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cheesy tomato and pesto bagel sandwiches

A month or so ago, Geoff changed his schedule at work so that he now has an hour long lunch period. Since we live a little less than a mile from his work, this means that he gets to come home for lunch now most days. I love having a little time with him in the middle of the day, and since Lizzy is usually napping when he comes home, it almost feels like a little date! The only slight problem with Geoff coming home for lunch is that instead of eating my usual random two crackers here and a chunk of cheese there, I actually have to prepare a proper lunch. And on the days when the cupboards are bare and the fridge is full of expired food that I haven’t gotten around to throwing out yet (I loathe cleaning out the fridge), pickings are pretty slim.

One day last week I happened to have just the ingredients needed for this meal (and not much else) and decided to go for it. I wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but it was heavenly! The pesto kind of sunk into the bagel and made it taste like the best basil-y garlic bread I’ve ever had, and the creamy mozzarella and tomato were perfect together! Even Geoff, who often raises an eyebrow at the weird hodge-podge I throw together for breakfast and lunch, said it was delicious and asked when we could have it again. Yum!

Cheesy Tomato and Pesto Bagel Sandwiches
2 bagels, sliced in half
4 heaping teaspoons of basil pesto (I used the fresh pesto from Costco)
4 slices of fresh mozzarella (again, I used the sliced mozzarella from Costco)
4 slices of tomato
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375. Spread one teaspoon of pesto on each bagel half. Top each with a slice of mozzarella and a tomato, then add salt and pepper to taste. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!

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