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Meals from the years past that aren't seen today

Chinese Meat Loaf (Chow mien noodles, carrots, tuna from a can, eggs, American cheese slices and butter)
My mother made this once. My father, brother and I all sat down to eat, she took a few bites and threw it out.
Applesauce Meatballs
Cold Vegetable Jello Loafs

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My MIL used to make a jello mold w/ a can of VEG-ALL in it. GAG! It was her 'signature' dish.{#emotions_dlg.lol} Might be similar to the Cold Veg Jello Loafs you mention! Something about peas inside jello, I just don't miss!

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Hmmm... maybe there is a REASON why these recipes are not on our tables nowadays?

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This isn't awful, in fact it was delicious, and, even as a dietitian, I'll admit how yummy it was. Alas, if you served it today, I'm afraid the Wellness Police might come and take you away.

My Grandmother's Sunday dinner staple was: Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade macaroni and cheese and biscuits. There would be a couple of vegetables, one was invariably corn. {#emotions_dlg.devil2}If there wasn't an official dessert, there would always be something sweet we could have as a treat, after dinner, my Grandfather had a huge sweet tooth.

They didn't eat like that every day, and while my Grandfather battled weight issues, my Grandma was an average weight, died a few months shy of her 90th Birthday and always had, what her Dr's called textbook perfect cholestrol.

Wonder what my SO would think, if I served him a blast from my past, Sunday dinner, one of these week-ends {#emotions_dlg.lol}

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On 1/28/2014 RespectLife said:

My MIL used to make a jello mold w/ a can of VEG-ALL in it. GAG! It was her 'signature' dish.{#emotions_dlg.lol} Might be similar to the Cold Veg Jello Loafs you mention! Something about peas inside jello, I just don't miss!

Yes, this is exactly what I remember from growing up. Every holiday, my aunt would make a vegetable jello mold that would have every vegetable under the sun in jello. I don't think anyone touched it except her. I never saw one after the 50s and 60s!

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On 1/28/2014 LittleSweetT said:
On 1/28/2014 RespectLife said:

My MIL used to make a jello mold w/ a can of VEG-ALL in it. GAG! It was her 'signature' dish.{#emotions_dlg.lol} Might be similar to the Cold Veg Jello Loafs you mention! Something about peas inside jello, I just don't miss!

Yes, this is exactly what I remember from growing up. Every holiday, my aunt would make a vegetable jello mold that would have every vegetable under the sun in jello. I don't think anyone touched it except her. I never saw one after the 50s and 60s!

Thank goodness, right? LOL I got married much, much later than that...and she was STILL making it...and still no one was eating it! She was a sweetheart that couldn't cook very well! Jello w/ veg-all has become a family teasing joke. Funny memories! I think my DH used to eat it so he wouldn't hurt her feelings. She was so proud of it. I tried to eat around the veggies...but even the jello tasted funny! I usually mushed it around the plate to make it look like I did it justice.

Funny thread, thanks for starting it! Can't wait to see what others remember!

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I was a kid in the 50s & my mom was way ahead of her time in that she worked outside the home. So until my siblings & I learned to cook, she had to come up with quick & easy ways to get dinner on the table Mon-Fri. One thing she used to do was brown ground beef, then toss in a big can of Franco-American spaghetti. Another one with browned ground beef included onions, canned corn, canned tomato sauce, then topped with Jiffy cornbread mixture & baked in the oven. By today's standards, probably not the healthiest meals, but it didn't kill us either.

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Fried bologna. (It's good!)

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On 1/28/2014 ennui1 said:

Fried bologna. (It's good!)

...with white bologna gravy!

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I've got to say, I too remember that jello with the vegetables. Yuk. We would shred carrots into orange jello, and put crushed pineapple in green jello. I suspect the Jello company was behind these atrocities!

What we used to have, but have no longer, is real, sweet wonderful cob corn. Now the industrial farmers have ruined it. GMO. Chelated soils due to the herbicides and pesticides necessary with the GMO seed. I miss my sweet corn. It is a distant dream from childhood. The younger generations do not realize the loss of this wonderful food. - Bird