Sometimes I think creativity is just the will to do something new and different. I don’t really know if it requires talent or skill. Quite often I take what I’ve got and put it in combinations until it transforms into an idea or original thought. This particular morning I was a bit bored with my usual weekday breakfasts – cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, etc. There were actually strawberries in the fridge and this had me excited.
You see my cheeky monkeys (aka children) usually devour them so quickly I rarely ever get to eat one these days. I snatched two. Then I saw whole wheat bagels and plain Greek yogurt. It was like a light bulb turned on in my head. I’ve spread Greek yogurt on waffles before but what about a bagel? Let’s try this!
I put one half of a bagel in the toaster oven on a medium toast setting. I removed the stems on the strawberries, washed them and then quartered. Once the bagel was toasted, I placed it on a plate and covered it with the yogurt using a spoon. Then I topped with the strawberries. For a finishing touch I decided to add some sliced almonds that I had also discovered in the fridge.
Not bad for a less than five minute breakfast. Next time I think I’d try adding chocolate syrup either on top or mixed into the yogurt for a touch more sweetness. Plus it’s really hard to go wrong with a strawberry-chocolate flavor combination, wouldn’t you agree?
I decided to call my creation ‘Berry Breakfast Bagel’ or BBB for short. Who knows, maybe it will start appearing on menus someday. So there you have it, a kitchen hack for when cream cheese is just too boring or you don’t have any, plain Greek yogurt is an acceptable substitute spread for bagels.
Berry Breakfast Bagel aka BBB
Half a bagel (I used Meijer brand whole wheat)
2 strawberries (61 grams) washed, stems removed and quartered
41 grams plain Greek yogurt (I used Friendly Farms Nonfat from Aldi)
5 grams sliced almonds (I used Mariani brand)
- Toast bagel on a medium setting in a toaster or toaster oven.
- Prep strawberries by removing stems, washing and cutting into quarters (in half and then each half in half).
- Remove bagel immediately after toasting and place on a plate.
- Smear Greek yogurt over the bagel covering the hole completely.
- Top with strawberries and almonds. If all the berries don’t fit, place on the plate beside the bagel.
- Enjoy immediately for best taste (warm bagel and cold toppings).
Calories per serving (based on brands used above): 187
Please let me know what you think about this original quick-made breakfast.