As we came to the end of summer, I was running out of creative ideas for what to feed the kids for lunch every day. We are all growing tired of the standard kid fare, which often includes yogurt, a side of fruit, or a cheese stick alongside some chicken nuggets, peanut butter sandwiches, or macaroni and cheese. Truth be told, my children don’t always appreciate the “benefits” of having a food writer for a mom – ahem, leftovers and obligatory taste-testing – and often prefer I keep it simple or make a regular run to the Burger Bus in Old Town Kenai, which is a local and family favorite. But it was time to mix it up and get creative before we all had to swear off corndogs and quesadillas forever.
One thing everyone in the family can agree upon is bagels. So, I decided to make some turkey bacon bagel melts, customized with everyone’s favorite toppings. Each of the kids’ melts were slightly different, no tomato here, no avocado there, skip the mustard on that one. This recipe is easily customized to include your favorite meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Mine had the works complete with smoked gouda and cheddar cheeses and green onions. For a spread on the bagel, I kept it simple and used mayo mixed with a touch of mustard, which turned out to be perfect.