Great Anytime Appetizer that is Low-Fat: Oh So Easy Empanadas

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Sorry I have been so out of touch. I have been preparing for the “Kids Healthy Baking” Cooking class at Studio B in Alys Beach, Florida all last week. The class was yesterday, and we had 24 kids-huge success! Back to the grind now, but not yet. Since I had the best margarita ever today with wonderful company at Caliza Pool in Alys Beach, I thought I would share a recipe for easy Empanadas that are low-fat (85 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per serving), easy and delicious! Here’s to incredible surroundings!

Easy Empanadas

Cook Time:

25 minutes

Prep Times:

10 minutes

Yield:

20 servings

Ingredients:

1/2 pound Laura's 92% Lean Ground Beef or 96% Lean Ground Round or any lean beef
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup canned low-salt yellow corn, drained
1/3 cup salsa
1 tablespoon tomato paste
20 wonton wrappers
Cooking spray
Salsa, low-fat sour cream (optional)

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Cook ground beef, onion and next 3 ingredients in a large nonstick skillet 5 minutes or until beef is browned; drain. Add corn and next 2 ingredients and cook until heated through. Remove and let cool.

3. Working with one wonton wrapper at a time, spoon 1 tablespoon beef mixture into center of each wrapper. Bring 2 opposite corners together and pinch the points to seal, forming a triangle. Place wrappers on a wire rack and repeat procedure with remaining wrappers and beef mixture.

4. Place empanadas on lightly greased baking sheets and coat lightly with cooking spray. Bake 4 to 6 minutes on each side, turning once or until golden. Serve with salsa and sour cream, if desired.

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