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People Are Sharing Their Favorite 'Struggle Meals' They Ate Growing Up That They Still Enjoy Today

December 7, 2020 6.8k votes 773 voters 27.3k views22 items

List RulesVote up the meals that you'd still munch on too.

Those who ever grew up with lower income know that creativity and minimalism come together in powerful ways when making an inexpensive meal from your fridge. However, even years later once one may become more financially stable, the appreciation is still apparent for these comfort food meal hacks. People over on Reddit are weighing in on this timeless phenomenon and sharing their favorite "struggle meals" that they still eat, regardless of financial status. Vote on the ones you agree with!

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    Every College Student Can Relate

    Photo: Takeaway / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0

    From Redditor u/shaingel_sle:

    Cinnamon toast.

    Just bread, butter, cinnamon and sugar mixed together.

    Also, I love ramen.

    Edit: thank you for my first award, stranger, really was not expecting this comment to blow up. Apparently yall love your cinnamon toast and ramen - er, I mean instant noodles for all yall nitpickers in the thread lol.

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    The Go-To Sweet Treat

    From Redditor u/squangee:

    Cinnamon sugar toast

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    All Hail The Timeless Classic

    From Redditor u/GreenTeaDeluxe:

    Grilled cheese sandwich.

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    Two Ingredients That Never Disappoint

    Photo: Famartin / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

    From Redditor u/MistyMeenor:

    Quesadillas (with hot sauce if there is any)

    Edit: I think a lot of people have different ideas of what a quesadilla is. My version is strictly a single tortilla with whatever cheese I have lying around (usually dollar packs of singles). That means no meat, beans, lettuce, tomato, etc. And I definitely don't use a foreman to make mine.

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