Time to head back to school again! Whether you’re a brand new teacher or a battle-tested veteran like myself, it’s always fun to freshen up your teacher wardrobe as you prep for the new school year. In the same way a new pair of workout leggings can inspire you to get into the gym, putting together a new teacher outfit is one small way to infuse a little excitement into back-to-school season. Whether you’re looking for trendy new items or classic basics, you are going to want to check out LOFT. They are known by teachers far and wide as the destination for affordable quality pieces that are perfect for teachers’ on- and off-duty lifestyles.
And the hashtag #loftlovesteachers isn’t just marketing. LOFT offers teachers a 15% discount (use your school/district issued email address to sign up), and they support teachers through DonorsChoose. During August 2021, They are collecting money in stores now through September 13, 2021, and they will match up to $50,000 in donations.
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Teacher Closet Staples to Wear All Year Long
Today I’m sharing 8 stylish, teacher friendly items at LOFT and how I will be mixing them into my wardrobe now and throughout the school year. For my back-to-school picks, I stuck with colors that can be mixed and matched with each other as well as with the rest of my clothes. You’ll notice lots of neutrals with a few pops of color. For reference, I am 5’5″ and typically a size M/8.
Lou + Grey Wafflestitch Henley Top – True to size or slightly roomy. Suuuuuper soft, as you would expect from Lou + Grey. Can be dressed up or down just like the matching pants.
Lou + Grey Wafflestitch Wide Leg Pants – True to size, and nice and drapey. You could dress these up with heels, run errands with some kicks, or lounge around the house. I haven’t worn wide leg pants for years, so these feel fresh.
Here’s how I styled these cute pieces! This dress would also be cute with a blazer or kimono. You can wear it to the beach over a suit or dress it up for Back-to-School night! It also comes in solid olive, and it’s sooooo soft and comfy.
Remember those sweater sets from back in the 90s? They’re back! Twinsets have a classy Audrey Hepburn type vibe, and I love that you can wear the pieces as a set or individually. They’re great with jeans, a skirt, or shorts in the summer!
I’ve been all about the joggers this past year, so these wide leg lounge waffle knit lounge pants feel fresh and different. You really could wear these anywhere!
Finding jeans that fit well and are comfortable can be a struggle. The LOFT “Curvy” jeans have a little extra room in the hips and thighs, so they don’t gap around the waist like a lot of jeans do. These aren’t distressed, so they’ll be great for school as well as weekends.
You really can’t go wrong with LOFT. They get new arrivals frequently, they have great sales (as I type this they currently have a promo code for 60% off!), and their clothes are very well suited to the classroom and to real life. Teachers, good luck with the new school year!
Anyone else head over heels about Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites? I love them, and had noticed I was getting them at least once or twice a week as a healthy, high-protein small meal or post-workout snack. The thing about those little beauties is that, with tax, they cost about $2.50 a pop. I’m willing to pay for convenience sometimes, but when I calculated the cost difference of making them at home vs. buying them weekly, it was a bit of a rude awakening. I decided it was worth making my own in batches to keep in the fridge or freezer. Plus, beyond the cost savings, you can experiment with different flavors and ingredients.
These sous vide egg bites have become a staple in my weekly meal prep because they’re so easy to reheat: 30 seconds in the microwave if they’ve been refrigerated, or 1-2 minutes if frozen. They’re also perfect for a quick and healthy teacher lunch at school.
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Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites Tools
You’ll need several things to pull off your instant pot sous vide egg bites:
Pressure Cooker (Instant Pot)
First, obviously, you’ll need a pressure cooker. I use the Instant Pot Duo 6 Quart pressure cooker. This size is great for feeding 4-6 people, and it fits two trays of silicon egg molds just perfectly. Making the egg bites in a pressure cooker allows them to have that steamed, “sous vide” texture. You could also bake them in a muffin pan in the oven, but they’d be more crumbly and less creamy.
Trivet with Handles
You’ll also need some sort of trivet: I use the metal one that came with my Instant Pot because it lifts the molds off of the bottom of the pot, and it also has long handles that are accessible even when you have two egg trays stacked.
Silicon Egg Bite Trays
Speaking of egg trays, I use the official Instant Pot Egg Bites Pan with Lid, which is compatible with both the 6-quart and 8-quart Instant Pot pressure cookers. I recommend spraying the egg tray compartments lightly with cooking spray (I use avocado oil spray) before adding the egg mixture. And they do come with silicon lids, which some people have said you can use on the trays for cooking in the pressure cooker, but it says right on my lid that you shouldn’t do that, so I covered the trays with aluminum foil instead. Did you know they make nonstick aluminum foil? It’s a game-changer!
Here’s where you get to have a little fun. There are a few basic ingredients that you’ll need, including eggs and cottage cheese. I used nonfat cottage cheese, but if you want creamier egg bites, you can use partial or full fat cottage cheese. Aside from that, you’ll need a little bit of some other type of cheese. If you want plain egg bites, that’s all you need! Beyond these three things, you can customize at will. The basic recipe is 4 eggs, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1/2 cup of some other type of cheese, and then anywhere from 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup of veggies, meats, herbs…you name it! A quick Google search will give you tons of ideas if you want to try something new. For the batch featured in this post, I made kale and Portobello mushroom, which is my favorite at Starbucks.
For most ingredients, you can just toss them in your food processor or blender and blend them in. Some ingredients, like my kale and mushrooms, or onions, peppers, broccoli, sausage, bacon, etc., need to be sautéed a little or cooked to tenderize them and bring out the flavor.
Get all of your ingredients out, sauté or precook anything like bacon or sausage, and then toss it in your blender. If you want bigger pieces of an ingredient, wait until after blending the eggs and cheese and then stir the chunks into the blended egg mixture before pouring into the silicon mold. Or, you can place ingredients into the molds before pouring in the egg mixture. You could also sprinkle ingredients on top of the egg mixture once its in the molds. Like I said, it’s totally your choice.
For this batch of kale-Portobello mushroom egg bites, I blended everything together rather than leaving chunks of chopped mushroom and kale. Here’s the recipe for my kale-Portobello instant pot sous vide egg bites. If you don’t like kale and mushrooms, well, just leave them out. 😀
Note: This recipe is for ONE tray of egg bites (7 total). Double it if you have two of the silicon egg bites trays, and then stack the trays when you add them to the Instant Pot to cook.
Copycat Starbucks Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites (Customizable Flavors)
Everyday Teacher Style
These Instant Pot Sous Vide Egg Bites will remind you of the ones you pay a lot more for at Starbucks. They're easy to customize, swapping out the kale and Portobello mushrooms I used for 1/4 – 3/4 cup of your own ingredients (roasted red pepper, broccoli, sausage and bacon crumbles, green chiles, or just your own concoction of herbs and spices. You can experiment with different kinds of cheeses as well!
1/2cupfat-free cottage cheese*Use partial or full fat for creamier texture
1/2cupSwiss cheese, shredded*Use any kind of cheese you want: we like mozzarella, Monterey Jack, sharp cheddar, feta, and others.
1/4cupkale, rough chopped, wilted*Optional and replaceable!
1/4cupPortobello mushrooms, cooked in skillet*Optional and replaceable!
salt and pepper, to taste*Or any kind of spices or herbs you like
Add 1 cup of water to Instant Pot and place the trivet with handles inside, handles up and leaning on the sides (I use the metal one that came with my Instant Pot).
Add eggs, cottage cheese, Swiss (or other) cheese, and remaining ingredients to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth (about 30 seconds). Note: If you want chunkier ingredients, add them AFTER processing the egg and cheese mixture.
Divide the egg-cheese mixture equally between the prepared (sprayed lightly with cooking spray) compartments in the silicon egg mold.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil and place the covered tray into the Instant Pot, on the trivet.
Place the lid on the Instant Pot (vent must be set to "sealing"). Pressure cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 11 minutes. Note: If you want your egg bites to be a little more on the firm side, you can add a few more minutes. I actually like mine cooked for 12 minutes. Likewise, you could reduce the time for less firm egg bites. It will take about 5 minutes for the Instant Pot to gain pressure and begin to cook.
When the pressure cooking is done, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, set the vent to "venting" and release any remaining pressure.
Remove the tray from the Instant Pot and let the egg bites cool in the tray for a few minutes.
Pop the egg bites gently out of the molds and enjoy! (If the egg bites are sticking to the tray, you can use a spoon to gently lift them out.)
Storage & Reheating: Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to a month. To reheat, microwave refrigerated egg bites for 30 seconds, or 1-2 minutes for frozen ones.Multiple Batches: This recipe makes 1 batch (7 egg bites). If you have two silicon egg bite trays, you could double the recipe and stack the trays in your 6-8 quart Instant Pot.
1 egg bite
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.7g
Saturated Fat 2.2g
Total Carbohydrate 2g
Dietary Fiber 0.1g
Total Sugars 1.2g
Vitamin D 12mcg
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
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That’s it! I’ve had fun making all sorts of different egg bites lately. Do yourself a favor and get a couple of the egg bites trays: you’re going to want to make multiple batches!
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