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.
CHECKERBOARD TURKEY SANDWICH
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.
POLKA DOT SANDWICH
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.
CARAMEL APPLE DIP
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.
VEGGIE PITA PIZZA
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.
OUR BEST BEEF
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.
Fill with remaining ingredients.
Substitute: Two tomato slices for the 1⁄3 cup thin apple slices.
TIP: To minimize browning in cut-up apples, pears or bananas, toss the fruit with orange juice or juice from canned pineapple. Or, dip fruit into one quart of cold water mixed with three tablespoons lemon juice; pat dry with paper towels.
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