Friday, October 7, 2011

Bagel Bites Revamped

Do you remember coming home from school and zapping bagel bites in the microwave? This simple, healthy, and delicious snack will appease your pizza cravings while sending you back to the good ol' days of homework and sleep overs. Got kids? Forget about the frozen blocks of processed chemicals in the freezer aisle. Make these in 5 minutes for a snack that will satisfy their biggest junk food cravings...and give them some well deserved nutrition. 

It has been proven that kids (and adults) perform better when they're stomachs are full with nutritionally dense foods. These revamped bagel bites are packed with nutrition from the cashews and tomatoes. If you really want to kick it up a notch, use sprouted or whole wheat bagels for a serving of complex carbs.

I used a sourdough bagel because it was all I had on hand, and it was going to be rock hard if I let it sit out one more night. To the broiler it went! I usually make bagel chips out of my bagels. (It makes me feel less guilty for eating a whole bagel because it's sliced up into tiny bite size pieces.) You eat it slower this way and truly enjoy it.

What You Need
1 Sourdough bagel (or your favorite flavor), thinly sliced
Cashew cheez'
Daiya, mozzarella flavor
Plum or cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
Garlic pepper
Foil, large enough to fit bagel pieces (8X11)
Broiler or toaster oven

What You Do 
Heat up your broiler.
After slicing your bagel into bite sized pieces, place them on the foil sheet. Top with cashew cheez' and sprinkle on garlic pepper. Add enough daiya to cover bagels, place tomato slices on top of each one. Broil for 2-5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the bagels start to brown on the edges. When done, take out the foil and sprinkle oregano on top.

Question of the Blog: Memory Lane
What was your favorite after-school snack?

Mine was a bologna and cheese sandwich on wonder bread. I could put it together myself with a butter knife in under 5 minutes. I loved unwrapping those single slices of yellow cheese and piling them on top of my bologna. Horribly unhealthy as it was, it still evokes memories of a happy child filling her tummy after school. 

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