Healthy Buffalo Chicken Hot Pockets

I am a sandwich lover. I can hardly go one day without a sandwich at lunchtime; I just never want anything else! And there is just way too much you can do with a sandwich–the possibilities seemingly endless. Especially when you have an awesome sandwich grill.

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Hot Pockets

So here is one of my creations! I have a Cuisinart Sandwich Grill (which I got for Christmas one year…shows how much I love sandwiches) and you may not have one at home. Simply put yours on a flat pan over the stove and flip it like a pancake. If you have a panini maker or anything like that; use it for this recipe! The idea is just to have a warm sandwich because who doesn’t want a warm sandwich when it’s frozen solid outside?! And it’s a buffalo chicken “hot pocket”…so it needs to be hot.

Sandwich Grill

This is my lovely sandwich grill I got for Christmas (a year ago, not this past Christmas) and I have made a lot of gems with this thing! It’s only 20 bucks, very manageable, and a purchase that I promise you won’t regret after you see these!

Use whole wheat Pocket Thins, just in your grocery's store normal bread aisle. At your deli, ask for the deli buffalo chicken. Ours is called Boar's Head.

Sandwich Ingredients 2

I love mustard, and believe it or not, buffalo sauce and mustard go together. It gives the sandwich extra flavor, and you’ll find out that this sandwich knows no lack in flavor!

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Hot Pockets

  • 3 slices deli buffalo chicken
  • 1-2 tablespoons of low-fat cheddar cheese (based off preference)
  • Half of a full pocket thin (they are naturally serrated in half as semi-circles, so just break one off)
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Mustard
  • Optional (but so worth it!!) A sprinkle of chopped chives!!

Plug in your: Sandwich grill, panini maker, turn on stove and warm pan, whatever appliance you will be using!

First, break the deli buffalo chicken slices in halves or fourths, then lay them in your pocket thin. (it’s gonna be stuffed) You can drizzle your sauce and mustard as you lay the meat down. Then sprinkle your cheese in, making sure it gets in the middle, bottom, in between. Same with the chives.

If you are using the sandwich grill:

Cuisanart Sandwich Maker

I laid my sandwich literally ACROSS this maker. Because the pocket doesn’t fit in like normal bread but this is perfectly fine! Because you end up getting these crazy awesome hot pockets when you just lay it in the middle horizontally!

And then you have it:

Sandwich Finished Product

This incredible looking sandwich that resembles a quesadilla triangle or a hot pocket 🙂

And this sandwich maker, guys I’m telling you, you have to get! It makes the sandwich so hot and melty on the inside with this crunchy shell on the outside! So good, you’ll never, ever go back to the microwave ones.

Your welcome. Have a great day everyone, stay healthy and happy!!

xoxo

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Oreo Protein Pancakes

Who’s ready for the best pancakes ever?! They’re in the top ten in my personal opinion. Now, you can make adjustments…because maybe you want yours fluffier…not as thick…whatever. But this is my personal Oreo Protein Pancake recipe, and I know there are a million that are similar. I whipped this together myself, so if it sounds familiar, that’s because usually all pancakes have the same base of ingredients 😉

Ingredients

Since I use cacao, I only put 1/2 tsp. in mine…it turned out perfectly for me. In all of my protein pancakes, I always use whole wheat flour.

Ingredients 2

We believe in 1% milk at our house! Skim…I do on rare occasions. I don’t really need to use skim ever. Vanilla Greek yogurt is about my favorite thing in the whole world so you will see that in my recipes a lot! And I recommend purchasing Whey Protein Isolate ONLY. Why Isolate is healthier for you than if you just get Whey Protein Concentrate. Check the ingredients and get the isolate. Mine above is Soy Protein which only contains isolate 🙂 I love it! I always get vanilla and add in cacao if I want it!

Oreo Protein Pancakes

  • 3/4-1 scoop vanilla whey protein isolate
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cacao
  • 4 tbsp. milk (water as needed)
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. sugar (more or less depending on your preferences)
  • optional tablespoon of Greek yogurt for in pancake batter (Greek yogurt in pancakes makes them doughier, so this depends on preferences)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla Greek yogurt for filling

And that’s really all you need! Crazy right?! Combine all your dry ingredients: protein, baking soda, cacao, flour, sugar. Mix and combine well. Then add in your yogurt if you want it as well as milk. Water is dependent on how thick or thin you want your pancakes!

Lightly spray your pan, turn on stove to medium-high, and make your pancakes. When they’re done, put one on the plate, plop 2 tablespoons or more of Greek yogurt (which is so good for you, so go crazy if you want) and then plop the other pancake on top, creating a healthy pancake Oreo 🙂 My batter makes two as shown in picture below. Super healthy, crazy good, and amazing post-workout meal!

Oreo Protein Pancakes

Have a great Hump Day everyone!!

xoxo

We Can Still Make It A Good Night

I live in the frozen tundra...but it's still home.

I live in the frozen tundra…but it’s still home.

My home has been Illinois for the majority of my life…with that comes a lot of frustration and downright turmoil. Of course Chicagoans are bitter and rude; it’s because we live with gusts of 50 mph wind in the summer, spring, fall, AND winter. So don’t get us started with the wind chill!!

Yeah we’re bitter about the cards we got dealt.

But here’s where it gets interesting. Location and happiness do not go hand in hand.

“So you’re saying that me moving to Florida, getting a steady job, moving into a new home…all of that wouldn’t make me happier??”

Yeah, basically.

When I said I have lived in Illinois for only the majority of my life, I am referring to the small periods of time when we moved to Nebraska when I was very young, and Tennesse, which was a move that happened just 2 years ago. We are clearly back in Illinois and back to our frozen popsicle-house, but we are amazingly happier here. And I’ll tell you why.

We wanted a change. Everyone in the house wanted a change, besides Katie. I mean, she was happy as a clam to stay back with her friends and cousins. Our grandparents also live just two hours away. But Mom, Dad, and I didn’t really care for all of those factors. We wanted to see the grass being greener on the other side; we knew it had to be true! There is nothing to lose when you go to Nashville!! Am I right??

But people are everything. 

And that is what makes all the difference. Do not think that you can re-create them somewhere else, because I have personally experienced that you cannot create those unique, dear, close friends who have been in-tune with you since Day 1. And when you transfer to a new school as a sophomore, people seem to already be pretty settled in their own groups. And when you get yourself in at a new job, the environment could be off. The boss doesn’t get your jokes, or your co-worker is lazy, strange, or just has a tendancy to drive you insane. I actually can’t really say anything for my sister because she was the one who actually did very well! Moving as a middle schooler?? Whoa. But Katie has just always been a success story 🙂

Katie, though, was thrilled when she was told of the move back home. Back to our Illinois home. Back to the home of the same town, same restaraunts that we missed in Tennessee, same cousins that never have a dull moment, and same friends that never leave our sides. Even when we’ve been gone! Everything clicked right back into place, it was like we had never left. We all just picked up where we left off.

And I know we can’t do that with everything in life, so I am very grateful for this experience that I got to share a fraction about. So don’t be like us and spend all your time wondering when you could be experiencing the best moments of your life right where you are. Because I know all of my best memories come from this state and this town.

Make it a good night. If you had a fight with someone, see how you can ammend it. If you’re growing pessimistic, stop and reflect on all that you have and also how far you have come. If you’re feeling stagnant with your life….well I could help you there! Go running! Sort of kidding. If you are feeling stagnant, set up extra time for devotions, time with loved ones, time for hobbies. It seems that we can’t slow down enough these days to do one simple thing: love.

“The one thing we can never get enough of is love; and the one thing we never give enough of is love.” –Henry Miller

Have a good night everyone 🙂