Wondering how to make a bagel breakfast even healthier? Here’s a recipe that will provide a use for your leftover bagels, and a nutritious start to your day.
Start with a bagel! The healthiest options are a whole grain or whole wheat bagel, but you can use any kind of leftover bagel. Onion if you like a little extra flavor. Poppy if you like the little bit of crunch. Plain, salt – even a cinnamon one. It’s your breakfast, you choose!
Next, grab a couple of eggs. Eggs are fantastic sources of protein, so make the most of them. Eggs that are from free range hens are best – the darker the yolk, the more nutrients and vitamins it packs! Over half the protein comes from the yolk as well, and the cholesterol is counteracted by the egg white, so eat the whole egg.
Cheese is a must. Stay with the tried and true, like American, Colby, cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella or Provolone, or get a little crazy and throw in some jalapeño laced Havarti or maybe some soft feta crumbles. Any kind of cheese is good, just make sure it is crumbled or grated finely.
Toppings. This is the really fun part! Finely sliced veggies, pepperoni, sausage, ham, crisp crumbled bacon, some spinach – any kind of vegetable will work, really and any kind of breakfast meat. Just make sure they are all crumbled or sliced / chopped into small bits.
Once you have your ingredients together, heat your oven to 375 degrees, lay out a sheet of foil on a baking sheet, and get started assembling your personal bagel quiche.
- Cut the very bottom off your bagel. Hollow out the inside of the bagel, creating a circular trough. Dab a little melted butter in the bottom.
- Beat the eggs with a tiny splash of milk or cream and add salt, pepper, garlic powder – whatever kind of seasonings you like.
- Pour the eggs into the bagel, and top with your veggies, meats, and cheeses. Poke at the toppings a little so they submerge.
- Bake your bagel quiche until the egg is completely set (usually 10-15 minutes, depending on how thick and big your bagel is).
This breakfast will carry you all the way through until lunchtime! You can even cook a few bagel quiches, wrap them in waxed paper, and reheat them in the microwave for a minute or two for mornings when you are in a hurry!