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.
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