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5 Childhood Foods that are Even Better as an Adult

Cheap, quick, easy to prepare, and most importantly, liked by children.  Whether it was lack of time, money, or culinary skills, parents had many reasons to serve such child friendly dishes as those on my list.  I’m sure many have been left out, but these are my favorites and ones that I not only prepare for my children, but enjoy eating even more today than I did when I was a kid.  This list is bound to leave you longing for unhealthy childhood cuisine!

Pigs in a Blanket



Who can resist a salty, greasy sausage link bundled in a warm fluffy pancake drenched with syrup?  Even McDonald’s, the master of all things that taste oh so good and are oh so bad for you, recognized this delectable treat and re-created an adult version with the McGriddle sandwiches.  Pigs in a blanket are often found on the kids menu in restaurants serving breakfast but rarely is an adult version served.  Go ahead and wrap up your own pig next time you find yourself with a plate of sausage and pancakes.  Yum.

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Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Tomato Soup



I can’t really speak for most people since I am, and always have been, a picky eater.  But it has been my experience that kids are served these two items together in order to ensure the tomato soup is eaten by way of dipping the grilled cheese sandwich in it.  There is nothing all that appealing about a bowl of tomato soup, but give me a grilled cheese sandwich to dip in it and I will eat it all (and so will my kids).

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Scrambled Eggs with Ketchup



Again, a trick among parents.  How do you get your kids to eat scrambled eggs?  Disguise them under a layer of tangy, sweet ketchup.  Kids will eat almost anything if they can put ketchup on it.  I have grown into more sophisticated accompaniments to scrambled eggs, such as salsa, cheese, and the occasional splash of tabasco, but I can still be caught reaching for the bottle of Heinz at the breakfast table.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches (with the crust cut off)


I will not cut the crust off any sandwiches for children, even though they don’t eat it anyway.  I just don’t believe in it.  But it is undeniable that sandwiches, PB&J sandwiches in particular, taste so much better without that pesky crust.  This is evidenced by the success of the Uncrustable line of frozen sandwich treats.  If you’ve never experienced an Uncrustable, go out and buy a box right now.  They require about an hour to thaw in order to be ready to eat, but they are joyous, crustless sandwiches you can find with peanut butter and strawberry jelly or peanut butter and grape jelly, and also peanut butter and honey.  All three are delicious and remind one of the simple foods of youth.

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Macaroni and Cheese with Hot Dogs


Macaroni & Cheese with Hot Dogs

This is very simple, but precise, and is one of my all time favorite foods in the whole wide world.  The macaroni and cheese has to be the original Kraft with the powdered cheese packet and classic noodles, no crazy Spongebob shaped noodles, or homestyle, or extra cheesy.  We’re talking about the cheapo box that you add milk and butter to.  Additionally, a little extra butter and milk are to be used to make the cheese go a little further to coat the hot dogs as well.  Now some people may debate the necessity of the next caveat, but in addition to slicing the hot dogs into fat little coin shapes, I also fry them in a small skillet before adding them to the mac and cheese.  This makes them slightly brown on either side and ensures they are hot when they are thrown in the pot.  Mix the fried hot dogs with the mac and cheese and serve.  If you are among those that have never tried this delicacy and dare to think it sounds less than delicious, I must implore you to try it, following my specific instructions, and let me know how it has changed your culinary tastes forever.

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Categories: G - General Audience, Misc
  1. foodiehanna
    October 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Absolutely love this list, especially the mac and cheese and hot dogs!

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