These Low Carb Egg Muffins are packed with protein and other nutrients, and are absolutely delicious! Easy to make ahead and enjoy for breakfast, a healthy snack, or for any meal of the day. Perfect for Meatless Monday too!

End-of-summer news flash!!! My {almost } 13-year-old daughter, Miss SiSi, decided to become a {lacto ovo} vegetarian 2 weeks ago.

I’m a little hesitant writing this, knowing that teenagers have a penchant for spur-of-the-moment decisions. And, she could change her mind at any minute.

But, I’m going with it for now, because over half the meals we eat, are already plant-based, so from a cooking perspective, I think it will be easy, as long as my “boys” get a little meat from time to time 🙂

And even though Mr. Spicy, Big Tex, and I are omnivores/flexitarians, I definitely think a mostly plant-based diet is a very healthy way to eat, so I’m here to support her decision 100%.

The thing is, though, that there’s no way this RD mama is going to let her daughter live off macaroni and cheese and buttered noodles every day.

Sheesh! What would you think of me if I allowed something like that?!

And that’s where these Low Carb Egg Muffins w/ VEGETABLES come in to play when SiSi heads back to school next week.

Chock full of some of her favorite ingredients {other than pasta!} these low-carb egg muffins are the perfect thing to pack in a nutritious school {or work} lunch!

I’ll be honest and tell you that my girl isn’t a huge veggie eater {and if I had to be perfectly honest with you, I would tell you that she could probably live off of CARBS, topped with butter of course, on a daily basis}.

But she humors me by eating tomatoes and olives on a regular basis. And, I’ve discovered that spinach and onions {when chopped up and cooked} are acceptable things to add in to foods.

Notice I said “add-in” NOT sneak. Sorry for shouting, it’s just that I am very anti-sneak when it comes to kids and vegetables…

These low carb egg muffins are perfect to pack in a school lunch!

In addition to tomatoes, olives, onions, and spinach, they also contain another one of SiSi’s favorite foods, feta cheese, which, in her opinion, makes everything more palatable.

As in, “Yes Mom, I will have a little Greek Salad ALONG with my feta cheese.” Ha!

Work with me here friends…if feta cheese is what it takes to get my daughter to eat some greens, then I’m all for it!

And, finally, in addition to the feta cheese, the eggs and quinoa provide some protein for my daughter, which I’m all for. Especially if it makes her a little less crabby moody, ahem, emotional, when she gets home from school.

Ah…teenagers…

Wish me luck over these next several years 🙂

Low Carb Egg Muffins Serving Suggestions & Ingredient Substitutions

  • SERVING IDEAS
    • Breakfast “On-the-Go” 2 muffins + a piece of fruit;
    • Brown Bag Lunch 2 muffins + a piece of fruit + veggie sticks;
    • Afternoon Snack 1 muffin + a piece of fruit;
    • Family Dinner for Busy School Nights 2 muffins + salad + fresh fruit.
  • RECIPE VARIATIONS
    • Italian Low Carb Egg Muffins {tomatoes, spinach, fresh basil, mozzarella and Parmesan}
    • Dairy Free Very Veggie Muffins {tomatoes, onion, garlic, spinach, zucchini, & artichoke hearts}
    • Make Mine w/ Meat Muffins {onions, tomato, chopped ham or crumbled Italian turkey sausage, and cheddar}
silicon muffins collage-empty, with raw egg mixutre, and with cooked egg mixture

Need some other vegetarian school lunch ideas? Here’s what I have planned for packing for SiSi’s school lunches, all served with a piece of fruit and/or veggies {carrot sticks, sugar snap peas, and cucumbers are her favorites}…

Vegetarian School Lunch Ideas

  • Amazingly Addictive Artichoke Squares-So easy to make ahead of time in big batches and freeze/defrost for lunches!
  • Vegetarian refried beans with cheese and rice
  • Veggie Sandwich w/ goat cheese, tomato slices, lettuce, cucumbers, and avocado
  • Tomato Soup {This homemade tomato soup is my all-time favorite, OR Trader Joes Organic Cream of Tomato Soup is quite tasty} + a cheese sandwich
  • Pasta with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese.
  • PB and J Sandwich
  • Vegetarian Chili topped with cheese

P.S. Check out my new Pinterest Board, Family-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes, for more tween/teen-friendly vegetarian recipe ideas the whole family will {fingers crossed} love!

Mediterranean Feta & Quinoa Egg Muffins

Low Carb Egg Muffins w/ Veggies & Feta Cheese

These low carb egg muffins with veggies and feta cheese are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast, a healthy lunch, or for any time of the day!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion*
  • 1 cup chopped or sliced tomatoes {cherry or grape tomatoes work well}
  • 1/2 cup chopped {pitted} kalamata olives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons high oleic sunflower oil, plus optional extra for greasing muffin tins
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa*
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit, and prepare 12 silicone muffin holders on a baking sheet, or grease a 12 cup muffin tin with oil and set aside.
  • Chop vegetables and heat a skillet to medium. Add vegetable oil and onions and saute for 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and saute for another minute, then add spinach and saute until wilted, about 1 minute. Turn off heat and stir in olives and oregano, and set aside.
  • Place eggs in a blender or mixing bowl and blend/mix until well combined. Pour eggs in to a mixing bowl {if using a blender} then add quinoa, feta cheese, veggie mixture, and salt, and stir until well combined.
  • Pour mixture in to silicone cups or greased muffin tins, dividing equally, and bake in oven for 30 minutes, or until eggs have set and muffins are a light golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving, or may be chilled and eaten cold, or re-heated in a microwave the next day.

Notes

  1. *Omit onions for a Low FODMAP option.
  2. If you have precooked quinoa in your fridge, it works perfectly in this recipe, but if you are cooking it specifically for this recipe I recommend making a big batch {2 cups water per each cup of dry, rinsed quinoa} and saving the extra for leftovers.

Nutrition

Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 805IU | Vitamin C: 3.6mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 1mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Gluten Free, Low FODMAP Option, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Keyword egg muffins, grab and go breakfast, portable breakfast
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I love hearing from you! Have you made low-carb egg muffins before? What ingredients would you add to these muffins? What are your favorite vegetarian brown bag lunch ideas? Do you have {or have had} a teenager? Tips please, pretty, pretty please!!!

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20 Comments

  1. The eggs and quinoa are a great base. I used zucchini, red pepper, spinach, and mushrooms. I avoid tomatoes and onions because of GERD. Hoping the e feta doesn’t trigger a reaction because it adds great flavor. Easy and satisfying. Looking forward to trying other veggie combos.

  2. Lynn M Cross says:

    These are really good!!! I love the protein kick for breakfast. I am freezing the batch for easy breakfast rotation, and will be making them on repeat.

    1. EA Stewart says:

      Thanks so much Lynn! I’m so glad you are enjoying them-perfect for making ahead for an easy, grab and go breakfast. Have a wonderful day!

  3. Elizabeth Shaw says:

    What a great idea- I’m curious, is your daughter still on that lifestyle choice or has she let the meat back in?!

  4. these look really tasty and I agree on not sneaking veggies in

  5. Cindys Recipes and Writings says:

    I never tried baking with quinoa. These muffins sound delicious, EA!

  6. Thank you for combining all my favorites in one recipe. This is a must for the holiday weekend. Do you think they will hold up in double parchment liners??

  7. Sarah Grace says:

    Yum, I love egg muffins..so convenient on the go! I’m part of the “21st posting group” for RR and I never usually see the other group’s link-up, so I’m glad I did this month!
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

  8. kellie@foodtoglow says:

    oh wow, you have outdone yourself. SiSi must be quietly pleased to have a mum who can rise to the challenge of her change of diet. This great recipe can go so many ways I feel. Spicy, French, Mexican, Korean. Endless.

  9. Good luck! 🙂 If a little feta is what it takes, then feta it is! What a great way to have a healthy vegetarian bite, and it’s perfect for back to school!

  10. Deanna Segrave-Daly (@tspbasil) says:

    Oh boy – just waiting for those teenage years 🙂 And like Danielle said, olives in eggs?? Sign me up – look forward to trying these out!

  11. gretchen | kumquat says:

    thanks for rounding out our round-up with a little savory protein addition! they look delish!

  12. Cindy Gay says:

    Looks great! Will try!

  13. Perfect for on-the-go mornings! Love it! I bet they freeze well!

  14. Jessica @ Nutritioulicious says:

    Great minds think alike!! Although your pics are so much better than mine!

  15. genevieve @ gratitude & greens says:

    Yum, I can’t wait to try these! I love savoury muffins 🙂

  16. Emily @ Zen & Spice says:

    What a great, out of the box idea for this month’s theme! Looks tasty!

  17. Viviane Bauquet Farre says:

    These look so delicious, EA! Like little mini-quiches. I love the idea!

  18. Kim - Liv Life says:

    Love, love, love this!! We are actually ovo/pescatarian (salmon only) vegetarian (mostly). My son is very lactose intolerant, so I’ve learned to cook nearly everything without milk (pizza was my one downfall!). Eggs are something my daughter loves, and we do something similar to your muffins, only as a scramble. I LOVE the muffin idea though!! Kind of like a frittatta/quiche in a cute cup. Good luck to her!!

  19. Danielle Omar -- Food Confidence RD says:

    OMG, these look amazing! Love olives and NEVER thought to add to eggs. WHY? You have changed by eggs forever. 🙂