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Real Food Mac and Cheese

I have searched and searched for a great mac and cheese recipe for years. Usually, I don’t like homemade mac and cheese because it is kind of pasty and not as creamy as I like. I don’t want to serve my kids (or myself) processed cheese food, I want to serve them real food ingredients. Every recipe I saw for using real cheeses called for you to make a roux with flour and butter, and then add liquid and make a sauce and melt the cheese into it. I just never liked it.

real food mac and cheese

A few weeks ago I decided to try one more time to make up something on my own. So I cooked some elbow noodles and got busy creating a sauce. I took some milk and heated it in a pan. I added a half a packet of cream cheese and a half a cup of sour cream and whisked it into the milk. Then I added shredded cheeses and seasonings. It turned out amazing. I super loved it! I used a mixture of the cheeses I had to work with including cheddar and mozzarella and a little bit of Parmesan. It was the best macaroni and cheese I’ve ever had and there are no chemicals involved. It was a win win.

Here’s my recipe for Homemade Mac and Cheese, I hope you love it too!

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Real Food Mac and Cheese
Creamy, delicious mac and cheese with no chemicals.
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  1. 1 pound of elbow macaroni
  2. 4 oz. cream cheese
  3. ½ cup sour cream
  4. 1 ½ cups milk
  5. 3 T. butter
  6. 3 cups shredded cheese, 2 cups mozzarella, 1 cup cheddar
  7. ¾ tsp salt
  8. Grated Parmesan to taste
  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions and drain. I like my pasta al dente.
  2. Pour milk into large saucepan and heat.
  3. When milk is starting to get warm, add butter, sour cream and cream cheese.
  4. Cook and stir on medium heat until incorporated.
  5. Add shredded cheese and cook stirring constantly.
  6. Add salt and pasta and stir to coat.
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World Famous Green Bean Recipe

My daycare kids LOVE my world famous green beans.

A few years ago, when I had some older boys enrolled in care, they would ask for these green beans all the time. I would make them as soon as we could get enough green beans from the garden. They dubbed them world famous and who am I to argue with that. Pre-teen boys know where it’s at! It’s comfort food. 

green beans, bacon, sunflower seeds, dill

I am allergic to nuts and lactose intolerant, so a large portion of nutrients that my body needs are not a part of my diet through those foods. Nuts are super important for healthy omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E as well as protein and calcium. I add these nutrients to my diet by supplementing many recipes with seeds. Seeds are super healthy food that are packed with almost as much of these vital nutrients as nuts, but with no anaphylactic shock for me. I add them to as many recipes as I can.

green beans

Green beans are awesome!

I hope you are growing green beans in your garden. They are super easy and make so many delicious meals. Check in next week to see how to store and use green beans in a ton of ways. I love using real food ingredients any way I can. Making food homemade helps you skip a lot of chemicals and additives that are in processed food. If you grow them yourself, you really know they are pure and natural. 

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Snap the ends off your beans and snap them into bite sized pieces to start the recipe.

Then toss them in some salted water and boil until they are tender. Use as little water as possible so most of it will soak back up into the beans. You keep more nutrients if you pour less water down the drain. If you do have water to drain off of them, save it in a container in the freezer and put it in your next soup or sauce. Then you still save the nutrients. Click here to see more ways to stop wasting your food.


World Famous Green Beans
Mouthwateringly delicious preparation of fresh green beans with real food ingredients.
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  1. 1 pound of green beans with ends removed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  2. 1 slice of bacon
  3. ½ tsp. salt
  4. ¼ tsp. pepper
  5. 1 tsp. dried dill
  6. ½ cup raw seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin or sesame.
  1. Put green beans in a saucepan with water and salt and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook until beans are fork tender.
  3. Drain.
  4. While beans are cooking, cut a piece of bacon into small pieces or lardons.
  5. Cook until done and drain on a paper towel.
  6. With the fat still in the pan, toss in a handful of sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or pumpkin seeds.
  7. Cook and stir them until they are lightly browned and you smell the oils in them. Watch them closely, they can burn easily.
  8. Toss in your green beans, pepper, dill, and the bacon and stir to mix ingredients.
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Aunt Pat’s Sweet Potato Casserole, Made with Love

My Aunt Pat is world famous for her delicious Sweet Potato Casserole recipe. I remember her making it year after year for our family get togethers and some how it just made the meal super special. I love spending time with my family and my Aunt Pat has always held a super special place in my heart.

A few years ago, she put together a family recipe book and she included this recipe. It’s super special to get to have it and make it for my family now.

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I have made a few changes to her recipe over the years. The flavor of this sweet potato dish puts those canned lumps covered in marshmallows to shame. Another great thing about the casserole is that it’s made with real food ingredients, which I am all about!

Aunt Pat used bourbon in her sweet potatoes, but I never have any around my house, so I have always just left that out. I have had it both ways, and can honestly tell you, I can’t really tell the difference.

sweet potato casserole

We grow our own sweet potatoes for this dish. Click here to check out my kids and their sweet potato adventures.

Step one is to roast and mash 3-4 Cups of sweet potatoes. I just wash them off and toss them in the oven at 350 and roast for about an hour or when they are fork tender. It depends on the size of your potatoes how long they will take to roast, but you want them nice and soft.

aunt pat's sweet potato casserole

Aunt Pat's Sweet Potato Casserole
Delicious, sweet, crunchy topped sweet potato dish that is to die for. Make it for your special occasion!
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  1. 3-4 c. sweet potatoes, mashed
  2. 1/2 c. raw sugar
  3. 1/2 c. melted butter
  4. pinch salt
  5. 2 beaten eggs
  6. 1/3 c. bourbon (optional)
  7. 1/2 c. whipping cream
  8. 1/3 c. melted butter
  9. 1 c. raw sugar
  10. 1/2 c. flour
  11. 1 c. chopped pecans (I am allergic to tree nuts, so I replace this with old fashioned rolled oats)
  1. Roast and mash sweet potatoes. (I dump them into my kitchen aid and mix them up good)
  2. Mix 1/2 c. raw sugar, 1/2 c. melted butter, salt, eggs, bourbon and whipping cream together with sweet potatoes.
  3. Put into a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  4. Mix rest of ingredients and sprinkle over top of potato mixture.
  5. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes.
Adapted from Pat and LD Barney
Adapted from Pat and LD Barney
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sweet potato casserole roasting in the oven

I know this recipe will knock your socks off. You will never want to go back to canned sweet potatoes again. When you’re making it, think about my sweet Aunt Pat and all the love she put into cooking it for my family. It’s good stuff!

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