When I moved to New York 20 years ago…

… I worked two jobs, but they didn’t pay much, so I was pinching pennies. To cut costs, I’d buy noodles and the cheapest tomato sauce at the bodega. I ate that for dinner almost every night for two years. Nowadays? I can barely look at a plate of spaghetti. I’ve officially maxed out.

Later, when I was pregnant, I had an evening routine: stretch out on the sofa, queue up a 30 Rock rerun, and eat a handful of Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Almonds. I craved them! But these days, they just remind me of feeling achy and sleepy and having (very) swollen feet.

Our associate editor Jannelle has a love / hate relationship with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. “My mom used to pack them in my lunch alllll the time in elementary school. They were always on super wheat-y bread because she was trying to be healthy, but it was so dry. I remember choking and chugging water. They tasted like sandpaper, and I was like, ‘Mom, why ???’ ”Nowadays, Jannelle has to be very much in the mood to eat one. “I need to make it with soft, white bread,” she says. “And have a big glass of milk.”

On that note, this video made me laugh:

What about you? What meals have you maxed out on?

PS 10 quick spring dinners, and how to get kids to talk at dinner.

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