Baked Mozzarella Bites

  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 (1-ounce) sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
  • 3 Tbsp egg substitute
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon's)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add 1/3 cup of panko bread crumbs to the 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 degrees for 3 minutes or until cheese is softened and thoroughly heated.  Pour the marina sauce into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on HIGH one minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring after 30 seconds.  Serve with mozzarella bites and enjoy!