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The healthier alternative to the Egg McMuffin just hit the market

Dan Myers

McDonald’s Egg White Delight

We first told you about McDonald’s hotly anticipated newest release, the Egg White Delight, back in March, and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival since then. Yesterday, the chain formally rolled out the product with much fanfare in their Times Square flagship (with a little help from gymnast Gabby Douglas), and this morning the breakfast sandwich finally made its debut in locations nationwide.

The obvious difference between this sandwich and the Egg McMuffin is, of course, the fact that real egg whites are used in place of whole eggs. There are a couple of other differences, though: white Cheddar cheese has replaced the standard American, and a whole-wheat English muffin has replaced the standard white one.

As for flavor, this is as satisfying an egg white breakfast sandwich as any. The English muffin began to fall apart about halfway through, for some reason, but the real standout is the egg white. These are fresh egg whites griddled on a flat top, as opposed to the precooked patties that you’ll find elsewhere, and it was cooked very nicely and not dried out at all. As for the cheese, it was hard to tell it apart from the standard American, but it melted well and served its purpose dutifully. All told, a solid addition to the McDonald’s breakfast lineup.

And don’t forget, this also means that you can now get egg whites on any other breakfast menu item. And if they’ve got all that white Cheddar sitting around, we wouldn’t be surprised if they’d top your burger with it, too.


Want Real Eggs at McDonald's? Just Ask!

I gotta admit it: I have a secret love for McDonald's breakfast sandwiches. On the morning after a rough night out, I wake up with a deep hole in the pit of my stomach. A McDonald's bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit-shaped hole that I only know of one way to fill. If you don't know what I'm talking about or feel like averting your eyes in disgust at the image of that neatly-wrapped bundle of salt and fat above, then you may as well hit the close button on your browser right now. This is not the post for you.

For the rest of you, come with me. I've got a little secret to share.

Are we all in agreement that the biscuit option at McDonald's is the best of the sandwich-holders, handily defeating the lame English muffins, trouncing those squishy round things they like to call bagels, and narrowly edging out the salty-sweet pleasure of a McGriddle?

And are we also in agreement that the worst part of their biscuit sandwiches is that strangely folded egg patty? It's pre-cooked, reheated, rubbery, oddly flavored, not completely unpleasant, but definitely not egg-like.

Well here's the deal: you can get your McDonald's biscuit sandwiches (or any breakfast sandwich, for that matter) made with a 100% real egg, cracked and cooked fresh on-premises. All you've got to do is tell the cashier that you'd like your sandwich made with a "round egg" and they'll replace your folded egg patty with a real egg, free of charge.

It'll even appear on your receipt that way. The round eggs are the same ones they use on the Egg McMuffin, made from a real egg cooked on the flattop in a ring-shaped mold. The difference it makes for the sandwich is huge.

An egg sandwich from McDonald's that actually tastes like egg? Who'da thunk it?

Take a look at their relative cross-sections. The round egg even has a touch of lightly-cooked, soft yolk in the center. Just like a real fried egg. Almost.


McDonalds Copycat Egg White Delight

This McDonalds Copycat Egg White Delight recipe could not be simpler than if you were already being handed it at the drive-thru window. Ready in less than 2 minutes? Now that's an easy breakfast recipe we can get behind! The first meal of the day is the most important, and nothing's better than being able to stay at home and still enjoy your favorite Mickey D's breakast items. That's where this recipe comes in. Your kids are sure to beg for this treat on a regular basis after they learn you can make it at home. Good thing it's a healthy, hearty and delicious breakfast.

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This looks so much nicer than anything you would find in McDonalds. I would definitely have this as a breakfast or lunch! I will be trying this one out on my partner at the weekend I think we will both love it as lunch with a big old cup of tea)

I make breakfast sandwiches and they are a hit. I just like sausage and cheese, but my husband has an egg on his. You can make them with an English muffin, toast, or even a bagel. Use whatever breakfast meat you want. Whatever kind of cheese you like. My preference is for whole eggs also. Lots of nutrients in the yolk.

This breakfast looks very easy and healthy. I will probably use the whole egg though. I never go out for breakfast, so this will make a special breakfast treat that will be cheaper and healthier than going to a restaurant.

This is a great healthy breakfast option that you can make at home and it tastes BETTER than McDonald's because it is so much more fresh.

Wholesome, healthy ingredients. You can tell just by looking at the recipe that this is so much better for you than the real thing - and so much more authentic than the fake ingredients McDonald's probably uses.

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McDonald’s Egg White Delight(Revised)

McDonald’s has a new breakfast sandwich called the Egg White Delight. They are marketing it as being under 300 cals. Not too bad. Well I decided to make my own to see how it would compare. My version came close to the same nutrition information as the McDonald’s version.

McDonald’s
250 cals
7g fat
30g carbs
18g protein

My version
221cals
4.6g fat
28.4g carbs
28.4 g protein

As you can see my version has more protein and less fat and carbs. I looked a little closer at the McDonald’s sandwich and discovered something that is more important than calories. The INGREDIENTS. Lets compare my egg whites to theirs.

McDonald’s Egg Whites:Ingredients: Egg Whites.
Prepared with Liquid Margarine: Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono-and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).

My Egg Whites: Ingredients: 3 organic egg whites.Prepared with olive oil.

The purpose of this post is to show you that not all calories or nutrition information is created equal. Not everything companies promote as being healthy is actually healthy. You may think you are getting just eggs, but at McDonald’s and probably lots of other restaurants you are getting a lot of additives with it too.


Posted April 23rd, 2013 | 7:19am by Ryan

Can you imagine a more beloved fast food breakfast sandwich than the Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s? Sure, McDonald’s being the #1 most popular fast food chain in the world for decades has a lot to do with the iconic status of the sandwich, but you can’t argue with its staying power. Now can you imagine McDonald’s taking another super popular menu item like the Big Mac and giving it a healthy makeover? Could be a sign of disaster. Well the Egg McMuffin isn’t going anywhere, but it’s got some new competition with the new Egg White Delight.McDonald’s describes their Egg White Delight like this:

Make your morning with 100%, freshly grilled egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon and smooth white cheddar*, stacked on a toasted English muffin made with eight grams of whole grain. Great taste for 250 calories.

So you’ve got a couple of things to consider with the Egg White Delight. Having the Egg McMuffin come first is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it’s paved the way as a combination of simple ingredients that has clearly passed the taste test. A curse because by making a copycat version, you’re likely to take some possible hits in taste and textures by making it a healthier alternative. But maybe you’re one of those people that prefers the taste of Diet Coke over regular Coke? Let’s break down the hits and misses of the Egg White Delight.

Even though I’ve never been terribly impressed by the original Egg McMuffin, I can respect its place in fast food history. I consider the Egg McMuffin to be an average breakfast sandwich and the same can be said for its new incarnation in the Egg White Delight. With the Egg White Delight you’re obviously replacing the round griddle-steamed egg with grilled egg whites, but you’re also replacing American cheese with a slice of white cheddar. I didn’t miss the egg yolk much at all and found the egg whites to be an adequate substitute. I found the egg white consistency to be pretty on point with any other grilled egg whites I’ve had in the past. There isn’t a particular taste highlight from the eggs and that was expected as the white cheddar and Canadian bacon take center stage. I was looking forward to the white cheddar to see if it would be an obvious upgrade over the American cheese from the regular Egg McMuffin, but unfortunately, it’s just about on par. White cheddar doesn’t melt as well as American cheese, and that saved me from peeling off the gooey mess usually left on the wax paper packaging. I was hoping for a sharper white cheddar and what I got was a processed slice that didn’t separate itself from American. The white cheddar seemed to work better in the Grilled Onion Cheddar burger.Just like the original Egg McMuffin, the Egg White Delight does a pretty solid job at having each ingredient stand out individually. The saltiness of the Canadian bacon is really the key ingredient that leads the flavor charge. The muffin highlights 8 grams of whole grain and either this is nothing new or both the Egg McMuffin and the Egg White Delight are sporting the same bread now because they have 𔄠 grains of whole grain” in both descriptions. I prefer the muffin when it’s adequately toasted… almost too toasted. Just enough toasting to get some sharp crusty edges for some crunch. This quality of toasted muffin seems to be hit or miss depending on location. I don’t know if it’s all in my head, but I found the muffin to be more buttery with the original Egg McMuffin.Can you imagine one day we’ll have “diet” versions of our fast food favorites? Maybe in the future there will be a new Big Mac with ground turkey and low-fat Mac sauce. McDonald’s didn’t take a huge risk with the 250-calories Egg White Delight, but they succeeded in not botching it. I find the Egg White Delight to neither be an upgrade or downgrade to the original Egg McMuffin. If you want to save yourself 50 calories, go for it. Both were priced at $2.69 at my local McDonald’s and I find that $1.99 would’ve made this a much better value for its size. The Egg White Delight isn’t too far of a stretch to distance itself from the original and since the original has been around for over 40 years, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In the end, to me it’s still just an average breakfast sandwich.

Pros: Egg white consistency and wiping out the idea of an egg disc. 50 calories less than the original Egg McMuffin. Canadian bacon. Extra toasty muffin.

Cons: $2.69 still seems a little high for this sandwich since the size doesn't really satisfy a big appetite. White cheddar wasn't an improvement. It took me five McDonald's locations until I finally found it.

Taste: 6.25/10
Value: 5.25/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $2.69


McDonald’s announces new monster-sized breakfast sandwich/hangover cure

Do you need a ton of protein in the morning? Are your arteries in excellent shape? Do you have an office cot available for a mid-morning nap? If so, then McDonald’s latest breakfast offering may be for you.

For its first new breakfast sandwich in five years, McD’s announces via press release today that its new “Triple Breakfast Stacks” will help diners “conquer morning hunger,” possibly for the rest of the week. Here’s the official description:

Triple Breakfast Stacks come with two slices of melty American cheese between two savory, hot sausage patties. They’re topped with crispy, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon and an egg. Guests can opt for their choice of a toasted McMuffin bun, buttery and flaky biscuit, or sweet and savory McGriddles cakes.

The idea was apparently inspired by diners creating their own mega sandwiches by combining McMuffins with McGriddles, for example, to make one giant breakfast creation. Manager Of Culinary Innovation Chef Mike Haracz explains, “People have been hacking our menu for years—so much so that it’s inspired our new Triple Breakfast Stacks.” So why not create what is essentially a Big Mac on an english muffin or griddle cake, with some bacon and egg thrown in for good measure?

Notably, McDonald’s last nationally available breakfast sandwich debut was 2013’s Egg White Delight McMuffin, which was obviously going in an entirely different direction from the chain’s current “customer-led menu innovation.”


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Taste Test: McDonald’s Egg White Delight - Recipes

So... for one of my morning classes during school (I will not name which one), my teacher has been out for a few days now, and we've had the same substitute the whole time. This substitute is craaaazy cool, and although I won't name any names, he/she is one of the subs I can actually tolerate. Some subs are so blah, so boring Some have no clue how to handle the class Some subs are mean, some are old, some try to be funny (when they're NOT), and some subs. Some subs give you four pages of homework and say it'll be due the next day. Can you imagine how irritating it is to do all that work, to only have your real teacher come in the next day and say, "I never told the sub to assign you that." It's frustrating! I've learned that if homework assignments from subs are ridiculously long, you should just skip them altogether, because your teacher won't even ASK for them when they come back. Every time. I swear it!
But anyway, this certain sub for this certain class doesn't do any of that. Like I said, he/she's a coooool sub. One of the coolest I've ever had, anyway. So, a couple days into his/her substitution, two of my classmates asked if they could drive over to McDonald's to pick up some food and then come back. And can you believe it. The sub actually let them go! I mean, wow! How coooooool is that?! If it's hard for you to understand, think of it is this way- We're not even allowed to leave school unless we have a release. And if we don't, someone has better lost an arm or barfing up a lung Otherwise, good luck ducking out of class! I honestly couldn't believe my eyes when the two kids from my class came in with paper bags bearing the famous McDonald's logo.
"You guys went to McDonald's?" I said.
"Yeah." they replied.
". Were you here when class first started?"
"(chuckles) Yeah."
"And you didn't get caught?"
"Yeah, it's pretty easy. Just don't go out by the gym doors."
"Oh." (looks at sub). "He/She actually let you go?"
"Yeah."

Did I mention our sub is totally cool?! Anyway, my friend and I were pretty jealous. But we were inspired by our classmate's creativity and cleverness, and decided that the very next day, we would go out and do the exact same thing.
So we did!
We got our sub's permission, then walked out the front doors of our school like we knew what we were doing, and nobody asked us any questions. My friend, who is a junior, said it was the first time she had ever left school during class. It was mine too. But I'm just a timid, lowly freshmen!
My friend and I took her car over to McDonald's, and we decided to order inside, as she apparently has never really driven into a drive-thru before. Even though I had already had breakfast, I found this to be the perfect opportunity to try McDonald's New Egg White Delight McMuffin, before it's not so "new" anymore. I ordered one of those for $2.69, along with a medium coffee for $1.00.


Here's McDonald's take on their new, yolk-free breakfast item:

"Make your morning with 100%, freshly grilled egg whites, extra lean Canadian bacon and smooth white cheddar, stacked on a toasted English muffin made with eight grams of whole grain. Great taste for 250 calories."

Getting rid of the yolk also gets rid of the 50 extra calories you would normally find in McDonald's regular Egg McMuffin sandwich. McDonald's is also now offering to substitute egg whites for any normal egg in all of their breakfast sandwiches, so if you'd like to know the modified calorie counts for those, just subtract 50 calories from the original item, and you'll know how many the egg-white version contains. Besides the egg whites, the flavor of cheese used in the Egg White Delight is white cheddar instead of your typical orange American slices. And now, McDonald's switched over to using English Muffins with 8g of whole grain for all of their breakfast sandwiches, regardless of whether you want egg whites or not. I wonder if you can still order a whole-grain free McMuffin still. I mean, don't get me wrong, but they didn't always use wheat Muffins before, did they. Huh. I can't recall.
Well, once we got back to class, it was time to eat! But I was still stuffed from breakfast. Oh boy, what a glutton! Geez! But we don't want this baby to get cold, do we? Of course not! That'd be wasteful.
Okay, so the Egg White Delight is about the same size as it's yolk-containing brother. Actually, according to McDonald's website, both breakfast sandwiches weigh in at about 4.8 ounces. So if you thought this sandwich would be smaller because the yolk's been removed from the equation, think again.

Even with the car ride home, my Egg White Delight remained nice and warm before I took my first official bite. The English Muffin was toasted- Tasty, like always. Nice and crunchy on the outside, while perfectly warm and soft on the inside. I didn't think it tasted any different than usual, if this whole "8g of whole grain" thing is relatively new.
I was surprised by the overall taste of the Egg White Delight. Other reviewers who have tried this product have said that the salty taste of the ham particularly stands out since the egg yolk has been removed from the muffin, but I don't agree. I mean, it wasn't the sole star of the show, first of all- It was like the ham and cheese were the main attractions equally. Secondly, while the ham did stand out a great deal when compared to its role in the Egg McMuffin, it didn't stand out nearly as much as I was led into believing it would. It was good, but it's not like it was a whole different experience or anything. Also, the ham wasn't nearly as salty as I'd imagined either. By the way some reviewers had talked, it sounded like a sodium-flavor-fest, but the ham's saltiness wasn't bad at all. Just enough to satisfy this blogger's taste buds! (Maybe not even quite enough. )
So, I suppose what you're all wondering is, "What about the egg whites? Those must taste totally bland." In reality, I thought the egg whites tasted great! They were chewy- Not dry or styrofoamy, which is a persistent problem of mine when I cook egg whites. The egg whites also don't carry a definite shape, unlike McDonald's whole eggs, which always come out in a consistent, circular look. I didn't even miss the golden yolk. To tell you the truth, I even prefer the egg-white only muffin to the whole egg- And no just because it's healthier. I like my yolks when they're still liquidy and runny, so that they can pop! and squirt out when you bite into your egg, and McDonald's always cooks their yolks until their completely solid. I hate how solid yolks have that powdery feel to them. Makes my mouth dry. I don't like it. The Egg White Delight was an overall more delightful experience for me than the classic Egg McMuffin.
And I think you yolkless skeptics out there will enjoy the Egg White Delight too. I mean, yeah, it's like, "No yolks? Whaaaaaaat? Bleh!" But you'll barely notice they're gone. Even though the yolk is missing, the ham and cheese make up plenty for the missed taste. I mean, thanks to the Egg White Delight, these two components get their chance to stand in the limelight, I suppose. The egg whites were all around tasty too, so it's not like you'll ever feel like you're missing out on the egg completely. The English Muffin is also toasty and crisp. With all of these solid flavors working together, you yolk-fanatics will be pleasantly surprised how good a breakfast sandwich can taste without the "golden treasure."
Anyway, to sum it all up, I enjoyed the Egg White Delight much more than I thought I would! A healthy, tasty egg sandwich that can hold its own against the Egg McMuffin, it'd definitely be the first thing I'd order if I found myself visiting McDonald's during breakfast time.

Nutrition: 8/10
Taste: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Originality: 6/10
Overall Deliciousness Rating: 7.5/10


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5-ingredient copycat Taco Bell bean burrito recipe

Taco Bell is one of the few fast-food restaurants that can cater to the vegetarian diet. The vegetarian-friendly bean burrito is one tried-and-true example. However, that doesn't require any dietary restrictions to enjoy. It's a simple, cheap, and quick meal. For just $1.29 price tag (prices vary with date and location), the burrito combines refried beans, red sauce, cheddar cheese, and onions wrapped in a flour tortilla. While we couldn't beat the price, our 5-ingredient copycat Taco Bell bean burrito tastes as good as the original — even if we had to add a little water to technically rack up six ingredients total. Who's really counting, anyway?

Taco Bell is straightforward with its ingredients, so we could easily source them from the grocery store. Taco Bell's tortillas are also certified vegan, which can be replicated with tortillas made without the traditional lard. Keeping this recipe even more foolproof, we used store-bought red sauce and pre-seasoned pinto beans. In addition to being a shortcut, the red sauce we chose really made the whole recipe come together. See for yourself why this copycat bean burrito recipe could easily be a classic.