15 Childhood Favorites for Adults (Recipes)


What was your favorite food as a child? Meatloaf? Macaroni and cheese? Chocolate milkshakes? Chances are, you don’t eat it too frequently as an adult. But don’t discount them too quickly. Sure, your tastes have changed, your diet has changed, and your health concerns have changed, but there are plenty of ways to make your favorite foods friendly to your adult palate. Click through to check out some childhood favorites for adults.

More Childhood Favorites:
1. Fresh Tomato-Basil Soup
2. Better Mac & Cheese with Swiss Chard
3. Grilled Cheese for Adults


4. Leek Quesadillas.


  • 4 leeks, light green and white parts only; cut lengthwise, thinly sliced and well rinsed
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • 8 tortillas
  • 1 1/3 cup chèvre cheese
  • 1 1/3 cup mozzarella, grated
  • Torn fresh cilantro leaves, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Fresh cilantro leaves, torn
  • Green onion, finely chopped
  • Spinach or arugula, chopped

1. Heat heavy frying pan over medium heat. Add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil, or enough to coat the pan. Add in leeks and a pinch of salt and stir frequently over medium-low heat until the leeks are lightly brown and tender, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a bowl.
2. Assemble quesadillas. Cover tortilla with your desired amounts of cheese, leeks and whatever else you are using. Add another tortilla over the toppings.
3. Place quesadilla in a lightly oiled pan over medium heat for about 2-4 minutes, until tortilla is golden brown. Flip quesadilla carefully, add more oil if necessary, and cook for another 2-4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe Adapted From: Sprouted Kitchen.

More Childhood Favorites:
5. Vegan ‘Chicken’ Nuggets
6. Baked Apple Cinnamon French Toast
7. Blueberry Ice Pops


8. Chocolate Chip Cookie Kahlua Milkshakes.

Adults only, please!


  • 1 Cup coffee ice cream
  • 3/4 Cup skim milk
  • 1/2 Cup kahlua
  • 2 Large chocolate chip cookies, plus one more for crumbling on top

1. Place ice cream, milk, kahlua, cookies and 6 ice cube in a blender. Blender until smooth. Transfer to glass and sprinkle some cookie crumbles on top.

Recipe & Photo Credit: How Sweet it Is.

More Childhood Favorites:
9. Homemade Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese and Thyme
10. Stir-fried Green Tomatoes
11. Beet and Carrot Veggie Burger


12. Almond Butter & Fruit Sandwich.

Just as perfect for breakfast as it is for lunch, this take on a classic pb&j takes out the jelly all together, and instead uses fresh fruit.


  • 2 Slices whole wheat sandwich bread
  • Almond butter, to taste
  • 1/2 Ripe pear, cored and sliced thinly
  • 1/4 Cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 Teaspoon wheat germ
  • Honey (optional)

1. Spread 1 (or, if you prefer, 2) slice of bread with almond butter. Arrange pears and raspberries on top. Sprinkle wheat germ and drizzle honey over the fruit. Place remaining slice on top.

Recipe Adapted From: Health.com.

More Childhood Favorites:
13. Spaghetti Squash with Marinara
14. Golden Potato Root Mash
15. Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

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Margaret Szelmeczka
Margaret Szelmeczkaabout a year ago


Enaira Siragluov
Jen B.1 years ago


Enaira Siragluov
Jen B.1 years ago

looks good

Enaira Siragluov
Jen B.1 years ago


Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey2 years ago

The Tomato Basil soup, Beet and Carrot Veggie burger, and the Pear and Almond Butter sandwich look especially good.

Deb Ryan
Deb Ryan2 years ago


criss S.
criss s.2 years ago


Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

Universal treats

John S.
Past Member 2 years ago

I don't think I will try any food recommended by children.

Joshua Brown
Joshua Brown2 years ago

Great ideas, I need to try some.