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Taking on a diet usually means one thing: Following a strict set of rules. And while that’s usually enforced for a reason, sometimes it’s hard not to relent to a cheat day. But bestselling author Stephanie Laska glides under the motto that everyone can bend the rules to lose weight. 

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That’s the key to her popular keto cookbook, “The Dirty, Lazy, Keto Cookbook,” a book filled with keto-approved recipes that provide readers with the opportunity to write their own high fat, low carb path. Stephanie insists that if your weight loss journey includes having a Diet Coke or low-carb beer every now and then, that’s totally fine. It’s all about finding and adhering to your own journey. And she knows from experience: By following this keto diet, Stephanie dropped 140 pounds and has maintained that weight loss ever since.  

With Stephanie’s recipes, you’ll make McDonald’s cheeseburger soup (a healthy fast food and soup mash-up), baked ziti layered with sausage links and cauliflower, and creamed spinach, swimming with cream cheese and sour cream. All of the recipes are relatable and straightforward, peppered with ingredients that can be picked up at discount grocery stores—there’s nothing fancy or esoteric here.

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To start off, begin mornings with a copycat recipe for Starbucks egg bites. These squat rounds are baked in muffin tins, a winning mixture of whisked eggs, swiss and cottage cheeses, and no-sugar bacon. They emerge out of the oven springy and golden brown and can be stored in the freezer and popped into the microwave when you need breakfast on the go.

Excerpted from “The Dirty, Lazy, Keto Cookbook by Stephanie Laska and William Laska. Copyright © 2020 by Stephanie Laska and William Laska. Photographs by James Stefiuk. Used with permission of the publisher, Adams Media, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Starbucks Egg Bites Recipe 

I love egg bites because I can make them in large batches and easily freeze individual portions in Ziploc bags. In the morning, I pop a couple of egg bites in the microwave and VOILÀ! A fancy breakfast is served. I urge you to double or even triple this recipe as your family members will likely gobble them up (when you are not looking) and leave you with no leftovers. This recipe mimics the egg bites sold at Starbucks (but without all the added unnecessary potato starch).

Starbucks Egg Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutesCook Time: 30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 5 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup full-fat cottage cheese
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 strips no-sugar-added bacon, cooked and crumbled
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Swiss cheese, cottage cheese, salt, and pepper.
  3. Pour six equal amounts of mixture into well-greased muffin tins (or use cupcake liners).
  4. Top with bacon bits.
  5. Bake 30 minutes until eggs are completely cooked.
  6. Remove Starbucks Egg Bites from oven and serve warm.

Header image courtesy of James Stefiuk.

Amy Schulman is an associate editor at Chowhound. She is decidedly pro-chocolate.
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