My mom came up with 5 meals that she rotated each week so that we wouldn't have to eat the same meal twice in a month. Why did that matter to her? I have no idea. It didn't matter to the rest of the family. We all loved all of her dishes and would have gladly eaten them twice in a month!
The 5 meatless meals my mom made were:
- Spaghetti with Tuna Fish Patties or Macaroni and Cheese with Tuna Fish Patties: Spaghetti pasta was topped with a can of Campbell's tomato soup (heated but undiluted); macaroni and cheese was made from scratch and baked in the oven; canned tuna was combined with egg and bread or cracker crumbs and dried onion bits, molded into patties and pan fried in Crisco.
- Egg Placki with Cottage Cheese: Placki (pronounced plah-ski) is the Polish word for pancake so we're talking egg pancakes here... thicker than a crepe, thinner than an omelet and they are filled with a cottage cheese and egg batter, folded and pan fried in a touch of butter.
- Pierogi (sauerkraut and potato and cheese): My mom made pierogi from scratch and always used to complain about how time consuming a meal it was to prepare. Boiled or fried? Both. Par-boiled first than pan fried in Crisco. We loved her pierogi and always made sure to praise her when she made them!
- Potato Pancakes and Pork and Beans (without the pork): My mom used a pretty standard recipe for potato pancakes and always served them with applesauce on them. She'd open a can of Campbell's Pork and Beans and throw out the piece of pork that comes in it. Served up hot with those pancakes... yum!
- Fish, Fries, and Cole Slaw: My dad liked to fish. When he brought fish home (usually lake perch) we'd have fresh fish for dinner (breaded and pan fried), otherwise we'd have frozen fish fillets (from the grocer's freezer). She'd make french fries from scratch and had a special pot she used for deep frying. She made the cole slaw from scratch too... the real creamy kind :-)