Friday, March 6, 2015

Homemade Hot Pockets & Friday Favorites

It's Friday already!? This week flew by and I have a whole lot of favorites to share with you. Make sure to stop by the Fitness Friday and Mommy Moments link-ups!

Let's start off with our family favorite recipe >>> Homemade hot pockets are a hit with all of us because the toddler will actually eat them, my husband approves and I'm happy with any opporutunity to sneak veggies in. Plus I love the homemade bread crust.

The recipe easy-to-follow and very flexible. Depending on your dietary needs, you can make the below variation or try a gluten-free or meatless version instead.

Homemade Hot Pockets


Whole-Wheat Crust:
  • 1 package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Insides:
  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 2 cups sausage, chopped
  • handful of spinach, shredded
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F.

"Proof" yeast by pouring the dry yeast, sugar and warm water into a large measuring cup or bowl. Stir together lightly and then allow to sit for 10 minutes. Yeast mixture should rise a little.

While yeast mixture is proofing, cook ingredients for the inside of the hot pocket. For ours, I'm frying up the eggs and sausage together.


When the yeast mixture has risen for 10 minutes, pour into mixer. Add oil and salt (I also add in a sprinkle of garlic powder). Gradually pour in the flour and mix.


I take the dough directly from the mixing bowl and stretch it out by hand (because I'm too lazy to roll it). Lay the dough out on a greased baking pan and layer with inside ingredients.

Here I have layered spinach, the egg and sausage combo and two types of cheeses:


When the hot pocket is fully loaded, fold the short sides up first and then bring the long sides together. Pinch the dough together to make sure it doesn't open while baking.


Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Crust should be a golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Cut into slices and serve!

Those hot pockets are so tasty and much more healthy than the store-bought ones! Now for a quick run-down of my five favorites for this Friday:

>>> My Fitness Friday Five <<<


ONE: Remember the Mickey Mouse-shaped banana choco-chip pancakes I made for E's birthday? They turned out slightly deformed yet amazingly delicious! But birthday boy woke up in a bad mood...


TWO: The Spiritually Strong online Bible study starts on Monday! I've been reading ahead and this study has been teaching me so much about spiritual and physical discipline. Can't wait to start! Feel free to join in the study - this book is totally worth it.


THREE: I'm feeling large and in charge these days. Running is actually more comfortable than waddling walking and I CAN still paint my toenails! For now at least...


FOUR: We're back on a smoothie-kick this week. Today E and I shared this creation: half a banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries, half cup peaches, 1 cup greek yogurt, a handful of spinach and half cup milk. Toddler boy didn't even notice the spinach!


FIVE: Baby #2 and I are running on into the third trimester! The weekly average is ~13 miles per week with a pace of about 9:50~10:00/mile. The 4 days of running + 2 days of strength training routine has been the ticket for me this time around.


What's new with you this Friday?
Have a family favorite recipe to share?

Linking up with Fitness Friday and Mommy Moments.

8 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness I want to try those hot pockets... or make them and then try them!! :) Love the recipe thanks for sharing!!

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    1. We need to have you and Mark over for lunch or supper sometime and I will make them for you! Or I'll just do a special delivery to your home :)

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  2. Nice running week for Baby #2! I'm obsessed with smoothies. My son loves ht pockets. I wonder what he would say to making our own. Probably a lot of eye rolling haha!

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    1. Thanks, Jill! Smoothies are really great but I go in waves of them - I forget how much I like them and then remember all over again. I LOVE that E will eat them, spinach and all.

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  3. What a great idea to make your own hot pockets! Endless possibilities!

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    1. That's the best part! They work so well for lunch or supper, eating at home or packing in lunches and for any special dietary needs. I used to love the hot pockets sold at the grocery store but making them at home makes them much more healthy and budget-friendly :)

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  4. I love that hot pockets recipe! It looks better than the boxed stuff. It's awesome that you're still running during your third trimester. It's a great reminder that mom's health and well-being is just as important as baby's! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. They are so much tastier than the boxed ones, though I do have a little spot in my heart still for the ham and cheese hot pockets (reminds me of college!). Homemade is always better :) Thanks for the encouragement, Maria!

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