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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!

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Kid-Friendly Lunchbox Empanadas

Kid-Friendly Lunchbox Empanadas

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 small 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


  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.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 346Total Fat: 12.5gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 612mgCarbohydrates: 36.5gProtein: 18.5g

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Amber Gray

About the Author

Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

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