Cover of Vintage Recipes For Today CookbookHere are pages 15, 16 and 17 of the WWII ration cookbook titled “Recipes For Today” that was published by General Foods Corporation in 1943. This was during the second world war when the United States was experiencing food rations and shortages (sugar, meat, etc.) and homemakers were looking for creative ways to feed their families.

You can view all the pages in this little book by visiting this category: Recipes For Today (WWII), just click a page title to view that section of the book. You’ll find scans of the pages included below (click pictures to view a larger size) as well as a typed version for easy printing.

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Recipes For Stretching Meat - Page 15CHICKEN CASSEROLES. Use chicken with corn, Lima beans, and gravy. Or chicken or turkey with potatoes, sauteed onion, and medium thick chicken cream sauce.

FISH CASSEROLES. Use fish with macaroni, scraped onion, green beans, and tomato sauce or thick tomato soup. Or alternate layers of flaked fish, sliced potatoes, and Green Pea Sauce (page 16) with added sauteed onion, celery, and green pepper.

LIVER CASSEROLES. Use liver with potatoes, onions, bits of bacon, and white sauce made with bacon fat. Or liver with sauteed onion and celery, peas, and mushroom or tomato sauce.

EGG CASSEROLES. Use hard-cooked eggs on layer of well-seasoned spinach with cheese sauce. Or deviled stuffed eggs, green beans, rice, and curry sauce.

VEGETABLE CASSEROLES. Use broccoli or cauliflower, peas, carrots, celery, bits of cooked bacon or chipped beef, scraped onion, and tomato sauce. Or small white onions on layer of spinach with green beans in cheese sauce.


5 medium potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs, well beaten
1/2 cup sifted flour
1 cup Post’s Corn Toasties, crushed*
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Wash potatoes and cook in boiling salted water until tender. Remove skins and put potatoes through ricer. Add salt, eggs, flour, Corn Toasties, and nutmeg; mix thoroughly. Shape into 1 1/2-inch balls. (If mixture is too moist, add more Corn Toasties.) Drop dumplings into boiling salted water or onto stew. When they rise to the surface, continue cooking 3 minutes, or until done. (To test doneness, cut a dumpling open. If center is dry, dumpling is done.) Makes 2 dozen dumplings.

To serve dumplings as a main dish, cook in boiling salted water. When done, remove from liquid; keep hot. Saute 4 strips bacon and 2 tablespoons minced onion until bacon is crisp. Crush fine 1 cup Corn Toasties* and add; mix well. Arrange dumplings on hot platter and cover with Toasties-bacon mixture. Serve immediately. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

*Or use 3/4 cup Post’s 40% Bran Flakes or Grape-Nuts Flakes instead of 1 cup Post’s Corn Toasties.

  • These recipes will help you do wonders with what little meat you have. Small amounts are stretched to make generous, satisfying meat dishes by the use of a crispy cereal topping, a tender meat pie crust, a biscuit roll, or nourishing cereal. Dumplings may top a stew, go with gravy, or even be a main dish.

Recipes For Stretching Meat - Page 16CASSEROLE TOPPING

1 cup Corn Toasties, Grape-Nuts Flakes, or Post’s 40% Bran Flakes
1 teaspoon melted butter or margarine
1/4 cup grated American cheese

Use cereal flakes whole or crush slightly. Heat in saucepan, shaking pan back and forth over heat. Pour butter over hot flakes and toss lightly to distribute butter evenly. Put into bowl; add grated cheese and mix lightly. Sprinkle as topping over any creamed dish or casserole. Makes topping for small casserole.

A little minced onion may be sauteed in the melted butter. Cheese may be omitted. Bits of cooked bacon or ham may be added.


1/2 cup minced onion
2 tablespoons fat
3/4 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
1/3 cup fine soft bread crumbs
1/3 cup milk
Biscuit dough (page 24)

Saute onions in fat in covered saucepan 5 minutes; measure 2 tablespoons and add to meat with salt, pepper, bread crumbs, and milk; mix well. (Ground lamb or cooked meat may also be used.)

Mix biscuit dough, adding remaining onions to flour with shortening. Roll dough into 12×9-inch rectangle. Spread with hamburger mixture and roll lengthwise as for jelly roll, wetting edge to seal. Cut in 12 slices; place, cut-side up, on greased baking sheet. Bake in hot oven (450° F.) 20 minutes, or until done. Serve hot with Green Pea Sauce. Makes 6 servings.

Green Pea Sauce. Make 2 cups medium white sauce, browning butter and adding 2 bouillon cubes. Add 3/4 cup drained cooked peas.


6 large onions
1/2 cup (1/4 pound) sausage meat
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon melted fat
1 tablespoon ketchup

Peel onions; cook 15 minutes in large amount of boiling salted water. Drain, cool, and remove centers from stem end, making little cups. Chop centers and combine with sausage and remaining ingredients. Fill onions with mixture and place in greased baking dish. Each may be topped with 1/3 slice bacon. Bake in moderate oven (375°F.) 45 minutes, or until tender. Makes 6 servings.


Use Corn Muffins (page 25) or Biscuits (page 24). Split each and spread with softened butter. Put together with creamed ham or chipped beef between layers and on top. Left-over muffins or biscuits may be split and toasted, then used in this way.

Recipes For Stretching Meat - Page 17SAVORY CABBAGE MEAT ROLLS

12 large cabbage leaves
2 cups ground cooked meat
1 cup crushed Post’s 40% Bran Flakes
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, unbeaten
1/2 cup meat stock or 1/2 cup hot water and 1 bouillon cube
1 1/2 cups stewed tomatoes
2 strips bacon

Cook cabbage leaves in boiling salted water 3 to 5 minutes. Drain and sprinkle with salt. Mix together meat, cereal flakes, onions, seasonings, egg, and stock. Divide into 6 parts.

For rolls, fit together 2 cabbage leaves; arrange portion of meat mixture on this, roll, and fasten with toothpick. Place rolls in greased baking dish. Add tomatoes. Top with strips of bacon. Bake in moderate oven (375° F.) 40 minutes. Makes 6 servings.


1/2 pound ground beef
1 cup Post’s Corn Toasties, crushed*
1 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
3 to 4 tablespoons milk or water

Combine ingredients and mix well. Shape into flat cakes and pan-broil in lightly greased pan, turning to brown both sides. Makes 6 cakes about 3 inches in diameter.

*One cup Grape-Nuts Flakes or Post’s 40% Bran Flakes may be substituted for Corn Toasties; increase liquid to 6 tablespoons.


1/2 cup minced onion
1 tablespoon butter or bacon fat
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts Wheat-Meal
1/2 cup chopped cooked chicken, ham, or veal
1/2 cup drained kernel corn
1/4 cup chili sauce

Saute onion in fat about 5 minutes, or until tender but not browned. Add chili powder, salt, and milk. Bring to a boil, add Grape-Nuts Wheat-Meal gradually, and cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add meat, corn, and chili sauce; mix well. Turn into greased 9x4x2-inch baking dish. Brush top with melted fat. Bake in moderate oven (375° F.) 25 minutes. If necessary, place under broiler to brown. Cut into squares. Makes 3 to 4 servings.

If you have a few stuffed or ripe olives on hand, add 1/4 cup, sliced or chopped, to this dish.

  • You can extend the rich flavor of meat and supplement its nutrients with the good proteins, minerals, and vitamins of cereals. These recipes show how.
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