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21 Old-Fashioned Recipes Made Healthy

By: Beth Ann Morley, Editor,

Granny's Shoofly PieIf you've been desperately trying to restrain yourself from indulging in your favorite old-fashion recipes, check out our 21 Old-Fashioned Recipes Made Healthy! Don't let your diet stop you from diving into your grandmother's retro recipes.

These delicious and tempting vintage recipes are most often foods that don't fit into our diet plan. Luckily, we've found ways to make these vintage recipes healthier for you. This means that you won't have to give up all of your favorite classics. So, don't be afraid to try our old-fashioned meatloaf recipe or our old-fashioned chicken noodle soup recipe!

Old-Fashioned Recipes

21 Old-Fashioned Recipes Made Healthy

Table of Contents

Old-Fashioned Soup and Stew Recipes

Classic Side Dish Recipes 

Traditional Lunch and Dinner Recipes 

Grandma's Healthy Dessert Recipes

Want even more healthy recipes? Check out these 11 Easy Soup and Stew Recipes! 


Old-Fashion Soup and Stew Recipes

These soups and stews are classic favorites. They'll warm you up from the inside out. You'll want to make all of these simple healthy recipes!

Ham and Bean SoupGrandma Devlin's Irish Stew

Ham and Bean Soup (shown above, left)

Grandma Devlin’s Irish Stew (shown above, right)

Grandma’s Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup



Classic Side Dish Recipes

Don't miss out on your childhood favorite potato salad recipe! After making the German potato salad, you'll want to make all of the old-fashioned recipes listed below. With these side dishes, you'll make every meal amazing.

Simply Traditional Potato PancakesGrandma's Gluten Free Cornbread

Oma's Traditional German Potato Salad

Kevin’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Simply Traditional Potato Pancakes (shown above, left)

Grandma’s Gluten Free Cornbread (shown above, right)



Traditional Lunch and Dinner Recipes  

Check out these healthy old-fashioned lunch and dinner recipes. They'll take you right back to your grandmother's kitchen! Now, you can share these recipes with your own family.

Sweet Potato Pot PiesShip Wreck Casserole

Sweet Potato Pot Pies (shown above, left)

Classic Meatloaf with Secret Sauce

Classic Egg Salad Sandwich

Ship Wreck Casserole (shown above, right)

Old-Fashioned Stuffed Cabbage Rolls



Grandma's Healthy Dessert Recipes

Start reminiscing with this shoofly pie recipe and work your way down the list. All of these healthy dessert recipes will give you a blast to the past. You'll love that all of these desserts are delightfully delicious.

Grandma's Apple DessertGrandma's Favorite Granola Cake

Granny’s Shoofly Pie

Traditional Italian Doughnut Ribbons

Soft Gingerbread Spice Cookies

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Grandma’s Apple Dessert (shown above, left)

Grandma’s Favorite Granola Cake (shown above, right)

Old-Fashioned Banana Pudding


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