Frito Pie Mac and Cheese…brought to you by my childhood, emotional eating and Fritos (No, I’m not sponsored). You have been warned.
In my youth, I was FAT. I don’t mean that in a cute but chubby kind of way. No, no, no…I mean, I couldn’t touch my toes…actually, now that I think about it…I couldn’t even see my toes. It wasn’t all bad though, I feel like I was a lot more care free back then. Especially when it comes to food. When I look at food now, a cascade of thoughts rush through my mind…
- Calories in the food?
- Macro nutrient breakdown?
- Can I incorporate this into the blog?
- How can I draw inspiration from this?
- How will I feel after eating this? Physically? Mentally? Emotionally?
This is an odd thing for me to say but I don’t enjoy food the way I used to. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking! I just miss the days when I was able to eat and simply enjoy the meal without a care in the world.
In middle school, I would more often than not, order two lunches because I couldn’t decide on just one of the two daily specials. Most of those days, I’d wobble out of the lunch line balancing Mac & Cheese in one hand, a Frito Pie in the other while baring a smile that was strong enough to hold up my heavy cheeks. I’d sit with my friends and discuss monumental issues like who had the strongest Pokémon, how to avoid contracting cooties and the best ways to forge a parent’s signature. It was a much simpler time.
That’s why I made this Frito Pie Mac and Cheese, to reflect on a time when I ate for the simple pleasure of just eating. No worries. No regrets. No false self-made promises to do cardio.
This Frito Pie Mac and Cheese is a beefy chili…on top of creamy cheese covered pasta…that is topped with Fritos chips. It is not physically healthy by any means but that’s ok. This meal did wonders for my mentality.
Take care of your body but not at the expense of your sanity. Live a little! You can start by giving this a try, you won’t regret it!