These lunchbox-friendly empanadas are packed with lean ground beef, veggies and cheese for a meal kids won’t be able to resist! Get the kids in the kitchen and make a batch on Sunday for easy lunchboxes all week!

Kid-Friendly Lunchbox Empanadas

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    Servings 6 Prep Time 15minutes
    Cook Time 20minutes
    Servings 6 Prep Time 15minutes
    Cook Time 20minutes
    These lunchbox-friendly empanadas are packed with lean ground beef, veggies and cheese for a meal kids won’t be able to resist! Get the kids in the kitchen and make a batch on Sunday for easy lunchboxes all week!

    Katie's Tip

    Katie's Tip

    Katie's Tip

    Katie's Tip

    Katie's Tip

    Lean ground beef provides 10 essential nutrients, including protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins.
    Katie is the Official Registered Dietitian of Produce for Kids, mom of three and author of MomtoMomNutrition.com
    Lean ground beef provides 10 essential nutrients, including protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins.
    Katie is the Official Registered Dietitian of Produce for Kids, mom of three and author of MomtoMomNutrition.com
    Ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
    • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
    • 1/4 small RealSweet® sweet onion, finely chopped
    • 3 mini sweet peppers, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 1 pound whole wheat pizza dough
    • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
    • 2 tablespoons salsa
    • 1 cup mixed frozen vegetables, cooked
    • 1 clementine
    Directions
    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
    2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, carrots, onion, peppers, cumin, salt and pepper, and cook 7-10 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and set aside.
    3. Dust counter lightly with flour and roll out dough to ¼-inch thick. Using a small to mid-size bowl (5-inches in diameter) to cut out circles of dough. Repeat process until all dough has been used.
    4. Fill dough with ¼ cup beef and sprinkle with cheese. Fold dough over filling to create a pocket, pressing down on sides to seal.
    5. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
    6. Serve with salsa for dipping, veggies and Crispy Green.
    Nutritional Value
    Calories: 346, Fat: 12.5g, Saturated fat: 4g, Carbohydrates: 36.5g, Sodium: 612mg, Protein: 18.5g, Cholesterol: 35mg
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      Servings 6 Prep Time 15minutes
      Cook Time 20minutes
      Servings 6 Prep Time 15minutes
      Cook Time 20minutes
      These lunchbox-friendly empanadas are packed with lean ground beef, veggies and cheese for a meal kids won’t be able to resist! Get the kids in the kitchen and make a batch on Sunday for easy lunchboxes all week!

      Katie's Tip

      Katie's Tip

      Katie's Tip

      Katie's Tip

      Katie's Tip

      Lean ground beef provides 10 essential nutrients, including protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins.
      Katie is the Official Registered Dietitian of Produce for Kids, mom of three and author of MomtoMomNutrition.com
      Lean ground beef provides 10 essential nutrients, including protein, zinc, iron and B vitamins.
      Katie is the Official Registered Dietitian of Produce for Kids, mom of three and author of MomtoMomNutrition.com
      Ingredients
      • 1 tablespoon olive oil
      • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
      • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
      • 1/4 small RealSweet® sweet onion, finely chopped
      • 3 mini sweet peppers, finely chopped
      • 1 teaspoon cumin
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
      • 1 pound whole wheat pizza dough
      • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
      • 2 tablespoons salsa
      • 1 cup mixed frozen vegetables, cooked
      • 1 clementine
      Directions
      1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
      2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef, carrots, onion, peppers, cumin, salt and pepper, and cook 7-10 minutes, or until cooked through. Drain and set aside.
      3. Dust counter lightly with flour and roll out dough to ¼-inch thick. Using a small to mid-size bowl (5-inches in diameter) to cut out circles of dough. Repeat process until all dough has been used.
      4. Fill dough with ¼ cup beef and sprinkle with cheese. Fold dough over filling to create a pocket, pressing down on sides to seal.
      5. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
      6. Serve with salsa for dipping, veggies and Crispy Green.
      Nutritional Value
      Calories: 346, Fat: 12.5g, Saturated fat: 4g, Carbohydrates: 36.5g, Sodium: 612mg, Protein: 18.5g, Cholesterol: 35mg

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