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.
- 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