12 low fat mozzarella sticks (such as Sargento brand) cut in half
3/4c whole wheat panko or whole grain cereal flakes ground in food processor
1T Italian seasoning
1/2c egg whites, beaten
Olive oil cooking spray (OR use Misto oil Spray)
Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Placed cut cheese sticks in freezer until frozen (about 30 minutes).
Add Italian seasoning to the bread crumbs. Place foil on large baking sheet and coat with olive oil spray.
Prepare 3 small bowls for assembly- flour, eggwhites, seasoned breadcrumbs. Dip cheese sticks in flour, then egg wash followed by bread crumbs.
Place on baking sheet. Before placing in oven, spray all cheese sticks with olive oil spray for appropriate browning.
Bake for about 10minutes until lightly golden brown and gooey, turning half way through cooking.
Serve with low fat, low sodium marinara sauce (such as Trader Joes No Salt Added Marinara OR Prego Heart Smart Traditional Marinara)
Facts per 2 cheese sticks:
total fat: 3 grams,
saturated fat: 2 grams,
trans fat: 0 grams,
cholesterol: 10 mg,
sodium: 184 mg,
total carbohydrate: 5 grams,
fiber: 0 gram,
sugars: 0 grams,
protein: 8 grams.
Recipe adapted from Skinny Taste.