Enjoy Your Favorite Childhood Meal Again
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Enjoy Your Favorite Childhood Meal Again!

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Enjoy Your Favorite Childhood Meal Again!

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Think back to your childhood. What was the one meal that really got you excited? Which meal made you come running in from outside playing to sit down and eat while it was hot and yummy? It’s time to enjoy your favorite childhood meal again!

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Food can have a very strong pull to memories. The taste, the smell and even the texture of food can transport us back to a time and place to experience wonderful memories again. Think about your favorite childhood meal. Mine would have to be a grilled cheese sandwhich and tomato soup. I just loved dunking the sandwich in the soup. What do you remember about your favorite meal?

Was a special plate or bowl used? You knew just by looking at the table that your favorite meal was waiting. Was it the smell in the air that whispered your name? How about the crunch of the food, or the enjoyment of slurping a spoonful of soup before you were reminded that you shouldn’t do that.

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Your favorite meal

If you are having a hard time remembering what your favorite meal was, let’s take a look at some of the most popular options and maybe one will bring back a memory for you.

  • macaroni and cheese (and yes, it’s ok to even remember that it was Kraft in the blue box!)
  • sloppy joes
  • PB&J’s
  • pancakes (maybe there was even a special shape that they were made into)
  • spaghetti and meatballs
  • pizza (what kind, what ingredients did you love?)
  • fish sticks
  • hot dogs
  • alphabet soup
  • meatloaf
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Make it for yourself

Now is the time to recreate that meal for yourself, or for your family. There are a lot of articles out there that show you how to make the greatest “adult version” of your childhood favorite meals. This time, make it just like you remember it. If you loved fish sticks, don’t try to bread a wonderful piece of fresh fish and make a fancy tarter sauce to go with it. Get the package of fish sticks out of the freezer section, and the jar of tarter sauce and maybe even some frozen french fries (also made in the oven) and make it like you remember it. Maybe you will love it, or maybe it’s just not your thing any more, but I promise you it will bring back some memories.

I remember being in the grocery store and seeing a can of Campbell’s SpaghettiOs Original stating pasta in tomato and cheese sauce. I LOVED that as a kid. So I bought a jar and enjoyed the idea of it the whole time I was heating it up. Let’s just say, that for me, it no longer felt like a favorite 🙂 It’s ok if you try it and don’t like it anymore. However, maybe you will rediscover something that can start to have a place again in your meal planning.

In the comments below, please let us know what your favorite childhood meal was. Maybe your reminder will spur someone else’s memory. I hope you enjoy making this favorite meal and have fun with the memories that come with it!

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  1. I’m not sure what my favorite childhood meal is. I really don’t know! I mean, I LOVE a good mac and cheese and pizza and other things like chicken nuggets and fish sticks, but I can’t eat any of that anymore since my gallbladder removal! Makes me sad.

    1. drriehl says:

      That is really sad. Can you use a dish, or plate or something that you identify with a great meal memory and use that with something that fits your diet.

  2. I think my favorite meal as a kid was probably mashed potatoes. And, I still love it! Of course, now I love to have a mashed potato bar with roasted garlic, sour cream, caramelized onions, and parmesan cheese. LOL.

    1. drriehl says:

      Oh that is a great addition to this list. And hey, I love your idea about the mashed potato bar, that sounds like so much fun!

  3. I just realized I haven’t had canned ravioli in years. It was always served in a teal bowl, which my mom still has. She made me lunch one day and gave it to me in one of the teal bowls. These bowls are still being used daily after over 25 years. Crazy!

    1. drriehl says:

      That is so cool!

  4. Mac and cheese, sloppy joes, and green beans casserole were my favorite growing up! I can still remember the baking casserole dish that my mom would always use. Brings back so many memories 🙂

    1. drriehl says:

      I totally agree about the dishes used, that was an important part about the meal! Thanks for sharing your faves.

  5. You just listed some of my favorite foods. I eat a PB & J for breakfast every morning. I’m in my forties and have had the same breakfast since middle school. And Sloppy Joes Nachos is my favorite thing food to make!

    1. drriehl says:

      Sloppy Joes Nachos, what a great idea!

  6. I never was a fan of spaghetti o’s but my daughter was. Now she is 7 and can’t stand them lol!! My favorite childhood dish was simple elbow noodles with some canned diced tomatoes and a sprinkle of parmesan. I still can eat it today and be equally happy lol

  7. I can’t remember what my favorite meal, I do remember always wanting to go to McDonald’s or always wanting to eat cake. Now anything too salty or sweet, my stomach is like please stop it LOL.

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