Lower Carb and Sodium Homemade Mozzarella Sticks and Marinara
Mozzarella Sticks are a delicious snack, party appetizer, or side dish for your favorite Italian meal, but traditional recipes are high in sodium and carbs. The typical frozen mozzarella sticks contain 17 grams of carbs and about 600 mg of sodium per 3-piece serving. That’s a lot! Rather than skipping this cheesy goodness, you can easily make your own delicious mozzarella sticks at home without all of the added carbs and sodium.
- 1-8 oz block Mozzarella Cheese
- ⅛ Cup Bread Flour
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp Lactose Free Milk
- ½ Cup Bread Crumbs
- 2 Tbsp Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning
- Cut the block of cheese in half, then cut into 12 equal planks (4 blocks long-ways, then 3 planks per block).
- Place the flour into a bowl.
- Whisk the egg and milk in another bowl.
- Pour the bread crumbs and seasoning on a plate.
- Roll each cheese plank first in flour, then dredge in egg mixture, then cover with breading.
- Place the breaded cheese sticks on a plate and put them uncovered in the freezer for about a half an hour. This will help the “breading” set in and the cheese to harden a bit.
- Preheat your oven to 425º.
- Remove the cheese sticks from the freezer, place them on a non-stick pan, and spray the mozzarella sticks with cooking oil.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, depending on your oven.
A 3-piece serving of these homemade mozzarella sticks has 5-10 grams of carbs (depending on the type of bread crumbs you use) and around 70 mg of sodium which means you can basically double up the number you eat and still not reach the amount of carbs or sodium you would if you bought frozen.
If you really want to keep this appetizer or side dish low sodium, ditch the canned sauce and make our Homemade Low Sodium Marinara instead. It’s loaded with fresh vegetables and this sauce is perfect for dipping, pizzas, or any pasta dish that calls for a red sauce.
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