PB&J, Mac & Cheese, and 8 Other Childhood Recipes All Grown Up

Here are some childhood classic recipes that we all love, presented in a refined way

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Just because you’re an adult doesn’t mean that you can’t have these recipes — but we’ve found some clever ways to make them more grown up. 

Do you ever wish you didn’t have all of the responsibilities that come with being an adult — paying bills, taking care of the house, and having to go to work every day? Sometimes, we wish that we could revert back to our kid selves. No worries on our minds — just school and nap time, playdates with our friends, and plenty of delicious kid-friendly snacks. I know one of my favorite parts of the day was getting home to a pudding cup, Bagel Bites, or a trip to McDonalds for a Happy Meal. While we can’t make all the responsibilities go away, we can help you bring back those childhood foods — in a refined way.

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Now when you get home from work, you can have your own version of a pudding snack. For example, why not whip up some Tiramisù Pudding? It’s a rich and decadent dessert that is sure to make you feel good after a long day at the office. The pudding is packed with endless amounts of cream, chocolate, and coffee flavors — there won’t be any left after you make this recipe. Everyone else can have a pudding snack from the fridge. If you preferred savory food after school, we recommend making a gooey grilled cheese with bacon, a cheeseburger that is reminiscent of a McDonald’s burger, or Mediterranean mac and cheese.

Make any of these recipes and you’ll feel like you just got done with a long afternoon of fun and games, not a hard day at the office. Feeling nostalgic? Here are a few more recipes that will remind you of your childhood.

Asian Chicken Tenders

We used to love having chicken nuggets with a few French fries after school. Especially the ones that were shaped like animals — was that a hippo or a cow? We may never know. The taste of store-bought chicken nuggets was appealing then, but our palates have matured. To suit your adult tastes, make Asian Chicken Tenders — they’re marinated with ginger, soy, and garlic.

Blueberry "Pop Tarts" with Lemon Glaze Recipe


Sugary cereal, frozen waffles, and Pop Tarts are all on the list of foods that you used to eat before school. If you were running late, Pop Tarts were perfect, because they got you out the door in seconds flat. When you have some extra time on Sunday, make blueberry "Pop Tarts" for the next morning. They have a tart filling and a flakey crust that will put you in good spirits on Monday when you’re getting ready for work.