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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Low Calorie Mozzarella Sticks

Low Calorie Mozzarella SticksAs you know, mozzarella sticks are delicious! If you've never had one, a mozzarella stick is fried breaded cheese that is available as an appetizer at most Italian restaurants. They are usually served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping. And, as you can imagine, since they are breaded, fried, and cheese based, they are very high in both calories and fat.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I had the perfect ingredients to make low calorie mozzarella sticks in my kitchen, so I decided to go for it. I've actually written about most of the ingredients separately, so now it is time to just combine them together!

Ingredients (makes 2 servings):
- Two low calorie mozzarella string cheese sticks
- A quarter cup of egg beaters or egg whites (you'll only end up using about half)
- One quarter cup of your favorite Italian bread crumbs or whole wheat breadcrumbs (you'll only end up using about 1 tablespoon per serving, so regular Italian breadcrumbs are okay)
- Two tablespoons of your favorite low calorie pizza sauce

(1) Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
(2) Cut two mozzarella sticks in half and set aside
(3) In a shallow bowl, pour 3 tablespoons of egg beaters or egg whites
(4) In a separate shallow bowl, weigh out a quarter of a cup of whole wheat or Italian breadcrumbs using your food scale
(5) Dip each individual cheese stick into your egg beaters so that it is completely coated
(6) Once cheese stick is coated, roll it in your breadcrumbs until it is coated
(7) Place cheese stick into oven safe bowl
(8) Repeat for the other three cheese sticks
(9) Lightly spray each of your cheese sticks with a bit more oil
(10) Put oven save pan with cheese sticks into the oven for about 7 minutes -- keep your eye on them, you want to take them out right before they begin to flatten and melt
(11) Put two tablespoons of your favorite pizza sauce in a separate bowl for dipping!

Okay, so in the calorie department, each serving (two breaded halves of a string cheese) comes out to approximately 110-120 calories (depending on what ingredients you use), with 3-5 grams of fat (depending on your string cheese) and approximately a gram of fiber.



SofiaLoves said...

That sounds yummy!
Will have to keep that in mind.
My boyfriend loves them... wonder if he'll notice the difference...

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

oh... these are my favorites appetizer when I was in Argentina. I really want to make it!
I went to WF last weekend looking for the whole wheat bread crumbs and I didn't find it. do you know any other store that carry it?

Yum Yucky said...

Oooo-la-la! I'm making this tonight. I already have all the ingredients. I'll be the hero and my kids will love me extra! woo hoo!

Emily said...

I've made these before. They are soooo good. I'm a cheese-a-holic, so anything with cheese is a treat!

Sagan said...

You've got the best snack/treat ideas ever!

The Diva on a Diet said...

Love this idea! I amazed I haven't thought of doing this before ... but I sure will now. Thanks, Juliet!

Nicole (Sweetie Pie) said...

I love mozzarella sticks! These would definitely hit the spot. I wish I was at home near my oven instead of trapped in my office. Boo!

Christina said...

Yum, I'm so making these. =)

Caitlin said...

AMAZING! Can't wait to try.

Veronica said...

Oh my goodness what a fantastic idea. I love mozzarella sticks but I always feel so guilty eating them. This is the perfect solution!

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