depression food


Depression Food/One-Pot Meal

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Method: Range Top

Oven Temp: Medium

Ingredients and Directions


  • Potatoes
  • Onion
  • Mushrooms
  • Ham
  • Butter
  • Corn
  • Seasonings (salt and pepper)


Cook peeled potatoes in large pot. Just before completely cooked, add sliced onion. Drain off most of the water. Add bite-sized pieces of ham, mushrooms, corn – fresh if available or any other vegetable your family likes. Cook until heated through. Add butter and seasonings and serve.


My kids called this Depression Food and the name stuck. I called it a one-pot meal. We also cook this over a campfire whenever possible.