Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Baked Mozzarella Bites

I don't know about you, but I love Pinterest! There are so many cool finds and tons of recipes. I saw this idea for mozzarella sticks which used string cheese. WW has their own string cheese for 1 point each. I used that along with seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs, and then baked. The key to making sure the cheese doesn't spill out is putting the cut cheese in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite low-fat marinara sauce for dipping.

Baked Mozzarella Bites
Serves 1

2 WW Mozzarella String Cheese
1 egg white, beaten
1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil spray. Cut each string cheese into 6 equal pieces. Place on a plate and put in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Place the beaten egg white in a shallow bowl. Place the bread crumbs on plate. Dip the cheese pieces in the egg white, and then roll in bread crumbs, patting to adhere. Place on prepared baking sheet. Spray the bites with cooking spray.

Bake for about 5 minutes, watching carefully. Remove from oven immediately and enjoy!

(The entire serving is 5 pt. pls)

Monday, October 29, 2012

Spinach Artichoke Hummus

Hurricanes always bring out my need to make something in the kitchen. I searched through my cabinets and found chick peas, tahini, olive oil, and artichoke hearts. Added some fresh spinach, garlic and lemon to mix and we got ourselves a delicious hummus!! Plus, it gave me another chance to use my Vitamix blender (love it!). Can't wait to dig into this later!

Spinach Artichoke Hummus
Serves 10

1 can (15.5 ounces) chick peas, drained
1 can (8 ounces) artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, sliced in half
1 tablespoon tahini
1 half lemon
salt and pepper to taste


Place chick peas, artichoke hearts, spinach, olive oil, garlic, and tahini in blender or food processor. Squeeze juice from lemon into the mixture. Pulse or blend on high speed until blended and smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

(For those counting, I estimated each serving to be about 2 tablespoons hummus and equal to 3 pt. pls)