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Healthier Mozzarella Sticks

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Trying to drop a few pounds or just eat healthier but keep craving salty  snacks? If you’re like us, sometimes you just need some mozzarella sticks. And now you have some — guilt-free! 

What You Need:

12 sticks of string cheese in your choice of cheese; go for the low sodium kind if you want to be extra healthy 
1 egg
2 tbsp of flour 
5 tbsp of bread crumbs 
2 tbsp of Parmesan cheese 

A dollop of olive oil, or cooking spray 

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Preparation: 

Cut the cheese sticks in half, making 24 slices, then freeze the slices in the freezer until completely frozen 
Beat the egg in a small bowl. Use a separate bowl to combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese 

To bread the cheese sticks: First dip the frozen cheese stick into the flour, then into the egg, then into the bread crumb mixture 
Once all of the 24 sticks are coated, place them on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil coated with a few drops of olive oil or sprayed with cooking spray (this will keep cleanup to a minimum, and keep the sticks from sticking!) 
Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for about 4 minutes, or until crisp. They need to be watched closely so they don’t melt completely!

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What makes them healthier? They’re home cooked with less butter, they’re baked instead of fried, and cheese sticks are a naturally lower calorie cheese snack. You can also add Italian spices or herbs to the recipe, adding them into the bowl with the bread crumb mixture. Serve with marinara sauce and enjoy! 

 

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