Baked Empanadas Five Ways

 

Spring is my absolute favorite season because all of the most important personal things have happened to me in the spring: I became engaged, got married, and had my son in the spring. Even my husband is born in the spring so I feel like it's just week after week of celebration. 

Cooking wise, however, I'm in a bit of limbo. See, something you should probably know about me is that the second summer temps hit, I turn my oven off until it gets cool again.

That means no apple pies, no baked veggies, no baked pizzas, and no empanadas from about mid May through mid September.

My oven becomes a place for storage. Before you feel bad for me, it's around the same time I break out my grill and enjoy grilled fish, grilled veggies, grilled meats, and even grilled pizzas. But, empanadas have to wait for the fall. 

Maybe that's why I find myself scrambling to bake off as many empanadas as I can before that heat hits. I know in a few weeks I'll be craving that warm crusty goodness.

That, and I basically make myself sick of empanadas by the time the first heat hits. 

I grew up eating empanadas at home, at abuela's house, and at church- but they are nothing like these. For starters, all of those were fried, filled only with meat and/or cheese, and 100% terrible for you.

These? Well, they're not a salad but they're also not the worst thing you can eat. I love to use them to fill with any dinner leftovers from the week or a as a way to reimagine my fave meals. 

Want to give these a try? Here’s a quick vid to get you started: 

The basic recipe is the same, regardless of the stuffing:

  1. 1. Remove empanada shells from freezer and set the oven to 400. 
  2. Cook filling (if making filling from scratch). 
  3. Once empanadas are pliable (after about 20-30 mins out of the freezer) place a sheet of parchment paper on a very large baking pan and set a few of the empanada rounds on top. 
  4. Fill the center of each empanada shell with a generous spoonful of mixture and fold over to shut tightly. To close the end tightly you can take a fork and press and press all around the edges, but I like to fold the ends over because they bake prettier and keep closed just as well.
  5. Season with salt and pepper on top of each empanada before putting in oven. 
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven. They are done when they are golden brown on top.

Excited to give these a try? Here are a few more ways to enjoy these amazing empanadas:

 

Ham and Cheese empanadas: 

Fill the empanada shells with rolled up ham and cheese (cut in half to fit the shells) and serve with your fave pesto or garlic herb sauce.

Ham and cheese empanadas

 

Enchilada Empanadas:

These aren’t just fun to say, they’re also fun to eat. Using my fave enchilada sauce (click HERE) you can make these with chicken, beef, or veggie with cheese and beans. Make sure to heat up a bit of the enchilada sauce to serve on the side. 

Enchilada empanadas recipe

 

“Crab Cake” empanadas:

I break these out whenever I have company coming over. Fill your empanadas with lump crab, red peppers, and caramelized shallots for a decadent lunch or appetizer. I love having these with dijon mustard on the side. 

Crab Cake Empanadas recipe

 

Salmon and Turmeric Potato Empanadas:

These are my go to whenever I have leftover baked salmon. I dice potatoes tiny and cook on the stove top with turmeric, onion powder, and a bit of olive oil for a comforting treat!

Salmon and Turmeric Potato Empanadas recipe

Have you ever had empanadas? Which one of these would you make first?

- Christine (make sure to follow Christine on Instagram HERE)

 

​To All The Mommas Who Started Out Young

 
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o all the mommas who started out young:

 

Some days I'll go out in public with my mom and my son and people will come up to me and say "you're little brother is so cute" and I just laugh and say thank you because it's just easier that way. I still am young, almost 21, but I feel sometimes I look a lot younger than I am. So I can see where people can't tell or get mixed up with who is the momma. 

I mean, no one at 19 sees themselves having a kid. I certainly didn't, but here I am! I'm also married and didn't see that happening either. Considering I was dating my husband for less than a week when I found out I was pregnant.

Oops! I'm at a different place in my life than most of my peers, but no one goes the same pace. I still get jealous of people who can get up and go travel somewhere whenever they want. Or who don't have to find a baby sitter to go do something during the day.

My husband and I just had our friends go on a trip, and we couldn't go, because we're parents. And that's okay! Because we get to raise a little human! We get to watch him grow and learn! I was able to have a kid when some people have such a hard time having their own.

We're blessed! And just because we're parents doesn't mean we have to put things we used to do on hold all the time. So here are some things to remember about being a young mom. 

  • You can still go out, just not as often! Drop your kids off at grandma and grandpas! (Or if you're like me, just take them upstairs lol)
  • Take advantage of your free time! Clean, take a nap, go out and treat yourself. Go see that movie without being nervous of your kid screaming during the middle of it.
  • Don't let those rude opinions and comments get to you.
  • It's okay to ask for help (even as a first time momma of any age)
  • Everyone raises their children in their own way. There's no 'right' way. Every mom is different and so is every child. Someone else's parenting skills might not work on your kids. But it's always good to listen to advice given to you.
  • Don't compare yourself
  • If you're single, don't get caught up in trying to date if nothing is working out. Focus on yourself and your kids! You'll find someone at the right time. 
  • Find people your age with kids as well, go on momma + kiddo dates.
  • And have fun! Laugh and smile as much as you can! 

I do not know everything, these are just things that I always try to remember and tell myself to keep myself happy when I get down. 

Little man styled in our Pineapple Joggers HERE.

-Bri (make sure to follow Bri on Instagram HERE)

 

Change of Season, Change of Mood

 
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Change of Season, Change of Mood

It’s funny how the change in season can spark a change in your mindset and mood too. Autumn is upon us and with the cooler weather comes a whole new set of challenges for mamas like me whose little humans HAVE to be outside for the majority of the day.

The end of summer had me feeling low on energy, out of ideas and even a little lonely but with the smell of fresh rain coupled with the warm afternoons I’m feeling like positive change is in the air.

I’m not a ‘mothers group’ mama, never was with Charlie and now with Grayson I still haven’t been able to find the enthusiasm for weekly catch ups to compare bubbas and complain about husbands (I know, mass generalisation and probably grossly inaccurate) so I’ve made a promise to myself and my bambinos to make the Autumn months the ones where we embrace the days we have together and adventure in the rain, the hail, the wind and with any luck some more warm afternoon sun.

Little man styled in our Monochrome Joggers HERE.

-Tania (make sure to follow Tania on Instagram HERE)