Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Creamy Parsley Spread

I read that parsley promotes bone growth, so I have been thinking of ways to use fresh parsley ever since I had bunion surgery. The link to my surgery blog is near the bottom of this page in the sidebar, if you are interested in that. Parsley is also an excellent source of vitamin K and vitamin C, and a good source of vitamin A, folate, and iron!

I did not measure as I combined the following ingredients. Use a dollop or an entire package of cheese(s), depending on your needs, and then adjust the add-in flavors to suit the quantity used.


Ingredients

  • Low fat soft white cheese, such as cream cheese and/or goat cheese
  • Pinch dried thyme
  • Garlic, minced
  • Fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • Fat-free milk or fat-free half and half, optional
  • Whole-grain crackers or bread - I used Triscuit Cracked Pepper 
  • Cucumber(s), washed and thinly sliced

Directions and tips*

Combine cheese(s) with thyme, garlic, and parsley. Mix well with a fork. For a thinner spread, pulse in the blender, adding in optional liquid until desired consistency is reached. 

Sprinkle lightly with freshly ground salt and pepper, if desired. Stir in.

Apply spread to each cracker, and top with a cucumber slice. Enjoy!

*This spread is also great for tea sandwiches. Use about a half-and-half combination of low fat cream cheese and low fat goat cheese, a couple of tablespoons of liquid (see above), and pulse in blender with seasonings until spread is a good consistency for spreading on bread. Remove crusts from whole-grain bread slices, spread slices with mixture, top wth thin cucumber slices, and cut into small shapes. Top with a second slice of crustless bread before cutting sandwiches, if desired.

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