There is a recipe at the bottom of the this post for keto bagel dogs, and you can go straight to the recipe if you don’t want to read my story.
Memories of Bagel Dogs and More
I remember when I was single living in California, I always had bagel dogs in the freezer. Quick lunch, easy dinner. As we were shopping at Costco our Christmas party, I started craving those bagel dogs. They were a food memory for me back in my single days. While I love being married more than anything, there were things about being single that were important for me. I had no choice but to pave a career path and take care of myself. I eventually saved enough money to buy a townhouse at the beach, which seems completely out of reach today in California or anywhere.
Youth is NOT Wasted on the Young
It wasn’t all roses when I first moved to California all by myself without a job or a place to live. Youth is not wasted on the young, because in my younger days I could handle discomfort much easier than I could today.
I slept on people’s couches, took very bizarre temp jobs or like convincing people they could get their pictures sent to a Hollywood agent or waitressing in what looked like a cheesy majorette outfit. I took buses in Southern California to an office. No one does that.
I got propositioned by a middle-aged couple which had me running out of their apartment after the lady came out in a leopard outfit and I got fired for not giving a customer a paper bag to put their take-out in. I was hit on by a man 40 years older than me and when he tried to kiss me, I threw up. That was all in the first year, and then things turned around. Whew!
I landed a decent job that didn’t pay much, but held promise and was fun. In the first month, I was entertaining people in Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm. I was told I had what it took to succeed in a company that wasn’t very supportive of women.
I believed my boss and never bothered to play victim (which sadly we see too many women do today). I got promoted several times which led to a life of travel, expense accounts and a world of dining out. I earned a master’s degree at Pepperdine and worked as a part-time therapist for several years, because I was searching for meaningful purpose.
Wins and Fails
I experienced wins, windfalls and hard falls. I lived through double tragedy, loneliness and accomplishment. I came face to face with evil and lived through it. I met my the wrong man through work and then I met the right man (the one I’m married to). My faith was dead and then blossomed. I was saved right in the pit of California, which, as a collective, has a hard time accepting the gospel and ministry of Jesus Christ.
Most of my friends were not Christians, but neither was I, and I didn’t want any Christian friends. I was too afraid of what I would have to give up, because I was selfish and deceived. I didn’t know that my loneliness and sadness would be lifted and my holes would be filled. I am so grateful that in a flash one summer, it all changed. I saw the world differently and with a much clearer lens. This is all too much to share inside a hot dog recipe, but here’s my point.
Life is in some ways black and white. Good and evil are distinctly different. But, there is a however!
Life as we live it, is not black and white. The wins and the fails are important parts of growing. We don’t live inside our highs or our lows. Most of the time, we live in between, but we are sharpened, polished, refined, and shaped by the wins and by the falls. Both are very important to reach a healthy place and perspective.
This is why I appreciate all the memories of my life, even the ones like a bagel dog that takes me back to a life that was lived more like a rollercoaster of highs and lows that have led me here.
The last 22 years have been very happy years living in Tennessee, and moving in creative fields (where my heart has always yearned to be). I have so much more I want to share with you, and I’ll only share it if I think it will encourage you to have courage to live life a little more fully and power through the falls.
Ingredients For Fathead Bagel Recipe
- Almond Flour
- Unflavored Gelatin
- Baking Powder
- Mozzarella Cheese
- Cream Cheese
- Xanthan Gum (prevents crumbling)
- Sugar, Maple Syrup or Inulin (don’t substitute this with erythritol)
- Toppings: Examples are Sesame Seeds, Poppy Seeds, Maldon Sea Salt Flakes, Everything Bagel.
Healthy Keto Bagel Dogs are Possible
I was always interested in healthy living, healthy eating, because weight has always been a struggle. This is why I now do these kinds of recipes. As long as I eat keto friendly, grain free food, my weight stays constant and I don’t get hungry between meals.
Macros for Keto Bagel Dog Recipe
Macros will vary according to the hot dog you use. I use Trader Joe’s Organic Uncured hot dogs. You will have to adjust accordingly. Add your hot dog macros to below.
Bagel Macro: Calories: 275 Carbs: 4 g Fiber: 4 g Fat: 22 g Protein 16 g
The Keto Bagel Dog Recipe
Firstly, use this keto bagel dough recipe. You can divide the recipe to make four bagel dogs and four bagels.
The bagel recipe is the same one I used here which uses yeast, almond flour and unflavored gelatin along with mozzarella and cream cheese. The yeast is important, as I’ve made them with and without and there is enough of a difference that I think it’s worth including. If you don’t have the gelatin, you’ll still be okay with this recipe, but don’t leave out the yeast and make sure it bubbles and froths.
The bagel dough is very easy to work with. Once you have the dough, you can easily wrap it around each hot dog. I use healthy uncured hot dogs from Trader Joe’s which has no nitrates and nitrites added. They don’t take any longer than about 15 minutes. You could also use this same recipe do to sausage rolls (new recipe coming). Make sure you cook the sausage first.
Keto Bagel Dogs
- 8 hot dogs
- various toppings sesame seeds, poppy seeds
- Warm water to 110 F. (42 C.) to activate yeast. No higher or you kill yeast.
- Add yeast and sugar, honey or inulin to water. Allow to sit for 7 minutes. It should look foamy if it's alive.
- Gather all dry ingredients and whisk.
- Make a well in midst of dry ingredients and mix in yeast mixture with hands to form dough.
- Add 2 beaten eggs to dough and mix thoroughly.
- Microwave mozzarella 30 seconds at a time until melted. Add in cream cheese. Add to dough. Mix with hands thoroughly.
- Prepare baking sheet with parchment or silpat.
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees F. 180 C.
- Divide the dough evenly into 8 balls. Wrap around each Hot dog.
- Set in a warm place to proof for about fifteen minutes.
- Beat remaining egg beaten and brush on bagel dogs. Top with your choice of sesame seeds, poppy seeds etc.
- Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. You want them as brown as you can get them without burning them.
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