Every Busy Person Needs This Cheesy Egg Muffin Recipe

Egg muffins, aka baked omelets/minifrittatas, are everywhere – and they appeal to any busy person, whether a mom, a health-conscious individual, or a working professional. This particular recipe is inspired by our Editor in Chief Lisa Sugar, who loves POPSUGAR Fitness’s cheddar egg muffin recipe.

Lisa makes the egg muffins her own by adding more cheese and substituting the broccoli for spinach (the milder-tasting veggie is easier to stomach early in the a.m.). Inspired, I tried the recipe out with Lisa’s suggestions as well as cut down the steps, ingredients, and equipment used, so this is the easiest-ever egg muffin recipe. Feel free to play around with the ratios if you’d like to double down on the vegetables or go heavier on the cheese. This recipe is pretty forgivable . . . just don’t flood the muffin cups, and you should be good to go!

Cheesy Egg Muffins

Adapted from Wheat Belly Cookbook by William Davis

Ingredients

  1. 1 dozen eggs
  2. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  3. Ghee or nonstick cooking spray, to coat pans
  4. 1 cup frozen or fresh spinach
  5. 1 heaping cup thinly sliced mushrooms
  6. 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
  7. 1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded cheese (either cheddar or parmesan)

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Crack eggs into a liquid measuring cup. Whisk the eggs and salt.
  2. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan with ghee. Divide spinach, mushrooms, green onion, and cheese between each muffin cup, then carefully pour eggs over tops until muffin tins are almost full (leave 1/4-inch space).
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. The egg muffins will look like soufflé when they come out of the oven, but they will sink after a few minutes. Let them rest in the muffin tin for a few minutes before using a rubber spatula to carefully remove each muffin.
  4. Consume immediately or let cool and transfer to a resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for up to a week or freeze for a month.

12 Harry Potter-Inspired Recipes You Can Bring to Life

Harry Potter fans can never get enough of the Wizarding World. Though it may be difficult (er, or impossible) for us measly muggles to re-create spells, one thing we can bring to life is the food and drink mentioned in the books. Though it may not be as easy as shouting “accio butterbeer!”, these recipes are absolutely doable for the home cook.

15 Mason Jar Salads That Will Transform Your Lunchtime

A crisp, crunchy salad makes the perfect lunch, but here’s a secret: packing your meal in a mason jar actually makes it taste better. Why, you ask? Layering your favorite mix-ins and dressings helps keep your meal from getting soggy ahead of time. It’s no matter if you prefer a hearty and sweet salad with grains or a refreshing mix that features the flavors of zesty guacamole; these 15 recipes will help you step up your lunches (or dinners) for good.

– Additional reporting by Nicole Perry

The Most Popular New Drink From McDonald’s Shamrock Line Wasn’t Even Advertised

When we heard about the new additions to McDonald’s Shamrock drink menu this year, we were pumped. But it wasn’t until we went to our nearest McDonald’s to try all the new items that we realized the best one isn’t even on the advertised menu. You’re looking at the Shamrock Iced Coffee, which is a secret menu item that we managed to discover thanks to an insider tip from the McDonald’s employee who made the Shamrock Mocha for us to try (which, by the way, is just as perfect as McDonald’s Peppermint Mocha). The employee told us this is the most popular Shamrock drink, aside from the original Shamrock Shake.

The Shamrock Iced Coffee (about $2) did appear on the touchscreen self-ordering kiosk at our local McDonald’s, but not every location’s standard menu (above the cashiers) may feature this item. Since you might not find this iced coffee on the menu along with the Chocolate Shamrock Shake, Shamrock Chocolate Chip Frappe, Shamrock Hot Chocolate, and Shamrock Mocha, here’s how to order it.

  • Order your preferred size of an iced coffee, and ask to add the McCafé Mint Mocha Flavored Syrup. Depending on what size you order, you’ll get two to four pumps mixed into your coffee.
  • You can order it with cream or no cream; just speak up about your preference.

The cold coffee drink is rich, chocolaty, minty, and refreshing. It honestly reminds us Bay Area residents of the (cheaper version of the) Philz Mint Mojito, one of the most popular drinks in San Francisco. Suffice it to say, if you love mint-chocolate anything, you’ll want to order this iced coffee every morning, so try out the limited-edition off-menu item while you can.

An Upscale, Trader Joe’s-Like Grocery Store Is Coming to America

Lidl, a German supermarket chain, plans to open 100 stores in the East Coast by mid-2018, Business Insider reports. Though this isn’t a household name in America, Lidl is a direct competitor to Aldi, another German discount grocery chain who owns Trader Joe’s. Given the popularity of both brands in the States, it makes perfect sense that Lidl would expand to the US.

However, the Lidl grocery stores opening in America won’t look anything like they do in Europe. Though in Germany, the UK, and 24 other European nations, Lidl positions itself as a discount grocery chain, Lidl stores in America will be “[u]nlike Aldi . . . the Lidl will be a hybrid similar to Trader Joe’s or Harris Teeter, but closer to a Trader Joe’s,” according to a company presentation obtained by BI. “We will sell high-end brands, quality not quantity, best products only.” In other words, Lidl is setting itself up as an upscale Trader Joe’s. There will be locally sourced products, wine, and coffee. While we don’t have an exact idea of what products will be stocked on store shelves, here’s an idea, based on Lidl’s Instagram account.

You can expect the first 20 stores to open this Summer in Virgina, North Carolina, and South Carolina. And if you’re not in the East Coast, the chain may eventually open as many as 600 stores in the US. So, are you intrigued by this new grocery store?

Trader Joe’s Is Recalling Its Applesauce For 1 Scary Reason

Trader Joe’s is voluntarily recalling its apple sauce because the jars could potentially contain pieces of glass in the product.

The products affected by the recall include the following:

  • Trader Joe’s First Crush Unsweetened Gavenstein Apple Sauce that have a “best before” date through Aug. 8, 2018
  • Trader Joe’s Organic Unsweetened Apple Sauce with a “best before” date through Oct. 6, 2018
  • Trader Joe’s All Natural Unsweetened Apple Sauce with a “best before” date through Dec. 16, 2018, in certain stores only

You can find the “best before” date on the top of the lid. According to Trader Joe’s, all of the affected products have been removed from store shelves and destroyed. If this is one of your favorite snacks from the grocery chain, you can learn more about the recall – and how to get a refund – on Trader Joe’s site.

How to Get a Taste of the Best New Snacks Before Anyone Else, Straight From an Expert

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Nicole Perry

Do you ever wonder who spots the craziest new junk foods, like Firework Oreos and Twinkies ice cream, on store shelves before anyone else? Turns out, there’s a whole community of junk-food hunters who constantly deliver the buzziest new products to their eager followers, including established Instagram accounts like The Junk Food Aisle.

A few years ago, the Chicago-based blogger became obsessed with the idea of being the first to try the best and biggest new products before the rest of the world caught up. “With each new release it was always, “How can I get my hands on these ASAP? The real inspiration to finally sit down and make my own junk food news site came when I was introduced to the Sweets & Snacks Expo here in Chicago. After some digging I found that a media pass would be my best way in, and from there I really started to figure out what a junk food blog of my own would look like. The result was The Junk Food Aisle.”

Oreo addicts that we are, POPSUGAR Food editors reached out to the anonymous person behind the ingenious Instagram account to find out the expert’s secrets. Are all those photos real? How does someone manage to find the most head-turning packaged foods before anyone else? Any tips for other like-minded snack aficionados? Discover all that and more, ahead.

Look everywhere – including multiple stores.

If you strike out at one store, that doesn’t mean a second store won’t have what you’re looking for. The key is to look carefully every time you shop, because you never know what you’ll find. The Instagram expert says, “At this point, with my page, I can’t just stop in a grocery to pick up milk, I first have to take a lap down each aisle and see if any new products catch my eye. It also helps to know that no two stores are the same. Just because one Walmart doesn’t have any new Pringles flavors doesn’t mean the Walmart two miles away won’t.”

Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts

Don’t underestimate the power of a hashtag.

When in doubt, search your favorite brands on social to see if there are any sneak-peek announcements. “Social media and the internet in general are great resources, too – both for finding out what products are coming out and also just in helping to know where to look for certain things. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look online, following junk food accounts like mine, and checking product hashtags on Instagram to know what’s out there and where.”

Keep an eye on the most innovative brands.

With so many new products flooding snack shelves, there’s got to be at least one brand standing out from all the rest. In the Junk Food Aisle’s opinion, “Hostess has a lot going on right now, between their new snacks like the Chocolate Cake Twinkie and their new ice creams and frozen dessert offerings. They’ve unloaded a lot of cool new ideas in the past month or two.”

Some of the other most popular brands among the Junk Food Aisle’s followers are Kit Kat and Reese’s. “Tic Tacs do surprisingly well, too,” the blogger admits.

But the ultimate leader? Oreo – no surprise there. “Oreo once again is the leader of the pack here in my mind. Swedish Fish Oreos? That’s such an outside-the-box idea, and even though a lot of people thought they were gross they certainly got everyone talking. I think it’s great they would try something different like that and I hope they continue to. In addition to new flavors, we’ve also recently seen new products like Oreo Churros, Oreo Eggs, and the candy bars. I’m always excited to see what they come up with next!”

Same, Junk Food Aisle. Same.

New Starbucks Secret Menu Alert! Here’s How to Order the 2-Toned Pink Purple Drink

Starbucks ombré drinks are officially taking over the secret menu. Just days after the matcha pink drink started taking over our Instagram feeds, the newest two-toned drink has taken its place – the Pink Purple Drink. Pictured above on the left, the vibrant iced beverage is exactly what it sounds like: a hybrid of the Starbucks Pink Drink and Starbucks Purple Drink, the two most popular drinks to come out of Starbucks’s rainbow lineup last year.

According to Instagram user nonsteapeats, here’s how to order the eye-catching pink and purple drink for yourself.

  • 1 part Pink Drink (Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk) and 1 part Purple Drink (Passion Ice Tea with Soy milk, vanilla syrup, and blackberries)
  • Ask your barista to mix the Pink Drink first, add ice, and then slowly pour in the Purple Drink.

For people who can’t wait to try the two-toned trend at Starbucks but aren’t the biggest fans of matcha tea, this secret menu item is a no-brainer. Which ombré drink are you more excited to try?