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Feb 07

Strange But Cheesey

What do you call cheese that isn’t yours?

 

Nach-yo cheese!

Today’s post isn’t about nacho cheese.  It’s about cream cheese.  However, if you know me you know that I love that joke.  Any excuse to share. :)

We do have cheese today!  Greek yogurt cream cheese.  I buy mine from a local company called Atlanta Farm Fresh, but I’ve started seeing it from larger brands.

Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese

 

I’m not a big cream cheese fan, but I love the texture and the taste of the yogurt-based version.  It’s less thick and rich – normally not a positive to me, but it always bothered me that cream cheese sort of sticks to your mouth.

I’ve been on a role using it for sweet and savory breakfasts, and for dessert.  It may have resulted in some strange spreads, but they were good!  Below are a few ways I’ve used it this week.

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PrOATein Pancakes with Maple-Cinnamon Cream Cheese

PrOATein Pancakes with Maple-Cinnamon Cream Cheese

  • PrOATein Pancake
  • 2 T cream cheese
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract (optional, but not really)

 

Prepare pancakes according to instructions.  Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

Plate pancakes and slather with creamy, maple deliciousness.

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In the Atlanta, we don’t have a lot of lox and it’s hard to find a good bagel.  This is my Southern version of a New York classic breakfast.

Southern Breakfast Salmon

Southern Breakfast Salmon

  • 1 tortilla, toasted and sliced
  • Salmon
  • 2 T cream cheese
  • 1 T finely chopped parsley
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste

 

Slice and toast tortilla and remove pre-baked salmon (mine was done with lemon and dill) from the fridge.

Mix together cream cheese, parsley, and red pepper flakes.  Spread onto tortilla slices.  Top with salmon and more red pepper flakes, if desired.

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Zucchini Batter with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Protein Spread

Zucchini Batter with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Protein Spread

  • Zucchini Batter Protein Bowl
  • 1 T cream cheese
  • 1 T vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 tsp butterscotch extract
  • Water, to thin
  • Optional cherry on top

 

 Prepare zucchini bread batter and set aside.

In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients.  Add water (or milk) slowly to reach desired consistency.

Spread atop the batter and top as desired.

 

I could have stopped there with the cherry a chocolate drizzle.  But why?

Zucchini Batter with Butterscotch Cream Cheese Protein Spread

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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It's Friday and I have no plans for the weekend other than then gym tomorrow.  I am elated.

Do you like cream cheese?  Have you tried the Greek yogurt version?

What is your favorite dessert bowl topping?  I'm all about the popcorn crunch! 

 

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  1. Lisa @ RunWiki

    Oh my! I’ve never heard of it, but very interested in trying it. What is the percentage of fat? My son is on a ketogenic diet so he needs full fat whole yogurt. Your recipes look delicious!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! It’s lower fat, so he may need to eat it with a scoop of PB. ;)

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I saw salmon and I immediately started having fantasies of the fish……………… Okay. GiGi is pathetically single. LMFAO!

    1. lindsay

      of course you would. Go ahead, get sexy with your salmon

      1. Laura

        Can we come to Austin? GiGi clearly needs to get out more. ;)

  3. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I’m having #strangebutgood withdrawals…I need my own kitchen again! I love cream cheese but never had a greek yogurt version!

    1. Laura

      I miss you!!!!

  4. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    I never knew there was a Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese. Must find!

  5. Kierston

    I actually can’t remember the last time I had cream cheese! lol I used to eat it with all the time though. Especially the herb and garlic flavour.

    1. Laura

      You should try this one! It would be great on your bread. ;)

  6. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I don’t know how ‘strange’ mine is, but I decided to join the fun today anyway. : ) Have a great weekend, Laura!

  7. Tina Muir

    I would say all of those look pretty good! I like cream cheese, but would rarely go buy it as I cant get through it fast enough, but greek yogurt may be a different story! I love all the other flavors too! Yum!

    1. Laura

      It’s a reasonably sized container. I’m having no troubles.;)

  8. Linz @ Itz Linz

    nach-yo cheese lolllllllll

    1. Laura

      I’m so glad someone else thought that was funny!!!

  9. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Can we please cook together sometime? Jason was saying something about my lunch last night how it looked awful but he bet it was packed with just about every vitamin and nutrient ever needed. I laughed and was telling him my lunch was NOTHING compared to a few other blog friends’ haha He actually wants me to make my lunch for him so he can try it!

    1. Laura

      YES! I’d love that. We should have tried to get snowed in together. Hahaha.

  10. RavieNomNoms

    That is so funny that you bring this up. I just saw this greek yogurt cream cheese at the store the other day and bought some and made spinach dip with it (because normally you make it with cream cheese), it was SO good!

    I will have to try and find this brand!

    1. Laura

      I want to do that! Went to the grocery store yesterday to get more spinach and they were sold out. Damn snow storm.

  11. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I’m kicking myself that I didn’t buy the cream cheese yogurt spread that time I made you go to Kroger when I visited you. But I can make Greek yogurt cream cheese. Just mix them together, right? :)

    1. Laura

      Hahaha – this brand is better than what we saw though. You’ll just have to come back. *le sigh*

  12. Emma @ Life's A Runner

    I’ve never heard of greek yogurt cream cheese – but it is such a great idea! I’m loving the idea of those pancakes – especially the maple for this Canadian. ;)

    1. Laura

      Thanks! I wonder if it’s reached Canada yet? I’ve seen it by a few brands in the US.

  13. Maria @ The Good Life

    The Southern Breakfast salmon sounds delish! Now you are making me hungry!

  14. Lee

    My office is moving out of the ATL Fresh office park complex. Sad face. No more walking to their store to get yogurts (or cream cheese, which I’ve never had their version of.)

    1. Laura

      Whaaat?! That’s a terrible decision.

  15. Jess @ JessieBear

    Chhhheeeeeeeeeeeeesssseeeeeeeeeeeee

  16. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Talk about an artful drizzle on the zucchini bowl. It’s like a master piece, made of cheese. Will you come drizzle all my sauces please?
    By the way, you are not ever allowed to tell me, it’s not my cheese. You have to share with me. It’s a rule. It’s in the Book and you must adhere to the Book.

    1. Laura

      I will drizzle your sauces any time. #twss ;)

  17. Hannah

    HOLY JEEBERS THAT IS ONE OF THE BEST WORST JOKES I’VE EVER HEARD

    1. Laura

      Meanie. :P

      1. Hannah

        No, that was a serious compliment. :P

  18. Choc Chip Uru

    Zucchini, cheese, butterscotch… yep give me that spread on top of your delicious pancakes and I am set to go :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  19. Purelytwins

    I am not a big cream cheese fan. Michelle loved it growing up. This yogurt based one sounds interesting ;)

  20. Jody - Fit at 56

    I almost stopped at the first recipe! ;)

  21. Kaci Cheeseman @ WhatCanBeGained

    1. That butterscotch sauce is going to be made ASAP, and it will be going on the first item of food appropriate for said drizzling that I consume!

    2. I love cream cheese. I recently found and tried Greek cream cheese. I found it very similar to “standard” cream cheese. I have wanted to try farmer’s cheese.

    3. On the subject of cheese jokes; that’s one of my personal favorites. Which is definitely saying something… you can imagine I have heard it all since taking my husband’s surname!

    1. Laura

      I’ve been wanting to try farmer’s cheese too! I guess it’s just another cream cheese-like spread?

      P.S. I envy your last name.

      1. Kaci Cheeseman @ WhatCanBeGained

        I think it might be the same as, or similar to dry curd cottage cheese. I keep seeing dry curd cottage cheese mentioned every so often on various blogs, but have never seen it in stores. The farmer cheese I have seen, but never purchased because I didn’t know what to do with it.

        That is the first time I have had anyone express envy over my last name!

  22. Allie

    I love your joke… haha! I had no idea Greek yogurt cream cheese existed. Amazing. Makes me wish I wasn’t lactose intolerant!

  23. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I’ve tried the Green Mountain Farms brand of Greek “spreadable cheese”. It was garlic and herb flavor and I swear I put that shit on EVERYTHING! The two tub package I brought home from Sam’s Club barely made it two weeks! Ha! I love it with scrambled eggs…there’s just something about that combo!

    I’m actually with you though, I’m not normally a big fan of cream cheese…I’ve been eating it lately just because I found a box in the back of my fridge a few weeks ago…that expired innnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn 2012! 8O Hahaha!

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