Chunky Cranberry Spread

26 Nov

8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese

1-2 Tbsp lowfat milk

1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

1/4 cup chopped blanched almonds (I used chopped walnuts, of course)

1/2 tsp orange zest, preferably fresh

Instructions:

In med. bowl, place cheese and allow to soften at room temperature.  Mash and work with fork until texture is light enought to combine easily with other ingredients.  Gradually add milk until cheese becomes soft and spreadable.  Mix in remaining ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate up to 2 days ahead, or let stand at room temperature one hour before serving to allow flavors to blend.

1 Tbsp = 29 calories.

Note:  I doubled this recipe and used onc package neufchatel cream cheese, and one package of Laughing Cow Light.  It was really delicious and received rave reviews at work.  Great on Thomas’s mini whole grain bagels (100 calories)

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