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Don't be boring, even with your mac and cheese. Here are a few recipes that will bring your next mac and cheese to flavor town.

1 tbsp powdered milk
3 tbsp powdered cheddar cheese
1 tsp all-purpose flour
2/3 cup pre-cookd and dehydrated macaroni
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp butter
Handful of kale

Option 1
1 tsp powdered tomatoes
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 2.5 oz pouch tuna

Option 2
1 oz smoked salmon

Option 3
2 tbsp dried mushrooms 1/4 tsp thyme

Option 4
1/4 cup mixed dried veggies

At Home
Mix all ingredients except for the butter in a freezer bag. Wrap the butter separately.

On the Trail
Bring 1/3-1/2 cups water to a near boil and pour in freezer bag. Add the butter. Mix with fingers then place into insulated pouch for 10-15 minutes. Open and enjoy.

The tomato powder was made by thinly slicing a firm tomato with a mandolin and drying in the food dehydrator. The brittle slices were then powdered in a coffee grinder.

I like to use an insulated pouch (mentioned above). It allows me to save some fuel because I don’t have to bring my water to a full boil. It also keeps my water hotter for longer, helping extend cooking time. With dehydrated food, sometimes the longer soak time makes for more naturally textured food. A good inexpensive and lightweight pouch is the Big Sky International Insulite pouch. Or search the Internet for some DYI options.

The handful of dried kale or spinach is something I like to do to help put more minerals and vitamins in my trail diet. I use mostly greens from my garden, but picking up some fresh produce at the store and drying it works too. It's easy, cheap, and light... and your body will thank you.