Cheese and Cracker Lunches

Cheese and Cracker Make-overs
Servings: 1 Start to Finish 10 mins

Make It

Berry Yummy Alphabet:

1. In a small bowl mash 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries. Stir in 1/4 cup light whipped cream cheese. Serve with alphabet cookies.

2. Nutrition analysis per serving: 226 calories, 4 g protein, 27 g carbohydrate, 12 g total fat (8 g sat. fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 8 % Vitamin A, 3 % Vitamin C, 248 mg sodium, 1 mg calcium, 0 mg iron

Cracker Sticks with Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Dip:

3. In a blender combine 4 ounces light cream cheese and 1/4 cup chopped roasted red sweet peppers. Cover; blend until nearly smooth. Transfer to a storage container and stir in 2 teaspoons grated Parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon dried basil. Serve one-third (about 3 tablespoons) with 10 wheat cracker sticks. Store remaining dip up to 1 week.

4. Nutrition analysis per serving: 165 calories, 5 g protein, 13 g carbohydrate, 11 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 4 g total sugar, 7% Vitamin A, 57% Vitamin C, 229 mg sodium, 58 mg calcium, 1 mg iron

Plum-Ricotta Cracker Stacks:

5. Spread 3 woven wheat crackers each with 2 teaspoons part-skim ricotta cheese. Add a thin plum slice to each and top each with another cracker.

6. Nutrition analysis per serving: 82 calories, 3 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 3 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 2 g total sugar, 2% Vitamin A, 3% Vitamin C, 103 mg sodium, 29 mg calcium,1 mg iron

Butterflies and Flowers:

7. Use a 1 3/4-inch flower-shaped cutter to cut 8 cheese flowers from 8 2-inch slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese. Serve with 4 butterfly-shaped crackers.

8. Nutrition analysis per serving: 183 calories, 10 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 10 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 1 g total sugar, 8% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 400 mg sodium, 253 mg calcium, 1 mg iron

Herb Cheese and Flatbread:

9. Spread 2 whole grain crispbread cracker with 1 wedge of light garlic and herb cheese.Wrap in plastic wrap.

10. Nutrition analysis per serving; 135 calories, 6 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 4 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 2 g sugar, 2% Vitamin A, 0% Vitamin C, 350 mg sodium, 80 mg calcium, 1 mg iron