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Sunday Dinner: Easy (almost authentic) empanadas recipe

Since it’s April Fools’ Day, we thought of a dish that tastes great and is almost authentic! You can fool just about anyone into thinking you worked long and hard on this delicious empanadas recipe, but really, it’s a simple way to serve a meal made with a few prepared ingredients!


Fun on April Fools’ Day

Everyone loves a good (and harmless) April Fools’ Day prank! Consider talking to your kids about practical jokes and how they should be fun for everyone involved. No one likes a mean-spirited prank!

If you want to go all out with some April Fools’ Day food fun before and after dinner, feel free to live it up! Your kids will love these ideas and recipes!

A morning “sip” of juice

This is a juicy prank, courtesy of Disney Family Fun. Your kids will need a spoon for this glass of juice! Prepared in a tall, clear glass with a straw, flavored gelatin (with a drop of food color) sets to look like juice! This is easy to put together: You’ll need lemon-flavored gelatin, a drop of red food color and a straw.

A great dessert — sweet sushi!

This dessert recipe will have your family rolling! This sushi is made with Hostess Twinkies and dried fruit. Grab the chopsticks to enjoy this tasty dessert! This Fab Foods sushi recipe is easy — and fun — to put together!

Easy (almost authentic) empanadas recipe

Pick the filling of your choice for these empanadas. This option is simple and delicious!

Serves 4-6


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package refrigerated pizza dough (about 1 pound)
  • Flour for your work surface
  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (16 ounce) can corn, drained (use about half the corn for the empanada and the rest for garnish)
  • 2 avocados, cut into small chunks
  • 2 cups prepared salsa
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream for garnishing


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Use about a tablespoon of the oil to lightly coat the baking sheet.
  2. Separate the pizza dough into six portions. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion into a round shape, about eight inches in diameter.
  3. Use half of each round to hold your ingredients: Spread out the beans (leave about half an inch of dough at the edge), and then top with two tablespoons of corn, salsa, avocado and cheese.
  4. Fold the empty half over the filling and use a fork to seal the edges closed.
  5. Use the remaining olive oil to lightly brush the tops of the empanadas. Place on a baking sheet and bake until lightly golden (about 12-15 minutes).
  6. Serve with sour cream and corn as your garnish.

No foolin’ with dinner tonight! This empanadas recipe is low fuss and super tasty!

More Sunday dinner recipes to try

Pasta with low-fat walnut pesto
Mediterranean tuna salad in radicchio bowls
Soba noodle stir-fry

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