You know those Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches you see advertised all the time on TV? Yeah, they’re delicious. I had a serious addiction to them for a while. Like, I would eat them every. single. day. for breakfast, and it wasn’t unusual for me to have one for lunch too. I get that way all the time with certain foods. I’ll get a craving for it and suddenly it’s all I want to eat for days or weeks on end. Now all things considered, there are worse foods in the world to be obsessed with than those little Delight sandwiches, but when I started to think about how processed they are and how much money I was spending on them each time I went to the grocery store (a ridiculous amount), I made up my mind that it was time for me to make my own.
These little bagel breakfast sandwiches are super easy to make, and they can be put together quickly enough that it won’t slow you down during your busy morning. It takes me about the same amount of time to make these myself as it did for me to microwave those Jimmy Dean sandwiches that I loved so much.
The sandwich you see above, which is made with a bagel thin, an egg white, a Kraft single, and oven roasted deli turkey, is just one of the many versions of this sandwich I have made over the years. I’ve made them with English muffins instead of bagels. I’ve made them with a million different kinds of cheese (I love that Sargento now offers Ultra Thin slices, which are less WW points than many other sliced cheeses). I’ve made them with different kinds of deli meat and with turkey & chicken sausage patties. If I liked bacon, I could make them with that too (yes you read that correctly. IF I liked bacon. I hate it. It’s disgusting. Please don’t hate me). I even make them with full eggs when my husband wants one, since he thinks that eating just egg whites is ludicrous. The beauty of these babies is that you can truly customize them to whatever you feel like eating on any given morning.
Now I realize that I’m a bit of hypocrite for using Kraft singles in my sandwich when just a couple of paragraphs ago I was spouting off about wanting to cut down on processed foods. However, the Kraft singles that are made with skim milk are ZERO WW points, so it’s hard for me to turn that down. Anytime I can eat food and not have it count against my daily point total (yay for fruits and vegetables!), I’m going to jump on that chance. Try not to judge me too much, ok? Plus I love the way that Kraft singles get all melty and gooey in between the warm egg and the warm deli meat. (Spell check is trying to tell me that melty isn’t a word, but it SO is. Shut up spell check. You’re not the boss of me)
I’ve discovered that the 2 cup Pyrex storage bowls are the perfect size to cook the eggs in in order fit the bagels. Just make sure you keep an eye on it while it’s being microwaved. If you cook the egg too long, it WILL blow up all over your microwave and then your husband will yell at you because there are chunks of egg all over and you’ll accidentally forget to clean it up before you leave for work because you were so excited to eat your breakfast and then the egg chunks will adhere to the sides of the microwave and it’ll be a giant pain in the ass to scrape them all off. Not that that’s ever happened to me.
If you want to save even more time in the mornings, you can absolutely make a bunch of these ahead of time and either refrigerate or freeze them until you’re ready to eat them. Just pop them in the microwave for a minute, flip them over and microwave for another minute, and you’re good to go. I like to pair mine with some light Greek yogurt, and I’m perfectly content until lunchtime rolls around.
Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
- 1 egg white
- 1 thin cut bagel (I use Thomas’ brand Bagel Thins)
- 1 slice American cheese (I use Kraft Singles made with skim milk)
- 2 oz (about 4 slices) deli meat (I use Hillshire Farm Lower Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Spray a 2 cup round glass storage bowl (Pyrex) with cooking spray. Add egg white and beat with a fork. Season with salt & pepper, as desired. Microwave until cooked through, about 1 minute.
- While egg is cooking, toast bagel in toaster.
- Lay out deli meat on a plate. Once egg is finished cooking, place plate in microwave and heat until warm, about 30 seconds.
- Assemble sandwich. Place deli meat on bottom half of bagel, then cheese, then egg. Finish with top half of bagel.