After School Snacks for Kids – Cooking with kids is such fun and they will love these!

Baked Mozzarella Bites ( I have adapted these from Cooking Light August 2011, Comfort Food Recipes)

Our grandkids LOVED these and liked making them too!Noah and Gabriel Thanksgiving 2012 waking up w piano

 Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 3  (1-ounce) sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
  • 3 tablespoons egg substitute ( I don’t like this – too many chemicals  and changed it to actual egg – used one egg)
  •   Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon’s) ( didn’t like this either – plain old Ketchup did just fine!)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425°.

 

2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 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.

3. 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.

4. 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. OR Serve with ketchup a bit on each plate! Our little ones loved that and it made this even faster!

About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all – Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.

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