Layered Veggie Bagel Sandwich Recipe

A friend of mine made me this dish and I loved it so much I had to share. It’s a great lunch idea for kids. Sandwiches are obviously easy go-to meals, but an open-faced veggie bagel sandwich gives a bold twist to lunchtime. The two cheeses help weaken the blow when your kids discover it’s loaded with veggies. You can change up the toppings, but here’s a savory and bright recipe that is sure to please. Your kids will love layering on toppings and the messiness of devouring these.


Ingredients (2 per serving)

  • 1 plain bagel
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 chopped tomato
  • 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 8 oz container of cream cheese
  • ¾ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Sauté chopped mushrooms and bell peppers in a saucepan with soy sauce and butter. Wait until vegetables are thoroughly cooked and peppers are soft, and then drain remaining liquid from pan.



While cooking veggies, allow kids to spread a layer of cream cheese on plain bagel. You’ll want the layer to be thick enough that the hole in the center of the bagel is covered and the surface of the bagel isn’t showing.


Now spoon a good amount of mixture onto each bagel half.


Continue layering each ingredient on in this order: tomatoes, sprouts and then cheddar cheese.




Broil in oven for a few minutes to allow cheese to melt on top, then serve!


If a little bit of the toppings fall off, no big deal. You can stack them back on or pick off your plate after chowing down.

Share your original sandwich ideas in the comments below!



Gourmet Dad
  • Dolphingirl

    This sandwich looks really yummy. My niece and nephew love a funny fish sandwich. Yes I said funny fish or as the rest of the world know it as lox or smoked salmon. I’m not sure how they came to calling it funny fish but as long as they like to eat it that’s cool. Oh they they also like little trees (broccoli) and little trees with snow (cauliflower). As they say, kids say the darnedest things.

  • Kathleen O

    Peanut butter and candied brown sugar bacon. That’s what Gilbert Gottfried should have made… It rocks!

    Pack demerarra sugar on the bacon, both sides. Lay in strips on a baking sheet lined with aluminim foil (sprayed down with Pam). Bake at 400 for 15 – 20 minutes (until the bacon is crispy and the brown sugar has candied). You may have to bake longer or shorter depending on your stove and altitude.

    Toast sourdough bread, and make toasted peanut butter and candied bacon sandwiches. You can of course layer other items you like into this. A poached egg, tomatoes, raw spinach, toasted almonds, etc. Me, I prefer it just the way it is, sometimes with an egg.

    I know it sounds weird, but it’s AWESOME!!!

  • Slim

    Wow – that’s a healthy idea – my teen boys wouldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole, but if someone can get their kids to eat good like that, I applaud them. My sister home schools her 3 youngsters and feeds them really good, home made stuff, no junk in there. They actually now make really healthy choices in what they like, they are programmed right. I was deathly ill with lupus and kidney failure when my kids were toddlers, and I had them eating good stuff, but the caretakers I had (their absent father, and grandma) began to give them happy meals, and after that they were ruined, seriously.

    Oh, just a note, those look like alfalfa sprouts you used there, rather than bean sprouts? I always notice them because people with autoimmune diseases like mine have to avoid them like the plague – they make us deathly ill. They actually led to my kidney failure, since I had no medical coverage and no diagnosis for many years with the lupus, and I was taking alfalfa tablets for my “health”. Turned out they were causing a great degree of lupus flare up and inflammation. Too much of a good thing rang true – almost died from it.

  • Rudy Alapag

    mmmmmmmm looks delicious Dean. now, i think i could do this when i go to the grocery store Ralph’s. this list should help me. man i have never tasted or heard of this before. thank u. this should really be healthy to me because i am over weight 2.30 lbs is my weight now.

  • Rudy Alapag

    is that jalape

  • Heather Young

    Love this!! Can’t wait to make it with my son tonight!!