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Whats For Dinner Tonight? Favorite Foods From Years Gone By

Updated on May 6, 2014

Omelet For Dinner

Food Choices have Changed

Now that it's my job to answer the good old question of "Whats for dinner tonight?' I have begun thinking back to some of my favorite dishes as a kid. Some of those things are much different than some of the things we eat most often these days.

My parents had five children in the house most of the time and a lot of times, our friends would be over and later our boyfriends and then our children. My parents were quite good at coming up with a variety of different things for us to eat. At some points during these days, there was a strict budget and not a whole lot of spare money for food or anything else. So as I remember some of my favorite foods, I realize they were foods on a budget.

We didn't eat out a lot. We would eat some of the following foods for dinner and we were just fine with these choices as kids.

Grilled cheese sandwiches and soup

Potatoe pancakes

Omelets ( my Dad put anything and everything in an omelet)



Breakfast for Dinner (Consisting of pancakes, eggs, toast and sometimes a meat like sausage links but not always)

Tuna Casserole

Chicken with Shake and Bake

Hot dogs and sauerkraut

Hot Dogs and pork and beans

Creamed beef over bread (not my favorite)

Fried Bologna Sandwiches

Scrambled Egg Sandwiches

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Macaroni and Cheese

Home made pizza from a box

Some of these are the same and some are much different foods than what we might choose to make for dinner these days. If I were to say to my kids we're having scrambled egg sandwiches, I think they would look at me like I was crazy.

The difference in foods looks like this. Now we eat things such as these:

Chicken wings

chicken fingers


Pizza (frozen from a box)

Microwaveable dinners

Fast food

Families today go for the quick choices. Often times those choices include processed rather than home made foods or fast foods rather than prepared foods. The question remains the same. Whats for dinner tonight? But often times the answer is very different than years gone by.

Snacks of Days Gone By Different Than Today's Snacks

A snack used to be a privilege. It was something to look forward to before bedtime or after school. And snacks were very different years ago than they are today. Often times snacks consisted of

Popcorn(jiffy pop)

Home made cookies

Canister potatoe chips

Ritz crackers


Fiddle Faddle

Animal crackers

Fig newtons

Chees puffs

Rice Krispy Treats

Today a snack can sometimes be more like a meal. An after school cafe offers snacks to kids with these choices.

Huge chocolate chip cookies

Garlic bread sticks

Cheese or Salted Baked Pretzels

Mexican Pizza or Pizza Boat

Bagged chips

Ice cream sandwiches

Its just interesting thinking about some of these comparisons.


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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Reading the changes remind me of something I read about old fashioned grandmothers taking dessert from the oven, and grandmothers today taking dessert from the freezer. Things have really changed--even snacks. Cherish the memories!

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      Tonette Fornillos 5 years ago from The City of Generals

      Omelet for dinner is the most familiar food we (kids and siblings) so loved until today. How nice of you bring back the joys and flavors of our meals long time ago. Thank you Malonge. You had no idea how you made my day :=).... that's for an old-fashioned lady, lol.


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...I've had most of these and quite often growing up. The creamed beef on toast was called something else when I was growing up. :)