What was a notorious SAD meal you ate before going paleo? Something you maybe grew up on?
For me growing up it was a lot of pasta with second helpings. I know people who view pasta as a childhood poverty food, but my family on my dad side is Italian so pasta was just an amazing food we ate a couple times a week.
When I left my parents I still ate a lot of pasta because it was delicious and cheap meal.
I don't miss it and I realize my favorite part is the sauce, so I have made a really thick sauce with lots of meats and veg and ate it like a soup.
MY high school PWO meal @ McDonald's... must have had this 100 times: 4 double cheeseburgers with mayo and ketchup, large fry, large coke, 2 apple pies. Never gained a pound, but felt like crap.
When I was a child we would eat massive bowls of cornflakes (+ milk, of course) and spoon white sugar on top by the truckload...and I mean, by the truckload.
two things we ate a lot of: my moms homemade mac and cheese casserole. rotini pasta for a higher surface area and more trapped cheese sauce, and the sauce made with both extra sharp cheddar and monterey jack, with cayenne pepper and fresh nutmeg. panko topping, butter and bake until crispy. paleo or not, its still going to be my Last Meal.
the other thing is really just a new england thing, but is just the best local comfort food for yankees: cod cakes, baked beans, brown bread and depending on the season dessert is either strawberry shortcake (spring), blueberry grunt (summer), apple pie with a thick slice of cheddar cheese (fall) or indian pudding (winter). typical church basement new england supper, and i LOOOOOVE it.
I called it Pizza Taco- I'd microwave a Totino's Party Pizza, fold it in half, and eat. Or I'd roll it up and call it a Pizza Burrito! In my Weight Watchers days, my dinner would often be a bowl of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich made with Nature's Own High Fiber Wheat, fat free american cheese, and fake butter spray, followed by a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich.
My favorite dinner that I frequently requested my mom to make was tuna noodle casserole. Tuna, elbows (macaroni, not actual elbows), Campbell's mushroom soup, baked with crushed potato chips on top.
I also remember fondly:
Appetizer tray: celery with peanut butter or cream cheese, carrots, olives
Dinner: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, peas, jello with peaches, cottage cheese, bread or cinnamon rolls
Dessert: Apple pie with ice cream
And yes, we ate like that all the time! We always ate right at 5:00, so we often had snacks before bed - PB sandwich, milk shake, bowl of cereal or ice cream.
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