March 06, 2015

Think back on the days of the restaurant bread basket—endless amounts of bread with butter or olive oil delivered to your table as soon as you sat down. I have to admit; I miss the days of free biscuits, bread sticks, hushpuppies, and all other carb-heavy appetizers. Luckily for our health though, many restaurants have nixed the basket of bread entirely, or have it as an option.

In a quest to create a healthier biscuit for my pre-dinner snack, I found a perfectly portioned bite that is entirely gluten-free and less than 25 calories per biscuit. They might be small, but these little cheesy cauliflower biscuits bring a burst of garlicky-cheddar flavor every time you pop them in your mouth. You can serve them as your “bread basket” before dinner or on a platter for a fun appetizer.

The Recipe:

  • 1 cauliflower head, leaves removed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Step 1: Make Mashed Cauliflower Preheat the oven to 400°F. Steam cauliflower for about 10-12 minutes or until very tender, then transfer to a food processor. Add minced garlic and pulse several times until smooth and creamy.

 

Step 2: Mix Transfer mashed cauliflower into a large mixing bowl. Add in two whole eggs, cheddar cheese, Nonfat Greek yogurt, salt and pepper and mix together.

In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Then, slowly fold the egg whites into the cauliflower mixture.

Step 3: Bake Coat a mini muffin pan with cooking spray of your choice. Then fill the cups to the top with the cauliflower mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove from the pan, and set on a cooling rack.

Makes: 24 small Biscuits. Serving size: 2 Biscuits CALORIES 51; FAT 2.5g (sat 1.3g, mono 0.8g, poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 4.4g; CARB 3.2g; FIBER 1.0g; CHOL 36mg; IRON 0.4mg; SODIUM 227.5mg; CALC 56mg

 

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