Breakfast, cooking

I’m OBSESSED with Starbuck Sous Vide Egg Bites.

It’s hard to find a quick on-the-go breakfast that’s not a 500 calorie piece of coffee cake or a heavy carb-loaded bagel. And while I love me a piece of cinnamon coffee cake, I just can’t eat it for breakfast and deal with that calorie guilt all day long.

About a month ago I was at a conference in Boston, and there was a Starbucks in the hotel lobby. On a whim I ordered the Ham & Cheddar Sous Vide Egg Bites. At only 250 calories – and filled with protein – they seemed like a good breakfast option (besides the $4.50 price tag).

As with all fast food breakfasts, my expectations were pretty low. Once a year I treat myself to a McDonald’s Egg McMuffin and Hash browns (or like, 3 hash browns; those things are addictive), so that’s where the bar was set.

The were round and spongy, warm from the quick zap in whatever oven Starbucks hides behind the counter.

And they were…

DELICIOUS.

They were creamy and firm at the same time, with bits of ham and cheese inside. I was torn between taking small bites and trying to savor them, and scarfing them down because they were so tasty.

After that one breakfast, I was hooked.

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I came home and told Mr. KK about them. “They are AMAZING!” I gushed. “SO SO SO good!” He gave me a look that told me he thought I was crazy, and that nothing from Starbucks aside from coffee could taste that good.

A few mornings later, Mr. KK came home from his morning gym class – which was right next to Starbucks – with iced coffees and a set of the sous vide egg bites. “I had to see what all the hype was about,” he said, picking one up and devouring half of it in one bite.

How could he eat it so fast? Didn’t he know he needed to make it last because they were so delicious. He pushed the other egg bite towards me. I ate it with a fork and in about 17 bites. And if I’m being honest, I was a little disappointed that I had to share ONE order of egg bites with him, only giving me a single egg bite.

“Well?” I asked him.

“They’re pretty good,” he said. “But this is like a one-time thing; they’re expensive.” And then he left the kitchen to go shower, acting like his world was not just changed by a breakfast item.

And I hate to admit it, but Mr. KK is right: they are a sometimes breakfast treat at almost $5 a pop.

Of course I wasn’t the only one obsessed with these things. A quick Google search produced results of other egg bite lovers, as well a slew of copycat recipes to recreate them at home.

Why not? I thought. What’s the worst that could happen, I don’t like them?

I choose this recipe because I was copy catting the sous vide egg bites without using my sous vide (which felt like a lot of work). This recipe used the Instant Pot. And I bought this egg mold to make them.

Recipe for copycat Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites

Ingredients

  • 4 each eggs
  • 1/2 cup cheese of your choice grated
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt

**I also diced up some ham steak for mine.

Instructions

  • Prepare the molds with non-stick spray. (I use canola or olive oil spray).
  • Add one cup of water in the Instant Pot and place the trivet inside.
  • In a blender, add the eggs, cheese, cottage cheese and pinch of salt. Blend until smooth (about 30 seconds). NOTE: Once you have blended the egg mixture, you can add some green vegetable leaves such as spinach or basil at this time, and give it a quick pulse–but be prepared for green color!
  • If using fresh spinach, heat about 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a non-stick skillet and add a heaping bag of spinach. Allow to wilt and cook down. Remove from heat, allow to cool and squeeze out excess water; rough chop.
  • OPTIONAL: In each mold, place whatever ingredients you want to add such as chopped spinach, green onion chopped up ham, green chiles etc.
  • Fill each mold with the egg mixture leave just a bit of room for expansion. Cover the mold with foil or with an 8″ parchment paper (for cakes).
  • Place the mold on top of the trivet.  If using two molds (double the recipe, of course) place the second one on top, but adjust so that the wells are aligned exactly with the mold below (to allow for expansion).
  • Check the Instant Pot lid that your gasket is in place, propertly. Close and lock the lid. Press STEAM for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally (about 10 minutes). Release any remaining pressure, and remove the lid. The egg bites will be tall and fluffy. Allow them to deflate (about 30 seconds).
  • Carefully remove the molds, wearing heat-protective gloves. Allow the egg bites to cool for a few minutes.  The easiest way to remove these is to place a wire rack on top, and flip over. If the molds were prepared properly, they should pop right out.
  • Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to one week.

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(Let’s be real, these look nothing like the Starbucks ones).

The author of this recipe got really fully egg bites that rose over the top of the mold. Mine did not look like that. Mine were more like deflated, sad egg flats.

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Mr. KK – who was hopeful that I would fall in love with these egg bites and never again purchase them at their high price tag – popped one in his mouth and exclaimed, “These are delicious! They taste just like Starbucks!”

While I appreciate his enthusiasm for my cooking, I have to disagree.

Were they good? I guess? (I would call them “edible” vs “good”.)

Did they taste like the Starbucks ones? Not at all.

Were they cheaper? That’s a big yes.

Will I still eat the knock-off eggs? Yes.

Will I still sneak the real deal egg bites when I can? Hell to the yes.

Life, NaBloPoMo

Hello! Let me catch you up!

It’s Day 1 of NaBloPoMo – and I’m back blogging after almost a year off since last year’s month-long blogfest.

I always like to start the month off with a little recap of what I’ve been doing for the last year, besides sneaking off to Target and single-handedly keeping Amazon in business.

A year in review.

December

As always, it was a busy holiday season. We decided that we would indeed introduce the Elf on a Shelf into our home (more on that guy in another post). As predicted, I thoroughly enjoyed finding new and interesting places for his shenanigans. I’m looking forward to threatening my child with no presents spreading that holiday magic again this year!

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In true Little Mister fashion, he SLEPT IN on Christmas morning! Bright side: it gave Mr. KK and I a chance to make tea and coffee and sit in quiet for a few moments before the craziness began.

We have never been big fans of going out on New Year’s Eve; I think we’ve stayed in the last 10 years. Mr. KK will mix up some adult bevvies, I’ll cook up a tasty meal and we’ll play games and watch my all-time favorite reviews of all the people who died in the last year. Since Little Mister joined us, we’ve had the same plan, except our gourmet dinner includes pigs in a blanket and faux countdown at 9pm. But…we still have fun!

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January

I jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon. Mr. KK bought me one for Christmas (unlike some women I LOVE getting kitchen stuff for Christmas! Bring on the appliances and gadgets!)

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I’ve mostly made soups (split pea, chicken, tortilla), artichokes (revolutionary!) and buffalo chicken.

February

We tried swim lessons, again.

And, once again, our child took swim lessons from land:

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That was about as close to the pool as he got. Each week he would sit there and watch the class. One week he dared to put his feet in the water (!) and the swim instructor pulled him in the pool. The parents around me started to cheer and clap (as they, too, watched him watch swim lessons for weeks). Little Mister, however, was NOT having it. He started to scream and cry and when she put him back on the tile he looked directly at me and yelled: “I am so ANGRY right now!” Then he stomped off to the women’s locker room, with as much dignity as possible while wearing a rubber tube around his midsection.

Bonus points for him being able to express his feelings?

March

Perhaps the biggest news of the year, was that we added to our family! Meet: Rocco!

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Rocco is a shelter dog, and we rescued him when he was just 3 1/2 months old. I was home alone one Friday night, throwing back cabernet and scrolling through Petfinder (like all the cool kids) when I came across his face. I immediately texted the link to Mr. KK who distractedly responded, “He’s cute!” Which I translated into, “YOU MUST GET THIS DOG RIGHT NOW.”

Fast forward two weeks from that fateful night, and I picked up this little 7-pound fur baby. And we haven’t looked back since.

You can follow his antics on Instagram @therealroccomars

April

Milestone birthday for me.

Moving on.

We also discovered the Little Mister’s love of roller coasters! Who would’ve thought this shy child who wouldn’t participate in swim lessons would become a coaster junkie??

I think Mr. KK and I squeezed our adult-sized bodies into this rickety kiddie roller coaster 5 times that night. My back still hasn’t recovered.

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May

It was a good year for beer. Lots of new, high-octane hoppy releases from some of our favorite breweries. Now that I’m up in Boston so often, it’s easy for me to pop over to one of our favorite breweries and grab whatever’s new.

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This was a Quadruple IPA.

Not double.

Not triple.

QUADRUPLE.

And it was delicious. Smooth, hoppy, no bitter after taste. And not to sound pretentious, but it drank like a double IPA.

Summer

We took our usual family vacation to Maine, where Max fall in love (that’s a post in itself!) There is just something about the southern coast of Maine in the summer. Between the food and beer scene in Portland, and the beaches in Cape Elizabeth, and that laid-back summer state of mind, it must may be the most amazing place on earth.

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September

If you know me at all, you know that if it involves a trip to Target, I’m down. And if it doesn’t have anything at all to do with Target, I will force fit that sh*t.

Because LM’s Grandmothers ruined Target for me, I now have to have “the toy talk” before we head to the Happiest Place on Earth. Armed with the understanding that we were only getting a backpack and a lunchbox for school, we strutted around the store show off our Toy Story stuff:

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And see that yellow price sticker? That’s CLEARANCE, kids.

BOOM.

October

The Little Mister turned 5! I’m not sure how that’s possible, because it feels like just yesterday we were given the side-eye in a Virginia hotel when we stopped for the night with a 3-day old baby.

If the objective of the day was to keep a big smile on Little Mister’s face, then mission accomplished. We rented a bouncy house, and Little Mister jumped in that thing from the minute it was inflated at 8:45am until they came to take it away at 5:45pm.

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I spent a little time jumping in this thing, too. And I’m embarrassed to say that I was WINDED after a minute of jumping.

And that my legs were sore the next day.

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There you have it – the year in review.

Get ready, folks. In the next 29 days I’ll write about my latest food obsession, college before technology, getting old and being told you’re old, and Little Mister’s thoughts on where babies come from.

Happy reading!