Kid-Friendly Lunchbox Empanadas

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
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 6
  • Calories: 346
  • Fat: 12.5g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrates: 36.5g
  • Sodium: 612mg
  • Protein: 18.5g
  • Cholesterol: 35mg
Recipe type: Lunch
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  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ lb. lean ground beef
  • ¼ cup shredded carrots
  • ¼ small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 3 mini sweet peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. whole wheat pizza dough
  • ½ cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
  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
Suggested Sides
• 1 clementine
• 1 cup frozen mixed veggies, cooked
• 2 Tbsp. salsa


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