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Growing up in the 90s, we had some iconic dinners. Some of them are relics now, but we fondly look back on them primarily because of the memories associated with them. People shared the dinners they remember from their childhood in a popular online forum – how many of these iconic meals were on your plate?

1. Baked Beans With Cut-Up Hot Dogs

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“I always looked forward to this meal as a kid, but my mom recently admitted that she only made it when she barely had any money,” a user said.

Someone else agreed and shared, “My dad made this for us on nights he had to “babysit,” and he used scissors to cut up the hot dogs. The same scissors my mom used to clip coupons, and god knows what else.”

2. Hamburger Helper

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“I make homemade hamburger helper all the time. I was never allowed to have the boxed version cuz it was so salty,” a person said.

3. Pork Chops & Cream of Mushroom Soup

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“I had many pork chops baked with a can of cream of mushroom soup. Also, chicken in the same method,” a person said.

4. Kid Cuisine

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Someone shared, “We got to eat them while watching America’s Funniest Home Videos! A very 90s memory.”

5. Pizza Hut Buffet

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Someone said, “We could only afford pizza hut when I read enough books to get my free personal pizza.”

6. Ham & Scalloped Potatoes

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“My mom’s specialty and one of my favorites. I can’t quite replicate hers, unfortunately. She gave me the “recipe” before she passed, but she was the type of cook that doesn’t measure,” a person shared.

7. Chinese Chicken Salad

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Someone said, “What was that salad with crunchy chow-mein noodles and canned mandarin oranges? I would guess the recipe dates back to the ’50s/’60s/’70s, but I remember people still making it for picnics and potlucks in the ’90s. I haven’t seen it since then, though.”

8. Beef Stroganoff

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Someone said, “What my parents called ‘Beef Stroganoff’ was just cut-up beef and egg noodles cooked down until the noodles absorbed the liquid.”

9. Chili Rice

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Somebody said, “Chili rice. Just like it sounds, make some rice, heat a can of chili, and then mix and enjoy. I usually eat it with sliced white bread or saltine crackers.”

10. Chicken a la King

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“My mother was a terrible cook, and we were also poor, so at least one night a week, we had “Chicken a la King.” It was canned chicken, cream of mushroom soup, and a jar of pimentos. Heat that up and serve it over toasted white bread,” a person shared.

11. Cracker Chicken

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A person said, “Did anyone else have Ritz cracker-crusted chicken growing up? I made it a few months ago and still love it.”

12. Fish Sticks

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“Fish sticks, with ketchup. Then Heated, limp canned string beans. And a piece of toasted Wonder-bread, dry,” one person said.

13. Goulash

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A person said, “I made this not long ago, in my 40s, as a throwback. Ground beef stewed tomatoes, and elbow pasta. It tasted alright, Comfort food from childhood.”

14. Meatloaf

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Someone said, “My mom was an awful cook, and meatloaf is generally awful, but for some reason, my mom’s meatloaf was amazing. I can make every other dish she made well (there weren’t many), but I have no idea how she made the amazing meatloaf.”

15. Tuna Noodle Casserole

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“An abomination I’m thrilled never to have plonked down in front of me again. Miss you, Mom, you terrible and beloved cook,” a person said.

16. Fried Bologna Sandwiches

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“My Dad made a mean fried bologna sandwich, a slice of American cheese, on wonder bread with mayo, and on special occasions, a fried egg or Lays potato chips were added between the layers,” someone shared.

17. Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup

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A person said, “Best combo ever. This would revive me after riding my bike home from school in the cold winter rains.”

15 Food Crimes That Completely Turn People Off

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We all have our favorite foods and opinions on how we prefer food prepared, but sometimes we see others taking things too far with their creative liberties. Someone recently asked the question, “What screams food crime to you?” These are some of the top-voted responses.

15 Food Crimes That Completely Turn People Off

13 Expensive Foods People Don’t Get the Hype About

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Personal food preferences aside, sometimes we just can’t understand why someone could enjoy eating something that smells, looks, or even tastes bad. Sometimes it can just be the fact that they are overpaying for something that just isn’t worth it. We found a thread where people were discussing expensive foods that people couldn’t understand why someone could actually enjoy eating them.

13 Expensive Foods People Don’t Get the Hype About

Here’s How To Get Free Food From These 17 Companies

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The only thing better than free stuff is free food. Restaurants want to earn your business, and they’re offering you free food to get it.

Inspired by this thread – photos for illustrative purposes only.

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