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Nightrider's picture

Ok, so this a forum full of people who love to make and eat good food...I am very curious as to what everyone's "bad" (i.e. prepackaged or just plain gross) guilty food pleasures are. 


I like Tater Tots.


This thread was inspired by the description of Peter's Zoodles.  So, fess up...what do you all eat when you're not being culinary geniuses?

MadMom's picture

(post #44848, reply #1 of 221)

We've had these confessionals before, but supposedly our tastes change.  One of my "guilty pleasures" is the dip made with Velveeta Cheese, Ro-Tel tomatoes, and pork sausage.  I could eat it with tostados until I burst!  I'm also a sucker for all the little "appetizer" thingies they sell at the warehouse stores...mini egg rolls, mini tacos, etc.



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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #44848, reply #2 of 221)

Taco Bell bean burritos with sour cream.
Grilled cheese sandwiches on white bread with "plastic" cheese (Borden 2% sharp wrapped in plastic, only, please).
Nestle's Quik sugar free
sugar free pudding out of a box with cool whip

Surprisingly, I don't have as many as I thought.

Oh, add Eggo waffles with ice cream on there, too. And the jarred blue cheese dressing from the produce department.

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Lee's picture

(post #44848, reply #3 of 221)

Grilled cheese sandwiches on white bread with "plastic" cheese (Borden 2% sharp wrapped in plastic, only, please


And the problem is ....... ?

beebuzzled's picture

(post #44848, reply #4 of 221)

A toasted rye with butter, plastic cheese, sour cream, ketchup and hot sauce sandwich. I apologize to everyone for making their stomach do a flip. I haven't had one in a while and durnit, now I'm craving one, but I'm not giving in.

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AnnL's picture

(post #44848, reply #12 of 221)

Eggo waffles with icecream??  I never thought of that...  :-)

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stilljill's picture

(post #44848, reply #5 of 221)

"Funeral potatoes." Hash browns (frozen ones), sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, a diced onion and cream o'crap to bind the whole sordid mess together.

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Gretchen's picture

(post #44848, reply #11 of 221)

But, but--you can make this "real"!!  Use butter instead of the soup and use real potatoes.  But honest, it is better without the soup even if you use the frozen potatoes.

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Jillsifer's picture

(post #44848, reply #36 of 221)

I "keep meaning" to getting around to trying that! Maybe this weekend.

 


 

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AmyElliesMom's picture

(post #44848, reply #17 of 221)

Oh man, I forgot about them. I entered those into Diet Power once. You do not want to KNOW the calories on them. But OMG, they are good, aren't they?

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Syrah's picture

(post #44848, reply #6 of 221)

I don't eat any bad prepackaged foods. The only thing I can think of that others may consider gross is vegemite, but it isn't, so that's a moot point.

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assibams's picture

(post #44848, reply #7 of 221)

Vegemite - not gross!?!?!? Bwaaahahahahaha Guess it depends on who you ask LOL


I love potato chips on occasion, and canned Bihun Soup (and no I do not read that label *g*)



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Syrah's picture

(post #44848, reply #8 of 221)

Not at all. On toast, it is one of my favourite breakfasts.

I think it's an acquired taste, I was sent to school with vegemite and plastic cheese sandwiches.

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unbaked's picture

(post #44848, reply #9 of 221)

Filet O Fish from McDonald's.


Those little beef bites sausages from Hickory Farms..they used to call them Sportsman sticks, now I think they're called something else.


Creamed tuna fish on toast (don't everyone beg for the recipe at once), surprisingly, DSO loves it. No, no cream of crap in it, my mother used to make it and it's why I learned to make a bechamel at 9 yo. :P


The middle of double stuff oreos..only the middles :)


 


 


 

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Anu's picture

(post #44848, reply #10 of 221)

I like tater tots too

Others:
frosted flakes
kitkats
burger king "onion" rings
beanie weenie casserole with cut up hot dogs and baked beans
cinnamon rolls out of a can

Gretchen's picture

(post #44848, reply #13 of 221)

I used to until I read the label. Trans fats galore!


 


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AnnL's picture

(post #44848, reply #14 of 221)

My favorite pot roast is one that I grew up with--made with tomato soup, Lipton onion soup, and some worcershire sauce and brown sugar.  Still yummy, although when I want "upscale" I'll do a pot roast the Molly Ivins way! 


There's also a baked chicken and rice dish with cream o'crap soup and Lipton onion soup mix that I still make once every year or two, just for old times sake.


Prego spaghetti sauce when I don't have time to make a batch of my own homemade.


Other than that, I don't much in the way of pre-packaged.  In fact, I started to panic a couple of weeks ago when I heard that, in order to be prepared for a world wide outbreak of avian flu spreading to humans, we should have a 4-5 month supply of food on hand!  Yikes.   I will admit to going out and stocking up on cans of tuna fish and boxes of pasta! 


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Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

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"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Lword's picture

(post #44848, reply #15 of 221)

Oh my, I once made a meal out of half a box of Cheez-Its http://www.kelloggs.com/cgi-bin/brandpages/product.pl?product=1210&company=30 and a jar of dill pickle slices and would do it again therefore I don't buy them! But I'm sure craving them now and all sorts of other things mentioned, thanks ;)

Tater Tots - crunchy, salty, but still potato-y inside, and you made me search for a copycat recipe I'll try http://mixes.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/64/Homemade_Tater_Tots61228.shtml
Mini appetizers - Costco has wonderful 3 or 4 cheese frozen ones that would be easy to make a meal of
Taco Bell bean burrito - I like them because the tortilla is or used to be so thin and the beans are smooth, but haven't had them for years
Cheese sandwiches - it's really hard to ruin these, even with plastic cheese
Funeral Potatoes - I'd try these :)
Vegemite - I need to try this
Creamed tuna - yeah, I love this but haven't made it for decades and never made it properly


Generally I'll eat or at least taste whatever is offered, but as much as I love the taste and melty qualities of Velveeta, I can't bring myself to buy it. All said though, not much of this is really awful at all is it :)



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Risottogirl's picture

(post #44848, reply #16 of 221)

Fritos. The original size, shape and flavor.


Pudding cups (my mom has them around for my sister's kids)


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Wolvie's picture

(post #44848, reply #18 of 221)

jalapeno poppers - the "cheddar" ones.


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(post #44848, reply #20 of 221)

I haven't made this for years, but I used to love Green bean casserole with CoC Soup and dried onions. G,D,&R


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Wolvie's picture

(post #44848, reply #21 of 221)

you know, that is one staple of mid-America that was never served in my house. I have no idea why - unless it was because my Mom did the old southern thing of boiling them all day. :-) We still do a "mess" of young green beans and new potatoes every season. Ahhhh - tradition.

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Marcia's picture

(post #44848, reply #22 of 221)

Green beans and new potatoes are divine. Mother always usually made them with pole beans. I'll have to do these again, since it's been ages.


We never had the infamous green bean thingy, either, but we weren't much on processed foods.


I do love any kind of cheesy crackers, preferably with V8 juice. DH thinks this is crazy.

Risottogirl's picture

(post #44848, reply #23 of 221)

One more...saltines with cold butter.

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay

courgette's picture

(post #44848, reply #24 of 221)

I LOVE saltines with butter. Actually almost anything with butter!


Don't really have processed stuff in the house. The occasional jar of spaghetti sauce. Presidents Choice makes one without a lot of crap in it.


I used to make pork chops with mushroom soup. They were yummy as I recall. But I find lately that when I revisit things I used to think were pretty good that I just can't tolerate them.


My nemesis is chips. Plain chips, none of those weird flavours the kids like. So I let my son buy the flavoured ones, but he's not allowed to have plain ones because I cannot resist. I will eat the whole bag, regardlless of size.......


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Adele's picture

(post #44848, reply #26 of 221)

Chef Boy R D Spagetti & Meatballs, at least once a week for lunch.  Vienna Sausages & Crescent rolls at least once a year.  (This is also my hurricane food, sans the rolls) Lipton Onion Soup dip, but I add horseradish :)

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

courgette's picture

(post #44848, reply #27 of 221)

I always found tinned pasta has a STRANGE taste. Just can't take it. Never fed it to my kids either.


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Quilter's picture

(post #44848, reply #28 of 221)

Jello instant chocolate pudding with Cool Whip lite.  About half an hour before bedtime.  In my defense, anticipating this nightly ritual prevents me from snacking all evening long.


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Marcia's picture

(post #44848, reply #31 of 221)

Oh, yes, I love saltines with butter, too. Matzo is good the same way. Oh, the lovely things I've forgotten.

pamilyn's picture

(post #44848, reply #42 of 221)

And what is wrong with that? Good hangover food is Cream of crap tomato soup with saltines and butter and a big glass of milk. :)

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Risottogirl's picture

(post #44848, reply #43 of 221)

No way. Hangover food is homefries and Coke.

Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor


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Water is a great ingredient to cook with, it has such a neutral flavor - Bobby Flay