Homemade Beef Empanadas

by jenna on April 17, 2014


In case you’re wondering, I am still working my way through my list of meals to freeze for post baby! I really love making these meals, packaging them up and putting them out in our deep freezer. I love thinking that the next time I see them we’ll have a new family member! Such a crazy, weird thought.

It seems like everyone on the internet recommends empanadas for a great post-baby meal. They are easy to reheat from frozen, deliciously satisfying and can be eaten with one hand, which I hear is quite important in the early days. My husband adores empanadas so I decided to bake up a batch to have on hand. They turned out great! Nice flaky crust filled with seasoned beef, tomatoes and onions. If you’ve never baked homemade empanadas before, there’s no time like the present!


The filling here is just a mixture of ground beef, tomato, garlic, onion, spices and hard boiled egg. It’s really, really tasty if I do say so myself!


Don’t be intimidated by the homemade dough. It’s more forgiving than pie dough and really easy to throw together. I cut my empanadas on the large side using one of our soup bowls as a base. Because of how big I made them, this recipe only yielded six for me. If you were to use a biscuit cutter I bet you could get 8-10!

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Dinner at the Farm

by jenna on April 16, 2014

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The other night we did something really special!

To celebrate Adam’s birthday, which is TODAY (!), we went and had dinner out at the farm where we get our CSA veggies every week. Once a month, from April to October, the farm hosts true farm-to-table dinners outside in the grass. It was my first time doing anything like this and it was an absolute blast.

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We got there around 5pm for a farm tour before dinner. I was especially excited when I saw a big wagon pull up that we’d all be riding around in while touring the farm. I had it in my mind that it would be a walking tour and while I still try to get out a few times a week to walk, a ride is more than welcome. :)

Full Belly Farm is an organic, family-run farm about 45 minutes from Sacramento. It was SO cool to meet the family who started the farm back in the early 80′s and hear about how far they’ve come since then.

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Maple Nut Granola

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Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread

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Thanks, everyone, for the great feedback on yesterday’s post! It seems like a bunch of us, pregnant or not, are interested in freezer meals. I especially loved reading in the comments what your favorite post-baby meals were. Everyone had great advice and tips. I am excited to share with y’all today this super yummy cinnamon […]

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