Plus How to Source the Healthiest Ingredients!
It seems like the longer I have my Instant Pot, the more creative recipes I discover to make in it! Learning how to make yogurt in the Instant Pot helped me to save over half the amount of money I was spending on yogurt. Making Instant Pot Egg Bites is another money-saving meal to serve for breakfast or for a snack. You may have heard of the popular Sous Vide Egg Bites served at Starbucks. They are delicious, but expensive. You can make them at home for a fraction of the cost!
For this recipe, the only Instant Pot accessory you will need is an Egg Bites Mold. An optional accessory is the silicone oven mitts which will help you remove the trivet after cooking the egg bites. With few simple and healthy real food ingredients, you can make egg bites that taste just as delicious as the pricey Starbucks version!
Instant Pot Sausage and Spinach Egg Bites
- 1/2 lb sausage
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheese
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 3/4 cup chopped spinach
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
Brown sausage using the Saute mode on the Instant Pot. When cooked fully through, hit the cancel button to turn off the pot. Combine the finely chopped spinach with the sausage.
Add a heaping tablespoon of the sausage and spinach mixture to the bottom of each of the openings in the silicon mold.
Rinse out the Instant Pot and add 1 cup of water into the bottom. Place the trivet inside of the pot.
Place the eggs, cottage cheese, shredded cheese, half and half, onion powder, salt and pepper into a blender. Blend until the ingredients are well combined.
Pour egg mixture into each silicone mold opening until approximately 3/4 full. Wrap foil around the silicone mold.
Place the trivet in the Instant Pot and pour one cup of water into the bottom of the pot.
Place the mold into the Instant Pot. Press the Steam button and adjust the time to 8 minutes.
Allow pressure to naturally release and remove trivet and mold using oven mitts or silicone mitts.
Let the egg bites cool for a few minutes and enjoy! Store in an air-tight container for up to one week.
*There will be leftover sausage which can be stored in the refrigerator.
What do all the labels on egg cartons REALLY mean?
Choosing the best quality ingredients at the grocery store will ensure that you are making nourishing meals. The endless options provided at the store can be overwhelming, but once you learn what to look for it is actually quite simple. For this Instant Pot Egg Bite recipe you will want to start with the best quality eggs. If possible, source your eggs locally and choose ones from pasture-raised chickens. If you do not have the option of buying locally, there are some options that are better than others at the store.
Cage- Free: This sounds appealing, but in reality cage-free only means that the chickens are not caged and are allowed to move around freely. They could still be confined in a cramped, dark building with hundreds of other chickens.
Vegetarian Fed: Vegetarian-fed chickens are fed a diet consisting of only grain. Chickens by nature are not vegetarians. If allowed to feed in their natural environment, chickens would scavenge for their own food and eat grasses, seeds, and insects. Ultimately vegetarian only feed produces an egg that is lower in nutrients.
Natural: This term is basically a marketing ploy as all eggs are “natural”. It does not guarantee anything about the living conditions or treatment of the chicken.
Organic: The organic label on egg cartons essentially means that the chickens were fed with organic feed and not confined to a cage. They are required to have access to the outdoors and generally live in less crowded conditions compared to chickens living in cage-free environments.
Pastured (Free Range): Pastured eggs are ideally what you want to look for. This means the the chickens are allowed to roam outdoors and feed on insects and grasses for the majority of the time. Their diets may be supplemented with grain, but this is not their only food source.
Unfortunately, labels on all food can be deceiving. Remember to look for organic, pastured or free range eggs when buying them at the grocery store. Even small changes in the quality of food you eat may result in big improvements in your health. Learning about where our food comes from and how it is made is a crucial aspect to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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