Food Storage Recipes: Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Using fresh ground bean flour is one of my FAVORITE ways to eat healthy and save on fat and calories. I’ve always loved my mom’s homemade macaroni and cheese and now I have learned how to tweak this recipe to use different food storage items in two different versions:

Homemade Mac ‘N’ Cheese (w/ grains and powdered milk)

Ingredients:
1 lb macaroni noodles
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
1 c. milk (or 1 c. water, 3 T. powdered milk)
1 tsp. seasoned salt
cheese cubes (optional)
ham cubes (optional)

Directions:
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Melt butter in large saucepan. Whisk in the flour until smooth. Slowly stir in milk until well mixed in. Add seasoned salt. Let cook for a little while until it starts to thicken. Add in the macaroni noodles. Add in a little more milk if it seems too thick. Can add more seasoned salt according to your family’s tastes. Add ham and cheese cubes right before serving.

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Homemade Mac ‘N’ Cheese (w/ legumes and powdered milk)

Ingredients:
3 c. of macaroni noodles
5 T. of lima or other white bean flour (ground in a wheat grinder)
1 c. of water
3/4 c. milk (or 3/4 c. water 2 T. powdered milk)
2 tsp. seasoned salt
cheese cubes (optional)
ham cubes (optional)

Directions:
Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. Grind 1/4 c. of white beans in your wheat grinder to make about 5 T. of bean flour. Put 1 c. of water in large saucepan. Slowly whisk in ground bean flour. Continue to whisk frequently until starts to thicken and bubble. Slowly stir in milk until it’s a nice thickish liquid consistency. Add seasoned salt (the bean version tends to need more than the flour/butter version). Add in the macaroni noodles. Add in a little more milk if it seems too thick. Add ham and cheese cubes right before serving.

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Confession time … While the bean flour version is still good (and my kids snarfed it up just like usual), I could actually tell a difference in this recipe. I prefer the fattening version, surprise surprise. hehe. But the bean flour version is a very good substitute and can save a TON of calories and fat!


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  • A Mother of Two

    Dumb question Alert!!! When you say to grind the white beans, are they cooked white beans or are they dried? (See, I told you it was dumb!)

    • It’s not dumb! We should have specified. You grind the dry beans πŸ™‚

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  • Aaron

    My mother made hers with the white sauce all the time when I was a kid, she always had the ingredients and it was cheaper, i liked it, and miss it.

  • Julene

    Thank you!

  • Julene

    Thank you!

  • My kids actually prefer it without the cheese cubes. The sauce is not a cheese sauce, just a white sauce. We just CALL it Macaroni and Cheese because the creamy sauce seems cheesy. hehe. Sorry if it seems misleading πŸ™‚

  • Julene

    I am just curious as to why the cheese ingredient is optional when the recipe is called macaroni and cheese? Do you sometimes make it without the cheese too? I am honestly curious, I need literal directions when I am cooking πŸ™‚

    • My kids actually prefer it without the cheese cubes. The sauce is not a cheese sauce, just a white sauce. We just CALL it Macaroni and Cheese because the creamy sauce seems cheesy. hehe. Sorry if it seems misleading πŸ™‚

      • Julene

        Thank you!

  • Julene

    I am just curious as to why the cheese ingredient is optional when the recipe is called macaroni and cheese? Do you sometimes make it without the cheese too? I am honestly curious, I need literal directions when I am cooking πŸ™‚

  • celia

    I have a version of mac & cheese which adds some vegetable goodness and which has been a favorite with my daughter since she was a preschooler (she is now 14); add a can of tomato sauce to the pan with the milk, and some broccoli. I cook the broccoli with the macaroni.
    Yummy and healthy – a winning combination!

  • celia

    I have a version of mac & cheese which adds some vegetable goodness and which has been a favorite with my daughter since she was a preschooler (she is now 14); add a can of tomato sauce to the pan with the milk, and some broccoli. I cook the broccoli with the macaroni.
    Yummy and healthy – a winning combination!