Cheap Meals you can enjoy today from the Great Depression Era


As the cost of groceries is soaring you may want to infuse into your meal planning some good ol' recipes from the Great Depression Era.

It definetely don't hurt you and your wallet will thank you for it.

Let's dive into this period of time 

During the Great Depression era, many families struggled to make ends meet (sounds familiar?) and had to rely on cheap and simple meals to survive. Here are some popular cheap meals from that time:

  1. Soup kitchen soup: Many people relied on soup kitchens for their daily meals. The soup was made from whatever ingredients were available, such as potatoes, onions, beans, and vegetables.

  2. Bread and gravy: Bread was a staple food during the Great Depression, and many families would make gravy from meat drippings or canned tomatoes to add flavor.

  3. Beans and cornbread: Beans were a cheap source of protein and were often cooked with salt pork or bacon. Cornbread was an easy and inexpensive side dish.

  4. Fried potatoes: Potatoes were cheap and plentiful during the Great Depression, and frying them in lard or bacon grease added flavor and calories.

  5. Macaroni and cheese: Macaroni and cheese was a popular comfort food during the Great Depression, and it was a cheap and filling meal that could be made with simple ingredients.

  6. Vegetable stew: A stew made with vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, onions, and canned tomatoes was a common meal during the Great Depression.

  7. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich: Peanut butter was a cheap source of protein, and jelly added flavor to this simple sandwich.

  8. Milk toast: Milk toast was a popular breakfast food during the Great Depression. It consisted of bread soaked in milk and then toasted.

  9. Corned beef and cabbage: Corned beef was a cheap cut of meat, and cabbage was a common vegetable that was easy to grow.

  10. Baked apples: Apples were a common fruit during the Great Depression, and baking them with a little sugar and cinnamon made for a simple and satisfying dessert. 

As  you can see from this list some of the meals have been engraved to our daily lives like macaroni and cheese, Peanut butter and jelly sandwich and the backed apples. You can use your imagination and with very little you can  cook some delicious meals without breaking the bank.

If you fancy to try some new practical and frugal recipes from the Mediterranean area during the Great Depression and WW2 check out this incredible bundle here