Diabetic Cooking

Smiley Pizza Bagels

Preparation time: 10 minutes. Baking time: 8–10 minutes.


  • 1 (2 1/2-ounce) plain bagel, split
  • 1/4 slices turkey pepperoni
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 black olive slices
  • 2 small button mushrooms
  • 2 slivers red bell pepper


Preheat oven to 350°F. Meanwhile, toast bagel halves lightly in a toaster then lay on a baking sheet, cut side up. Top each bagel half with 7 slices turkey pepperoni, covering the hole in each bagel. Gently spread the pizza sauce over the pepperoni with the back of a spoon and press cheese on evenly. Make eyes on each bagel with 2 olive slices. Make a nose on each bagel with a mushroom. Make a mouth on each bagel with a red bell pepper sliver. Bake for 8–10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the pizza is heated through.

Yield: 2 pizzas.

Serving size: 1 pizza.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:
Calories: 189 calories, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Protein: 12 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Sodium: 609 mg, Fiber: 1 g

Exchanges per serving: 1 1/2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat. Carbohydrate choices: 1 1/2.

Tami Ross is a Diabetes Nutrition Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator in Lexington, Kentucky.