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Starting E week with Empanadas!

E week begins with my newest giveaway: Everything  you need to make your own maple syrup, except the tree of course!  The big giveaway (the Alphabet Food Academy round up)  is still going on.  You can enter this giveaway daily during this alphabet series.

Empanadas are stuffed bread pastries found in Latin America or Spanish cuisine.  It’s common to find them as a dessert and filled with fruit, or with meat and vegetables and served for dinner.  Anytime a dish allows you to get creative with adding any veggies to it, we try it!  The downside of the Empanadas, is many of the recipes for the bread part is filled with lard or butter.

I did finally find a recipe for the dough that I could feel good about, and we tried it for dinner last night.

The Dough (modified from SparkPeople, and doubled)

  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 TBL white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. salt

Take all ingredients in a saucepan and boil.  Remove from heat and stir in:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup white flour

Put dough in fridge until it has cooled.  Once dough is cooled, roll out and cut circles or squares out of dough.  Fill with desired filling.  Fold over and crease.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, or until bread dough is browning and cooked through.

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Our Filling

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
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Wade thought the filling was a bit dry, but I hadn’t added any salt, and I think that would have helped flavor it up a bit.  He ended up melting some cheese on top of his, and said that helped too. lol.  I thought they were great.   I have a problem with thinking everything I make tastes good.  It’s literally a problem, because when everyone else won’t eat what I’ve tried, I end up eating it all!

My kids were comment-less.  They just ate it.  They didn’t rave about it, but didn’t complain either.   The fun thing about Empanadas though, is you can literally add anything you want! Make it your own. Add veggies that your kids already like.

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As you know from my meal plan, this is Monday nights dinner.  I’m going to make my meals a day ahead of the schedule. That way if we make something that is worthy of a picture, I can post it for you on the day it’s scheduled.

Getting my shopping list ready!  I’m headed out this afternoon to stay within my budget!  I’m bringing a calculator, a list, and of my grocery list of best prices.



7 Comments

dawn

These look yummy and easy to make. I’m looking forward to how you do shopping. This was a bad weekend for me, spent too much and still forgot some things and have to go back today in the pouring rain. I need a better plan because this is two weeks in a row that I’ve gone over our budget. Good luck on your shopping and look forward to hearing about it.

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Stacey Lillich

Everything is best wrapped in something else!
My family is coming to visit from MN in a couple weeks and this would be great to assemble ahead of time for one of the meals.
THANKS!

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amber

They turned out awesome!! My 3 year old (who literally talks constantly…and doesn’t eat when she’s talking) was silent throughout dinner because she was eating so well. LOL
My husband liked them but he wants me to add jalapenos to his next time. He likes spicy foods. He said they would be good football watching snack food. Very easy to make!

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