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stuff-by-color bagel sandwich

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 13, 2021  |  1 Comment

stuff-by-color bagel sandwich

If you’re looking for something better than a bagel slathered with a disproportionate amount of cream cheese, you’ve found it … this stuff-by-color bagel sandwich! It’s a full of eye appeal—and a delightful use of produce. It’s one of my favorite things to indulge in on a Saturday morning.

The stuffing

Stuff it with any color vegetables. You can create a rainbow version—or pick a color, any color. I personally prefer the pick a color route … to go all out with it! Green is usually my choice since I have green veggie odds ‘n ends in my fridge so often. This way I’m preventing food waste while my palate is enjoying great taste. Check out all of the other color options below. You can totally have fun with this!

Hint: Check out how I stuffed this one on IG Reels HERE.

stuff-by-color bagel sandwich

The bagel

Of course, you’ll need a bagel. I pick one or two up fresh from a nearby bagel shop just before making this. (My faves are pumpernickel “everything” or whole grain “everything” bagels!) For any of the “stuffing” ingredients you choose, you’ll scoop out most of the spongy bagel insides to form bagel shells. This will work best if you buy (or bake) really big bakery-sized bagels that are around 5 ounces (140 grams) … or even bigger.

Don’t worry about going too big; remember that you’re not eating the doughy part of the bagel. But do save those bagel scraps. They’re tasty as croutons or breadcrumbs. Freeze them if you don’t need the doughy pieces right away.

stuff-by-color bagel sandwichThe gist

I’ve included a recipe below. But frankly, I never measure the ingredients. It’s actually easier to eyeball everything as you stuff the bagel shells. But do read through the recipe so you have the gist … and then stuff those bagel shells freestyle.

stuff-by-color bagel sandwichStuff-by-color “formulas”

Want to go with singular colors or similar hues? Try these ideas, including my green version.

Green:

  • Crisp fresh veggie: thinly-sliced English cucumber or shaved raw asparagus
  • Soft fresh or cooked veggie (or fruit): sliced avocado, guacamole, or sauteed spinach
  • Grilled or roasted veggie: grilled sliced zucchini or roasted broccoli florets
  • Leafy salad (greens): microgreens or baby arugula

Red:

  • Crisp fresh veggie: red bell pepper strips
  • Soft fresh or cooked veggie (or fruit): red tomato or muhammara (red pepper dip)
  • Grilled or roasted veggie: roasted red beets or roasted or grilled red bell pepper
  • Leafy salad (greens): red cabbage or red leaf lettuce

Orange:

  • Crisp fresh veggie: shredded carrot
  • Soft fresh or cooked veggie (or fruit): orange tomato or roasted butternut squash slices
  • Grilled or roasted veggie: roasted or grilled orange bell pepper
  • Leafy salad (greens): radicchio or shaved rainbow (orange) chard stems—or use carrot tops so they don’t go to waste

Purple:

  • Crisp fresh veggie: shredded purple carrot
  • Soft fresh or cooked veggie (or fruit): roasted purple cauliflower or purple carrot hummus
  • Grilled or roasted veggie: roasted purple carrot
  • Leafy salad (greens): purple cabbage, purple kale, or radicchio

Yellow:

  • Crisp fresh veggie: yellow bell pepper strips or thinly sliced yellow summer squash
  • Soft fresh or cooked veggie (or fruit): yellow tomato or yellow split pea dip
  • Grilled or roasted veggie: roasted or grilled yellow summer squash or yellow bell pepper or roasted golden beets
  • Leafy salad (greens): frisee (lightest colored portion) or yellow edible flowers

Pink:

  • Crisp fresh veggie: thinly sliced watermelon radish
  • Soft fresh or cooked veggie (or fruit): pink heirloom tomato, pickled turnips, or beet hummus
  • Grilled or roasted veggie: roasted candy cane beets or pink/purple carrots
  • Leafy salad (greens): shaved rainbow (pink) chard stems or rose-colored radicchio

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stuff-by-color bagel sandwich

stuff-by-color bagel sandwich

  • Author: Jackie Newgent
  • Yield: 1 bagel sandwich 1x
  • Category: Sandwiches, Main dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

If you’re looking for something better than a bagel slathered with a disproportionate amount of cream cheese, you’ve found it … this stuff-by-color bagel sandwich! It’s a full of eye appeal—and a delightful use of produce.

Just pick a color theme, like green or purple. Then select your ingredients based on that color (or rainbow or colors, if you prefer). It’s that simple … and scrumptious!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 large bakery-style bagel, such as pumpernickel “everything” bagel
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons plant-based cream cheese or soft treenut cheese (optional)*
  • 1/3 cup crisp fresh veggie of choice, such as thinly-sliced English cucumber
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
  • Pinch of sea salt, to taste
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup soft fresh or cooked veggie (or fruit) of choice, such as sliced avocado
  • 1/3 cup grilled or roasted veggie of choice, such as grilled sliced zucchini
  • 1 small handful fresh herbs, such as basil and mint
  • 1/3 cup leafy salad (greens) of choice, such as microgreens
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Cut the bagel in half to form rounds. Scoop out much of the spongy insides to form bagel shells. (Hint: Save bagel scraps for other use, such as making croutons or breadcrumbs.)
  2. Layer all ingredients into both bagel shells, seasoning as desired.
  3. Press stuffed halves together to form a sandwich, cut in half, and indulge.

Notes

*If using avocado or guacamole, I skip the plant-based cream cheese or soft treenut cheese.

Note: Don’t feel like you need to measure out ingredients. I just put measurements in the recipe for you to use as a guide to get you started. Nutrition info will vary.

Tip: I’ve kept this concept streamlined by using lemon vinaigrette (lemon and olive oil). But you can splash or smear on jazzier (and matchy-matchy) condiments in its place, like green tahini sauce, muhammara, harissa mayo, purple goddess dressing, dijon mustard, and blush wine vinaigrette!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 bagel sandwich
  • Calories: 330
  • Sugar: 7g includes 3g added sugars
  • Sodium: 670mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Protein: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: bagel, sandwich, bagel sandwich, plantbased, stuffbycolor, stuffbycolorbagel, stuffycolorbagelsandwich

stuff-by-color bagel sandwichLooking for other plant-based sandwich recipes? Check out my avocado & roasted carrot sandwich (see recipe HERE) or hipster hemp vegan sandwich (see recipe HERE).

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