my fav as a child growing up used to be either my mum's sausage casserol (basically curried sausages) or her tuna bake. We didn't really eat rice - as I hated it. We had BBQ's and veg or salad, pasta was a once a week thing (if that), casserol (but she put herbs and stuff in it - though I don't really like them now), probably a roast once a week too, chic parmas, chicken drumsticks or wings in a sauce etc. Also stirfry's were a big hit.
DH's family wasn't that well off when they were younger so there was a lot of cheap meals he still loves one or 2 of them now (one being sauasge casserol) and I think they are potoate or pasta or rice with most meals whereas we didn't.
I cook as a treat the following curried sausages, a bacon thing my DH loves from his childhood, a chicken thing as well from his childhood. If I crave tuna casserol I ask my mum to make it for me (I am the only one that will eat it - they all think it is too plain lol) I HATE apricote chicken (yet love chicken and love apricots) and crumbed lamb cutlets and will never cook them.
We tend to eat brown rice once a week, a stirfry or 2, at least 1 tom based thing, some fish or steak and chicken fillets etc. If I make stirfry as I meal I add the slim pasta stuff to it - I can see our future child in about 20 years saying how much they hated it lol.