Veggie Cream Cheese Bagels


We’re baaaaaaaaaaaack in the mix with school. I’ve been making Cooper’s lunches the night before school so I am not rushing around in the morning like a chicken with it’s head cut off. That seems extreme, but if you have children, you know the morning chaos all too well. Hopefully I can keep up this habit!


Here’s a quick lunch idea. Mini bagels with veggie cream cheese! And look what you can do with the cream cheese. Put it on cucumber slices, crackers or even on celery! What I’ve learned about making lunches is that it’s all about shaking things up.

First we start with veggie cream cheese. It’s a combination of carrots, peppers, green onions, red onions, garlic powder, salt and pepper.  Oh, and of course we have whipped cream cheese.


Two mini bagels. Slices of cucumber. Lettuce.




An apple, pretzels and a snack!

If you're looking to shake up your lunchbox game, check out the recipe for Veggie Cream Cheese Bagels on!

And of course I finish it with a joke.

If you're looking to shake up your lunchbox game, check out the recipe for Veggie Cream Cheese Bagels on!

You can see more lunchbox ideas (including Cinnamon Tortilla Chips & Tortellini Pasta Salad) on the Pottery Barn Kids Blog! 


lunchbox from Pottery Barn (this is our second lunchbox- we love them!)

storage containers from Pottery Barn


Veggie Cream Cheese Bagels

makes 2 mini bagel sandwiches

for the veggie cream cheese

  • 8 oz. whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons shredded carrots
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper

In a medium bowl, stir red pepper, carrots, green onion red onions and garlic powder into the cream cheese. Season with kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper to taste. Spread will last in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.

for the veggie bagel sandwiches

  • 2 mini bagels, halved
  • 3 tablespoons veggie cream cheese
  • 8 thin cucumber slices
  • 2 butter lettuce leaves

Spread about a tablespoon of the veggie cream cheese on the top of each sliced bagel half. Top with lettuce and cucumber slices and sandwich the bagel halves together.


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  • Kerry at Kerry Cooks

    That looks so tasty and I love your joke! I laughed!

  • CarrieLovesKeith

    Tracy! This is the first cool Bento-style lunch I would actually make my kids that they would actually enjoy! Every year I pin tons of cool Bento box pictures onto my Pinterest board, then later laugh at myself thinking, “Yeah, like I’m ever going to actually make that!”

    I showed my boys a picture of the veggie bagel, asking if they would eat it for lunch, and they all enthusiastically said yes, which is no small feat for these entitled children 😉

    Excellent post, and I loved the one you did for PBK, too. If you have any more kid lunch ideas, keep them coming!

  • Amy

    HA! Love that joke – totally stealing it for tomorrow’s lunch!

  • Lori

    That cream cheese sounds so good!

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  • Karmen | The Healthy Cuisine

    I made these a couple of days ago and just wanted to say thanks for sharing. The bagels came out delicious.
    PS! I love that little note you put on the box 🙂

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