Eggplant mozzarella sticks

Claire Gallam

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Are your kids big mozzarella stick fans? It's hard not to be, with the crispy bread coating and the gooey mozzarella inside. However delicious as they are, they certainly aren't healthy. To kick off a healthy start to the New Year and to satisfy your kid's cheesy cravings, whip up these crunchy eggplant sticks, which are topped with mozzarella!

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These delicious snacks are perfect for after school snacking. Or, instead of fries, serve these healthy sticks alongside your family's favorite hamburgers. Don't worry about getting your picky eaters to eat them, they'll see the cheese and gobble them up!

Eggplant mozzarella sticks

Inspired by Skinnytaste.

Serves about 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium eggplant
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper
  • About 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella
  • Marinara sauce for dipping

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking dish with olive oil.
  2. Mix the breadcrumbs with salt and pepper.
  3. Cut the ends off the eggplant and slice in half vertically. Then slice the eggplant halves into 1/4-inch thick strips.
  4. Dip the strips into the egg. Then liberally dip the eggplant sticks into the breadcrumbs until they covered.
  5. Place the sticks on a baking dish and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. Then flip the sticks and sprinkle each stick with about 1 tablespoon of cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.

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