Pizza Empanadas

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  • PREP TIME
    15 Min
  • COOK TIME
    90 Min
  • SERVINGS
    16

We’ve made the decision as a family that we would make the kids’ lunches for school each day, and all in all it’s worked out great. But there’s one day every couple of weeks when my kids aren’t quite as thrilled about it. Pizza day! Knowing the position pizza holds in today’s kids’ diets, our school district has limited pizza in the school cafeteria to just one day every two weeks. But when that day comes, the excitement among the student body is palpable.

Of course since my kids carry their lunches to school, this puts them on the outside looking in on a very big event every two weeks at school, unless we do something about it. The easiest remedy is to simply let them buy lunch at school on pizza day, and believe me, we’ve done that. But, without making value judgments on the quality of the ingredients of those school-made pizzas, I can say they look fairly one dimensional and a little bit greasy.

So I’m feeling bold this year and plan to compete with pizza day on my own terms. My challenge is to deliver a superior homemade lunch that delivers all the fun of pizza day, but that’s nutritious and the kids will enjoy even more. Here’s my answer: The Pizza Empanada!

With three of their favorite ingredients salami, sausage and cheese, it’s a hit. But it also includes hidden vegetables and a delicious Manchego-Panela cheese combo that’s a winner. Make a big batch and freeze the leftovers.

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