Very Economical Family Meal Ideas!

Very Economical Family Meal Ideas!

Old Fashioned Recipes for Your Dining Pleasure

Maybe I am just a sentimental fool, but I love old fashioned recipes. Not only do these old time recipes taste good, they bring back memories of happy ties with my parents and my sister as I grew up in Southern Indiana. They also serve as reminders of meals at my grandmothers houses. When I was young, one of my grandmothers cooked on a big old wood fired cookstove. I loved that stove! My other grandmother never used her oven. She made cakes and cornbread on the top of her stove usually in cast iron cookware. She was known for the best cornbread around and I loved watching her flip it by tossing it from the skillet into the air. She never failed to catch it and cook the other side. Just wonderful memories. I hope these recipes will bring back pleasant memories to you!

Scottish Meat Pie

This recipe is cut from an old Hunt’s Tomato Sauce can.

  • 3 cups diced, lean leftover, cooked meat (beef, lamb, etc)
  • 1/4 cup Wesson, pure vegetable oil
  • 1 clove garlic, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • dash nutmeg
  • 2 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 cup bouillon
  • 1 8-oz can Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup cooked peas
  • Pastry dough (2-crust recipe)

Brown meat in oil. Add seasonings. Dissolve cornstarch in bouillon. Add to meat. Pour in Hunt’s Tomato Sauce; simmer 5 minutes. Add peas. Line a 1 1/2-quart casserole with pastry, saving part of dough for topping. Pour in the meat filling. Top with remaining crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. Reduce heat and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serves 6.

Salmon Loaf

  • 1 large can pink salmon
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 tbs. lemon juice
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup hot milk
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. paprika

Mix together the salmon, salt, pepper, lemon juice, beaten egg yolks, cracker crumbs, and hot milk. Fold in the stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into greased loaf pan. Sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

Barbecue Wieners

This is a recipe one of the neighborhood mothers served when I was a kid in the 1950s.

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup catsup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 12 wieners, halved

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brown onions in oil; add the brown sugar, dry mustard, salt and pepper, catsup, water, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir mixture to blend well and simmer for 15 minutes. Place the wieners, cut side down, in a shallow baking dish. Pour the heated sauce over the wieners. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.


The Author:

A grandmother who loves to share her old fashion recipe collection with you, Linda has a blog at She is also a diabetic who shares diabetic information and recipes on her diabetic blog at

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