Rewind, then fast-forward with these updates on classics from back in your mama's (or her mama's) day!

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Old School: Tuna Casserole 

New School: Fresh Tuna in Creamy Sauce with Egg Noodles & Garlicky Breadcrumbs

fresh tuna in creamy sauce with egg noodles
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Back in the day, moms might have had a little too much help from condensed soups. But that doesn't mean the dish they were making wasn't a bright idea. Tuna casserole gets a bad rap, but tuna is high in protein and is absolutely delicious bathed in a creamy, buttery sauce.

Old School: Pepper Steak 

New School: Shaved Flank Steak with Sweet Peppers over Pink Peppercorn Rice

shaved flank steak with sweet peppers
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

I remember a friend's mom trying to pass off freezer-aisle pepper steak served on one of her best platters. Mine is easy to make—and it's definitely tastier.

Old School: Chicken Divan

New School: Chicken Mornay with Broccolini on Toast Points

chicken mornay with broccolini on toast points
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Switch up your veggie side routine by popping broccolini right on your toast.

Old School: Hamburger Helper 

New School: Ground Sirloin & Porcini Stroganoff with Buttery, Herby Egg Noodles

ground sirloin and porcini stroganoff with buttery herby egg noodles
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Who needs Hamburger Helper when it's this easy to make this flavorful meal from scratch? Plus, you can't beat the umami flavor from porcini mushrooms. 

Old School: Chipped Beef on Toast 

New School: Philly Steak with Onions & Provolone Gravy

philly steak with onions and provolone gravy
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Creamy chipped beef on toast has an infamous reputation and a terrible nickname ("$#!* on a shingle"), but shaved beef in creamy gravy is crazy good, especially if you add cheese.

Old School: Croque Madame 

New School: Chicken Paillard Croque Madame with Asparagus

chicken paillard croque madame with asparagus
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

In this riff on a classic, croque madame gets a protein boost by swapping out the bread for chicken breast. I'd make this one for brunch, lunch, or dinner. 

Old School: Salisbury Steak 

New School: Knife & Fork Burgers with Onion-Mushroom Gravy & Garlicky Smashed Potatoes

Knife and Fork Burgers with Onion-Mushroom Gravy and Garlicky Smashed Potatoes
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

You won't miss the bread with these decadent knife-and-fork burgers.

Old School: Swedish Meatballs

New School: Turkey Meatballs with Currants in Ginger Gravy

Turkey Meatballs with Currants in Ginger Gravy
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

Put meatballs on the menu and we'll be happy campers. You'll want to make this ginger gravy again and again.

Old School: Hot Turkey Sandwich 

New School: Garlic Toasts with Wilted Spinach, Turkey, Gravy, Tomato & Provolone

Garlic Toasts with Wilted Spinach, Turkey, Gravy, Tomato & Provolone
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

There's something about an open-faced sandwich that makes it feel special and totally dinner-worthy.

Old School: Rice-a-Roni 

New School: Rice Pilaf with Crab, Leeks, Asparagus & Peas

Rice Pilaf with Crab, Leeks, Asparagus and Peas
Credit: Photography by Tara Donne

My mom used to buy rice pilaf in a box. Very tasty stuff, I admit. But it's just toasted broken pasta and rice. I don't know about you, but I always have both in the house. So why not make it yourself?