These hearty depression era breakfast recipes are filling and budget friendly.
When you think about the depression era and what people ate, you probably think about the most filling meal of the day and that’s dinner. Food was something that was hard for many people to afford and hunger was a very real issue for many American families at the time. Breakfast was often skipped to save money on supplies for a dinner at the end of the day when everyone was tired and hungry. However, this doesn’t mean that many families didn’t eat breakfast before going about their days.
Depression era breakfast were often in the form of very cheap foods like breads or corn. Corn was often used as cornmeal or polenta. People would drink coffee and tea as part of breakfast or the only thing in the morning. Families had to be frugal and this lead to a lot of repeat breakfasts without luxuries like meat. If you would like to take a nod from the depression era and make cheap but filling depression era breakfasts for your family, here are some great Frugal and Filling Depression Era Breakfasts.
Frugal and Filling Depression Era Breakfast Recipes
Egg in a Hole or One Eyes Sams were a great filling meal because they were fun for kids and gave a bit of carbs for energy as well as protein to stay full. Check out this recipe for Eggs in a Hole from Kitch Me.
Because cornmeal was easy to get and make, many people enjoyed Southern Johnny Cakes like this recipe from Grandbaby Cakes.
Mr Breakfast has a great recipe for a classic depression era recipe of Milk Toast.
Creamed Eggs on Toast was another filling breakfast that contained a good amount of protein. This recipe is from My Cup is Full.
Fried Mush was another classic meal for mornings. It was sometimes eaten as a dessert but often breakfast, too. Check out the recipe on Our Simple Farm.
This Poor Man’s Sausage by From the Chuck Wagon is actually made from black eyed peas and was a substitute for sausage for many southern households.
Many families ate biscuits in the morning and this Biscuit Bread recipe from Deep South Dish is a good example of how it was in the day.
American Poverty Pudding by Food.com is made from corn flakes. If you were lucky it contained also contained berries.
This Depression Era Cheese Souffle by Eating Out Loud was probably something you would find in better off households as dairy and cheese were a treat and luxury, but it’s from the era nonetheless.
Families often canned produce because they couldn’t let things go to waste so they made jams and jellies out of fruit they were able to harvest. This Pectin-Free Raspberry Jam would have tasted great on Homemade Basic White Bread.