Mom’s worst dinners – ranked

My mom is a great cook.  If I am on death row, I am asking for my mom’s swedish meatballs and mashed potatoes for my last meal.  Some of her dinners just didn’t do it for me as a kid.    When I asked “what’s for dinner?” and she responded with one of the following dinners, it was PB and J time.   Here we go:

10.  Goulash

I learned that my mom made “American Goulash” which is macaroni noodles, ground beef with other random ingredients in a tomato-ish sauce.   My mother-in-law makes the German version which is more like a stroganoff, and right up my alley.   All in all, my mom’s goulash was ok, but I would rather have had spaghetti with meat sauce any day.

American Goulash

Photo from the recipe blog, Mommy’s Kitchen

9.  Spam and Kraft Dinner

I ate this, I just wasn’t excited about it,  I knew Spam was some kind of meat, but the spongy texture always bothered me.


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8,   Pepper Steak

Green peppers in larger pieces are just not my thing.  Plus as I remember, the beef was tough as my heels after a summer in flip-flops.   Break out the PB and J.


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7.   Sauerkraut and Spareribs

Growing up, like most kids, I hated sauerkraut.  I wasn’t a big fan of boiled meat either.  Combine the two together and you have probably the ugliest dish ever created. A plate of beige doesn’t look appetizing at all.


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6.  Meatloaf with big chunks of green peppers

I never liked meatloaf until I became adult.  I blame my mother’s recipe, which included big chunks of green peppers.   I missed out on meatloaf (which is now a favorite) for many years because of those green chunks.


Recipe and Photo found at

5.   Tuna Noodle Casserole with Peas

I think I was the only kid that wasn’t in love with tuna.   Substitute chicken for the tuna in this dish and it probably makes my top ten.

tuna noodle casserole

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4.  Liver and Onions

To be honest, I never actually tried this one.  Just seeing that slippery liver in a package and the overwhelming smell was enough for me.   Another bologna sandwich night.


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3.   Hot Dogs (microwaved or boiled)

Go steamed, grilled, over the fire or GO HOME with hot dogs.   I ate a lot of hot dogs with the ends blown up during my childhood; never again.


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2.   Chop Suey

Still not sure what this actually was other than a soupy, slimy mess with big celery chunks over rice.  The chow mein noodles Mom sprinkled on top were the only highlight.  When I googled “chop suey”, many of the photos looked like goulash.  Curious and Curiouser.


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1.   Banquet Pot Pies

We always had at least six of these in our freezer and I bet if I checked,  six would be in there now.   I remember they took close an hour to make in the oven and the payoff was a disgusting cheap lard-filled pot pie.   No thanks, mom.

A package of Banquet brand chicken pot pie is photographed in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007. Several state health departments have told ConAgra Foods that its Banquet pot pies may be linked to cases of salmonella, but the company says its products are safe if they're cooked properly.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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