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10 Big-Kid Takes on Your Favorite Childhood Recipes

Aug 23 2013 - 6:45am

This time of year, it's common to see kids with their backpacks strapped on, kissing mom or dad goodbye before running to beat the bell. And boy, what we wouldn't give to head back to those days — just to enjoy all of our favorite foods we enjoyed as a kid. But just because you can't go back to your braces-wearing days doesn't mean you can't make that dream a reality. Ahead, check out 10 classic recipes you ate as a kid, with a grown-up spin. No doubt they'll satisfy your inner child but most importantly, you'll make mom proud. Now, on to mastering cursive once and for all.

The classic: Chicken strips with BBQ sauce

The twist: Buffalo chicken strips with blue cheese dip [1]

Raise your hand if your favorite kid lunch of all time was chicken strips, especially ones that came in fun shapes like dinosaurs. Continue the fun with a baked buffalo grown-up version served with blue cheese sauce for an extra kick. Game day or not, they're a failproof treat.

The classic: Nutella on toast

The twist: Almond Nutella pizza [2]

Toasted or not, it didn't matter; Nutella on any kind of bread was always a pleasant surprise. Now you can upgrade the kid favorite with one mouthwatering word: pizza. Sure, it's technically a dessert, but that won't stop us from having it for breakfast.

The classic: Hot dog with ketchup

The twist: Swanky Franky [3]

Mom didn't always pack a hot dog, but when she did, you did the happy dance. Chances are she wouldn't have packed you a bacon-wrapped, cheese-stuffed frank, but this time around, you can make one yourself and bite into it with the same enthusiasm as you did before. Go ahead, indulge a little.

The classic: Ham and cheese sandwich

The twist: Ham and cheese soufflés [4]

When you were a wee little one, ham and cheese sandwiches were the jam, and you only dreamt of pronouncing the word soufflé correctly. These days, don your grown-up fancy pants and head to the kitchen to make these individual treats that would impress your 10-year-old self.

The classic: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

The twist: Mediterranean PB&J [5]

Back in the day, you only switched up your PB&J two ways: strawberry or grape jam and crunchy or soft peanut butter. These days, go a little crazy and whip up a totally new concoction. We like to call this one a Mediterranean-inspired marriage of a PB&J and a grilled cheese; it calls for fig jelly, almond butter, apple-walnut bread, and some crumbled feta. Consider it creamy, nutty, salty, and sweet all at once!

The classic: Spaghetti with olive oil

The twist: Spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, and chili pepper flakes [6]

You never complained about simple spaghetti because, man, plain olive oil was good. But now it's time to upgrade the classic with a few simple ingredients you probably have in your pantry. Add in some chili pepper flakes for a spice only your grown-up self can really appreciate.

The classic: Applesauce

The twist: Roasted applesauce with cinnamon [7]

Better than eating an apple, applesauce used to be the main way of fulfilling a fruit serving. Now that you know better, ditch the packaged stuff and try out a robust sweet-tart recipe that calls for apples straight from the tree; dust some cinnamon on top and enjoy warm or cold, swirled into oatmeal, or dolloped onto latkes.

The classic: Hostess Cupcakes

The twist: Homemade Hostess Cupcakes [8]

OK, so there's not really a twist here, but these treats were so good, it would be a sin to mess with them. Really, was there anything better in the old days than unzipping your lunch box to discover these decadent desserts inside? In just a few steps, make the fluffy and moist cakes with vanilla marshmallow filling yourself so that if the company ever shuts down again, you don't have to panic.

The classic: Fruit snacks

The twist: Blueberry mini marshmallows [9]

Cartoon fruit snacks, Gushers — basically any sweets you could pop into your mouth were a fun treat. Come to think of it, they still are. Except this time, use real fruit to smother marshmallows for a party snack all the cool kids will be lining up to try.

The classic: Strawberry kiwi juice boxes

The twist: Strawberry tequila cooler [10]

Strawberry juice never let you down, and you never failed to sip those Capri Suns flat. Now spike the juice into an after-work cocktail using strawberries, tart lemons, tequila, and fragrant mint. We promise we won't tell mom.

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