You may be familiar with the popular Starbucks egg bite, but did you know that you can also make it at home for a quick and easy meal? Not to mention, the at home version is a fraction of the cost compared to Starbucks. This is a great time to utilize your Instant Pot if you have one, or prepare a similar version in the oven (see “note” below). So, save your $5.00 and a trip to Starbucks by trying this easy-to-prepare recipe.
Serving size: 2
- 2 large eggs
- 1 Tbsp of cottage cheese or plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1-2 strips of bacon (or any meat you have on hand: cooked ground meat or diced deli meat would work well too)
- ¼ cup of shredded cheese
- Chopped vegetables (we used cherry tomatoes and arugula, but peppers, onions or mushrooms would be good additions)
- Optional: dash of hot sauce
- Spray oil (like Pam cooking spray)
Instructions (if using Instant Pot):
Equipment needed: Instant Pot, 2 Mason Jars, Aluminum Foil
- Put 1 cup of water in the bottom of your Instant Pot followed by the trivet that came with your pot.
- Spritz the mason jars with spray oil to prevent eggs from sticking.
- Cook the bacon utilizing your favorite method to cook bacon. Crumble and evenly distribute into 2 mason jars.
- Sprinkle cheese and chopped vegetables into the mason jars on top of the bacon.
- Add the eggs and cottage cheese (or Greek yogurt) to a bowl and blend thoroughly with a hand mixer or whisk.
- Add a dash of hot sauce if desired and mix for a few more seconds.
- Divvy the egg mixture evenly into 2 mason jars.
- Cover each mason jar loosely with foil and place gently in the Instant Pot.
- Place the cover on the Instant Pot and select "Steam" and set to 8 Minutes.
- NPR (natural pressure release) for 10 minutes and then quick release (QR) the rest.
- Carefully remove the egg bites from the Instant Pot and let cool down for a few minutes.
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for up to a week!
Recipe adapted from https://foodieandwine.com
Note: Recipe can also be prepared in oven using a muffin tin, although the texture will be slightly different. If using oven, divide bacon, cheese and chopped vegetables into muffin tin cups and pour blended egg mixture on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes. You may want to adapt the recipe to fill all of the muffin tin cups (multiple all ingredients listed above by 4 since 8 eggs will generally fill a standard 12-cup muffin tin).
Pro tip: Pair one egg bite with leafy greens like arugula or spinach, chopped tomatoes and sliced avocado to make it a complete meal!
Amanda and Molly are the MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program Registered Dietitians. With 15+ years experience combined, they facilitate behavior change through nutrition counseling for weight loss and maintenance with children through adults.