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Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese


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One of my favorite on-the-go breakfasts is an everything bagel with garden vegetable cream cheese. Though it isn’t expensive at my local deli, the coffee I’m tempted to buy while I’m there is expensive.

Our local grocery store sells vegetable cream cheese, but it isn’t the same. It’s more cream cheese than vegetable so I lose the most nutritious part of this meal!

I realized I could easily make my own garden vegetable cream cheese and I’m so happy I did. The fresh vegetables that I can dice as finely or coarsely as I want, make it easy to load up my cream cheese exactly the way I like it.

a collage of garden vegetable cream cheese in a glass bowl and on a bagel on a white plate on a green cloth on a wood table with vegetables in the background with title text reading Veggie Cream Cheese

 

Another bonus of using fresh vegetables is that the colors are so much brighter compared to the store version. I’m not one who spends a ton of time making my food look pretty, but I have learned that the more fun or colorful food looks, the more likely my kids are to eat it.

I always want my kids to be excited about eating vegetables. Yes, even if it means layering them on top of a bagel.

 garden vegetable cream cheese in a glass bowl and on a bagel on a white plate on a green cloth on a wood table with vegetables on a cutting board in the background

Ingredients I Use for Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese

This recipe is really quite simple. You only need cream cheese, fresh vegetables and a little seasoning.

sliced onion, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, glass bowl of seasonings on a wooden cutting board on a white wood table next to philadelphia cram cheese and a bag of bagels

I’ve tried it a variety of ways, including generic and name brand versions of both reduced fat and regular cream cheese. I’ve also experimented with a variety of vegetables.

Cream Cheese

After attempting several different versions, my favorite version uses the generic version of regular cream cheese. I don’t notice a discernible difference between the generic and name brand versions, but I do like the consistency of regular cream cheese compared to the reduced fat version.

Vegetables

I like to use a variety of flavors. You probably guessed this since I spread this garden vegetable cream cheese on an “everything” bagel.

So, for my cream cheese, I use bell peppers, carrots, red onions, and cherry tomatoes. I get a variety of colors, textures AND flavors.

Feel free to customize your version to your taste. Leave out any veggies you don’t like, add others you like more.

cream cheese, bell peppers, carrots, red onions, and cherry tomatoes in a white bowl with a yellow spatula on a white wood table with a wooden cutting board and a bag of bagels in the background

Seasonings

The first time I made this, I didn’t use any seasoning and that was a mistake. It was definitely missing something.

You don’t need to be heavy handed with the seasoning, but just a little garlic powder and onion powder make a big difference in the outcome! And, like most things, a little salt and pepper make this cream cheese much better.

How to Store This Cream Cheese

If you aren’t making this vegetable cream cheese to serve a crowd, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week if you place it in an airtight container.

I’m a big fan of repurposing items so the first time I made this, I stored it in an empty cream cheese container I had cleaned out. I reused it a couple of times before the lid cracked.

Then, I stored them in 6-ounce glass storage containers. I use these because the lids seal really well.

You can also use any of your small plastic storage containers. Ideally, they will be BPA-free and seal tight (to prevent contamination).

 garden vegetable cream cheese in a glass bowl , a bagel on a white plate on a green cloth on a wood table with a bag of bagels in the background

Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese Recipe

Here’s the recipe! I hope you enjoy this garden vegetable cream cheese as much as I do.

Remember, you can substitute in your own favorite veggies or omit any you don’t like.

Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese

This flavoful and colorful cream cheese is perfect as a spread.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 206 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced bell peppers
  • 1/8 cup diced red onions
  • 1/8 cup diced carrots
  • 5 diced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Wash and dice your fresh vegetables and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, use a hand or stand mixer to whip your cream cheese for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Now mix in your garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  • Fold in your fresh veggies and scoop into a small container with a lid.
  • Toast and slice your bagels and spread some cream cheese on each half.

Nutrition

Calories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 4gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 188mgPotassium: 157mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 1825IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 1mg
Keyword cream cheese recipes, easy snack, veggie cream cheese
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7 thoughts on “Garden Vegetable Cream Cheese”

  1. 5 stars
    This looks awesome. I would love to try this. I am for sure going to share with my best friend who loves to try new healthy things.

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