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Low-Calorie Baked Mozzarella Sticks

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Bite it! Hungry Girl's Gooey Mozzarella Sticks
HG's Gooey Mozzarella Sticks

A Mozzarella Story

Once upon a time in Hungryland, Hungry Girl and the HG staff wanted to eat crispy and delicious breaded cheese sticks without having to settle for too-oily fried versions. So they came up with this recipe for baked mozzarella sticks, and everyone lived happily ever after.

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
8 sticks light string cheese
1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tbsp. whole-wheat flour
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 cup egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
Optional dip: low-fat marinara sauce

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil, and spray with nonstick spray.

Cut each stick of string cheese in half widthwise, so you have 16 smaller sticks.

In a wide bowl, mix breadcrumbs, flour, and Italian seasoning.

Place cheese sticks in another wide bowl. Top with egg whites/substitute, and toss to coat.

One at a time, shake cheese sticks to remove excess egg, and evenly coat with breadcrumb mixture. Place on the baking sheet, evenly spaced.

Bake for 6 minutes.

Flip cheese sticks. Bake until golden brown on the outside and soft on the inside, about 6 more minutes.

MAKES 4 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe (4 mozzarella sticks)
Calories: 142
Fat: 5.5g
Sat Fat: 3g
Sodium: 401mg
Carbs: 6.5g
Fiber: 0.5g
Sugars: <0.5g
Protein: 15.5g

SmartPoints® value 4*

PointsPlus® value 3*

 

HG FYI: Some of your sticks may ooze and not hold their shape, but they'll still taste delicious!

 

Fight it! Mozzarella Sticks, Average
Mozzarella Sticks, Average

'Ella Bad

Mozzarella sticks are kind of like those flared jeans you still have from the mid-'90s -- their coolness may have waned, but you still love 'em. And just like trends come back around from time to time, so do cravings for those fried cheese sticks. But before you run out to your local fast-casual eatery to scratch that itch, check out the stats below. We know it's no surprise that fried cheese is high in fat and calories, but staring down the reality can be a real eye-opener. It doesn't have to be a mouth-closer, though! Just bake up a batch of HG's panko-coated cheese sticks, and get your snack on. One more way to ensure you can still fit into those back-on-trend flares…

Serving Size: 4 mozzarella sticks
Calories: 392
Fat: 23g
Sodium: 1,025mg
Carbs: 29.5
Fiber: 1g
Sugars: 2g
Protein: 15g

PointsPlus® value 10*

 
 

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*The PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe, or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark and SmartPoints
® trademark.

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