Serve this quick after-school snack, courtesy of Cooking Light, to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheese sticks. Each serving of 3 mozzarella bites packs 7 grams of protein and is less than 100 calories.

under 10 mins
lunch dinner

Ingredients for servings


  • 0.33 panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

  • 3 sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese (1-ounce)

  • 3 tablespoons egg substitute

  • Cooking spray

  • 0.25 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon’s)


  • Preheat oven to 425°F.

  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 0.33 cup panko to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and place the panko in a shallow dish.

  • Cut mozzarella sticks into 1-inch pieces. Working with one piece at a time, dip cheese in egg substitute; dredge in panko. Place cheese on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 3 minutes or until the cheese is softened and thoroughly heated.

  • Pour the marinara sauce into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring after 30 seconds. Serve with mozzarella pieces.

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