I think it is safe to say that we all want our cake and want to eat it too. When I graduated from college my sweet hubby had the most amazing cake for me. It was in the shape of a Louis Vuitton purse. It was large and covered in fondant. It even had the multicolor LV logos all over and leather looking handles with little edible golden brads. It was so pretty I hated to destroy it, so I had all my party guests eat from the base of the cake in the very back so it wouldn’t be damaged.
That night we placed it in the fridge to keep it from deteriorating too fast. Of course, once you put something in the fridge it is doomed to a six month sentence. It sat in the fridge for months hiding behind the milk jug and an old container of meat loaf. In the end I didn’t get to completely enjoy savoring my cake because I wanted to preserve its beauty, but its beauty became hidden and I became unable to partake in its flavors. Sounds like an O. Henry story!
Maybe when we try to have it all we end up losing something as well. I learned in college that anything you do to a fiber (like soften it) will also damage it (it becomes weaker). Or like Notorious BIG always said “Mo money mo problems.”
When considering how this theory applies to food I can see a connection; the more calories you take out the more flavors you lose. But this doesn’t have to be the case. You can take out the calories and make meals more nutritional while still maintaining the flavor. Case in point, today’s Healthy Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Recipe.
I’m sure you’ve tried the originals a time or two. I bet you have even asked for a basket of biscuits before you even ordered your drinks! What I have for you is the same great garlic and cheese flavor in a low calorie whole grain biscuit.
To make these I combined whole grain flour with baking powder, baking soda, garlic powder, and flax meal. One of the things that make the regular biscuits so good is the butter. But, flax meal can actually be a substitute for butter in many recipes. It will also give you a big dose of Omega3 which is usually found in salmon. You can use all purpose flour if you prefer; those who are on South Beach Diet or diabetic should stick to whole grain.
Once my dry ingredients were mixed I tossed in fat free shredded cheese. You can also use reduced fat or whatever your grocery store has on hand. I slowly mixed in milk until everything was well combined.
I formed the mixture into balls and placed it onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. These baked for 15 minutes until browned. While they baked I melted together a small amount of butter, parsley, garlic powder and salt. When my biscuits came out of the oven I lightly brushed each one with the butter mixture.
My husband and I really enjoyed these. The house smelled warm and garlicky while they were baking. These are a little denser and heavier than the regular rolls but they still have that salty garlic coating on top that is so amazing! And after you take a bite you can lick your lips and still taste the garlicky goodness.
Just try this quick recipe once and you’ll see that sometimes you just might be able to have your biscuit and eat it too!
Healthy Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuit Recipe
2 ½ Cups whole wheat flour
¾ Cup flax meal
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon garlic powder
1 ¼ Cup fat free or reduced fat shredded cheese
¾ Cup skim milk
2 Tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
¾ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 375. Lightly grease cookie sheet or use parchment paper. In medium bowl combine flour, flax meal, baking powder, baking soda, and garlic powder. Toss in shredded cheese. Slowly stir in milk until all ingredients are well combined and sticky. Form into small balls (about ¼ of a cup) and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until browned.
2. While biscuits bake combine butter, parsley, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl. Melt in microwave for about 30-45 seconds. Brush mixture onto hot baked rolls. Serve warm. Dig in!
Makes approximately 17 biscuits.