Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


September 3, 2013

Lee Ward: Getting cheesy for lunch with smooth cream cheese: 9/3/13

ASHLAND — Lunch gets boring, sometimes for all of us, but it can get real old if you’re bringing your lunch in a bag day in and day out.

Children especially like a different and exciting lunch, and some of the top names in food have worked with the Philadelphia Cream Cheese makers to develop new ideas in lunch box fillers. Here are a few.


1 slice whole wheat bread

1 tablespoons Philadelphia Cream Cheese Spread

3 slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Oven Roasted Turkey Breast

3 slices tomato

1 slice white bread

Spread wheat bread with cream cheese spread; top with turkey, tomatoes and white bread.

Cut sandwich into three horizontal strips, then three vertical strips to make nine squares. Turn four or five of the squares upside down.

Arrange squares on plate, alternating colors as needed to resemble a checkerboard.


2 slices whole wheat bread

2 tablespoons Philadelphia Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread

9 banana slices (about 1⁄2 of medium banana)

1 tablespoons raisins

Spread bread with cream cheese spread.

Top one bread slice with bananas in three rows of three slices each. Sprinkle remaining bread slice with raisins; press gently into cream cheese to secure.

Close sandwich to serve.


Cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla make this creamy caramel dip a scrumptious way to eat apples, pretzels, cookies and more.

1 8-ounce package Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

1⁄2 cup  firmly packed brown sugar

1⁄2 teaspon vanilla

Beat cream cheese in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add brown sugar and vanilla; beat until well blended.

Spoon into serving bowl.

Serve with apple wedges for dipping.


1 whole wheat pita bread

2 tablespoons Philadelphia Garden Vegetable One-Third Less Fat than Cream Cheese

1 Kraft Fat Free Singles

1⁄4 cup  thin cucumber slices

3 thin tomato slices

Spread bread with reduced-fat cream cheese.

Top with remaining ingredients.

Variation: Prepare as directed, using 2 mini whole wheat pita breads and dividing remaining ingredients equally between the two breads.



2 slices rye bread

2 tablespoons Philadelphia Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread

1⁄4 cup watercress

6 slices Oscar Mayer Selects Slow Roasted Roast Beef

2 large  beefsteak tomato slices

8 thin cucumber slices

Spread bread slices with cream cheese spread.

Fill with remaining ingredients.



2 mini whole wheat bagels, split

1 tablespoon Philadelphia One-Third Less Fat than Cream Cheese

1 Kraft Singles, cut in half

4  slices  Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Smoked Ham

1⁄3 cup  thin apple slices

Spread bagel halves with reduced-fat cream cheese.

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