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DIY Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese, Veggie “Meat” and Shelling Out for Eggs (WIAW)

It’s time for What I Ate Wednesday! Thanks to Laura and Arman for helping me party on with a day of eats. This week I’m taking it back to yesterday, Tuesday. 

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Breakfast:

Since I’ve been getting my fair share of cake for breakfast lately, I thought I’d change it up and get on the savory train. The restaurant I worked at this summer served this ah-mazing breakfast sandwich, which on the outside didn’t sound like anything spectacular. What made it so special, though, was their house made herb & garlic cream cheese that they used instead of your typical cheese slice. I had never thought of using cream cheese on my breakfast sandwich before this, but I mean… how brilliant is that?  

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Homemade breakfast sandwich: Whole when english muffin / poached egg / tomato / herb & garlic cream cheese + turkey bacon

Now, one of the difficulties of living on your own is the buying of ingredients and having them go bad. Cream cheese is one of those things for me. I’m happy to say I’m now an avid regular cream cheese variety, but I tend to stick with the plain flavor. I’m often very tempted by all the fancy flavors out there, but I just know that I usually want it for one specific thing and then would never go through a whole tub. SO. Thanks to my summer job, I’ve realized that if I buy regular cream cheese, I have the canvas to make any flavor that I want!! I immediately wanted to try this herb & garlic breakfast sandwich at home, so I got to experimenting with my own herb & garlic herb mix to make my own herb & garlic cream cheese. After a few tweaks, I landed on what I think is the right blend of herbs. And what’s really great about this is it is multi functional – and SO much cheaper then those herb mixes you buy in the stores.  Make a small batch that you can then keep in a container in your spice rack and use it for all sorts of things – I’ve also been using it in quiche/baked eggs or sprinkling into pasta sauces.  Recipe below!

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Note: Remember last week when I said I found it hard to spend the extra money on good bread? Well EGGS need to be a different story. I went cheap-o and bought the least expensive eggs last week, and man oh man do they SUCK. After you have had fresh, organic, farm eggs, and have experienced that rich yellow yolk and full flavor, you just can’t. go. back. I may as well have just been eating egg whites. I’m going to say that good eggs IS something I am willing to “shell” out some extra cash for.  

…see what I did there?

Lunch

Sandwiches are going strong. Read: an everyday occurrence. Now, I’ve never really been advocate for all those substitute/veggie “meats” out there. Like, the ones that are supposed to mimic the “real thing.” I’m not necessary against them – depending on the length of their often indecipherable ingredient lists – but I’d much rather know that what I’m putting into my body is 100% natural and from the source. That being said, I am no longer vegetarian, but even when I was I never really went for the stuff. A few selections of Yves veggie meats were on sale last week, which meant they were 50% cheaper than my all natural sandwich meat brand. The ingredient list didn’t look too bad, and the protein content was on par with regular meats, so I thought I’d give the “salami” a try. 

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Veggie salami / white cheddar / mayo / dijon / lettuce / tomato sandwich + carrots

The thing is – it really is quite good. I mean, it tasted just like salami (if you are a fan of the stuff, that is). They got the spice mix down pat. But that’s my issue. That’s so weeeiirrrddd!!! How can something so NOT meat taste exactly LIKE meat? The whole thing just weirds me out. 

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Doesn’t seem… that bad? At least half the list is vitamins and minerals. 

Snack: 

I was having a poopy day and was just feeling really gross, which I think may have partly been due to my return to caffeine that morning. So on my break I got out for a much needed walk and…well…more caffeine… 

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 2% Pumpkin Spice Latte

…but with protein and ultimate comfort factor so it’s okay. 

Dinner:

Killed off the leftovers from one of my recent kitchen creations, as seen on yesterday’s post.

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Butternut Squash Sausage Kale Bake +  Steamed Broccoli

Dessert/Snack: 

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Chocolate smarty ice cream / additional dark chocolate 

Now back to that recipe! 

Again I say, making your own herb blends is SO much more frugal than buying them in the store. And if you are like me and don’t think you’d use a whole tub of a certain flavor of cream cheese, I urge you to start making your own! Its so easy and customizable to your very own taste. Start with this DIY Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese and slather it on everything bagels and delicious breakfast sandwiches!

herb & garlic breakfast-sandwich

DIY Herb & Garlic Cream Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Ingredients

    Herb and Garlic Herb Mix
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1⁄2 tsp dried dill
  • 1⁄4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Herb and Garlic Cream Cheese Spread
  • 2 Tbsp regular cream cheese
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Herb Mix (see above)
  • pinch of salt (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Chop or press garlic into fine pieces
  2. Stir all ingredients together in a bowl
  3. Use right away or let sit in fridge for 1-2 weeks
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Tell me,

Have you ever made your own cream cheese flavors? Your own herb blends?

Do you notice a difference in good quality vs cheap eggs?  

What are your thoughts on veggie “meats?”

25 COMMENTS

  1. chasetheredgrape | 28th Sep 16

    Yes for spending money on good eggs. It’s funny since speaking about this and coffee I realise that I can 100% spend good money on food for david and I – quality is one of my top priorities, and we feel the benefit for it in our health! Winning!
    Mmmmm herb cream cheese. I don’t buy creme cheese very often but any time I have smoked salmon I have to have some, it’s like a match in heaven!

    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      This makes me HAPPY to see you and “spend money” in one sentence. If there’s going to be anything to spend a little more on, I think it should be good quality food. Its good for our minds and our bodies. And we deserve that.
      I actually love the smoked salmon flavored cream cheese. Though like I said, its hard to have the whole thing on my own. Regular cream cheese and lox is to dieee forrrrr.

  2. Susie @ SuzLyfe | 28th Sep 16

    I love this vegan jerky called Primal, and I’ve had some veggie meats that are awesome… but so many of them are terrible. and the ingredient lists are frightening. I think that is what gets me half the time!
    Now go and make chocolate chip chream cheese 😀
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      I’m sure many are great… but I will always check out the back labels before buying them. Some are novels.

  3. Kat | 28th Sep 16

    That herbed garlic cream cheese sounds amazing!! Im an herb freak – I put them in and on everything! And I am equally freaked out about fake meats as you. I mean I do appreciate the idea and I know that a lot of people love them, but I just can’t get behind all the ingredients in those things!
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      They are great, I suppose, for vegan and vegetarians, but I get a little concerned when I hear of someone eating SO much of that stuff. I know its tofu, but it just doesn’t seem like a lot of what goes in it is real….

  4. Emily Swanson | 28th Sep 16

    MMMM!!!! All of this looks so good; I need to learn to stack sandwiches like you and Erin from Erin’s Inside Job do it; they are so beautiful. And thank you for giving us the idea to spice up the cream cheese; I love strawberry cream cheese. Maybe I should try that!
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      OOoooo do it! I’ve been thinking of making my own blueberry cream cheese. All you have to do is stir in some berries!

  5. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 28th Sep 16

    Yum!! Everything looks so yummy. I LOVE using cream cheese (well…”cream cheese”) on my breakfast sandwiches! So yummy…I will definitely try that garlic and herb blend idea–genius! Now that I haven’t really been eating meat anymore, I have bought one or two meat substitutes to try out. I stick to simple ingredient lists though…its pretty scary whats in some of the cheap ones!
    For me, the meat substitute is on par with eating junk food or a treat…not the best but something I enjoy on occasion!
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      Have you found brands of meat alternatives that you like!? I still think there are some that I’m sure are totally healthy and with natural ingredients. Just takes a little research. Otherwise, yes, on occasion is MORE than okay. You treat yourself silly.

  6. Sarah @ BucketListTummy | 28th Sep 16

    I’ve never made my own cream cheese flavors but this is brilliant! I have recently started adding cream cheese to my sandwiches too, when we’re out of hummus. Weird…we are twins! I love the creaminess of it. And this herb mix sounds delightful.. I love how once you make it, you can use it to season so many things!
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      Have you had cream cheese and avocado yet? SWOON. And really you could add anything to it…. I want to make some different berry cream cheese flavors next.

  7. Miss Polkadot | 28th Sep 16

    Mmmh, I like the sound of your herbed cream cheese.
    As my comment on your posz yesterday apparently once again didn’t get through: Michelle’s casserole was the first link I clicked on there, too. Hey, you could always replace the meat with some legumes and I think I’m just more of a savoury pumpkin eater.
    My mum used to have chicken so that’s where our eggs came from and now she gets them from our neighbour. So if I ate eggs still they’d be something I’d pay more for, too. Also for the chickens’ sake :).

    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      Oh that casserole of Michele’s could be so customizable – that’s why I love it. You could definitely use some chickpeas in there. In fact…. YUM.
      Oh man I am so jealous of the rest of your family getting to enjoy those fresh eggs. There really is the biggest different. Gross city eggs suck. I’d eat your share for you…

  8. Ellie Pell | 29th Sep 16

    Huge fan of vegan meats. I actually enjoy seitan and stuff like that because it has nice sandwich texture, but doesn’t remind me too much of meat. That grosses me out! Thanks for the recipe Cora <3
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      I love a good seitan sandwich. There’s a place here that does a seitan reuban and it is OH MY GOD to die for.

  9. Stephanie Leduc | 29th Sep 16

    Honestly, that is such a good idea to flavor any type of cream cheese!! Why have I not thought of this haha. I have never tasted vegan meats, that is so weird that they can get the meat flavor down like that!
    I also did not know that there was such a difference with egg quality, that’s such a great thing to know, I will keep that in mind next time I am leaning towards buying cheaper eggs.
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      Yes! If you are looking to save money on something – don’t make it eggs! Take my word for it.
      And yes to the cream cheese, right? I’m going to add some berries next and make a nice blueberry cream cheese. You could do anything!

  10. Kristy from Southern In Law | 30th Sep 16

    I often make my own cream cheese flavours as Australia is boring and tends to only have cream cheese in maybe one or two flavours (meanwhile I go to Louisiana and I’m like “however will I find enough food to spread all these delicious creations on?!?!” :P)

    I’ve also never had veggie “meats”. When I wasn’t eating meat, they totally grossed me out because my brain couldn’t wrap my head around them.

    And there is definitely A HUGEEEEEEEEEE difference in egg quality. I think we must be lucky in Australia with our eggs as everytime we’re in the US and get grocery store eggs I just can’t do it. Even the yolks are a weird light yellow colour and not the golden orange like our happy chickens so I always annoy Jesse’s mom’s neighbours and buy all their eggs from their chickens 😛
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 16

      Haha! Yes! So you understand this ALL! America has so many flavors of cream cheese. When you really think about it, its kind of a waste of money when you can easily just make your own! You are far ahead of the game.
      I think its a good thing your brain can’t wrap your head around veggie meats…… because they ain’t a real thing!

  11. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 30th Sep 16

    I think this cream cheese sounds amazing. I’m pinning it for sure.
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  13. masala girl | 4th Oct 16

    oh i’m a huge fan of making things at home. for me, it’s hummus. i don’t always do it, but it’s soooo much cheaper!! and i so agree about the eggs. i don’t eat them really anymore, but i converted to the local or organic eggs when i was home, at got my whole family on board. when i left my dad tried to go back & couldn’t! haha.
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    • Cora | 4th Oct 16

      I bet your hummus is KILLER.

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