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Baked Mozzarella Sticks With Homemade Marinara Sauce


I’ve always wondered what happens at the end of the day to make kiddos RAVENOUS when they get home from school.

Like “bear in the woods who hasn’t seen food for three days” hungry.

Regardless of the answer, if you don’t have something nutritious and fast available for them within 15 minutes of walking into the door – forget it. They will scrounge through the pantry to find a combination of peanut better, cheesy-poofs, and fruit snacks to fulfill their hunger need.

But what mom feels good about that combination for an after-school snack?

So, I’ve been searching high and low for a nutritious, protein-packed recipe that would help squelch my kiddos “hangries” and yet would meet the 15 minute threshold. And I found one…Baked Mozzarella Sticks With Homemade Marinara.


The mozzarella sticks are around 45 calories each – serve four and you have a snack that is equal in calories to a granola bar that is a LOT more satisfying and will stay with the kiddos longer.

In fact, according to the The Midwest Dairy Association website cheese provides a protein punch, including essential nutrients, like calcium, vitamins A and B12, riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium, which help you maintain your muscles and build strong bones and teeth.(Their site is also packed with great recipe ideas, inspiring stories and solid nutrition facts.)

And the best part, these Baked Mozzarella Sticks freeze beautifully. So make a double batch, put in a glass Pyrex lined with parchment or waxed paper in the freezer, and take out your snack amount as needed.



Disclosure:  I am partnering in a compensated capacity with Midwest Dairy Association to create recipes and share information about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own. Want more information – check out my Disclosure Statement.