Healthy Cream Cheese Recipes

Find healthy, delicious cream cheese recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Cucumber Sandwich

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
This creamy, crunchy cucumber sandwich recipe strikes a lovely balance between decadent and light. The cream cheese-yogurt spread complements the crisp refreshing cucumber while the hearty flavor and texture of the whole-wheat bread holds everything together. Removing the crusts makes it more delicate than your average sandwich.
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By Amanda Stanfield

Chicken & Zucchini Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
This baked chicken and zucchini casserole is creamy, hearty and low-carb! The whole family will love this easy casserole, plus it's a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies (concealed in a delicious cheese sauce!).

Creamy Broccoli & Mushroom Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
This creamy broccoli and mushroom casserole is as comforting as it gets. A cheesy sauce filled with mushrooms coats tender-crisp broccoli, and a panko breadcrumb topping adds a crispy finish. Serve this crowd-pleasing side with roasted chicken, pork or steak.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

One-Pot Chicken Alfredo

Rating: 5 stars 3
This creamy, cheesy chicken fettuccine Alfredo isn't all that fancy, but it's incredibly comforting. You'll taste a nice pop of pepper and nutty notes from the whole-wheat pasta. Best part about this recipe? It's a one-pot meal, which means fewer dishes for you!

Asparagus Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 3
Blanching the asparagus before assembling this casserole helps to maintain its vibrant green color. Feel free to skip that step if you're crunched for time, but the vegetables will be more army green.

20-Minute Creamy Chicken Skillet with Italian Seasoning

Rating: 4.5 stars 19
Chicken cutlets cook quickly and are highlighted with a creamy sauce made with tomatoes, zucchini and Italian seasoning. This recipe is sure to become a new weeknight favorite the whole family will love. Serve it with whole-wheat pasta or rice to make it a meal.
By Carolyn Casner

Spinach & Artichoke Dip Pasta

Rating: 4 stars 15
If you've ever wanted to make a meal out of warm spinach and artichoke dip, this creamy pasta is for you. And here's what's almost as good as the flavor of this comforting dish: the fact that this healthy dinner takes just 20 minutes to prepare.
By Carolyn Casner

Cheesy Spinach-&-Artichoke Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Rating: 4 stars 18
This spaghetti-squash-for-pasta swap slashes both carbs and calories by 75 percent for a delicious, creamy casserole you can feel good about eating. It's worth roasting the squash versus cooking it in the microwave if you have the time: the flavor gets sweeter and more intense.

French Onion Dip Chicken & Rice Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
This creamy French onion dip chicken and rice casserole topped with crispy potato chips is perfect for game day or whenever you want a comforting meal the whole family will love.
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By Liv Dansky

Skillet Sun-Dried Tomato Dip

This skillet sun-dried tomato dip is creamy, but also gets a hit of sweetness from roasted bell peppers to complement the sun-dried tomatoes. It's cooked and served all in the same skillet, cutting down on dishes. Serve it with crackers, toasted bread or fresh-cut veggies.
By Liz Mervosh

Low-Carb Broccoli & Cheddar Casserole

Rating: 4 stars 2
This simple cheesy casserole is comforting while keeping the carbs in check. Serve it alongside roasted chicken or pork.
By Carolyn Casner

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

This no-bake Key lime cheesecake is a tart and refreshing dessert that takes shape with just a few hours in the fridge. If you like a crispy crust, you can bake it at 350°F until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely before adding the filling.
By Carolyn Casner
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Inspiration and Ideas

18 Cream Cheese Dips That Are Rich, but Healthy
These cream cheese dip recipes are so delicious you'll want to eat them for dinner. Cream cheese adds a velvety texture to these dips and works well with sweet or savory recipes. Whether you eat these dips hot or cold, you can easily pair them with veggies, pretzels or bread for a filling meal. Recipes like Easy Scallion-Salmon Dip and Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip are tasty and satisfying.
32 Rich, but Healthy, Cream Cheese Desserts
Take your desserts to the next level with these recipes using cream cheese. Whether it's in the batter or part of the frosting, cream cheese adds a rich texture to any dessert. Plus, any extra cream cheese you don't use can easily be used on a bagel or toast. Recipes like Cream Cheese Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel and Cinnamon Roll Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting are delicious, creamy and perfect for any sweet tooth.
Veggie & Cream Cheese Sandwich

The cream cheese in this veggie and cream cheese sandwich adds flavor while holding everything in place. This colorful, well-balanced sandwich is crispy from the cucumber and peppers, sweet from tomatoes and beets, and tangy from the banana peppers.