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Bagel: The Hole Sandwich
Bagel sandwich with grapes and yogurt
  • 1 bagel sandwich
  • 1 cup red or green grapes
  • 6 ounces low fat or fat free yogurt

Bagel sandwich

  • 1 tbs. reduced-fat herb and garlic flavored cream cheese (or other flavor of your choosing)
  • 1 mini whole wheat bagel, split and toasted
  • 2 thin slices reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices dill pickle
  • ¼ cup shredded carrot
  • 1 leaf lettuce

Spread the cream cheese on the toasted bagel. Layer the cheddar cheese, pickle slices, carrot, and lettuce onto one half of the bagel, then top with the remaining bagel half. Wrap with plastic wrap, place in lunch bag with an ice pack.

Recipe courtesy of

King Jan III Sobieski

Where did the bagel come from?

Good question. But not an easy answer. If you do an Internet search, you'll find many references about the history of bagels.

No one, it seems, can pinpoint the food item's original. The web site NYC24 offers good info:

"While it's widely agreed that bagels came to the United States from the Jewish shtetls of Eastern Europe, experts can't pinpoint the exact origin of the humble bread with the hole in the middle.

"One legend has it that the first bagel was born in 1683 when a Viennese baker wanted to pay tribute Polish King Jan III Sobieski for saving the people of Austria from Turkish invaders. Since the king was known to have a passion for riding, the baker made rolls in the shape of a stirrup, known in German as beugel.

"In 'The Joys of Yiddish, however, Leo Rosten notes that the first printed mention of bagels came even earlier, in 1610, in the Community Regulations of Krakow, Poland. These stated that "bagels would be given as a gift to any woman in childbirth." The ring shape may have been seen as a symbol of life."

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