Herbed Cream Cheese Spread

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday celebration so far! The hubby and I definitely have with our time off! As we’ve been super busy doing what people do during the holiday season (primarily eating tons & drinking lots of vino in front of a cozy fireplace with puppies) I haven’t had a chance to really sit and post as well as get crafty or cook’in! So, below is actually a post for a quick and easy snack to make (which goes great with vino in front of a fire) when you want something yummy but don’t have a lot of time on your hands….or if you’re just plain tired. Again, my best and toughest critics (Zak’s nephew and niece) LOVED it, so it must be good! Enjoy! Oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Servings can vary depending on how much you make as this recipe is really about doing things to taste & “aiballing” it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Time from start to plate: 10 minutes
Ingredients:
Crackers or toasted bread (we love baguettes but this goes well on any sort of bread)

Tofutti cream cheese (you can use real cream cheese if you’d like)

Handful of fresh herbs, chopped (I’ve used basil, cilantro, parsley – really any herb works but it should definitely be fresh and not dried)

Olive oil (and/or flaxseed oil – you’ll notice with some of my recipes that I tend to use a mixture of olive & flaxseed oil to get my omega fatty acids in and this is a neat little trick to sneak ’em in if you have family members that would otherwise not take vitamins or eat flax/chia seeds)

White vinegar

Garlic Powder (or fresh garlic super minced)

1 Jalapeno seeded & deveined, diced (this is optional but I highly recommend it as it offers a little kick to your snack)

Salt

Pepper (lemon pepper works too if you wan to be faaancy)

This is how we do:
In a small bowl, scoop a few spoonfuls of the cream cheese (again, this is all dependant on how much you want to make). I usually start with about 4 heaping spoonfuls. Then add your chopped fresh herbs, jalapeno, a dash of garlic powder, and a drizzle of the olive/flaxseed oil & vinegar. Add a small dash of salt & pepper and mix! Keep adding more salt/pepper if you feel it needs more flavor. Add more olive/flaxseed oil or vinegar if you’d like it to be more spread-like and less creamy. Spread over toast and there you have it! Oh, and here’s my proof that Drew, Zak’s 8-year old nephew, liked it.

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