Baked Mozzarella Cheese Bites with Easy Marinara Sauce

Baked Mozzarella Cheese Bites with Easy Marinara Sauce
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Baked Mozzarella Cheese Bites with Easy Marinara Sauce

Be prepared to be amazed with the crunch factor from these American, Simple Cooking with Heart melty oven-baked bites; you won't miss the deep-fried version a bit.

Nutrition Facts

Baked Mozzarella Cheese Bites with Easy Marinara Sauce

CaloriesCalories

104 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

11g Per Serving

FiberFiber

1g Per Serving

Cost Per ServingCost Per Serving

$1.26
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Calories 104
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 240 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 11 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 lean meat, 1 starch

Ingredients

Servings  6  

For the Baked Mozzarella Bites:

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 (1-ounce) sticks fat-free mozzarella string cheese (each one cut into 4 pieces)

For the Easy Marinara Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups coarse-grain, no-salt-added, no-sodium, strained tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt-free Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions

Tip: Click on step to mark as complete.

For the Baked Mozzarella Bites:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with foil and coating with cooking spray.
  2. Add the cornstarch and panko breadcrumbs separately into their own large zip-top bags. In a shallow dish, whisk together egg whites, water, and pepper. Remove each string cheese from its plastic, and cut each one into 4 pieces.
  3. To bread the cheese, add a handful of cheese pieces into the zip-top with cornstarch; shake to coat or let your child do the shaking action. Next, transfer the cheese pieces to the egg mixture, coating each one entirely with egg. Last, transfer the cheese to the zip-top bag with breadcrumbs, shaking until each cheese piece is fully coated with breadcrumbs. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat the breading process until each cheese piece is coated.
  4. Cook in the oven just until the cheese begins to melt and ooze out of 1 or 2 bites, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Serve mozzarella bites with marinara sauce to dip.

For the Easy Marinara Sauce:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a medium heavy-duty pot and stir together to combine.
  2. Warm over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until marinara is warm, around 5 minutes. Cover and keep on low to keep warm until serving.

Cooking Tip: To keep a baked coating on a slippery food like the string cheese, a dip first in cornstarch holds it all together. Try it out when coating other foods, like chicken breasts.

Keep it Healthy: Remember this easy-to-make marinara sauce for your next pasta dinner, which is just a combination of strained/crushed tomatoes and spices. Warm on the stovetop or just heat in the microwave. It has more flavor and less sodium, sugar, or preservatives than a jarred marinara.

Tip: Can't find fat-free mozzarella sticks? Use part-skim or 2 percent mozzarella string cheese.

Tip: Serving size 4 bites

 

Be prepared to be amazed with the crunch factor from these American, Simple Cooking with Heart melty oven-baked bites; you won't miss the deep-fried version a bit.

Nutrition Facts

Baked Mozzarella Cheese Bites with Easy Marinara Sauce

CaloriesCalories

104 Per Serving

ProteinProtein

11g Per Serving

FiberFiber

1g Per Serving

Cost Per ServingCost Per Serving

$1.26
×
Calories 104
Total Fat 0.0 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 240 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Sugars 3 g
Protein 11 g

Dietary Exchanges
1 lean meat, 1 starch

Ingredients

Servings  6  

For the Baked Mozzarella Bites:

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 (1-ounce) sticks fat-free mozzarella string cheese (each one cut into 4 pieces)

For the Easy Marinara Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups coarse-grain, no-salt-added, no-sodium, strained tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 tsp salt-free Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

Directions

Tip: Click on step to mark as complete.

For the Baked Mozzarella Bites:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Prepare a baking sheet by lining with foil and coating with cooking spray.
  2. Add the cornstarch and panko breadcrumbs separately into their own large zip-top bags. In a shallow dish, whisk together egg whites, water, and pepper. Remove each string cheese from its plastic, and cut each one into 4 pieces.
  3. To bread the cheese, add a handful of cheese pieces into the zip-top with cornstarch; shake to coat or let your child do the shaking action. Next, transfer the cheese pieces to the egg mixture, coating each one entirely with egg. Last, transfer the cheese to the zip-top bag with breadcrumbs, shaking until each cheese piece is fully coated with breadcrumbs. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat the breading process until each cheese piece is coated.
  4. Cook in the oven just until the cheese begins to melt and ooze out of 1 or 2 bites, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Serve mozzarella bites with marinara sauce to dip.

For the Easy Marinara Sauce:

  1. Add all the ingredients into a medium heavy-duty pot and stir together to combine.
  2. Warm over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until marinara is warm, around 5 minutes. Cover and keep on low to keep warm until serving.

Cooking Tip: To keep a baked coating on a slippery food like the string cheese, a dip first in cornstarch holds it all together. Try it out when coating other foods, like chicken breasts.

Keep it Healthy: Remember this easy-to-make marinara sauce for your next pasta dinner, which is just a combination of strained/crushed tomatoes and spices. Warm on the stovetop or just heat in the microwave. It has more flavor and less sodium, sugar, or preservatives than a jarred marinara.

Tip: Can't find fat-free mozzarella sticks? Use part-skim or 2 percent mozzarella string cheese.

Tip: Serving size 4 bites