How to Prepare Easy Vintage Breakfasts

I’ve been laid up much of the past week in my yellow boucle recliner, recovering from minor surgery. To keep myself sane, I’ve been paging through “recent” magazines… well, magazines published from around this time of year, anyway, only about 68 years ago.

My attention was snagged earlier by a vintage article about breakfasts. It’s after 10:00 PM now, and all I want to do is make breakfast. So, I’ve done the next best thing and written a post about it instead.


A lot has been said for and against eating like our parents or grandparents ate. The “against” things often have to do with vegetables suspended in lime Jello, and the “for” things are much in favor of the back-to-basics, made from scratch, healthful aspects of vintage eating. Thankfully, the following vintage menus from the May 1950 edition of Family Circle seem very palatable (a.k.a., don’t involve Jello) and cover several basic food groups. Use common sense and smaller vintage portion sizes, and I think these present some winning ways to start the day!


Based on the chart above, here are a three sample 10-, 15- and 20-minute menus you could put together, with vintage-sized portions and modern calorie counts:

10-Minute Vintage Breakfast
6 oz. frozen or canned orange juice
1/2 cup bran flakes with 1/4 milk
1 soft-cooked egg
1 slice raisin toast with 1/2 pat butter
1 cup coffee with cream and sugar

15-Minute Vintage Breakfast
1 sliced banana
1/2 cup oatmeal with 1 tbsp cream and 1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 slices bacon
1 small blueberry muffin
1 cup coffee with cream and sugar

20-Minute Vintage Breakfast
1 cup strawberries
1/2 cup Rice Krispies with 1/4 cup milk
2 slices Canadian bacon
1 small cinnamon roll
1 cup coffee with cream and sugar

Each meal will cost you around 400 calories, which is pretty good, considering that drinking a Venti mocha for breakfast runs around 450 calories and doesn’t carry much of a nutritional punch.

I’ve got some strawberries in the fridge, and since I’m off work for the next week, I think I’ll whip up something vintage for breakfast. Once I’m back to the day job, I’ll have to take a look at some of those time savers at the bottom of the article and see if I can continue the vintage breakfast trend…

Best wishes for a happy Monday,
A Vintage Girl

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