Brown Baggin’ It: Herbed Cream Cheese Bagelwich


In case you missed yesterdays post (slackers), my Vegan Mofo theme for this year is Brown Baggin’ It: A Month of Vegan Brown Bag Lunches. You can check out my previous years Mofo posts here.


So let’s kick this mofo off with a delicious, super quick and easy sandwich! I like my super fussy, 20 ingredient sandwiches as much as the next person, but when I’m trying to slap something together before heading out the door for work, a sandwich like that just ain’t gonna happen. Enter the bagelwich. I love using bagels since they’re so much more hearty and filling then using regular bread, plus you can buy super grainy or even gluten-free ones nowadays. As for the filling, well this idea sprouted from the fact that Daiya cream cheese became available here and I just HAD to buy it. Do I usually eat cream cheese? Nope, but when a new vegan product shows up it’s like my mind shuts down and my body takes over, and my body wants whatever new product happens to show up!….it’s becoming a problem. It’s the same reason I have vegan riblets in my freezer from over a year ago when I didn’t even like riblets even before going veg.


So yeah, cream cheese, I’ve got it and I have no idea what to do with it. I started brain storming and the first thing I thought of are those dainty little sandwiches they always serve at tea parties, or I at  least assume they serve at tea parties. You know those cute little cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches with the crusts cut off? Perfect, now the only thing is we don’t want dainty, we want filling, so I took some cream cheese and mixed in a bunch of shredded carrot to bulk it up and added some herbs to jazz up the flavor, then slathered it on (don’t pansy out on me now, make it thick) a toasted bagel, added some cucumber slices and voila! I hearty herby bagelwich in minutes. To round out the meal, I also packed an apple, a GoMacro Granola & Coconut bar and some hummus and carrot sticks to snack on. When it comes to packing lunch you gotta have snacks and I’m the freakin’ queen of snacks, seriously, you should see my drawer at work, there’s a bloody orchard in there.


Lunch Lady Tips:

  • This sandwich is great for anyone who has the time to sit and eat, it can be a little messy with all the cream cheese, which would kind of suck for people who eat while driving or riding a bus or something. You could probably cut back on the cream cheese to make it less messy, but then you’d be missing out on all the tastiness. Make sure you pack some napkins too!
  • Since cream cheese should be kept refrigerated; yes, even the vegan kind, I’d suggest storing the bagelwich in a fridge or if you don’t have access to a fridge, invest in a small cooler bag and an icepack to keep your food fresh.
  • Looking at this and going “Gross! Dill!”? Feel free to play around and change up the herb combination to whatever you like best.

    • Servings: 1 sandwich
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    Author: The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado


    – 1 bagel
    – 1/4 cup shredded carrot
    – 3 tablespoons non-dairy cream cheese
    – 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
    – 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
    – 1/2 teaspoon chives
    – Salt and pepper, to taste
    – 5 or 6 slices of cucumber


    1. Toast your bagel. While you bagel is toasting, take a small bowl and mix together all the ingredients (besides the cucumber) until well combined. Spread a layer of the cream cheese mixture on both bagel halves, top one side with cucumber slices, and top with other bagel half.


37 thoughts on “Brown Baggin’ It: Herbed Cream Cheese Bagelwich

  1. Cadry's Kitchen says:

    I love bagel sandwiches! I still haven’t tried Daiya’s new cream cheese, and so I always opt for hummus. I totally agree with you on snacks. I’m not much fun to be around when I’m hungry (or so I’ve been told once my belly is safely full again), and so it’s good to have an emergency stash on hand!

  2. Allysia Kerney says:

    Yours is a practical theme, it’s awesome! And I also tend to freak out and buy new vegan products when they show up. Also I can’t imagine thinking dill is gross, do people play their hate on it? Strange. Craving bagels now!

    • Maggie Muggins says:

      Yup, I’m all about the practicality this mofo, but here’s hoping practicality does not equal boring! My husband used to despise dill, which I always thought was so weird! But I converted him, I mean, how can anyone not like dill pickle chips.

  3. babette says:

    This totally looks like the kind of lunch I would love.

    Did you try the Daiya cream cheese on its own? How is it?

    And what brand of bagels did you get? SilverHills??

    • Maggie Muggins says:

      It’s pretty good! I liked it, not sure if I like it or Tofutti better though, I’m kind of in the middle.

      I actually just used the Dempsters 12-grain ones, the ingredient list looked ok, assuming I’m not missing something. I haven’t tried the SilverHills ones yet, have you?

  4. dimsimkitty says:

    Who are these people who are saying ‘gross’ to dill? I don’t understand that sentiment. 😉
    When the vegan grocery store opened in Brisbane and suddenly we had all these exciting imports I went through a long stage of buying anything new that caught my eye. Then I ended up not using it and having to throw some of it away. Boo! Now I still like to try all the new things, but just not all at once. LOL

    • Maggie Muggins says:

      They exist! I don’t get it either, what’s not to like about dill? Weirdos.
      Yeah, I just really need to learn how to pace myself, maybe instead of buying everything, I just by one thing 😉

  5. Too Cheap for Pine Nuts says:

    I really, really like Daiya’s cream cheese! It tastes the most like the real thing to me. I ❤ the idea of bagel sandwiches …I used to always have sliced ham, egg, and cheddar cheese on a bagel… or English muffin… and since I chucked that habit, I've never really had one! Might be time to change that, because this looks like serious yummage.

  6. Joey says:

    I very much like your theme! I’ve not yet found a vegan cream cheese I like (can you imagine tiny violins playing?!) so can you just send me a few dozen of these bagels please? That should change my mind!

  7. thepeacepatch says:

    Superfun Mofo theme…especially when it involves mile-high sandwiches!
    I might need to try this with parsnips…I’ve become addicted to them, especially in hummus so I think they’d work well in an herby cream cheese spread. Many thanks for the recipe!

  8. Jenn Murphy says:

    I love your MoFo theme. I really need to add some variety to my work lunches (I’m a creature of habit and bring the same thing all the time), I look forward to seeing what else you post this month!

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