A Healthier Pizza Bagel Recipe

A Healthier Pizza Bagel Recipe

A Healthier Pizza Bagel Recipe

This pizza bagel recipe transforms the classic after-school snack into a quick, easy, and healthy(ish) meal for any weeknight.
Steam some broccoli or mix a salad while the mini pizzas bake, and dinner’s on the table in 20 minutes. Plus, it’s simple enough for even the littlest ones to help make. Just put the sauce, cheese, and toppings in bowls and let everyone assemble their own!

healthier pizza bagels, step by step
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With some simple nutritious upgrades, this is a meal you can feel good about serving any night of the week.

Assemble the bagels, sauce, and cheese.
If you can, buy freshly made whole wheat bagels from a local bakery or bagel shop. The ones you find in the bread aisle of your grocery store are usually loaded with preservatives, which counteract the health benefits of whole grains. Next, make your own sauce. (My go-to recipe contains only tomatoes, garlic, salt, and a little olive oil.) Or, choose a pizza sauce that contains zero added sugar and only ingredients you recognize. And, finally, buy your cheeses in blocks and shred them yourself. This pizza bagel recipe is super quick to make, so spending a minute or two at the cheese grater is worth it to avoid those chemical anticaking agents found in pre-shredded cheeses.
bagels cut with other ingredients

If you have a picky eater in the house, feel free to use this idea for any vegetable you want them to eat more of. For example, stir in some finely shredded sweet potato or riced broccoli or cauliflower instead of the spinach and carrot. mixing vegetables into pizza sauce
Hide healthier toppings under cheese.
For this batch, I kept it simple with thinly sliced turkey pepperoni, but you can use as many toppings as you like. These pizza bagels are a delicious way to sneak extra veggies into your loved ones’ bodies. (And no, I don’t mean only kids; there are plenty of adults who resist eating veggies, too.)

Healthier Pizza Bagels
This recipe transforms the popular after-school snack into a super-quick, healthy(ish) dinner you can feel good about serving your family.

4 regular-size whole wheat bagels, split
¾ cup No-Cook Marinara Sauce or no-sugar-added store-bought pizza sauce
¼ to ⅓ cup finely grated carrot and/or very finely chopped spinach, kale, or other leafy green
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Your favorite toppings: Turkey or regular pepperoni slices, cooked and crumbled sausage; halved or sliced olives; thinly sliced or chopped red onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, etc.
6 to 8 ounces low-moisture mozzarella and/or cheddar cheese, shredded (I like to use half mozzarella and half aged Cheddar cheese)
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
In a medium bowl, mix the finely grated carrot and/or spinach into the pizza sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings with more salt and pepper if needed.
Place the bagel halves on the prepared baking sheet, cut-side up. Spread a spoonful of the sauce on each bagel half, then add toppings and cheese.
Bake the pizza bagels for 7 to 10 minutes, until the cheese has melted completely and is beginning to brown in spots.
Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Serve the pizza bagels hot with salad or steamed veggies on the side.

Tips for Storing and Reheating
To store leftover pizza bagels in the refrigerator: Let them cool to about room temperature, then place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Reheat the pizza bagels in the microwave, or put them on a baking sheet and re-bake them at 350°F just until the cheese melts.
To freeze unbaked pizza bagels: Top the bagel halves with sauce, toppings, and cheese, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil. Label and freeze for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply unwrap them and bake in a 450°F oven until the cheese melts, about 10 minutes.