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Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas

Posted by memeinge
July 10, 2017
Featured in: Frugal Feasts, Dinner
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These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

by, Meme Inge, MS RDN

Disclosure: I received free samples of Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Libby’s Fruits & Vegetables and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.


These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

As apparent by the name of this feature -- Frugal Feasts -- you know that the recipe here is budget friendly. 

But it's also time-friendly. 

Is that a thing? I don't know. Whatever. Just know that it won't take you forever to make. 

How is it time-friendly? Well, a few things. One being that I used canned mixed veggies. 

You might be wondering why I am using canned mixed veggies. Canned veggies (and fruit for that matter) are fabulous to have in your pantry to add flavor, color and nutrients to your meal. 

Plus, they make things time-friendly. 


These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

So when I saw The Recipe ReDux challenge to create an on-trend recipe with Libby’s® canned Fruits & Vegetables, I knew I'd be on board. 

Being the canned food lover that I am, I knew it was 100% possible. 

One of the food trends is empanadas, and while I have always wanted to make empanadas, they require me making dough...

Running the risk of sounding dramatic, but I loathe rolling out dough. HATE IT. It makes me so mad. I can never get it to work, and I end up so frustrated. 

Then I remembered that the recipe needed to be easy to make, so I decided to make empanadas using already prepared dough. 

But let's be honest, most prepared dough you buy at the store isn't very nutritious and likely won't make me feel all that great after eating it.

Since I'm not interested in a post-dinner stomach ache, that was a no go. 


These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

As I was brainstorming a little more, I thought about using tortillas as the "dough" for the empanadas and how easy that would be. 

Luckily, I was right! Using tortillas is not only delicious, but it's another time-friendly trick!

There are only 12 ingredients in the recipe, most of them being spices, and they are simple to make...

Cook the ground meat and mushrooms. Add the mixed vegetables, spices, and cheese. Fill the tortillas and press them closed. Bake. Enjoy!

The most time consuming part of this recipe is pressing down the edges to close the empanadas, but honestly, it's the most fun. And if you have kitchen helpers, I'm sure they'd gladly take this task off your hands. 


These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

From start to finish, including my failed attempt at using corn tortillas (unfortunately, they did not want to fold without tearing), it took me 54 minutes to make. Basically, that means this will take about 45 minutes start to finish.These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

 

Not bad for a fun meal that is budget friendly!

See?! You can make an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal with canned veggies. And your budget and taste buds can celebrate together  

For more ideas on how you can make awesome food (that isn't boring or bland), check out the other entries in the contest: These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

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These Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas are an on-trend, nutritious and delicious meal made with canned veggies

Turkey and Vegetable Empanadas

Yield

Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces ground turkey
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Libby's Mixed Vegetables, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 (8 inch) flour tortillas

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375*F. Line a baking sheet with foil (for easier cleanup).
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and mushrooms. Cook, stirring often, for 10 minutes. Drain if needed.
  3. Add Libby's Mixed Vegetables, salt, paprika, garlic powder, ground ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Stir well to coat everything. 
  4. Add 1/2 cup cheese and stir until the cheese melts. 
  5. Brush or rub oil on one side of each tortilla. Flip the tortillas over and fill each with about 1/3 to 1/2 cup turkey-vegetable mixture. Sprinkle each with remaining cheese (about 1/2 tablespoon per empanada). 
  6. Push the mixture to one side, and fold the top part of the tortilla over so it folds in half. Using a form to press the ends together. 
  7. Transfer to the baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. 
  8. Remove from oven and serve with salsa if desired. Enjoy!

 

Notes:

*If the tortillas are coming apart when you are trying to press them shut, you can brush the inside of the tortilla with water or oil then seal the tortillas. 

*Use gluten free flour tortillas for gluten free. Corn tortillas didn't work in this recipe

Click for nutritional information
Calories 461
Carbohydrates 53.5g
Fiber 4.5g
Sugar 3.0g
Fat 16.3g
Protein 23.8g
Sodium 829mg
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memeinge
Meme Inge is the author of the FRUGAL FEASTS Feature on HealthyAperture and is a registered dietitian/nutritionist living in sunny San Diego, CA. Growing up surrounded by a family of cooks, Meme has always been a lover of food. She started the blog Living Well Kitchen as an outlet for sharing her kitchen creations and nutrition knowledge with others. Living Well Kitchen is busting with recipes, practical nutrition advice, local restaurant reviews, fitness fun, and any other ramblings she may have. Join her as she waxes poetic about fruits & veggies and tries to make southern staples just a little bit healthier
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