What are they, exactly? The name might sound fancy, but they’re basically mini frittatas with tasty fillings like bacon and Gruyere or roasted red pepper and spinach. Thanks to the eggs, they’re loaded with protein to keep you full and make you less likely to, say, crave a donut mid-morning. They’re also cooked sous vide-style, meaning the vacuum-sealed food is immersed in water and cooked at a precise, even temperature. According to Starbucks, this is good because you don’t need to add any extra fat.
Unless you’re a contestant on Top Chef, you’re probably not going to be sous vide-ing your eggs at home anytime soon. But you can still make Egg Bite-style mini frittatas at home with a mini muffin tin. Like the ones at Starbucks, the eggs pack a protein punch. And who cares if you need a little bit of fat to cook them? This isn’t 1996—we know there’s no need to skimp on healthy sources of fat. (Eat to rev your metabolism and lose up to 25 pounds in 2 months with Prevention’s new Younger In 8 Weeks plan!)
Another reason why doing the DIY thing is great? You get to add whatever delicious fillings you want. Here are 5 tasty combinations to try.
Mediterranean Mini Frittatas
Consider these mini frittatas from Foodie Crush a Greek omelet in bite-sized form. They’re packed with artichokes, roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, and sun-dried tomatoes, while a smidge of feta and Asiago cheeses adds an extra boost of flavor. (Here are more healthy and rich Mediterranean meals that also burn fat.)
Ham, Cheese, and Veggie Quinoa Frittatas
Got some leftover cooked quinoa in the fridge? Add to mini frittatas with some diced ham, cheddar, and baby spinach, says Kristine’s Kitchen Blog. The quinoa bumps up the protein content even more, and turns a few of these bites into a complete breakfast.
Crustless Mini Sausage and Veggie Quiches
When you’re in the mood for something indulgent but still protein-packed, make these. Dear Crissy uses 2% milk to add richness to the egg batter, while crumbled turkey sausage and sautéed mushrooms pack loads of savory flavor. Brunch party, anyone?
Broccoli Cheddar Mini Frittatas