After weeks of quarantine, you might be wondering when things will get back to normal—or what normal will even look like. And while there are so many things we can’t control right now, there’s still one major factor you have some leeway over, and that’s the meals you’re eating at home.

Sure, you might have to make some substitutions when the grocery store is out of your preferred cut of meat or your vegetables of choice. But and large, it’s up to you what recipes you’re making at home. Want to cook some serious throwbacks? You can’t go wrong with these vintage-inspired recipes. They’ll transport you back to your childhood and family dinners at home, way before the word “quarantine” even entered your vocabulary. And, while we’re on the subject, stay informed getting the latest coronavirus food news delivered straight to your inbox.

1

Chicken Pot Pie

 

 

Low-calorie chicken pot pie

Is there anything more satisfying than a warm dish of chicken pot pie? This dish is the ultimate comfort food—you’d never even know it was packed with nutritious veggies.

Get our recipe for Chicken Pot Pie. 

2

Meatloaf

 

 

Plate of Cracker Barrel copycat foods.

Meatloaf graced plenty of dinner tables back in the day, but it’s fallen out of favor as of late. There’s no reason you can’t bring it back, though! This recipe uses milk-soaked bread, rather than breadcrumbs, for an extra-moist meal every time.

Get our recipe for Meatloaf. 

3

Deviled Eggs

 

 

numerous deviled egg combinations all on a marble counter

You don’t have to be Southern to enjoy deviled eggs with your at-home brunch. There are so many ways to spice this dish up, too—have you ever had deviled eggs with blue cheese or sriracha?

Get our recipe for 12 New Twists on Deviled Eggs. 

4

Baked Ziti

 

 

Healthy baked ziti

A restaurant classic, baked ziti is pretty simple to make at home, too. Putting your pasta in the oven will give it an extra-special touch, and who isn’t looking to spice things up a bit during quarantine?

Get our recipe for Baked Ziti. 

5

Blueberry Peach Cobbler

 

 

Healthy blueberry-peach cobbler

Why have cobblers fallen to the wayside? This dessert is so delicious, it’s deserving of a comeback. Even if you can’t have an outdoor picnic right now, you can still serve this tasty dessert at home.

Get our recipe for a Blueberry Peach Cobbler. 

6

Pistachio and Cranberry Cheese Ball

 

 

pistachio cranberry cheese ball with snacks on a plate

Cheese balls might bring family holidays to mind, and that’s not a bad thing! Even though you can’t spend dinners together in person, you can still remember the simpler days with this easy recipe.

Get our recipe for a Pistachio and Cranberry Cheese Ball. 

7

Roast Pork Loin

 

 

Paleo roast pork loin with white beans

Once billed as “the other white meat,” pork has fallen to the wayside when compared with chicken and beef. But there are plenty of delicious ways to incorporate pork into your recipe rotation. This pork loin recipe is delicious, and it uses those canned beans you’ve been stockpiling.

Get our recipe for Pork Loin with Lemony White Beans. 

8

Chicken and Dumplings

 

 

Chicken and Dumplings served with traditional Cracker Barrel sides

A Southern classic, chicken and dumplings is one meal that’s sure to remind you of simpler days at home. Whether or not you grew up eating this dish, it’s a stand comfort food for a reason.

Get our recipe for Chicken and Dumplings. 

9

Mac and Cheese

 

 

mac and cheese

Sure, you can still head to the store and buy a box of mac and cheese today. But there’s something nice about making it the old-fashioned way, with butter and flour and shredded cheese.

Get our recipe for Mac and Cheese. 

10

Pesto Chicken

 

 

keto pesto chicken

If you haven’t made pesto in a while, now’s a great time to start. The basil-based sauce is delicious atop pasta, but it also makes a great topper for juicy chicken breasts.

Get our recipe for Pesto Chicken. 

11

Cheeseburger Casserole

 

 

keto cheeseburger casserole

If you grew up eating Hamburger Helper, this recipe may bring a healthy dose of nostalgia. Trust us, you won’t miss the boxed stuff.

Get our recipe for Cheeseburger Casserole. 

12

Chicken Cordon Bleu

 

 

Gluten-free chicken cordon cleu with honey mustard

Chicken Cordon Bleu doesn’t grace dinner tables as much as it used to—and it’s a real shame. What’s not to love about chicken stuffed with melted cheese?

Get our recipe for Chicken Cordon Bleu.

13

Ambrosia Salad

 

 

ambrosia fruit salad in glass cup

A cross between pudding and a fruit cup, ambrosia is one nostalgic dessert everyone will love. Try mixing canned mandarin orange pieces, pineapple, or any other canned fruit with marshmallows and coconut for a decadent treat.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom. 

14

Creamsicle Orange Jello Salad

 

 

creamsicle jello mold desserts

Creamsicles and Jello, all in one recipe? Talk about a throwback! This recipe calls some favorite childhood desserts to mind, and it’s pretty simple to make, too. Why did Jello go out of style, anyway?

Get the recipe from Cupcakes & Kale Chips. 

15

Wedge Salad

 

 

wedge salad on plate

Recreate this vintage steakhouse classic at home! This dish is playing fast and loose with the term “salad,” but it’s definitely delicious.

Get the recipe from The View from Great Island. 

16

Tuna Noodle Casserole

 

 

tuna noodle casserole in baking dish with bowl

These days, you’re more likely to use that canned tuna for tuna melts. But back in the day, tuna casserole was all the rage. Up the nostalgia factor making this classic dish.

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home. 

17

Sweet Potato Pie

 

 

whole sweet potato pie with toasted marshmallow topping

This dessert isn’t just for Thanksgiving! Sweet potato pie is a delicious comfort food that you can make any time. It’s the perfect end to a Southern meal!

Get the recipe from Cooking Classy. 

18

Strawberry Tapioca Salad

 

 

strawberry tapioca salad in white serving dish

Not into ambrosia? Try this tapioca salad recipe instead! With two types of pudding and, of course, Jello, this is one vintage-inspired recipe even kids will enjoy.

Get the recipe from Julie’s Eats and Treats. 

19

Brown Sugar-Glazed Ham

 

 

brown sugar glazed bone in ham with crosscut and rosemary garnish

If you only serve ham for holidays like Christmas or Easter, it’s time to give the pig another chance to shine. Why should that delicious brown sugar glaze only come out twice a year? Quarantine is as good a time as any to serve some delicious meat, complete with all the fixings.

Get the recipe from Recipe Tin Eats. 

20

Orange Pineapple Fluff Salad

 

 

pineapple orange fluff salad topped with marshmallows in blue bowl

If you haven’t caught on to the trend yet, a lot of vintage dessert recipes relied on canned fruit, marshmallows, and Jello. This ambrosia-adjacent salad features mini marshmallows, instant pudding, Cool Whip, and canned fruit for a truly decadent treat.

Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom. 

21

Fried Oysters

 

 

plate of fried oysters with fries and dipping sauce

Missing your favorite $1 oyster special? Try something different with an old-school fried oyster recipe. You just might be inspired to add oysters to your grocery list on a regular basis!

Get the recipe from the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. 

22

Linguini with Clams Casino

 

 

linguine with clams casino

Another old-school restaurant classic, linguini with clams is easier to make at home than you might think. What better way to use up all the pasta in your pantry?

Get the recipe from How Sweet Eats. 

23

Sloppy Joes

 

 

sloppy joe sandwich with salad on plate

Just the thought of sloppy joes will take you to a simpler time, when all you had to worry about was keeping that tomato sauce from staining your entire shirt. Bring back the nostalgia with this easy recipe.

Get the recipe from Five Heart Home. 

24

Collard Greens

 

 

plate of cooked collard greens with lemon wedge

Collard greens just might be the most delicious way to add some vegetables to your meal. This recipe, which uses garlic and red pepper flakes, will make the nutritious veggie taste delicious.

Get the recipe from Cookie and Kate. 

25

Apple Snow

 

 

ice flake dessert

You don’t hear much about snow recipes anymore, but this icy dessert is worth a second look. Made with chilled apple pulp, this treat is the perfect way to cool off in the warmer weather.

Get the recipe from the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. 

26

Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Pop-Tarts

 

 

strawberry rhubarb poptarts on baking sheet

Sure, you could buy a box of Pop-Tarts at the grocery store—but making your own is way more fun. We love that this recipe incorporates the springtime rhubarb, making for an extra-delicious throwback treat.

Get the recipe from Minimalist Baker. 

27

Creamed Chipped Beef

 

 

creamed chipped beef

What could be more American than taking meat and covering it in gravy? This was a Depression-era food served to members of the Armed Forces, but it still holds a special place in many Americans’ hearts.

Want to make creamed chipped beef at home? We love this recipe from Small Town Woman.

28

Turkey Tetrazzini

 

 

turkey tetrazzini

Who doesn’t remember a family member making this pasta dish to use up the leftover Thanksgiving turkey? We think this dish is delicious year-round.

Get the recipe from Diethood.

29

Biscuits and Gravy

 

 

biscuits and gravy on plate

Southern food is always comforting, and when have biscuits ever steered you wrong? They’re delicious with butter and jam, but the best way to eat biscuits is covering them in sausage gravy.

Get the recipe from Lil’ Luna.

30

Cornbread

 

 

cornbread slice with honey

Another nostalgic Southern classic, cornbread is the perfect side dish for pretty much any meal. Nothing beats those bits of corn in every bite!

Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.


 

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