Works For Me Wednesday
A Peanut Butter Substitute

by Janice

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Susan says this isn’t much of a Works for Me Wednesday

But I think it is. So here it goes.

The other day I saw an ad for Philadelphia Cream Cheese featuring a new cream cheese with a swirl of jam in it. I chuckled because Jackson came up with this combination for his toast when he was three and it is still one of his favorites.

When he first suggested it, I thought it was kind of strange. But then I thought, “Well I put raspberry sauce on my cheesecake – so why not?

Works For Me WednesdayIn these days of peanut free lunches, I think this is great alternative to the old peanut butter and jam sandwiches. It has some protein and substance and yet is quick and inexpensive.

I eat it too – it is sweet and yummy on warm toast.

Sorry if it was not the most original idea – but it works for us!

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1 Jennifer June 14, 2006 at 3:44 am

Yes, it’s yummy. I have tried it before, but I think it’s definitely a WFMW tip that will enlighten someone out there. . . .

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2 Amy June 14, 2006 at 4:19 am

We love this stuff – peanut allergies in my dd necessitated some creativity here too. :)

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3 Laurie June 14, 2006 at 4:31 am

That would be yummy on a bagel as well. I love cream cheese!

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4 Joy June 14, 2006 at 4:57 am

Yum! That looks SO good!

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5 Maria June 14, 2006 at 4:59 am

That does sound good. We too have to be creative with peanut butter around here.

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6 Amy June 14, 2006 at 5:01 am

MMM…yummy! My stomach just growled!

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7 Shannon June 14, 2006 at 5:42 am

We love this too. I usually just take a scoop of jam and cream it into the cream cheese with beaters. It’s great on bagels too. :)

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8 Carmen June 14, 2006 at 5:42 am

Yum! I’d eat anything with cream cheese on it–especially sweet and fruity!

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9 Lolly June 14, 2006 at 5:50 am

I love this stuff too but hadn’t thought of sending it in place of peanut butter – great idea! (It’s great in cinnamon rolls too – replacing cinnamon and sugar!)

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10 Lori June 14, 2006 at 5:54 am

I love this idea!! It is a great alternative to the usual PB&J.

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11 Sue June 14, 2006 at 6:17 am

I also make this myself for my grandsons using the low fat crm cheese and 100% fruit jam. Yummy! My WFMW is up…

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12 Tiff June 14, 2006 at 7:26 am

Great tip!

Check mine out at http://www.garrettscorner.blogspot.com

Sounds Yummy!

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13 Minnie June 14, 2006 at 7:36 am

YUM! I’m going to try that for myself!!

Mine is up, too…

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14 Sandra June 14, 2006 at 8:07 am

Oh that is such a great idea, I’m going to try it today LOL

Actually, I’m going to try it right now LOL……

Mine is up too :)

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15 Tess June 14, 2006 at 8:10 am

That is a very tasty idea instead of pb. I love me some pb toast, but this would be a nice treat too.

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16 Gabriela June 14, 2006 at 8:22 am

This is all my son will eat. Day in, day out! Great tip!

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17 mom2fur June 14, 2006 at 12:46 pm

Cream cheese ‘n’ jelly has always been a favorite of mine. My youngest son will make these for a snack. Frankly, I bet it’s cheaper and better to do it with separate cream cheese and jelly than to buy the ready mixed stuff.

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18 Brenda June 14, 2006 at 4:15 pm

I love cream cheese, but I hadn’t thought of substituting it for peanut butter. Great idea!

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19 Michelle- This One's For the Girls June 14, 2006 at 6:05 pm

Tell Susan we all think it’s a great idea! Yum! Can’t wait to try it!

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20 Jenn June 14, 2006 at 8:06 pm

I LOVE mixing jam/preserves with cream cheese…Well, anything goes with cream cheese in my book :)

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21 peach June 15, 2006 at 6:47 pm

I’ve been doing this for years, too. Love it — especially with seedless blackberry jam . . . YUMMY!!! It’s a great idea, not to be pooh-poohed!!

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22 Ethan's Mom June 16, 2006 at 4:57 pm

I started making cream cheese and jelly sandwiches for my son when he was 12 months old. I needed the ease of a PB&J, but am trying to avoid peanut butter with him until he’s a little older. It’s a GREAT solution and he LOVES IT! Definitaly a good WFMW.

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