Meat-and-potatoes meaning

Basic elements; essentials; fundamentals.
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Basic; fundamental.

They talked about the meat-and-potatoes issues.

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Ordinary; everyday.
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Normal, average, typical, unexceptional, or nondescript in description.

Rick is very experimental and open minded about trying new things but Ted on the other hand is a meat and potatoes kind of guy.

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Used other than as an idiom: see meat,"Ž and,"Ž potatoes.
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(US, informal) The essential part or parts of something.
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Alternative spelling of meat and potatoes.
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