My parents drove up for an impromptu visit last weekend. Originally my mom thought we’d take the kids out for lunch, but they were happily playing and tired from their long walk with Grandpa, so we decided to stay home.
That’s when I started looking through my barren refrigerator, wondering what I was going to feed my parents. I considered grilled cheese sandwiches, but my mom has an allergy to sulfates, and I generally buy the cheapest bread available (which, as most breads do, contains sulfates). That’s when I remembered the bagels I had bought on a whim. Surprisingly they didn’t contain sulfates!
I didn’t have much in the way of lunch meat, but then I remembered something my best friend and I used to make when we had an apartment together: pizza bagels!
The recipe for pizza bagels is simple:
- Split bagels open and place curved side down on a cookie sheet.
- Put 2-3 tablespoons of spaghetti sauce on each bagel half. (My daughter enjoyed doing this step!)
- Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
- Put in oven on low broil for 5 minutes or so – keep an eye on them, they cook fast! (If you have to keep your door cracked when using your broiler, make sure to keep children away!)
I have to thank my mom’s sulfate allergy for challenging me and helping me to find yet another recipe both my kids will eat, giving me one more possibility for lunch and easing the lunch rut!