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Greek Power Pop

August 6th, 2015 (franklin)

Today’s post might be the simplest way to Greek out in a healthy and creative way.  Getting half the fat and 4 times the protein is not the easiest task, but this scrumptious little snack proves otherwise.  If you love the idea, but don’t enjoy walnuts or craisins, feel free to replace these ingredients with almonds or anything hanging around in the kitchen that would suit this snack well.  This snack can become something you never get bored of if you find ways to interchange the ingredients!

Ingredients:

8oz bar Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp chopped craisins

¾ cup chopped walnuts

lollipop sticks

Greek Popsicle Snack Ingredients

Greek Popsicle Snack Ingredients

Step 1:

Mix together the cream cheese, honey, and chopped craisins.  When these three ingredients have been mixed properly, roll them into balls.  (Step 1 is easiest completed if done with hands)

Combine ingredients and gently mix together.

Combine ingredients and gently mix together.

Step 2:

Chop walnuts (if not already chopped).  Take the cream cheese balls and roll them in the chopped walnuts.

Place Greek Power Pops in muffin pan

Place Greek Power Pops in muffin pan

Step 3:

Put the lollipop sticks into the cream cheese balls, refrigerate, and ENJOY!

Refrigerate and enjoy!

Refrigerate and enjoy!

About Anthony

My name is Anthony LaMacchia.  I am currently working for Franklin Foods as a marketing intern.  I will be entering my senior year this fall at Grinnell College where I am a history major and a member of the Men’s Basketball team.

As an athlete, it is very important to be in great physical condition.  One of the ways I keep myself in shape over the offseason is by eating healthy.  Whether I am in school or at home for the summer, this is not a task so easily completed, as it is difficult to find healthy foods that I also enjoy eating.  However, with the help of foods including Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese, I am able to eat something that I thoroughly enjoy while taking in half the amount of fat and more protein.  I hope to share and blog about how I eat healthier and stay in shape by using Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese and yogurt in recipes and everyday snacks.

Anthony is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from Grinnell College.

Anthony is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from Grinnell College.

‘Tis the season of sun rays, pool play, and frozen snacks!

July 25th, 2015 (franklin)

‘Tis the season of sun rays, pool play, and frozen snacks in the heat of a midsummer day. Yes, popsicles and ice cream are in season and I assume everybody is just as excited as I am!

I have recently rejuvenated my love for popsicles and I’ve been eating them like I just graduated kindergarten.  While this is great news for my taste buds and inner-child… it’s not exactly the best for my health and eating habits.  Just like with every other tasty snack, there is usually a downside, but with the help of Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese, we can eat our favorite snacks without that feeling of guilt.

Whether or not you share my love for frozen pops of deliciousness, the recipe I will be sharing today is a healthy and tasty alternative to the artificially flavored and sugar filled frozen pops of our childhoods.  I call them Raspberry Greeksicles!  And this is how you can replace all of that sugar and artificial flavoring Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese.  Yes, you could use other cream cheese brands, but with Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese you will be getting HALF the amount of fat and 4x the regular amount of protein!

This is what you will need:

  • 8oz Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese
  • ⅓ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • ⅓ cup of coconut, almond, or soy milk
  • ½ pint of fresh raspberries
  • ⅓ cup flaxseed meal (for topping)
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon margarine or butter
  • about 8 dixie cups (for freezing) and 8 popsicle sticks
  • and a blender
Ingredients for Raspberry Greeksicles

Ingredients for Raspberry Greeksicles

Step 1 (topping):

Melt 1 Tbsp of butter for 15 seconds.  Then take the ⅓ cup of flaxseed and 1 Tbsp of brown sugar and mix them together in the melted butter.  Simple as that, your topping is complete.

Topping

Step 2 (put in blender):

Put 8oz Greek Cream Cheese, ⅓ cup nonfat yogurt, ⅓ cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, ⅓ cup milk of choice, and ½ pint raspberries into a blender and blend until the mix is complete.

Step 3:

It is your choice as to where the topping will go.  It can either go on top of the popsicle (bottom of dixie cup before mix is poured) or the stick end of the popsicle (put on after the mix is poured).  Either way will work just fine, but if you want both sides covered just simply double your topping measurements to have twice the amount of topping.

Next, pour the blended mixture into the dixie cups and insert the popsicle sticks.  When each dixie cup is filled, put the cups in the freezer and wait 3-5 hours until the popsicles are properly frozen.  (When removed, the dixie cups will peel right off)

Step 4:

Enjoy the Raspberry Greeksicles!

Greeksicles

Greeksicles

About Anthony

My name is Anthony LaMacchia. I am currently working for Franklin Foods as a marketing intern. I will be entering my senior year this fall at Grinnell College where I am a history major and a member of the Men’s Basketball team.

As an athlete, it is very important to be in great physical condition. One of the ways I keep myself in shape over the offseason is by eating healthy. Whether I am in school or at home for the summer, this is not a task so easily completed, as it is difficult to find healthy foods that I also enjoy eating. However, with the help of foods including Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese, I am able to eat something that I thoroughly enjoy while taking in half the amount of fat and more protein. I hope to share and blog about how I eat healthier and stay in shape by using Franklin Foods Greek Cream Cheese in recipes and everyday snacks.

Anthony is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from Grinnell College.

Anthony is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from Grinnell College.

Jackie’s Memorial Day Weekend Recipe – Greek Cream Cheese Jalapeño Stuffed Burgers

May 22nd, 2014 (franklin)

Now that the weather has started to heat up, my friends and I have really enjoyed cooking out. We almost always try to get together and everyone contribute a little something to make a great meal.

I decided for this cookout that we would spice things up.

What you will need:

Greek Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos Ingredients

Greek Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos Ingredients

2 pounds ground beef

3 ounces Greek Cream Cheese

2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers, minced

2 tablespoons onion, chopped

Any burger seasoning you like.

I doubled the recipe for this meal, just because we were having so many people over. The original recipe makes 4 burgers, so make as much as you need!

First you are going to want to do all the prep work. My friend Alison was the only one daring enough to chop up the jalapenos, so we let her take over that task.

Prepping the Jalapenos

Alison carefully prepping the Jalapenos

My sister, Jenna, combined the onions, ground beef and seasonings and divided everything into quarter pound patties. You are then going to want to stick the patties in the fridge for 10 to 15 minutes so they can firm up a little before adding the filling.

Jenna and Alison busy in the kitchen

Jenna and Alison busy in the kitchen

We then mixed the Greek Cream Cheese and jalapenos together in a separate bowl. Greek cream cheese is half the fat and four-times the protein of normal cream cheese, making it the perfect choice for these hardy burgers.

Mix Greek Cream Cheese and Jalapenos in bowl.

Mix Greek Cream Cheese and Jalapenos in bowl.

After everything was prepped, Jenna started the process of adding the Greek Cream Cheese mixture to the burgers. She took a large spoonful and put it in the middle of one patty, and added another patty to the top and squeezed it together. Make sure to pinch the sides to ensure that your filling doesn’t seep out.

Jenna adding Greek Cream Cheese mixture to the burgers.

Jenna adding Greek Cream Cheese mixture to the burgers.

We then got to grilling. These burgers were about half a pound each, and I think you could definitely cut the size in half and they would be just as good.

Greek Cream Cheese Jalapeno Burgers on the grill.

Greek Cream Cheese Jalapeno Burgers on the grill.

And there you go! They’re done. This is something that is so easy to do, and spices up the normal burgers that you have all the time.

Burgers with kick!

Burgers with kick!

These burgers definitely had a little kick to them, but are sure to impress everyone at your next cookout!

The best part!

The best part!

Jackie’s Greek Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos

May 1st, 2014 (franklin)

One of my favorite types of food is Mexican food, and it is so hard to not go to the Mexican restaurant every chance I get. However, these Greek Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos make it a little easier.

What you’ll need:

Greek Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos Ingredients

Greek Cream Cheese Chicken Taquitos Ingredients

3 cups shredded chicken

8 ounces Greek Cream Cheese

2 tablespoons Hot Sauce

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

2 4.5-ounce cans of green chilles

16 6-inch flour tortillas

1 cup vegetable oil

You are going to want to start with poaching your chicken. I usually say about 15 minutes per pound, so for this amount I would recommend about 20 minutes. If you don’t want to spend your time waiting on water to boil you can also use canned chunk chicken.

Poaching chicken

Poaching chicken

While you are waiting on the chicken to cook I would get the rest of the prep work done. This includes mixing together the Greek Cream Cheese, hot sauce, cheddar cheese and green chilies. Greek Cream Cheese is half the fat and four-times the protein of regular cream cheese and its creamy texture makes it perfect for this dish.

Mix Greek Cream Cheese, hot sauce, cheddar cheese and green chilies

Mix Greek Cream Cheese, hot sauce, cheddar cheese and green chilies

Once the chicken is finished you are going to want to shred it with a fork and mix it with the rest of the ingredients.

Now you are going to want to heat your vegetable oil in a pan, and while you are doing that you can prepare your taquitos. You will want to add about two tablespoons of the chicken mixture to a tortilla and roll it up as tightly as you can.

You will then put the taquitos in the hot oil with the seam side down and let it sit on each side for about two minutes.

Place Greek Cream Cheese Taquitos seam down for about 2 minutes on each side

Place Greek Cream Cheese Taquitos seam down for about 2 minutes on each side

This recipe should make about 16 taquitos, depending on how much filling you use in each.

Serve with salsa and you’re good to go!

Serve with your favorite salsa and you're good to go!

Serve with your favorite salsa and you're good to go!

Jackie’s Greek Cream Cheese Tips

April 13th, 2014 (franklin)

Greek Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip

Yesterday, I went over to my sister’s house to hang out and while we were there we decided to grill out, but first we had to make an appetizer. Jenna and I have come to learn that whenever you are hanging out with boys, you need to always have food ready for them to munch on while the real meal is being prepared.

Robert, Jenna’s boyfriend, loves this Buffalo Chicken Dip, and could not be easier to make, and using Greek Cream Cheese it turns into a little less of a guilty pleasure!

Greek Cream Cheese has half the fat, and more protein than regular cream cheese. It is the same price as the store brand, so there is no excuse not to Greek Out!

What you’ll need:

Greek Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip

Greek Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip ingredients available at Walmart.

1 12 ounce can of Chunk Chicken

8 ounces of Greek Cream Cheese

½ cup of your favorite wing sauce

½ cup of Ranch

1 cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese

First you are going to preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and make sure your cream cheese has been sitting at room temperature, if not, just pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Then you are going to mix all of the ingredients together, except for the shredded cheese. Robert likes to chop up the chicken into smaller pieces than what comes in the can, but that step is completely optional. We usually mix everything up in the 9×9 baking dish, so we don’t dirty up another bowl.

Robert mixes all ingredients in 9x9 baking dish

Robert mixes all ingredients in 9x9 baking dish

Once you have everything all mixed up in the dish, stick it in the oven for 10 minutes. And then once the 10 minutes are up, you are going to pull it back out and cover it with shredded cheese and put it back in for 10 more minutes.

350 degrees for about 20 minutes

350 degrees for about 20 minutes

And there you go! Super easy to make!

Greek Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip

Greek Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Make sure you grab a bite before it’s gone because it will disappear fast!

And the verdict is?

And the verdict is?

Jenna approved!

Jenna approved!

About Jackie

My name is Jackie Gutknecht, and I am a senior journalism major at Georgia Southern University. I am currently working as a
marketing intern with Franklin Foods. In my spare time I enjoy hanging out with my friends and my adorable puppy. Being in college, it is very tempting to want out to eat out every night, but I have come up with some ways to make cooking at home just as easy. In this blog you will find recipes that you can use to substitute any of your late night take-out cravings as well as fun study snacks that you can share with your friends.

Franklin Foods' Marketing Intern and Guest Blogger--Jackie Gutknecht from Georgia Southern University

Franklin Foods' Marketing Intern and Guest Blogger--Jackie Gutknecht from Georgia Southern University

New Website Offers Consumers Private Brand Recipes

April 4th, 2012 (franklin)

The Private Label Manufacturers Association announced this week the launch of a new website, StoreBrandsUSA.com. The new site is designed to help customers looking for cost-saving recipes for lunch, dinner or desserts, there’s a new website.

The PLMA whose member companies work with many retailers and wholesalers in the Pacific Northwest and supply private label food, household and kitchen, health and beauty, and other traditional supermarket and drug chain products. The recipes were developed by Chef Diane Kniss and are based on recipes offered by retailers around the U.S. and Canada.

Dairy Foods Magazine Author Sharon Gerdes Discusses Yogurts Growing Popularity as an Ingredient

July 16th, 2010 (franklin)

Timely article in Dairy Foods Magazine by Sharon Gerdes on the growing use of yogurt as an ingredient across multiple food categories.  Sharon includes Franklin Foods Green Mountain Farms Savory Yogurt Dips as a nutritious option to oil-based formulations. Read the full article at the Dairy Foods.com.

Congratulations to Team Franklin Foods!

November 12th, 2009 (franklin)

Great news to share.  Team Franklin Foods has received the highest level rating by the Safe Quality Food Institute for both food safety and food quality. The entire team production team deserves a big congratulations. Next stop, the Private Label Manufacturers Trade Show in Chicago.  Check back for blog updates from the show!

Savory Halloween Party Snack Recipe for the “Big Kids”

October 30th, 2009 (franklin)

How about a little something savory for the “big kids” at your upcoming Halloween Party?

Our Green Mountain Farms Smoked Salmon Bites are the perfect easy-to-eat treat and best of all they are simple to make.  Find a retailer near you and pickup a few containers of our award-winning spread.  Remember the spread has 63% less fat and 38% less calories than regular spreadable cheese so your snacks will be both delicious and better-for-you.

Green Mountain Farms Smoked Salmon Bites with Garlic & Herb Spreadable Cheese 

 Serves 6-8

  • 1 loaf small cocktail pumpernickel bread

  • 1# smoked salmon

  • 1 8 oz. container of Green Mountain Farms Garlic & Herb Spreadable Cheese

  • Dill for garnish

Spread 1 teaspoon of Green Mountain Farms Garlic & Herb Spread on each slice of bread and top with smoked salmon and garnish with dill sprigs. 

Green Mountain Farms Salmon Bites Appetizer
Green Mountain Farms Salmon Bites Appetizer