These light, easy-to-make zucchini muffins are handy to have for a quick breakfast. They are excellent paired with Cinnamon Butter and a cup of Buttered Coffee. Refrigerate in an airtight container to preserve the quality.
Sometimes you just want pizza. For a quick snack, nothing could be easier than these Zucchini Mini Pizzas. Sprinkled with mozarella cheese and topped with pepperoni, these tasty treats will have you thinking about making another batch before you're even done with the first.
Meatloaf is a staple food that many people grew up with, but that was a different breed of meatloaf entirely. Although meatloaf is usually bulked up with oats or bread crumbs, this recipe relies on zucchini and added fat from bacon to achieve the same texture. Serve a slice of this meatloaf with some Cauliflower Mash for a hearty and heartwarming meal.
In certain pasta dishes, cauliflower (amazing though it is) just isn't an option. Enter zucchini-the wonder vegetable that can be sliced and spiraled into a variety of pasta shapes to replicate your favorite meals. This lasagna recipe is extra cheesy and should cool and set longer than regular lasagna so it achieves the same texture.
If you are a yogurt lover, fear not: Yogurt is a treat that can be had on keto every once in a while, but only in its full-fat form. Creamy yogurt pairs well with the crunch of chia seeds and sliced almonds in this parfait recipe. Add fresh berries or a dash of cocoa powder for a real sweet treat.
Nothing warms you up on a cold night like a warm bowl of chili. If beef chili just isn't your thing, this white chicken chili is sure to hit the spot. Green chiles are tempered with Cheddar cheese and sour cream but overall , this is a very mild chili. Add a jalapeño or serrano pepper to heighten the heat.
Sometimes it’s the simplest ingredients that make a dish. Here, a bitter mix of arugula is complemented by fresh lemon juice and olive oil. It’s full of great fats for ketogenic energy, with a modest amount of protein for a macro balance.
It’s no secret that pork chops are the Harry Potter of the protein world (the Potter that still lived under the stairs, not the Potter that defeated Voldemort—that would be Maine lobster). But what I love about pork chops is that they’re cheap, and with the right ketogenic “breading” you can take the flavor anywhere you want. Thick-cut pork chops work best because they stay juicy through the cooking process, but even with thin-cut chops you won’t care about juiciness because you’ll be enjoying so much more of the delicious coating. Serve this over zoodles for a great meal.
While waffles may be hard to replace on the keto diet in terms of crunchiness, they are easy to match when it comes to flavor. This recipe yields a light, flavorful batter that can be adapted to your needs. For a thicker batter, use fewer egg whites.
This Havarti-slathered pork dish flavored with Tuscan herbs is juicy, delicious, and hard to share.
All of my favorite berries come together in this super fruity and fibrous smoothie. This tall glass of refreshment was a staple meal for me during busy workdays, often replacing lunch. Since berries tend to be high in fiber they are lower on the glycemic index scale, making them a great superfood for anyone on the keto diet. Enjoy this smoothie with fresh or frozen berries, depending on the time of year.
If you're missing fries with that burger and shake, don't despair-try this recipe for tofu fries with a crispy-on-the-outside and moist-on-the-inside texture. Paired with Sugar-Free Ketchup or garlic aioli, its hard to tell these from the real deal. Make sure to remove as much moisture as possible before frying for the crispiest texture.
Cinnamon is a natural sweetener, so when you’re missing cereal, look no further than this crunchy alternative to sugary breakfast bowls. All you need is ½ cup with unsweetened almond milk. The fiber-rich coconut will fill you up all morning.
Inspired by a traditional Swiss fondue, this chicken cordon bleu is singing from the Alps about its savory three-cheese blend with a dash of nutmeg, enveloping salty ham, which is, in turn, hugging a dash of tangy Dijon mustard.
This spice mix adds color and pep to your plate. It goes great over everything, but it especially turns boring eggs into a wow dish. Everyone will want in on your “secret recipe.”
While teriyaki sauce traditionally does contain sugar, our keto-friendly version uses a sugar-free substitute that is still highly comparable and tastes almost the same on a protein like salmon, which absorbs flavors very well. Topped with a spicy aioli, this flaky fish dish is served with buttered asparagus for a classic-style dinner. If you enjoy an added crunch, toss some slivered almonds in with the asparagus right before serving.
Deviled eggs . . . my loves . . . my everything . . . . I always have hard boiled eggs on hand for salads and on-the-go snacks. These breakfast-friendly deviled eggs are slightly sweet and satisfying— like a cinnamon bun.
While freshly steamed mussels are higher in carbohydrate than many other shell sh, nothing beats the taste. Paired with fresh thyme and a heaping serving of garlic, these flavorful morsels are perfect for an appetizer or a main course. Serve with toasted Coconut Almond Flour Bread or a crunchy vegetable medley, like celery and bell peppers.
Chicken thighs are a great cut of meat to enjoy on the keto diet, especially when stuffed with delicious ingredients. This recipe highlights the combination of bacon and spinach for a rich, hearty meal. Served with a light salad and a citrusy vinaigrette, this is a great meal to make for dinner and save for lunch the next day.
A favorite of many, spinach and artichoke dip is the perfect thing to scoop up with some pork rinds for a tasty snack. Although this dip is traditionally made with mozzarella and Parmesan, this recipe includes the rich, nutty flavor of Gruyere for added cheesiness.
Salmon doesn’t have to be boring. In this dish, shallots and sun-dried tomatoes are enveloped in a creamy ricotta cheese mixture, sandwiched between two nutrient-packed salmon fillets.
A now-closed restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, was the only place I willingly ordered eggs Benedict since starting my keto lifestyle. Not because I don’t like eggs Benedict, but I felt it would just not be the same without an English muffin or a fresh buttery biscuit. That all changed when I was served a plate full of pulled pork eggs Benedict. Even without the bread, it was still filling and wonderful. But breakfast should be easy, and traditional hollandaise sauce is not. So to make this a quick and easy keto breakfast, I use a delicious microwave hollandaise sauce on top of poached eggs and leftover pulled pork from the previous night’s dinner. The combination of savory pulled pork and rich hollandaise sauce is sure to satisfy all morning.
At about 3.5net carbs per cup, green beans are not the keto-friendliest of all veggies. But paired with a rich blend of savory ghee and red pepper flakes, you can definitely enjoy this occasional carb "splurge."
Pulled pork is so easy to make, especially if you have a slow cooker (and you should). Serve this slightly spicy dish with lime wedges and let your palate take a magic carpet ride to Austin, Texas—pulled pork dreamland.
Why miss spaghetti on a low-carb diet when it still exists inside a delicious and nutritious vegetable? This recipe is full of Italian flavor from the fresh parsley, basil, and oregano. Sure to please the whole family with its hearty flavor, this meal will turn into a staple recipe in no time.
Pork rinds have this amazing ability to take on the flavor of whatever you spice them with, making these a crave-worthy sour cream and onion “chip.” You can usually get pork skin from a butcher or at your local international market; otherwise you can purchase “pork rind pellets” online.
Sushi cravings while on the keto diet are a real challenge. While sashimi is still fair game, getting the experience of a sushi roll without rice is often difficult at most restaurants. Make your own with this simple recipe that has all the flavors of your favorite sushi. Serve with pickled ginger and low-carb soy sauce.
These thick-cut pork chops are coated in a dry ranch rub, then slow-cooked to juicy perfection. They’re wonderful when served with a salad or wilted greens and garlic.
Throw a few ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning, and come home to a fully cooked meal. When you’re done with this chicken, use the bones for Lemon-Rosemary Bone Broth and get several more meals out of it.
Chicken is complemented by a light coconut and lemongrass infusion, which is married to kale in the end.
Shrimp scampi is a pasta classic that gets a twist in this "keto-fied" recipe by substituting zucchini noodles for the pasta. A spiralizer, used to create the zucchini noodles for this dish, is a versatile tool to invest in for your kitchen arsenal that is extremely useful on the keto diet. If you have a mandolin, you can also achieve the unique "zoodles" cut with that.
Chinese food may seem like a world away while eating on the keto diet, but not with this modified stir-fry. Pair this with Cauliflower "Rice" or enjoy on its own. It is equally good both ways. The bamboo shoots provide a nice texture alongside the shrimp and broccoli for a filling meal.
Nutty sesame pairs with bright ginger in this Asian-inspired salmon recipe served with Cauliflower Mash. Leftovers of this great weekday meal can be reheated easily for lunch the next day. If you want to enjoy these "mashed potatoes" with another meal, double the amount of ingredients and save half for later-they freeze well.
If you crave Chinese takeout as much as I do, whip up these quick and delicious sesame chicken thighs instead of reaching for your phone. The deep, nutty flavor of sesame oil tempers the sweetness of the maple syrup in this sweet and savory dish. I like to serve these with a steamed and buttered vegetable like broccoli and Cauliflower "Rice" for a filling meal. Add optional sesame seeds for a presentation to rival your local takeout joint.
These eggs are a complete keto luxury. You get a pancake-like batch of scrambled eggs topped with some of your favorite sugar-free maple syrup. I sometimes even eat these for dessert.
Easy to make and enjoy today or save for later and reheat, scotch eggs are a versatile and compact breakfast. The type of breakfast sausage you choose will largely determine how the final meal will taste. Be aware that the thickness of the sausage patties around the eggs can alter the cooking time.
Sweet and spicy sausage is married with earthy, fragrant sage in this meatloaf, which is topped with a tart orange zest.
This spicy, meaty sauce can be served over just about anything, but it’s especially captivating over lightly sautéed zucchini noodles.
Spicy soups seem most appropriate on chilly winter days, and this light, creamy soup has just enough spice to draw you inside and keep you there.
A Scotch egg is a boiled egg encased in a layer of sausage flavored with sage and fennel. In the United Kingdom, Scotch eggs are as common as Buffalo wings at an American bar or a bagged pickle at the gas station. Unfortunately, the closest I’ve gotten to a Scotch egg here is the Rose & Crown at Epcot Center. Scotch eggs can be fried or baked; to make your life simple, here’s the baked version.
Full of fresh rosemary flavor, this simple snack is a personal and party favorite at my home. Fresh rosemary is key here, so save this recipe for another time if you only have dried rosemary on hand. I fell so in love with the flavor of these that I now keep a small rosemary bush on the back porch. Enjoy these nuts with a cup of tea or alongside cured meats and cheeses.
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You don’t need fancy equipment or ingredients to make a good quiche. The combination of rosemary and ham is a match made in heaven. This quiche is large enough to serve a whole family on the cheap.
Succulent and flavorful pork medallions are seasoned with fresh rosemary and balsamic vinegar in this recipe. The herbaceous rosemary cuts through the usually thick flavor of the balsamic vinegar for a perfect pairing. Serve with Cauliflower Mash or steamed asparagus for a complete meal.
After a long day out fishing, nothing tastes better than a simply roasted trout and some fresh vegetables. Even if the catch came from the supermarket, trout is an incredibly delicious fish and cooks very easily with this recipe's foil method. Paired with fresh dill and fennel, the fish is impressive in flavor and presentation.
Juicy tomatoes, sweet and spicy whiskey-caramelized onions, and refreshing goat cheese combine for this delectable dish. Enjoy on a summer evening with fresh-picked tomatoes from your garden or your local farmers’ market.
Garlic-infused olive oil should be a staple in any kitchen. It certainly is in mine. It comes in handy in recipes like this where the garlic acts as more of a side than a seasoning. After roasting in the oven, the garlic cloves turn into little pillows of creamy, garlicky lusciousness. You can eat them bite by bite, or make a Roasted Garlic Cream to add to the green bean mixture.
These oven-roasted pesto poppers caramelize in the oven as they bake, bringing out the natural sweetness of the peppers, balanced with a savory goat cheese and herb blend.
This recipe for roasted cod with bok choy is a personal favorite. Quick to make with the aluminum-foil steaming method, this dish will impress with little effort. Bok choy is available year-round, but its peak season is winter. If you're making this dish during other times of the year, substitute a more seasonal vegetable, like broccoli or broccoli raab.
Mozzarella and red peppers make this dish slightly sweet but still high enough in fat for our ketogenic purposes.
Delicious on their own or paired Cinnamon Butter, these scones make for a great quick breakfast that will satisfy your morning baked-goods cravings. The addition of berries gives these scones an added nutrient boost. If raspberries are not in season, use any other berry you like.
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On a cold day, there’s nothing I love more than a bowl of curry. What’s even better are the leftovers; you’ll wake up to an even spicier version the next day, and the next, and the next. Serve with zucchini noodles or a side of steamed veggies.
A true Southern classic, pulled pork is one of the easiest dishes to prepare in a slow cooker while you're at work. Served with a light cabbage slaw, this recipe can be eaten as is or with homemade Barbecue Sauce. Enjoy this delicious pork and slaw with a fork or pair with a low-carb bun for a treat. If you do not have a slow cooker, cook the pork in a Dutch oven in a 200°F oven for the same amount of time.
Chunky blue cheese and spicy buffalo sauce throw a victory party in your mouth when they come together in this refreshing salad.
Prosciutto is a delightful alternative to bacon—lighter in flavor and better for wrapping chicken. Here, the crispy, salty pork completes the dish.
Perfect for a party appetizer or an afternoon snack, these stuffed mushrooms roasted with cream cheese and prosciutto are a lovely treat. Prosciutto comes in a variety of thicknesses; for this recipe, the thinner the better. When prosciutto is cooked it can become tough if it's too thick, so ask your butcher for the thinnest cut available.
Pot roast is a weeknight classic at my house and also serves as a hearty comfort food. While potatoes and carrots aren't allowed on the keto diet, I like to substitute other root vegetables like turnips or radishes for a similar texture and equally great flavor. My tried-and-true secret of thickening the gravy with heavy cream instead of flour also yields a uniquely rich take on this family favorite dish.
Salty bacon, savory sauce, and spicy Mexican chorizo come together for a dinner dance that celebrates every angle of pork, dressed in eggs.
Sausage and banana peppers are two of my favorite pizza toppings. In this deconstructed version, banana peppers are the boats to float herbes de Provence–spiced sweet sausage down a river of tomato sauce with little mozzarella hats.
Nachos, my first love, my last love. While a pork rind can never truly replace a tortilla chip, the more toppings you add, the less you’ll care which vehicle is driving all that delicious cheese into your mouth.
This casserole is easy to toss together, but it feels like a special occasion. Sweet green beans are high in fiber; here they are tossed in a rich cream cheese Alfredo sauce on top of a savory pork base.
Peanut butter and cream cheese come together to create this unique, chewy cookie. Crunchy on the outside but chewy on the inside, these mimic the traditional peanut butter cookie in many ways. The dough will be very sticky, so wet your hands before forming the cookies.
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This light omelet is simple to make but delightfully complex in flavor. It is elevated with asparagus, spring onions, and fresh herbs. The Havarti cheese adds a slightly sharp and buttery layer of flavor.
I didn’t miss oatmeal until it was gone. I hadn’t eaten oatmeal for years before keto, but once it was out of the picture, I was running back to it like an ex-boyfriend I forgot I barely liked. I thought, “A nice hot bowl of oatmeal would be delicious. Wait, who am I? What year is this?” But some keto friends told me about this hack and, when I tried it, I was hooked. It really does achieve a similar texture to oatmeal or cream of wheat.
Tangy and flavorful, these drumsticks are smothered in mustard, shallots, and white wine for a simple preparation. The fresh herbs and cream sauce pair well with a steamed vegetable, like broccoli, topped with butter. In some dishes, shallots can substitute for a combination of garlic and onion. The unique flavor of the shallot is important for this dish, so shallots should be used, if possible.
Consider your pizza cravings gone, with this fat-centric pizza where the mozzarella crisps on the bottom and can be cut (and held) like a real pizza. Plus, you’ll still get all that classic pizza flavor you crave.
Mornings are better with meat. Here, onions and scallion are balanced with plenty of cheese. The best part: make this on Sunday and it will last you all week long for quick and easy breakfasts.
Genoa salami slices, smaller than bologna slices but larger than pepperoni, make great low-carb “crusts” for easy mini pizzas you can make in the oven, microwave, or toaster oven. Even your non-keto pals will enjoy these.
There’s nothing like a crispy, salty, ooey-gooey mozzarella stick. The secret to making them is that you absolutely must make and freeze them in advance; or they’ll end up a hot, ooey-gooey mess all over the baking sheet instead of in your mouth.
Use this savory bone broth in other recipes or sip it when you get a cold. The apple cider vinegar is a must; it helps extract the minerals and nutrients from the bones. If you can find it, try using pink Himalayan salt instead of sea salt. Pink Himalayan salt includes minerals like sulfate, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Freeze in 1-cup containers until needed.
One of my favorite dinners as a kid was fish sticks dipped in ketchup, while watching cartoons with my cousins. My ode to those TV dinners? These crispy, flaky fish sticks that have evolved into adult-friendly dippables. I like to offer Homemade Champagne Ketchup and/or Lemon-Dill Tartar Sauce on the side.
This recipe is my ode to Caffe Dolce Vita in Providence, Rhode Island, and their lemon-lavender pancakes with lemon-lavender butter and my lemon-lavender love. It’s like eating the entire region of Napa Valley.
Although it’s not advisable to eat all the onion used here due to the high carb count, there’s nothing wrong with infusing your whole dish with their flavor, and snagging some sweet and sticky caramelized ones at the end.
What good is a lettuce cup if it’s not filled with a scoop of tuna salad loaded with crisp, fresh ingredients like celery, onion, and dill? For an extra kick, add a tablespoon of dill pickle relish.
An almond flour base is accented with a creamy lemon topping in this recipe. The sugar-free gelatin and almond flour crust are what make this recipe keto-friendly. If you have it on hand, dust these bars with powdered stevia for added garnish.
As a kid I ate a lot of chicken Florentine but always felt that the chicken overpowered the delicate flavor of the sauce. Here, I’ve used thin pork cutlets, which are happy to let the lemon-caper sauce steal the show.
Light, fluffy eggs pair with sharp Cheddar cheese and broccoli in this simple breakfast dish. Enjoy this recipe using ramekins for individual servings. They make a great lunch accompanied by a side salad.
Since trying the various bacons—spicy, chocolate, candied, lavender, among others—made by a wonderful Charlottesville, Virginia, restaurant, I haven’t been able to eat bacon straight up since. This is my all-time favorite recipe for kicking breakfast bacon up a notch.
A taste of the islands is not far away with this authentic jerk chicken recipe. Traditionally made with sugar, this jerk marinade is keto friendly and can be made in advance or doubled for multiple uses. While most jerk chicken is made over an open flame, the addition of some liquid smoke does that work for you while the chicken roasts in the oven.
When you crave something spicy, these stuffed jalapeño poppers are a great go-to snack. Depending on the time of year, jalapeños can carry a mild or medium level of heat. Paired with cream cheese, the heat is tempered but still comes through in a pleasant, tasty way.
A kitchen classic, roasted chicken is great not only for a family meal but also for leftovers-you can slice chicken breast for sandwiches or wraps, and chop up the meat for things like chicken salad. The basic herb blend in this recipe can be changed to whatever rubs you like to use. Jicama, full of fiber, roasts well with the chicken for a texture similar to roasted potatoes.
Fresh herbs play off the rich flavor of lamb in this herb-crusted recipe. Best served with simple side dishes like Cauliflower Mash and steamed vegetables, this classic preparation is the perfect way to impress your guests with minimal effort. Do not substitute dried herbs for fresh in this recipe, as the bright flavor of the fresh herbs is what makes this simple dish so delicious.
One lucky morning my husband and I went to breakfast in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, to a cute little diner called Cindy’s Country Cafe. I’m not much of a breakfast person; I closed my eyes and pointed to a menu item, hoping it was something I’d like. Turns out I had picked the harvest omelet, and it was the best omelet I’ve ever had. I attempted to re-create it at home, and this is my version, which I make at least once a week. There’s something magical about the flavor of caramelized onions mixed with sweet, juicy Macintosh apples. That said, feel free to vary this recipe with your favorite keto-friendly ingredients.
Taco salad is one of the easiest recipes to whip up on a busy weeknight. The best part about this recipe is that the taco meat can be doubled and reserved for other dishes, such as the Cheesy Taco Shells. This recipe freezes well, but be sure to thaw completely before reheating.
This light but refreshing combination of grilled shrimp and avocado gets its inspiration from traditional dishes served on tropical islands. Remember, shrimp cook quickly and can be overcooked easily. Avocados are also delicate, and should be handled minimally before serving.
Hanger steak may not be a familiar cut; it's often referred to as the "butcher's steak" or "butcher's cut" since it's so flavorful that butchers often reserve it for themselves. Nowadays you can find hanger steak at most meat markets. If you can't locate it, just ask the butcher, who may have some in the back. Paired with an herbaceous cilantro crema, this steak cooked rare is one that you'll never forget.
Mild but flavorful green chiles blend with a creamy enchilada sauce in this tasty casserole that gets made at least once a month at my house. Sprinkled with strips of low-carb tortillas, this dish also captures the flavor of traditional enchiladas but without the high amount of carbs.
Treat yourself to a tapas classic with these goat cheese stuffed peppers, roasted to perfection. The rich, creamy flavor of the goat cheese cuts through the light spice of the pepper and is complemented by the fresh basil. If you are unable to find fresh basil, make this recipe when you have it, as dried basil does not produce the same flavors when used as a substitute.
On a trip to Old Quebec City, I fell off the keto wagon for their famed maple pie. On the way home, we stopped in Stowe, Vermont. You could say I wasn't the most keto-rific spokesperson at that point, and I got the first bowl of pasta I’d eaten in eight months. I oohed and aahed through the whole meal and then spent several weekends coming up with a keto gnocchi recipe to share these savory flavors. I didn’t plan to blab about my walk off the keto plank, but if anyone figures out a keto maple pie, I’ll be first in line.
Salmon is a spectacularly excellent ketogenic fish because it’s full of omega-3 fatty acids. Atlantic salmon has the most fat, with about 18 grams of fat per 6-ounce portion.
Butter and cream form the base of this delicious baked egg. Fragrant rosemary is a wonderful substitute for thyme if you prefer, but, in either case, use fresh herbs, not dried. This recipe takes only a few minutes to make, but you’ll be thinking about it all day.
These fried avocado wedges are an absolute delight. Crispy and crunchy on the outside, and soft and creamy on the inside, they're always a hit and can be seasoned in a variety of ways. Dip them in Ranch Dressing for some added flavor.
While you may buy French onion dip at the store, this recipe will make you quickly reconsider that decision. Caramelizing onions does bring out the sugars more but this dip can be enjoyed in moderation on the keto diet. Paired with pork rinds or raw vegetables, this dip can be enjoyed right after you make it or after resting in the refrigerator overnight for enhanced flavor.
For a Mediterranean vibe, try this feta and olive stuffed chicken recipe. Great on their own or served with Zucchini Noodles, these chicken thighs are bursting with Greek flavor. Top with extra feta for a cheesier bite.
One thing I’ve learned for sure is that keto cakes can be made from eggs and keto breads can be made from cheese. There’s really nothing you can’t do with eggs or cheese plus a little almond or coconut flour if you’re craving a bread-like treat. Huge props to UpLateAnyway.com, who inspired the dough for this recipe with her famous low-carb stromboli recipe, which, to me, makes her a ketogenic hero.
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Another breakfast classic you're able to enjoy on keto is Eggs Benedict. Instead of an English muffin, substitute a layer of bacon for the necessary crunch. If your hollandaise sauce gets too thick while it rests, simply add a few drops of warm water and mix before serving.
Rich, dark chocolate is the shining star in this double chocolate brownie recipe. Sprinkled with dark chocolate, these gooey, almond flour-based brownies are good to the last crumb. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream or some sliced berries.
All the way from the Mile High City, this classic omelet has all of my favorite breakfast options in one place. Vegetables, cheese, and savory meat make this a perfect keto meal for my weekday mornings, especially with sauteed garlic, which adds an additional flavor punch to the overall dish.
An egg roll would be naturally ketogenic if it weren’t for the wrapping. Here I take the best and most ketogenic parts of an egg roll, the pork and cabbage, to create a light, healthy meal bursting with Asian flavors.
Rich coconut milk is spiced with curry powder in this excellent chicken curry recipe. Accompanied by bamboo shoots and onion, the chicken thighs absorb the deep flavors of paprika and ginger for a bright, crisp curry. Serve over crisped Cauliflower "Rice" or, for something different, Zucchini Noodles.
A simple egg scramble inside a bacon cup is topped with cheese in this savory, compact meal made in a cupcake pan. I enjoy using this basic recipe and adding different cheeses or toppings, like mozzarella and basil or onion and Cheddar. Feel free to experiment to find your favorite way to enjoy these sunny breakfast cups.