Before creating these cheesy faux fried hunks of heaven, we had totally given up on the whole mozzarella sticks thing. Total bar food... completely greasy and horrible for you. Not anymore, thanks to (you guessed it!) a box of Fiber One and our trusty blender. Check out this super swap and prepare to be wowed (and filled with cheese!)...
Ingredients: 2 light mozzarella sticks (50-60 calories and 2.5g fat per stick) 1/4 cup Fiber One bran cereal (original) 2 tbsp. fat-free liquid egg substitute salt, pepper & Italian seasonings; to taste Optional: low-fat marinara sauce (for dipping)
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor or blender, grind Fiber One to a breadcrumb-like consistency. Place crumbs in a small plastic container with a lid. Season crumbs with as much salt, pepper and Italian seasonings as you like. Set aside. Cut cheese sticks in half, so that you have 4 sticks. Place sticks in a small bowl, and pour egg substitute over the top of the sticks. Swirl egg substitute around so that it thoroughly coats the sticks. One by one, transfer sticks to the container with the crumbs. Cover container, and give it a shake to coat the sticks in the crumbs. Carefully return sticks to the dish with egg substitute, and coat them again. Next put sticks back in the crumbs container, cover, and shake once more to coat (try doing this two at a time the second time around). Place sticks on a baking dish sprayed lightly with nonstick spray. Spritz the tops of the sticks with a quick mist of the spray. Place dish in the oven, and bake for 10 minutes (or until the first sign of cheese oozing out). If desired, serve with warm marinara sauce. Best when eaten immediately, while cheese is hot and gooey!
We've always known that eating deep fried chunks of cheese was a huge no-no. Gobs of greasy cheese with oily, fried exteriors pretty much speak for themselves (well, not literally, but if they COULD talk they might say, "We're fatty yet DELICIOUS -- EAT US NOW!!!"). But we couldn't believe the stats on these freakish fast-food sticks from Arby's. Just ONE of these breaded dairy disasters contains more than 100 calories and 7 grams of fat. And that's without dipping sauce! How sad! But we didn't wallow for long. Instead, we got to work and crafted what may very well be the world's first-ever guilt-free mozzarella sticks. Mark your calendars -- we'll be celebrating this time next year (perhaps with a parade and a giant guilt-free fried cheese stick balloon). Now get ready to chew on HG's Fiber-ific Fried Cheese Sticks. Hooray!
Serving Size: 4 pieces (1 regular-sized order with no sauce) Calories: 440 Fat: 23g Sodium: 1,190mg Carbs: 39g Fiber: 2g Sugars: 3g Protein: 21g
PointsPlus® value 12*
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