1950s Meal Plan for Early February | MidCentury Menu Monday

Mid-Century Menu Monday! Your 1950s Meal-Plan Monday for weekly vintage dinner menus.

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This week is a feast of comfort food, served up in three hearty, stick-to-your-ribs, home-cooked square meals every day. Winter in a chilly climate brings the joy of vintage menus and delightful, snug tablescapes. Ensuring the entire family is not just warm, but well-fed, is a top priority for a 1950s housewife. Step back in time with these mid-century menus for old-fashioned family dinners tailored for the shortest month of winter.

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Mid-Century Meal Plan for the 1st Week of February

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These are meals that I make for my own family.

I make them cost-effective by cooking most of my food from scratch. I also buy a lot of in-season and low-cost produce. I plan for 140 lbs. of vegetables and fruit, 10 gallons of milk, 10 lbs. of butter, 10 lbs. of cheese, 70 lbs. of meat, 8 lbs. of sugar, and 55 lbs. of flour and grains for 10 people. I also buy salt, pepper, spices, tea, coffee, oil, vinegar, and baking supplies.

Although I love to cook 1950s menus, I prefer 1940s and 1930s recipes because they use far fewer prepared foods and are mostly made from scratch.

Monday Menus

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal with top milk
  • Half grapefruit (broiled)
  • Bacon curls (broiled)
  • Butterscotch rolls
  • Coffee for adults, cocoa for children

Lunch

  • Cream of tomato soup
  • Grilled cheese sandwiches (for children); hot roast beef sandwiches (for adults)
  • Piccalilli (for adults)
  • Pear cranberry compote and animal crackers (for children); fruit cup (for adults)
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Dinner

  • Onion soup au gratin
  • Braised beef liver with bacon
  • Scalloped potatoes
  • Buttered Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage and pepper salad
  • Parkerhouse rolls
  • Tutti-frutti ice cream with wafers
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Tuesday Menus

Breakfast

  • Stewed prunes
  • Hot wheat cereal with top milk
  • Minced ham
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Toast with butter
  • Jam or marmalade
  • Coffee for adults, cocoa for children

Lunch

  • Clam chowder
  • Lettuce sandwiches (for children); meat salad sandwiches (for adults)
  • Carrot pineapple salad (for adults)
  • Cherry gelatin
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Dinner

  • Grapefruit halves
  • Chicken pot pie with potatoes, carrots, onions, and peas
  • Bread and butter
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Berry pie
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Wednesday Menus

Breakfast

  • Tomato juice
  • Oatmeal with top milk
  • Soft-cooked eggs
  • Toast with butter
  • Sliced bananas
  • Coffee for adults, cocoa for children

Lunch

  • Cream of potato soup
  • Frankfurters in rolls
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pineapple-marshmallow delight
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Dinner

  • White cherry cocktail
  • Beef patties with brown gravy
  • French fried potatoes
  • Escalloped cabbage
  • Toasted rolls
  • Pear salad
  • Custard pie
  • Coffee for adults; milk for children

Thursday Menu

Breakfast

  • Grapefruit halves
  • Oatmeal with top milk
  • Shirred eggs
  • Cinnamon toast
  • Coffee for adults, cocoa for children

Lunch

  • Chicken-noodle soup
  • Lettuce sandwiches (for children); liverwurst sandwiches (for adults)
  • Green salad (for adults)
  • Peach gelatin
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Dinner

  • Fresh vegetable soup
  • Baked ham and broccoli casserole
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Rye bread and butter
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Endive salad
  • Apple pie
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Friday Menu

Breakfast

  • Orange juice
  • Oatmeal with top milk
  • Minced ham
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Toast with butter
  • Sliced bananas
  • Coffee for adults, cocoa for children

Lunch

  • Hot beef boullion and tomato juice
  • Fish cakes and spaghetti
  • Raw vegetable sticks (for children); green salad (for adults)
  • Tapioca pudding
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Dinner

  • Cream of carrot soup
  • Buttered baked fish
  • Cottage fried potatoes
  • Buttered green beans
  • Pickled beets
  • Whole-wheat bread and butter
  • Tossed salad
  • Baked caramel custard with sugar cookies
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Saturday Menu

Breakfast

  • Dates in wheat cereal with top milk
  • Fried apples and ham
  • Coffee cake
  • Coffee for adults; cocoa for children

Lunch

  • Split pea soup
  • Mac and cheese
  • Potato chips
  • Creamed spinach
  • Bread and butter
  • Milkshakes

Dinner

  • Olives and cheese stuffed celery
  • Italian spaghetti with meatballs
  • Buttered broccoli
  • Baked garlic bread
  • Iceberg wedges with Italian dressing
  • Tiramisu
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Sunday Menu

Breakfast

  • Fruit cups
  • Dates in wheat cereal with top milk
  • Sausage links
  • French toast with syrup
  • Coffee for adults, cocoa for children

Old-Fashioned Sunday Dinner

  • Consomme
  • Baked ham with apricot sauce
  • Baked sweet potatoes
  • Buttered cauliflower
  • Cloverleaf rolls
  • Cranberry salad
  • Red velvet layer cake
  • Coffee for adults, milk for children

Sunday Supper

  • Creamed meat in patty cases
  • Vegetable salad bowl
  • Pistachio ice cream
  • Cocoa for all

If you would like, you can check out the rest of my mid-century dinner menus. And if you make the menus, share a pic on Instagram and tag me! (Are you following me on Instagram? I share a lot of vintage homemaking quick wins over here!)

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