A week on WW2 rations – meal ideas

These are ideas for me and my 8 year old who does not eat meat so I’m substituting smoked salmon for bacon. He hardly eats any veg so this will be an interesting week.

Breakfast for both of us:

  • porridge with honey, apple sauce, sugar, milk, raisins (?)
  • toast and butter/jam/marmite/honey
  • dippy egg and toast and butter (can only do this once unless we get more eggs somehow)

Packed Lunch for 8 year old

  • Sandwiches:
    • salmon
    • cheese and mushroom
    • cheese
    • marmite
    • jam
    • honey
    • sausage?
  • Fruit Juice
  • Cold salmon and mushroom pasty
  • Raisins/sultanas
  • sliced carrot

Lunch for me

  • Vegi soup and bread
  • Dahl
  • toasted cheese and mushroom sandwich

Dinner for both of us

  • Sausage, mash and gravy – 2 vegi sausages each, or 1.5 sausages each saving one for a sandwich (vegis broccoli and peas)
  • Home made oven chips and fish (free as we have a fisherman friend) (mixed vegis for me, broccoli for T)
  • Vegi/smoked salmon pasties (using some of the marj ration to make pastry) variation on Wooton Pie.
  • Mashed potato and smoked salmon and mushrooms, or potato Floddies – http://cookit.e2bn.org/historycookbook/95-potato-floddies.html
  • Vegi burgers (have to be bought with ration book) with oven chips.
  • Baked potatos and cheese
  • Sausages, baked beans and chips/mash
  • Egg, baked beans and chips

Snacks/Biccies (this is where I see most of the fat ration going)

  • shortbread
  • buns
  • jammy dodgers (home made using jam allowance)
  • scones (potato)
  • all of these could be used in lunch box too


  • Baked/stewed apples and custard
  • apple crumble and custard
  • cake?
  • jelly?
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