breakfast - we always ate breakfast growing up. my mom was the best (still is) and would pretty much have breakfast on the table for us every morning. my hands down favorite were toaster strudels. i think they were my mom's favorite too because she used to decorate them for us and i think this was her way of letting out her artistic skills. frosting art.
for some reason on special occasions like valentine's day, st. patrick's day, etc. we would have sno-balls for breakfast. yes, nothing like a healthy hostess dessert for breakfast. obviously the colors coordinated with the holiday. i have no idea why this was a tradition and it's probably not one i'll establish with my family some day but lord did i love it growing up.
weekend breakfasts were almost always pancakes. i never ate eggs and my dad loves pancakes, so pancakes and bacon it was. they looked a lot like this photo except that i never used syrup and please use about four times this much butter. i still don't love syrup that much on my pancakes. some things never change.
lunch - so it's pretty clear that healthy eating wasn't necessarily something i was concerned with when i was a kid. my favorite lunch was some variation on cheese sticks, pepperoni or turkey roll ups and crackers. they didn't come in ready made snack packs like this, but they looked primarily the same.
i also was a big fan of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. well, peanut butter sandwiches at least. sometimes i'd have jelly, sometimes not. i usually had carrot sticks or celery sticks on the side and a bag of chips. always in a brown paper bag. and i probably didn't recycle it. gosh, i was the worst.
dinner - my mom is a great cook. like...not only did i get all my skills from her but she is still about a billion times more impressive than i am in the kitchen (if i am in fact impressive at all). she's one of those tastes the food and knows exactly what it needs to taste even better cooks. i hope to be like that someday. but wow, was i a pain in the ass when i was a kid. i wouldn't eat approximately anything that she cooked and i would pitch a fit about it when anyone made me try. i also refused to eat seafood (except shellfish), my brother refused to eat red meat and pork and my mom thinks chicken is boring so most nights she made 2-3 different meals a night to make everyone happy. seriously - laurel is a goddamn saint and i don't know how she put up with us. some of my favorite dinners included...
oh man, i love pork tenderloin, always have always will. we had a lot of pork tenderloin (and my mom would make some type of tilapia or something for my brother tim). always with a potato and vegetable on the side. dinner always included vegetables. i always fought to not eat them and then had to eat them cold. damn, foiled by my parents.
my very favorite meal of all time: beef tenderloin with bearnaise. extra points if it was served with hash brown potatoes. this would be the meal i'd eat if i were on death row.
and since it's approaching lent, fried shrimp and french fries were always our favorite lenten friday meals. my mom does in fact have a deep fryer and she would get to frying up shrimp and wouldn't quit. my brothers and dad could eat dozens of the things. again, not always the healthiest at my house.
putting this all together it looks like my childhood was entirely devoid of nutrition - i promise that wasn't the case. these were my favorites, but we had our share of salads and veggies as well and my parents have definitely started to eat a lot healthier in the past few years too. now when i go home to visit you're much more likely to see us having scallops served over greens and there's a lot less arguing when it comes to getting me to eat my vegetables.
what were your favorites as a kid?