7 Dishes That Are Iconic for Baby Boomers

A classic comfort food, meatloaf was a staple on many baby boomer dinner tables. Ground meat mixed with breadcrumbs, onions, and seasonings, baked until tender and served with gravy.


Tuna casserole, made with canned tuna, noodles, cream of mushroom soup, and peas, was a budget-friendly and convenient option that resonated with baby boomers.

Tuna Casserole

Jell-O salads were a popular side dish or dessert, often featuring a combination of fruit, vegetables, and sometimes even cottage cheese suspended in colorful gelatin.

Jell-O Salad

Influenced by international flavors, Swedish meatballs made their way into American households, often served with creamy gravy and lingonberry sauce.

Swedish Meatballs

A creamy dish made with diced chicken, mushrooms, and bell peppers in a rich sauce, served over rice, pasta, or toast points.

Chicken à la King

Frozen TV dinners gained popularity during the baby boomer era, offering pre-packaged meals with compartments for different components like meat, vegetables, and dessert.

TV Dinners

Fondue parties were a trendy social activity during this time, where guests dipped bread, vegetables, and meats into communal pots of melted cheese or chocolate.


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