Recreating Past Memories through Food

Some of the fun times as a child revolved around getting a meal with my Dad. It’s been over 13 years since he passed away, but I can still remember vividly the mornings he’d pick up breakfast at McDonald’s or how thrilled he was when TV dinners came out. We had to get out the snack trays and he was so excited for the idea of a meal all in one, that could be made in the microwave. Salisbury steak and mashed potatoes anyone?

My Dad loved food. Like, he loved delicious food. He taught me to make Parisian Beef in a Mushroom Cream Sauce when I was probably 10 years old. I learned so much about cooking from him, from simple foods to fancy ones.

My Dad would also be happy to order a pizza at 7pm, well after we all had dinner at 5pm, because he was in the mood for one. He loved eating pork roll sandwiches on the weekends, and he oftentimes had a hankering for a powdered jelly donut from Dunkin’ Donuts midweek. He realized near the end of his life that these choices may have contributed to his failing health issues, but those meals and those memories always stick close to my heart.

For many years now, I’ve adjusted to not eating eggs. They cause me great joint pain, so I just avoid them. In most gluten-free processed foods, they had included eggs, so that left quite a lot off the menu if I wanted to relive those childhood memories. Now that more is available that is “plant based” there is more to work with when it comes to delicious old dishes I enjoyed as a kid for the nostalgia.

Recently, I decided to try the Beyond breakfast sausage. I came up with the idea to recreate my childhood favorite the sausage, egg, and cheese McMuffin from McDonald’s. I wouldn’t go near that stuff today, though Chris does fast food with the kids on occasion. I couldn’t tell you the last time I had fast food like that, but it was probably a road trip to Florida over six years ago.

Homemade plant based McDonald’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese McMuffin

Here’s what I used to make my little sandwiches that hit the spot:

  • Wegmans Gluten Free Biscuit Mix (+Bob’s Red Mill egg replacer)
  • Beyond breakfast sausage patty
  • Just Egg
  • Follow Your Heart American Cheese

These turned out to be on the spot for what I remember the taste of them to be. I felt like they were “healthier” though I doubt it, because I’m sure they were just as fatty or filled with extras as the originals.

In the end though, I had the opportunity to relive a little memory of my Dad along with complying with all of my dietary issues. In addition, I had made an easy Chocolate Almond Milk from scratch to go with it and BAM! my breakfast was a treat.

What foods remind you of your childhood?