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The Passover Cream Cheese Butterfly Effect

 

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You’ve all heard about the butterfly effect — the idea that one small event or change can have a large effect somewhere else.  In classic theory, a butterfly flapping its wings can create a hurricane or tsunami halfway around the world.  You don’t go into Passover expecting to lose weight.  It’s a holiday and we are surrounded by delicious foods and wine all week long.  Your best hope is damage control.  And to be honest, after all the work cooking, cleaning and koshering a little indulgence is well deserved and need not induce any (more) Jewish guilt.

However, it’s the little decisions we make along the way that will tip the scales, one way or another.  During Passover, I love matzo and cream cheese, especially the fluffy white stuff from Temp Tee.  It’s comfort food.  It’s not going on a cookbook cover, but it doesn’t have to go on my thighs either.

Here’s my secret…

Temp Tee whipped cream cheese has 80 calories and 8g fat in a single serving.  Made with only 5 simple ingredients and no artificial preservatives.  A leading brand brick cream cheese has 100 calories and 9g fat in a single serving.  That’s 25% more calories!  Whipped cream cheese has more air which means fewer calories.  Plus, whipped cream cheese is very spreadable and makes it easier to spread less.  So take it easy on your matzo and take less calories every day.

A little whipped cream cheese can add lots of creaminess to dozens of Passover recipes.  You can cut down on higher fat hard cheeses, heavy cream and other high calorie, high fat dairy products.

I think I hear a butterfly flapping its wings somewhere…

passover stuffed mushrooms

Creamy Stuffed Mushrooms

I love stuffed mushrooms.  I also love cream of mushroom soup.  So why not combine the two for a deliciously creamy, bite-size appetizer.  And munch on this, it’s only 60 calories a serving!

passover mini quiche

Crustless Quiche with Asparagus and Oven Roasted Tomatoes

A crustless quiche is a Passover classic.  It can be part of light lunch or a grab and go breakfast.  I brought together the smoky sweetness of oven roasted tomatoes, the tang of whipped cream cheese and asparagus for a marvelous mouthful made in a muffin pan.  150 calories never tasted so good!

passover sweet potato gnocchi

Passover Sweet Potato Gnocchi

A week without pasta isn’t easy.  No wonder gnocchi is one of the hottest Passover food trends.  You can hardly tell the difference and this Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Brown Butter and Sage recipe is so good, you’ll be making it year round.  With this on your menu, eight days of Passover might not be enough.

strawberry cream cheese ice cream

Strawberry Cream Cheese Ice Cream

We can’t forget dessert.  The whipped cream cheese replaces heavy cream and eggs in traditional recipes so that you can whip this together in 30 minutes.  There won’t be any time for your kids to scream for this ice cream.

 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and giveaway as part of a partnership with Temp Tee Whipped Cream Cheese. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate! Find more on Google

 

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11 Responses to The Passover Cream Cheese Butterfly Effect

  1. I like matzo and Temp Tee whipped cream cheese all year. These are beautiful. Have to go look at the recipes.

  2. What wonderful ideas! That strawberry ice cream is making me very hungry right now.

  3. What a wonderful post full of ideas! I am really liking the strawberry ice cream wow.

  4. avatar says: Nechama

    Ooooh! Lots of good ideas.
    Love the ice cream idea, especially!

  5. So many good recipes. The Passover Sweet Potato Gnocchi look divine!

  6. saw this on Facebook; a friend sent it. Please send to my e-mail so can get the recipes. sounds great

  7. avatar says: Carol

    We don’t have whipped cream cheese here in England. :(

  8. avatar says: Sina

    So Many wonderful recipes! The gnocchi looks and sounds especially appetizing

  9. These recipes all sound so good! I am absolutely making the strawberry ice cream this year!

  10. These all sound so delicious! I especially want to try the gnocchi!

  11. Love the Passover gnocchi!

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