!!!…I sure do miss moms old fashion cooking

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LucilleBrawl 9 points ago +9 / -0

Sometimes she would! My grandma made her biscuits like that. I'd love a biscuit like that again.

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rooftoptendie 11 points ago +11 / -0

my grandma being norwegian, there was not a biscuit in sight on our table ever. Sometimes she'd make bread. But biscuits are foreign foods to me. I do like those ones that come out layered and fluffy, and peel apart in stacks, those are good.

My grandma did a lot of baking and sweets, but dinner was always somewhat lo-effort, even during good times. Her idea of "chili" was in actuality just kidney bean and ground beef soup. We ate a lot of casseroles and weird salads (waldorf salad, potato salad, egg salad, tuna salad, carrot slaw, jello salad, pear and cottage cheese salad...) Didn't put a lot of effort in to dinners. But the baking OH LAWD. Norwegians and their baked goods... uff da!

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lincolnlady 6 points ago +6 / -0

Norwegian ancestry here, as well. Grandma (and mom) made LEFSE and homemade bread and buns. We didn't have biscuits, either.

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ThisIsHowItStarts 5 points ago +5 / -0

I make a delicious Waldorf salad…

The key is to use three different types of apples. That way you get three different flavors of apples in the salad. Not too much mayo, because you can always add some later when needed. Celery, walnuts, and very little raisins. Too many raisins can ruin the salad, because they plump up with the moisture, and then turn some of the apples brown and discolor them. Sometimes I’ll just throw a few in when I serve myself an individual serving.

This time of year you can find an apple called tango. Tango apples are my favorite apples and they’re only around in the fall. If you make a Waldorf salad with tango apples, Honeycrisp apples, and Gala apples, it’s such a wonderful sweet and tart treat! A very refreshing light salad.

Salt and pepper to taste.

(also lemon juice in the apples before you add anything else will keep them from turning brown)

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Peanuttles 6 points ago +6 / -0

I think they called that "cracklin" cornbread, didn't they? Because the bacon grease made the edges a little crispy in the iron skillet? OMG, it's great!

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Fikkan 5 points ago +5 / -0

Wasn't just bacon grease. It was "everything except from fried baloney and hamburger". Gramma's orders.

The amazing gravy that grease made. I miss it.

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NippleSalad 8 points ago +8 / -0

I got a choice between freezer crap or home cooked meal. Don't like what we cooked? Lol fuck off and have a hot pocket.

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KarateBob 6 points ago +6 / -0

I would have been in so much trouble with my dad for disrespecting my mom's cooking if I tried to eat a hot pocket.

Sometimes she didn't feel like cooking and we'd just have something like that for dinner, with a few small extra things or leftovers, but you didn't just go get that by yourself.

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NippleSalad 1 point ago +1 / -0

My parents wanted me to be self sufficient from a pretty young age, if I didn't like something I had to do it myself.

When I was older I would make dinner if I didn't like what they were planning on making, it started with a "fine YOU do it then!" But later on they liked having one less thing to do. it got to the point where they would say they're making something I didn't like without having the ingredients because neither of them wanted to cook that day.

Now I'm a chef and in a year or so, when the property I want is ready to rent, a restaurant owner.

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KarateBob 1 point ago +1 / -0

Seems like a win win situation.

Good luck with the restaurant.

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Notimportant81 21 points ago +21 / -0

Everything was homemade. August was canning month. Every house had a fruit room and most had a root cellar. We had no fresh vegetables and except for apples, no fresh fresh fruit in the winter. I longed for Wonder Bread and Campbell soup. We picked asparagus that grew wild on ditch banks and my parents took the horses and went deer hunting for a week. My mother bottled the meat for gravy and stews and soups. During pheasant season, my dad would go out daily before chores to get his daily limit. No rabbit because all we had were Jack Rabbits and there was some disease they carried.

Oh, and we had homemade root beer and ice cream for special occasions. Churned butter and chicken. Didn't have pizza or spaghetti until college and never had a "store bought" dress until I was 20. I was well dressed though because my mother was a master seamstress. Tailored coats and made my brothers' button down collar shirts.

And I grew up knowing we weren't rich but had no idea we were poor. A different world and glad I experienced it.

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Windows8866 19 points ago +19 / -0

Hens that quit laying ended up on the table as fried (in bacon grease) or chicken and dumplings. Cornbread and cold milk with sliced onions and pinto beans, fried okra, potatoes all kinds, stewed, fried, mashed. Silver Queen Corn from the garden, collard greens, turnip and mustard greens seasoned with bacon fat. We were money poor but we raised everything we had, pork, chicken and beef. We had a smokehouse where we cured hams by hanging them from the ceiling after coating them in salt. Had shelves in the smokehouse where we stored our canned bounty from the three gardens we had. Our favorite meal in the winter was breakfast for supper, liver mush, bacon, scrambled eggs, stone ground grits and homemade skillet bread. Oh my! We were rich!

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EthelBarrett 11 points ago +11 / -0

SILVER QUEEN CORN IN YOUR GARDEN!! You were rich!!

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Windows8866 14 points ago +14 / -0

Blessed to have been born and raised in the south!

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BladesOfSteel2020 5 points ago +5 / -0

You have no idea how envious I am!

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Godisglory1 4 points ago +4 / -0

Me too.

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dec3169 3 points ago +3 / -0

I used to pick silver queen for my neighbor when I was a kid in Maryland. I've been looking for it for years and haven't been able to find it (I don't go back to MD).

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davidw221 [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

My wife makes silver queen corn, freezes it, we have it all year long

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Windows8866 2 points ago +2 / -0

I still do when I can find it. That’s the only thing we grew when I was growing up. We did also grow a type yellow corn that our horse and mules loved. It was just thrown into a corn crib and was hard and dried with the husks still on. Where I’m living now, you ask for silver queen and they look at you funny. Same state, different region. They have a hideous white yellow mixed hybrid here.

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TSearch 16 points ago +16 / -0

I had a similar childhood, I didn’t realize we were poor until years later. I wouldn’t trade those times for anything, I believe that upbringing has been a huge advantage in my life. Also has to be the reason me and all my brothers and sisters became good scratch cooks.

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rooftoptendie 15 points ago +15 / -0

Tamale pie is a modest amt of ground beef, with corn meal and milk and a few other cheap things thrown in, and hey. It makes a meal.

Spaghetti is a dirt cheap way to make something out of ground beef.

Also, when you fry ground beef, you can save over the fat into a container, and when the container fills up, render the fat clean three or four times, and freeze it and it will make pie crusts or fat for deep frying.

I like pho. Rice noodles are filling and cheap, and you fill up on broth and that way you can go light on the meat.

If you can budget in a way to make kimchi, you can have kimchi and steamed rice and whatever else you can cheaply throw together.

Lots of asians make soup all the time, and you fill up on steamed rice and flavorful broth, and that makes what food you serve go a lot farther.

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AspenHome 15 points ago +15 / -0

Hot dogs chopped up into canned baked beans.

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leonine6 2 points ago +2 / -0

Still love that!

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leonine6 13 points ago +14 / -1

Goulash, light on meat, heavy on salad and garlic bread.

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davidw221 [S] 11 points ago +11 / -0

Our rendition of Goulash was a pound of ground beef, home made egg noodles, tomatoes canned from our garden with parsley, and green beans, bread and butter, and kool-aid, wasn't bad for a family of 6

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BigMuddyMama 3 points ago +3 / -0

We did the same recipe with a family of 10. Delicious!

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Bito-on 5 points ago +5 / -0

Goulash with elbow macaroni, a little hamburger, canned tomatoes from the store and maybe parmesan cheese? No extras like sald or garlic bread...

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leonine6 3 points ago +3 / -0

That soynds just like our goulash. Mom made a 'wedge' salad where she cut a head of lettuce into wedges then squirted a bit of salad dressing on top. The garlic bread was a plate of wonder bread and butter. No garlic actually. We liked it!

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Red_Pill_Pusher_Man 11 points ago +11 / -0

Not a meal, dessert. kool-aid pie.

One graham cracker crust, one can sweetened condensed milk (SCM), one small container of whipped topping (coolwhip), one packet of Kool-aid (lemonade is my favorite).

Empty SCM into a mixing bowl, stir in kool-aid mix until well combined - let sit for about 10 minutes. FOLD in coolwhip until well combined. Spoon into graham cracker crust. Enjoy.

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gobby 5 points ago +5 / -0

Haha, interesting! Never heard of that before.

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MrsBitterButter 11 points ago +11 / -0

SOS (chipped beef and gravy on toast); spaghetti of course, cabbage rolls (ground beef and rice rolled in cabbage leaves and baked in tomato juice); homemade soups; "salad" which was basically just iceberg lettuce...

Stuff I still live on!

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Bito-on 6 points ago +6 / -0

I wondered if anyone else knew the code for chipped beef on toast ahhahaha

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5Solasreformation 5 points ago +5 / -0

Oh I forgot pigs in blankets (hotdogs in crescent roll dough)

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gobby 1 point ago +1 / -0

What exactly is chipped beef?

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MrsBitterButter 2 points ago +2 / -0

A kind of dried and shaved beef? Some things I dont want to know. Like what is in scrapple. Kek

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gobby 1 point ago +1 / -0

Lol. Never heard of scrapple but I get your point. Thanks.

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5Solasreformation 10 points ago +10 / -0

Chipped beef and gravy over toast, spaghetti, cooked chicken in gravy with peas and biscuits on top, ham and beans, beef or chicken and noodles from left over roast beef or chicken, most leftovers went into soup at the end of the week. Mom shopped discount, cut coupons, and stocked up during sales. We ate mashed taters almost every day.

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rooftoptendie 10 points ago +10 / -0

I love shit on a shingle!!!! Absolutely LOVE it! I could eat that every day.

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Wannastayfree 7 points ago +7 / -0

Lol. In the military I scarfed that down while everyone else turned their nose up 😃

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Trump4evergirl 4 points ago +4 / -0

I actually read all of these comments to see if someone mentioned SOS. 😉

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EyesWideShutN0M0r3 10 points ago +10 / -0

Homemade mac and cheese, mashed potatoes that got turned into potatoe cakes the next night if not all were eaten, kinda rare but did happen. Green beans always fresh during the summer and during the winter it was what was canned during the growing season, along with so much more. Summers were and still are wonderful with all the fresh vegetables and even fruits from our trees and vines. We canned then and still can, make jams and even soups for winter. We had eggs from chickens, I still have a few for eggs. We made our own butter and cheeses too. I don't do that now because I have no cow but have been looking at getting goats. Deer meat too which I don't have much of now but at least know how to hunt. I was so lucky to have grown up during the 70s and 80s in the country. Wish life was like that now.

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rooftoptendie 16 points ago +16 / -0

TAKE ME BACK TO 1975 PLEASE

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BuckeyeAnon 9 points ago +9 / -0

One week mom would buy a whole chicken and make it last an entire week. The next week she would buy a roast and make it last the entire week. And there was always plenty of that nasty government cheese. There were times when money was so tight, mom would dumpster dive at the local grocery store to dig out the canned goods that had recently expired. I am grateful for a mom that always made sure we had something to eat.

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Needmorecovfefe 9 points ago +9 / -0

We had extended family dinners weekly and all the women of the family would cook. In a tiny kitchen with a wood stove and oven. Bread was always handmade and delicious. All fat was kept in a metal container above the stove and when it was full grandma would show us kids how to render it down, she would cool it in the icebox and we would get to make biscuits. Grandma taught us all to can and preserve food. Grandpa had an old bus and would fill it up with produce and fruit and we would drive up and down selling the goods.. us kids would each get an apple and orange and they were they best. Everything was homemade. Chickens provided meat and eggs. Had pigs too and would help grandpa butcher them and learned how to use almost every part of the hog. We would salt the hams and hang them in the cellar. I miss those days and those people… they could survive anything

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gobby 5 points ago +5 / -0

Sounds great. I would love to know someone who could teach me all that stuff.

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MEBLOCK 8 points ago +8 / -0

Pressure cooker made any cut of beef tender. My mother was a master with that appliance.

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gobby 8 points ago +8 / -0

Open face mayonnaise sandwiches. Literally. Actually, Miracle Whip, not mayo. Just spread on white bread. One of my childhood favorites. Sometimes a tomato and mayo sandwich. Cheap cuts of beef run through a hand grinder. Every sort of 'fake' version of something. Like Potato Buds (do they still make those? They came in a box) or Minute Rice. Anything cheap AND convenient. For school lunches it was usually cream cheese and jelly.

Nowadays for a cheap meal, a pound or two of hamburger, a bag of elbow macaroni or shells, and a can of Spaghetti sauce (the cans are much cheaper than the jars.) That will feed a family of 5-6 people. Can substitute ground chicken or turkey if it's cheaper. Add in a little Italian Seasoning if you can and it looks and tastes fancier. Sprinkle on some grated parmesan cheese if you can stretch that far. Add a green salad and a 99 cent loaf of Italian bread and you're feeding a family pretty cheaply. If you can develop a relationship with your butcher, they might be willing to discount the price of meat on the day or day before it expires. I was able to do this for a while with a butcher at a grocery store. I would point out the packages where the date showed it was expiring and they would have to pull it off the shelf and he would discount it deeply. If you freeze it or use it right away, you're good.

Beans (bagged beans are cheapest and go a long way) seasoned with herbs and spices, and rices, (different types) go a long way. Add in a little meat where you can and you have a filling meal.

ALSO, if you haven't seen them, there are numerous videos on YT of people showing how they eat CHEAP, and I do mean, bargain basement CHEAP but still eat fairly well. Please check those out. Some people have done AMAZING things on a super tight budget. Good luck, fren. WWG1WGA

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DagnyDocket 5 points ago +5 / -0

Our family likes to watch Struggle Meals and Cowboy Kent Rollins on YT. Latter includes home remedies, too.

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gobby 2 points ago +2 / -0

I'll check them out. Thanks!

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Grady_Wilson 2 points ago +2 / -0

I stumbled across Struggle Meals a few years ago and I love watching episodes.

Kent Rollins is a great cook and a great patriot. I try to make a recipe from one of his cookbooks at least once a month. I gave a copy of his cookbook to some well off friends and they love his recipes. They're used to eating in 5 star restaurants all over the world and Kent's cookbook has a permanent place in their kitchen and they make stuff from his book all the time. My favorite is his chicken fried steak.

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Mungfatchee 7 points ago +7 / -0

Ground beef and rice- still my favorite comfort meal of all time.

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rooftoptendie 10 points ago +10 / -0

fortunately for me in BaiDan's economy... my kids actually like ground beef and rice. This is the FIRST month EVER that my food budget didn't make it to the end of the month. I am a budget queen, so this pisses me off. If I budget really tight and can't get us there without a few days of laying around eating oats, i can't imagine what people who can't cook are going through.

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EthelBarrett 8 points ago +8 / -0

I'm running out of ideas, so this thread is great. My family is not picky and always thanks me for the meals I make.

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Wannastayfree 5 points ago +5 / -0

Try this: https://youtu.be/rLBRK5Tf1I4

I’m watching this series and it brings back a ton of my grandparents cooking and lifestyle

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Grady_Wilson 2 points ago +2 / -0

This channel is good for inexpensive, simple recipes that taste great.

https://www.youtube.com/c/GreatDepressionCooking

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Mungfatchee 2 points ago +2 / -0

My mother was not a great cook, but I picked it up somewhere. I spend a great deal of time on the kitchen and my family is thankful I love to give them great food...(except I always overcook my chicken!) 🤣

Kudos to you for being a budget queen- in envious... that’s a great skill!!!

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hope4gaia 7 points ago +7 / -0

Rabbit stew! Soo good!

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Dirty30 2 points ago +2 / -0

Underground mutton! It's cheap, nourishing and puts meat on your bones!

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oldsoul 7 points ago +7 / -0

we were not well off at all....my mom had a big garden, canned, sewed her own curtains and furniture covers plus went to pick and bag apples ...6 kids....and we always had more than enough to eat....sure...not steak, rare pork chops, but spaghetti frequently, meatloaf, pot roast, chicken on Sundays... btw...we saved shoe laces, used old socks for mittens, picked up "drops" and made apple cider....

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Tnlunatick 6 points ago +6 / -0

We ate a lot of eggs. Rice, scrambled eggs and soy sauce. Scrambled eggs and sliced hot dogs. Fried Egg sandwiches, French toast, soft boiled eggs, egg salad sandwiches. Dad could stretch a pound of bacon or sausage to feed two adults and five kids.

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rooftoptendie 3 points ago +3 / -0

I love over easy eggs with rice and soy sauce. And all that shit you just listed sounds a lot like our family's budget-offerings too. Add bread pudding to that list. I also had a relative who made a lot of cobbler, because it's very budget friendly. She made cobbler like once or twice a week every week.

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gobby 3 points ago +3 / -0

Do you mean fruit cobbler or some other type? I have only made fruit cobbler once, but I have heard you can make vegetable and meat cobblers, though I haven't.

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rooftoptendie 3 points ago +3 / -0

fruit. i've never even heard of meat cobbler, who would do that. Sounds truly awful. Unless you're talking mincemeat which has suet in it...

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gobby 3 points ago +3 / -0

Lol. Maybe it was just vegetables then. I was thinking if meat was in it it would be like one of those biscuit casseroles or a pot pie.

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rooftoptendie 5 points ago +5 / -0

speaking of which, shepherd's pie is easy and cheap and totally delicious if the cook is a good cook.

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5Solasreformation 3 points ago +3 / -0

I make what I call sausage casserole. Sausage (from our farm raised hogs) brown rice, onions, peppers, celery, peas, carrots, green beans and a little bullion. My kids like that with cheese on top. I quit buying most meats from stores and we are going to fill the freezer with venison, pork, fish, and wild turkey and hope to get some other small game birds. My garden gave some great produce this year (first year) and I put in strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

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rooftoptendie 2 points ago +2 / -0

mmm that sausage casserole sounds really good, you sound like a good cook. what is your specialty, what's like the best thing you make?

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gobby 3 points ago +3 / -0

Yeah, I was thinking of that at first but that's not so much with a crust, it's potatoes, I think. But similar in the sense it would be filling and comforting.

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UnbreakablePatriot 3 points ago +3 / -0

I mix in some cheese to the mash potatoes, and do a thin layer on the bottom of a casserole with the mash, then seasoned ground beef with a can of sweet corn overlayed with a can of creamed corn. Then a thick layer of the mash with some extra cheese on top or bread crumbs. Beef gravy or ketchup when served depending on taste. I grew up with ketchup on top. Husband thinks that's gross so I make the gravy.

Condensed cream of mushrooms, canned green beans and cripsy French onions memory.

Homemade French meat pie, touche on toast with mustard, homemade beans with a big glob of bacon fat with fresh baked bread.

We ate a lot of Italian and French foods. I had an Italian Nana and a French memere.

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rooftoptendie 2 points ago +2 / -0

ill take mashed potatoes over bread any day, personally.

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Notimportant81 2 points ago +2 / -0

My roommate in college was Japanese American. She introduced me to this treat and almost 60 years later, it's still a treat.

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RitcherBelmont 3 points ago +3 / -0

I had egg yolk mixed with rice with some soy sauce. Everything's done in the rice cooker. It was my childhood and I enjoyed it very much. Once a month we'll have minced pork or beef mixed with steam rice and soy sauce. Super delicious, to me at least. I cook these meals even to this day.

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Grady_Wilson 2 points ago +2 / -0

When I was really young, one of my grandfathers had a small egg ranch so we had eggs all the time.

We were like Forest Gump when it came to eggs - hard boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, over easy eggs, egg salad, eggs with rice, etc.

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YaharaRiver 1 point ago +1 / -0

My favorite meal during summer is saute onions in butter til transparent, wilt a LOT of rough-chopped swiss chard over them, and finish by scrambling eggs with it.

I also use butternut squash puree as the base for coconut curries over rice. There's never a shortage of squash, and they store well! Loads of Vit A.

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Kasha_1988 6 points ago +6 / -0

You know what? I really like you people, you're so true and real. Bless you all

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valley-lily 5 points ago +5 / -0

Lots of spaghetti and homemade meatballs. Beef was cheaper back then, and it filled up our tummies for a long time.

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PATRIOTZed 5 points ago +5 / -0

Lived on a 7 acre plot with a large garden and a nearby stream where the banks were covered in blackberries. Mom canned, dad always got a dear and we had pigs. Never went hungry and my dad was the only one worked and made about 20k a year in the 80's. We had so much excess food we gave it away to our church. Life was awesome.

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SkullE 5 points ago +5 / -0

Spanish hot dogs. Line pan with the hot dogs fill in with tomato soup cover with cut onions. Bake 350 until cooked.

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rooftoptendie 6 points ago +6 / -0

my grandma did something she called "porcupine meatballs" which was ground beef and rice meatballs cooked in canned tomato soup. They were really good I thought, but my brother hated em.

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5Solasreformation 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yes, my mom made those too. So good.

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MariaGoretti0706 5 points ago +5 / -0

Good idea! Although you sound like you grew up rich as you have such a wonderful mother!

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davidw221 [S] 7 points ago +7 / -0

Nope, my mom grew up in the hills of Kentucky, had an 8th grade education, and my success was based off of her, I was the first in my family to have a college education, while growing up my mother instilled the following, honesty, loyalty to your employer, good work ethic, and never miss work unless your so sick you can't get out of bed.

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MariaGoretti0706 7 points ago +7 / -0

What a wonderful, hardworking, honorable mother! I am very lucky and feel very blessed to have a most spectacular, loving mum too! And her mum was wonderful as well.

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Awokecanuk 5 points ago +5 / -0

Caned tuna and peas in a cream sauce on toast was a regular meal when money was tight.

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Daviest03 5 points ago +5 / -0

I remember many nights of fried potatoes and onions with bread and butter. We didn’t know it was because we were poor. We loved it!

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blacksmith21 5 points ago +5 / -0

Liver, onions, salad....my parents were horrendous cooks. We went out to dinner a lot. My wife went out to dinner every night until she graduated HS and went off to college, LOL.

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ryvrdrgn14 5 points ago +5 / -0

Pork fat, lentils and rice thrown in the rice cooker.

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JakeCAnon 4 points ago +4 / -0

Spaghetti with sliced hot dogs inside

Daily staple

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Caprica777 4 points ago +4 / -0

Beans on toast.

Anyone from the UK who grew up in a council house will know

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NobodyLikesSplatter 2 points ago +2 / -0

English muffins, baked beans and velveeta cheese broiled in the oven was a fav in many military homes I knew of. Maybe this is how it started?

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Tynyyn 4 points ago +4 / -0

Kraft mac and cheese

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rooftoptendie 5 points ago +5 / -0

koreans will throw a can of tuna or an egg in an instant ramen. Boom, dinner is served.

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RobFromTechServices 4 points ago +4 / -0

Cabbage casserole......about the cheapest meal out there

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gobby 5 points ago +5 / -0

Sounds good. What was in it?

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Miztivin 4 points ago +4 / -0

Cabbage, cheese, rice, and groundbeef in a tomatoe sauce from how Ive had it.

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gobby 3 points ago +3 / -0

Thanks!

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RobFromTechServices 3 points ago +3 / -0

The really cheap way.......chop up a cabbage and boil it until it is soft......drain as much water out as possible......stick it in a casserole dish and flatten it down with a spatula.....cover it with kraft singles and then cover the cheese with crushed up saltines....bake at 350 until the crackers start to brown....pull it out and let it sit for a few minutes

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gobby 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you!

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DC_Rogue 4 points ago +4 / -0

Mixed beans and canned corn, cooked in brown rice with chili seasoning

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No1Special 4 points ago +4 / -0

We grew a lot of our food. Mostly beans, southern peas, tomatoes, squash and the like. Mom made salmon patties (croquettes if u wanna sound fancy), chicken and dumplings, cubed steak, butterbeans, fried squash, fried okra, skillet fried potatoes, cornbread/corn fritters, meatloaf sometimes. Veggie soup with potatoes, corn, lima beans and tomatoes. I miss her beef stew which had a thick gravy base; I haven’t been able to replicate it. Sunday lunch after church was always pot roast with potatoes, carrots and gravy. Dessert was a lot of jello with fruit cocktail and chess pies. Nothing fancy, just good ole southern food.

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stevethefish76 4 points ago +4 / -0

Mom would make instant ramen with a package of frozen mixed vegetables cooked in the soup broth. We'd have that every night. I complained, but I didn't really understand what was going on.

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Splinter777 4 points ago +4 / -0

We would have either pinto beans with hambone or green beans with ham bone all week - Friday was taco night & Sunday was meatloaf with a shark drawn out of ketchup- lunch baloney and cheese if lucky lol

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rooftoptendie 2 points ago +2 / -0

sounds like you guys were near-starving. Green beans has almost no calories. What did you eat WITH green beans on a green bean night? You say you got a sandwich for lunch if you were lucky? Holy crap dude.

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Splinter777 2 points ago +2 / -0

I was very skinny but don't remember feeling starved LOL -

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DLangley 3 points ago +3 / -0

Do TV dinners count?That's mostly what I had since Mom didn't know how to cook until many years later.

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DCGRITS 3 points ago +3 / -0

Instant carnation milk my mom would flavor with pumpkin spice so we would drink it.

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Imwideawake 3 points ago +3 / -0

My mom would make chipped beef gravy on toast - (SOS) but she’d also put other stuff in a white gravy too. Chicken, ham, Hard cooked eggs is one I remember. Bologna sandwiches, don’t ask for more than one slice! We had a big garden and canned and froze everything. Somebody mentioned Silver Queen corn- we had that! Some home delivery service like Schwanns gave us a sample of their frozen corn- the guy was so proud of it. It didn’t hold a candle to ours. He was shocked. Lol. We couldn’t afford his stuff anyway. We’d pick all kinds of fruit from our trees or neighbors trees who didn’t care about it and freeze or can it. My mom made homemade applesauce and froze it. We’d eat it frozen in the hot summer. Leftover vegetables went into a little freezer container layer by layer until there was enough for vegetable soup. Leftover chicken bones got stewed and I mean EVERY sliver of meat picked off. The new bone broth craze cracks me up. We picked up black walnuts and hickory nuts and took painstaking hours to crack and shell them. Pheasant, quail, squirrel, rabbit and later deer (weren’t many in our area until late 70’s early 80’s) helped feed us many times. Mom stretched meat the same way I see in a lot of comments; goulash, Spanish rice, stuffed peppers, etc. Good memories. My mom just turned 78 and she has spent the past month canning stuff from her garden. Wonder how many times those canning jars have been used. Recycling at its best.

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EDC1745 3 points ago +3 / -0

ham or fried bologna & cheese sandwiches.

scrambled eggs & rice.

pinto or great northern beans & cornbread.

spaghetti or goulash

grandma's famous soup lol, which was hamburger meat, potatoes, tomato juice, peas & corn.

grilled cheeses

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ParkingLotRanger 3 points ago +3 / -0

Grew up poor. We all loved when Dad got paid he would bring home bologna, cheese, potato chips and pepsi, or for a rare treat took us out for pizza and milkshakes. Mom always figured out how to feed all of us.

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jackrotten 3 points ago +3 / -0

I grew up poor, I've never known wealth. Every time I get a nest egg built, something takes it. It's a vicious cycle.

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wantstogomoon 3 points ago +3 / -0

I was lucky to get cooked spaghetti. 0 Protein. Mom had the cig/beer/lottery addiction.

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BlowTorch 3 points ago +3 / -0

Yes, and me, I am that mom. Eggs from the coop, pancakes, cornbread, chili, chicken & dumplings. Potatoes, muffins, coffee cake. Apples from the tress, garlic from the garden. More and more to provide as the years go by.

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wantsomegetsome 3 points ago +3 / -0

egg noodles suck it trabec

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Young_Patriot 3 points ago +3 / -0

Spaghetti 😋

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dec3169 3 points ago +3 / -0

I made "ramghetti" the other night. I used a pack of ramen noodles (no chicken powder stuff), spaghetti sauce, mushrooms, and meatballs. It actually worked. I stuck the noodles and meatballs in a microwave bowl with water, cooked it for a few minutes until the noodles were right and the frozen meatballs were cooked, dumped the water, and mixed in the sauce. I heated that again for about a minute to warm the sauce and was done. I will do that again.

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Peanuttles 3 points ago +3 / -0

Grew up middle class, but as the family was from Louisiana to Texas, originally, we loved pinto beans, cornbread and fried potatoes. Our mom usually made them on rainy days. But I grew up in Cali, so it was a treat! Chili beans and cornbread, too. My wife follows a channel on youtube called Hillbilly Kitchen and a few others. I think that woman is from Appalachia and she has a lot of good ideas from the old days to stretch the budget. She recently made koolaid pie and it was great. Neither one of us ever had it before. There's another woman who showed cooking from the depression era. She passed well into her 90's a number of years ago. But her name was Clara. You can still see her channel on youtube thanks to her Grandson who was the one who filmed her. Looked it up. It's called Great Depression Cooking. The stories are great that go along with it, plus there are plenty of money saving ideas.

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Jeepfourfun 2 points ago +2 / -0

Porcupine meatballs! Was a package of Rice-a-Roni and a pound of ground beef rolled into meatballs….cooked on a skillet and covered to steam the rice….I can smell them now!!!! Maybe a $6 dinner!!!

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Recyclops 2 points ago +2 / -0

Grew up in a family full of commercial fishermen, so we always had seafood to eat. Would trade with extended family that had farms for beef/chicken/vegetables. Had lobster so often as a kid that I can't eat it anymore. White people problems. I probably have mercury poisoning. We never had any desserts or sweet stuff. If we wanted something sweet, my mom would butter some bread and then sprinkle sugar on top and tell us to take it and go away. I guess it's technically a dessert, since it contains flour, sugar and fat.

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Dashmoomoo 2 points ago +2 / -0

Bisquik dumplings and canned chicken with chicken buillion(sp?) Still cant make it taste like mom's.

Also, potato soup, ham if you got it!

Big sucker for hot liquids here in alaska. Winter imminent, eek!