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Creative Ideas for Cooking with Bagel Crisps

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.” – Jim Davis… Some of you might remember that I lost quite a bit of weight on the Nutrisystem diet earlier this year. {20 pounds total – super exciting.} Once I went back to preparing my own meals again, I still tried to follow the structure for healthy eating that I learned during my Nutrisystem time, and have learned so much about eating healthier. I recently found a great new figure-friendly snack that I’m totally lovin’ – New York Style Bagel Crisps. And while I totally love ’em as just a pop in your mouth and eat on their own kinda snack, I thought they could also be a really great addition to some of my fave recipes too. Keep reading to learn more about why I’m super addicted to the crisps, and some creative ways to cook with them too…

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New York Style Bagel Crisps Rock my Socks

These new crisps come in 4 varieties – I tried out the BBQ and the Sea Salt. I loved ’em so much on their own that I went out and bought more – one of each type – so that I could experiment a bit with them in the kitchen. Why do I love ’em? Well, let me count the ways…

  • 50% Less Fat than Potato Chips: You can eat 16 of these bagel crisps for less than 5 grams of fat, and only 130 calories. Yes, there are some snacks that are even better for you, but when you’re in the mood for something salty, crunchy, and BBQ’y {is that a word?} – these are an amazingly better option for you than regular chips.
  • Perfectly Crunchy: I hate bagel crisps that are too hard. I want crunch – but not chip-a-tooth crunchy, you know? But these have a perfect crunch – similar to a chip, just a bit more substantial. And unlike a chip, they are sturdy enough for dips and toppings.
  • Whole Wheat: I love, love, LOVE that the first ingredient in these crisps is Wheat Flour. And yes, there are a few artificial ingredients in these babys {they don’t claim to be all natural or anything} – but the list is pretty darn short. And again,  amazingly better than most potato chips.

So now that you’re starting to fall in love with these crisps too, I’ll share some great recipes and ideas for using them in recipes, appetizers, and healthy snacks for you and the kids.

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Creative Ideas for Cooking with Bagel Crisps

Since these New York Style Bagel Crisps have such a great crunch, I figured they’d be a great ingredient in some of my favorite casseroles. And I was right. {Am I ever wrong? Wait – don’t answer that…} My favorite was adding the Cheddar crisps into my cheesy breakfast casserole – added a great crunch by replacing my usual english muffins with these, and made it less fat. Love it. Get the recipe here:

Cheesy Crunchy Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) breakfast sausage links - cooked
  • Half a bag of Cheddar Flavor New York Style Bagel Crisps
  • 1/4 cup of melted butter
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese - You can mix two kinds, or use a Mexican Cheese Blend
  • 1/2 cup peppers {You choice}
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • Couple shakes of salt and pepper
  • 1/4 Cup bacon bits or chopped ham

Instructions

  1. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Layer half of the sausage, half of the bagel crisps, then repeat again. Pour melted butter over the layers, then top with cheese and peppers. {Save just a bit of cheese to top it off later.}
  2. Grab a big bowl - mix up the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the casserole layers. Top with the bacon or ham, and the last bit of cheese. Cover it up with foil and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Take casserole out of the fridge 30 minutes before you want to bake it. Uncover and bake at 350°F for 45 to 50 minutes. You'll know it's done when a knife or toothpick poked in the middle comes out clean.
  4. Let stand 5 minutes. Then slice it up, serve it up, and watch it disappear with a quickness.
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Sounds super yummy, right? If you love cheesy casserole recipes, you’ll also love this one – Mexican Casserole, but replace the tortilla chips with the Cheddar Bagel Crisps too. Sooooo good! And of course – you can always enjoy these crisps on their own. Since they’re awesome for dipping – grab a few of the great dip recipes from their website to mix up for your next get together. I especially liked the Buffalo Chicken Dip. And, after trying that one and loooovin’ it, I was inspired to make it into a salad too. Get it here:

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 4 tbsps of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 3 tbsp light mayo
  • 3 tbsp sour cream
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Lettuce blends of your choice
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • New York Style Bagel Crisps - Sea Salt, broken into big chunks

Instructions

  1. First, cook up your chicken tenders over medium heat until cooked all the way through. Then toss 'em with the hot sauce until coated pretty evenly.
  2. Next, mix up your dressing - combine the crumbled cheese, mayo, sour cream, and milk. Stir together until they're blended well.
  3. Then mix the shredded carrots with your lettuce - either slice up a head of iceberg, or use a bagged salad mix.
  4. Now pour your dressing over the salad, and top with the Buffalo Chicken and broken bagel crisps. Soooo good!
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These little crisps are the perfect addition to your kids lunches this school season, or a great back to school snack after school. And they’re the perfect mom-on-the-go snacker too – throw a bag in your purse, so you have something super satisfying that’s still good for you, no matter how crazy your days get. You’re too smart to grab fast food and all it’s greasiness, right? These will fill you up, without filling you out.

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{Disclaimer: I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of New York Style and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating. Photo Credit.}

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  1. Your breakfast casserole looks amazing!! And the Buffalo Chicken Salad sounds pretty tasty too :) I love Bagel Crisps – especially that they are full of flavor and not too bad for me!

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