Posts Tagged ‘Recipes’

‘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 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!