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Sticky Breakfast Bagels
This is a great starter to the day, and it's a perfect dish to serve overnight guests. 


cup (2 sticks) fat-free margarine


cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    1 dozen bagels, cut in half

Preheat the broiler.
Combine the margarine, vanilla, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a blender.
Process on medium speed for 1 minute.
Spread the brown sugar mixture over each bagel half.
Broil for 4 to 5 minutes or until bubbly and brown.
Serve warm.
Yield: 12 (1-bagel) servings
Calories: 272; Fat: 1g (4% fat); Cholesterol: 0mg; Carbohydrate: 56g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Protein: 8g; Sodium: 508mg

Preparation time:
8 to 10 minutes
Menu idea: For a full-course breakfast, serve these with Broccoli, Ham, and Cheese Frittata from Busy People's Low-Fat Cookbook.
Breakfast on a Stick
These can be baked ahead of time and frozen. Just pop one into the microwave and heat up for 30 to 60 seconds for a healthy breakfast on the run.


popsicle sticks


cup skim milk
1 (14-ounce) package fat-free smoked sausage 2 egg whites
1 cup reduced-fat baking mix 1 tablespoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Spray a baking sheet with nonfat cooking spray.
Cut the sausage into 7 equal pieces.
Insert a popsicle stick into each sausage piece.
Combine the baking mix, milk, egg whites, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl.
Beat the mixture until smooth.
Completely cover each sausage piece with dough.
Arrange the sausages on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.
Yield: 7 servings (1 breakfast stick per serving)
Calories: 140; Fat: 1g (7% fat); Cholesterol: 25mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Protein: 11g; Sodium: 886mg
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 8 to 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes or less
Menu idea: Since this is one of those breakfasts you can eat on the run, a piece of fruit or orange juice will finish this meal just fine.

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