Are you eating a lot of carbs during this Covid-19 quarantine?

I usually use the 80/20 rule with regards to eating, meaning, 80% of the time, I eat healthily and 20% not. For some reason, during this quarantine, I find myself eating a lot of carbs. I’m eating everything from pasta, bagels, bread, and croissants. These items I usually will feast on a “cheat” day.

However, I am mindful of the quality of the carbs, and when I can find a gluten-free item or a healthier recipe, I will buy it or try making it. In this case, it is for bagels. My dear friend, Cora, sent me a recipe for a fantastic tasting bagel from http://skinnytaste.com that you can make at home. This recipe has no yeast and doesn’t require boiling, not to mention it is low in calories. You can cook them in an air fryer (by the way if you don’t have one, I highly recommend), or an oven. Here is the recipe, enjoy without feeling guilty!!

  •  152 Calories
  • PREP TIME: 5 mins
  • COOK TIME: 25 mins
  • REST TIME: 15 mins
  • TOTAL TIME: 30 mins
  • YIELD: 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup (5 oz) unbleached all-purpose flour, whole wheat or gluten-free mix*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder, make sure it’s not expired or it won’t rise
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, use less if using table salt
  • 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt, not regular yogurt, it will be too sticky
  • 1 egg white, beaten (whole egg works fine too)
  • optional toppings: everything bagel seasoning, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried garlic flakes, dried onion flakes**

INSTRUCTIONS

Oven Method:

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet. If using parchment paper, spray with oil to avoid sticking.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk well. Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined, it will look like small crumbles.
  • Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 15 turns (it should not leave the dough on your hand when you pull away).
  • Divide into four equal balls. Roll each ball into 3/4-inch thick ropes and join the ends to form bagels. (or you can make a ball and poke a hole in the center then stretch it slightly)
  • Top with egg wash and sprinkle both sides with the seasoning of your choice—Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.

Air Fryer Method:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt and whisk well. Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined, it will look like small crumbles.
  • Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 20 turns (it should not leave the dough on your hand when you pull away).
  • Divide into four equal balls. Roll each ball into 3/4-inch thick ropes and join the ends to form bagels.
  • Top with egg wash and sprinkle both sides with the seasoning of your choice.
  • Preheat the air fryer 280F degrees. Transfer in batches without overcrowding and bake 15 to 16 minutes, or until golden—no need to turn. Let cool at least 15 minutes before cutting.
I use the Trader Joes Everything bagel seasoning

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