Tomato Spinach Open Face Sandwich

Open face tomato-spinach-cheese sandwiches in just 10 minutes. 140 calories. Add a salad and you’re still under 200 calories!

Tomato Spinach Marinade

My daughter, son-in-law and kids stopped by after Upwards soccer practice last night. Everyone was starving. Pressed for time, I gave the kids crustless PBJ sandwiches (thank you Costco for these individually wrapped sandwiches!). It was open face tomato-spinach sandwiches for the big people. I used leftover bagels from our Easter brunch. Based on comments, I believe they were a hit. My daughter stopped by this morning for a second helping for her work lunch.

Open Face Tomato-Spinach Cheese SandwichTomatoes and toppings were baked in the oven and bagels toasted. Using a spatula, place the tomato topping atop the bagel. A vidalia onion slice with the tomato goodness is another great addition to this sandwich.

Prep time for this dish is 10 minutes. Bake time is 7 minutes.

Fresh spinach, tomatoes and cheese are staple ingredients in Blimpy Girl’s kitchen. My focus centered on a couple of tomatoes clinging to life on the windowsill. They rose to the occasion and, under the knife, their life ended with purpose.

Sprinkle Garlic Spinach Mixture onto Tomato SlicesIngredient List

    • 2 large, ripe tomatoes, sliced
    • Balsamic vinegar
    • 1 1/2 to 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, chopped
    • 1 cup low-fat Mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
    • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed and finely chopped
    • Dash of lemon juice (about 1/2 teaspoon)
    • 5 whole bagels, cut in half (you can also use low-fat muffin halves)
    • 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped (reduce calories by avoiding those soaked in olive oil). I use the dried version in a bag.
    • 1 roasted red or yellow pepper. I keep roasted peppers on hand, if not available or pinched for time, dice the bell pepper and add to the spinach mixture.
    • 2 scallions, chopped (include the green stems)
    • Salt and pepper to taste

Sprinkle cheese on top of the spinach tomato mixture.
How To

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Dip tomato slices into balsamic vinegar. Or, drizzle vinegar onto the tomatoes. Place a single layer of coated tomatoes on cookie sheet. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, add chopped spinach, garlic salt/pepper and lemon juice. Toss until mixed.

Place spinach mixture on top of each tomato slice. Add a slice of roasted bell pepper and top with cheese. Bake the tomatoes for 7 minutes in a 350 degree oven (or until cheese melts). While tomatoes are cooking, toast the bagel halves.

Roasted Red and Yellow PeppersRemove tomatoes from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the onion slice to bagel (if desired) and tops with a baked tomato slice (depending on diameter of bagel, you may want two).

Standard bagels are in the neighborhood of 230 calories (unless using a low cal brand). With all the other ingredients (if using low-fat cheese) you’re at 300 calories for two halves. Reduce the calories even more by using low-fat muffins instead of bagels.

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