This meat-free sandwich is juicy and fresh tasting with great flavors. Best of all, it’s easy and fast. Kids can make it in just a few minutes, so it makes a quick lunch that they can prepare for themselves and for you!
If they’re making multiple sandwiches, show them how to line everything up and prepare it “assembly-line” style. Serving it open-faced means that they can choose to eat a half bagel or a whole bagel, depending on their appetite.
Tomatoes, sliced for the largest surface area.
Bagels, sliced, 1 per person or slice of Whole Grain Bread
Fresh Basil, washed and patted dry
Italian herbs, like oregano, thyme, etc., dried is fine
Salt and pepper, to taste
Garlic powder (optional)
Thin slice of cheese (whatever cheese you prefer—optional)
Try to find the most flavorful tomatoes available, but any will do.
Use bagels that the kids like, but choose ones with flavor! “Everything” bagels, poppy seed, cheddar cheese, or onion bagels have a lot of flavor.
Toast the bagel to warm it but not toast it dry. It’s more kid-friendly when it’s still soft.
“Butter” with mayonnaise, just a bit.
Cover the surface with the basil leaves.
Add the sliced tomatoes, then season to taste with the Italian herbs, garlic powder (if using), and salt and pepper.
Kids will enjoy the delicious flavors more if you eat it open-faced.