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 20
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 22
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!).
By Adam Hickman

Breakfast Strawberry & Cream Cheese Oatmeal Cakes

Fresh strawberries add the perfect touch of natural sweetness to these breakfast oatmeal cakes. When strawberries aren't in season, you can easily substitute frozen ones.
By Sara Haas, RDN

Breakfast Lemon, Raspberry & Cream Cheese Oatmeal Cakes

Rating: 3 stars 1
Fresh lemon juice and zest add the perfect pop of brightness and acidity to these delightful oatmeal cakes. You can use fresh or frozen raspberries, depending on what you have on hand. Enjoy these oatmeal cakes for a healthy breakfast or snack.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Creamy Skillet Chicken with Everything Bagel Spice & Spinach

Rating: 5 stars 2
This cozy skillet dinner combines two favorites: chicken cutlets and everything bagel spice—and it's ready in less than 30 minutes. This meal includes a healthy portion of spinach, and a creamy sauce makes it perfect for serving over pasta or grains.
By Carolyn Casner

Creamy White Chili with Cream Cheese

Rating: 4.5 stars 20
This rich, yet healthy, white chicken chili recipe comes together in a flash thanks to quick-cooking chicken thighs and canned white beans. Mashing some of the beans acts as a fast thickener when your soups don't have a long time to simmer. Cream cheese adds the final bit of richness and a hint of sweet tang.
By Robin Bashinsky

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

One-Pot Chicken Alfredo

Rating: 5 stars 4
This creamy, simple chicken Alfredo recipe is incredibly comforting and cheesy from the combination of Parmesan and cream cheese. You'll taste a nice pop of pepper and nutty notes from the whole-wheat pasta, too. Plus, it's a one-pot meal, which means less cleaning for you and a dish that will quickly become your best chicken Alfredo recipe.
By Robin Bashinsky

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
This healthy stuffed mushroom appetizer is a nice balance of soft mushrooms, creamy filling and crunchy topping. This combination tastes downright decadent, but it's actually good for you. Be sure to get all of the moisture out of the chopped mushrooms before moving on to the next step; if not, the filling will be soggy and make the mushroom caps watery.
By Karen Rankin

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

20-Minute Creamy Chicken Skillet with Italian Seasoning

Rating: 4.5 stars 22
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

Twice-Baked Potatoes Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
This twice-baked potatoes casserole has all the classic fixings in a creamy, smooth casserole. Leaving the potato skins on adds texture, while the bacon adds a little crunch. This crowd-pleasing casserole can be prepped ahead of time, making it perfect for your next big gathering.
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By Jasmine Smith
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Inspiration and Ideas

9 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.
10 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.
Diabetic Carrot Cake
Rating: 4 stars 6

With this luscious take on an all-time favorite, you can fit this low-sugar cake into a diabetic meal plan with style.