Cheap Eat: Starbucks Breakfast Sous Vide Egg Bites, $4.50

If you have a teenage daughter you may understand why I spend an inordinate amount of my paycheck at Starbucks. I think they must put something in the Frappuccinos that make gaggles of 14-year-old girls squeal with delight every time we pass one. (Trust me, on my own, I’m more fond of locally owned spots like Brew or the new Retrograde Roasters).

But here’s the thing: Sometimes a mama needs to eat. And when the word “Sous Vide” is involved at a Starbucks, call my interest piqued, but my hopes managed. This is Starbuck’s after all and we’re all still smarting a bit from the whole La Boulange disaster.

Shocker! The sous vide egg bites are insanely good. Like, I’m kinda hooked good. These little egg nibbles come in two flavors: Gruyere and bacon (310 calories), egg white with roasted peppers (170 calories). Both are high in protein and have a velvety, almost creamy texture packed with flavor. (And I’m not the only one loving them). In case you’re not a cooking nerd, the “sous vide” process of cooking the eggs borrows from a gourmet cooking technique that uses a vacuum-sealed back cooked in a water bath.

Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites. Courtesy photo.

Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites. Courtesy photo.

Turns out teenager and I nearly came to a nasty staredown over a set of these bad boys. It was easy enough to distract her, however, by pointing to a new flavor of Frappucino while I polished off the last one. Mom always wins.

They’re about $4.50 for two. Buy an extra pair.

Not a Starbucks fan? Here’s a link to making them at home.