Breakfasts are often like dessert in my house.
To be honest, many meals are like dessert in my house…
Lately something strange (but good) has happened – I’ve been craving SAVORY breakfasts. I don’t question my body, I just go with it. Savory it is.
I blame Jenn and her preggo bagel talk for this craving (no, I’m not pregnant too – hahaha). I used to love everything bagels… but those aren’t exactly competitor-diet approved.
I have learned that to recreate many unapproved foods, all you need are the right spices. Ezekial bread IS approved, so I used it as the base for an everything schmear.
According to Urban Dictionary, a schmear is:
The addicting trifecta of dried seeds, onion, and garlic tastes just as good in the form of a topping as it does attached to a bagel!
The usual seeds used are sesame and poppy seeds. Poppy seeds aren’t something I keep on hand, but in a particularly inspired moment I added chia seeds instead!
A good schmear must be creamy. I achieved the cream-factor by blending up cottage cheese with my everything flavors, giving this spread a giant protein punch! Out of curiosity I used Two Foods to compare the nutritionals for generic cream cheese and cottage cheese.
I knew cream cheese wasn’t exactly a health food, but whoa… cottage cheese, for the win.
Toast up a slice of your favorite healthy bread and guiltlessly schmear everything on! For sides, I pan-heated some no-salt deli turkey and had a side of blueberries (the craze continues).
Everything Bagel Schmear
- 1/2 C no-salt cottage cheese
- ~2 tsp liquid (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp butter extract
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
In a blender, combine cottage cheese, liquid, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, butter extract, and 1/2 tsp chia seeds. Blend until smooth, adding more liquid if needed.
Add remaining chia seeds and sesame seeds. Stir to combine.
Schmear your bagel or muffin and enjoy!
Makes 2 servings.
This everything bagel spice blend has so many possibilities… my mind is churning!!!
What is your favorite bagel schmear?
What was the best part about your weekend? I got a 85 minute sports massage!