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Menu Plan: More Great Depression Recipes

Our menu plan this week features a second helping of frugal recipes from the Great Depression era.  If you didn’t print out our first set of Depression recipes, get it here: Printable Menu Plan of Great Depression Recipes.  Depression era cooking can be short on protein though, so make sure to add in TVP, meat, eggs, or beans to make a few of these dishes healthier.

Print out the free printable Take and Make Menu Plans each Sunday, which include:

  • A printable grocery shopping list of ingredients.  Print out the list, check off what you already have on hand, then take your shopping list to the store.
  • A dinner meal for each day. Click the name of the meal to print the recipe and directions.

Take And Make Menu Plan:

More Great Depression Era Recipes

Menu is planned for a family of 4.  Please adjust ingredients and recipes up to accommodate extra people.

Printable Grocery Shopping List:

Click the button below to view, download or print the shopping list. Grocery shopping checklist is divided into sections by type of food to make your shopping trip faster.

Meals with Recipes:


Dinner: Wheat Casserole. This Great Depression recipe is completely lacking in protein, since protein was often a luxury during the Depression.  If you’re planning on cooking this for your family, add in protein by either including chicken in the casserole or adding some very frugal beans to the recipe.



Dinner: Potato Soup.  The author of the great depression potato soup recipe recommends adding bacon to the ingredients as a source of protein.


Dinner: Crockpot Bacon & Cabbage Stew for a Great Depression.  This recipe takes only 5 minutes of prep and 4 hours of cooking on high in the slow cooker.


Dinner: Asparagus Timbales



Dinner: Bean Soup with Ham.  This is an overnight recipe, as the beans require a long soaking period, so be sure to plan ahead.


Dinner: Meatless Meat Loaf. Now this is one of the more creative Great Depression recipes we’ve found, as it makes an entire meat loaf without using any meat!  The protein in this dish comes from cottage cheese, eggs and peanuts. 



Dinner: Leftover Love. Spread out a buffet table of all the leftovers from the week’s meals.  This means a day-off for the chef!

Print out our other Take and Make Menu Plans or check out other menu plans at Menu Plan Monday.

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  1. Kristen
    May 17, 2009 @ 19:32:47

    Your wheat casserole, though meatless, actually does have protein in it. Wheat is an incomplete protein that when combined with the dairy (milk) becomes complete. I love these no-frills depression recipes.


  2. Rona
    May 18, 2009 @ 03:45:29

    I like your printable grocery list.
    Great menu planned!
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  3. Rebecca
    May 18, 2009 @ 06:38:04

    I am fairly new to your site and I love these Depression recipes. I have a few economical / fun recipes listed here (everyone will probably already have all these ingredienst in their pantry’s.


  4. Kat
    May 20, 2009 @ 14:17:34

    Your potato soup sounds so delicious! I’ll be trying this soon! Stop by and visit my site for a yummy chimichanga recipe!


  5. Terry
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 15:20:59

    Thanks for mentioning the Meatless Meatloaf Recipe on my blog. I’m always looking for “new” Great Depression-era recipes, so please feel free to pass them along and I’d be glad to post them. I love trying these recipes from a much simpler (and harsher) time.


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  7. Becca W
    Dec 09, 2010 @ 11:06:51

    I can’t get the links for the Wheat Casserole, Potato Soup, or Bean Soup with Ham to work… :( Would someone be willing to e-mail me a copy? I was looking forward to trying this meal plan!!!


    • homeeverafter
      Dec 09, 2010 @ 13:44:15

      Hi Becca. We’ve checked out the site that previously had those recipes, and it appears that the articles are gone and they no longer have any recipes on their site. Thanks for bringing this to our attention! We’ll be researching to see if we can find the recipes from another source.

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  8. Home Ever After
    May 18, 2009 @ 08:01:23

    @Kristen: Thanks for the tip on wheat. I’ve just been researching ways to cook wheat also. Thanks for the input!


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