National Empanada Day is April 8th!  We thought it might be fun to look at different ways to make empanadas and share them with you - here you go.

Easy (No-Risk) Ways to Involve Children While Cooking Empanadas

  • Whisking Corn Starch and Water
  • Stuffing the Wrappers
  • Placing the empanadas on the baking sheet


  • Baked Beef Empanadas shared in Kansas State Department of Education CACFP Newsletter. (There's also a neat section about growing garlic and using it in your program!)

  • Kidspot.com provides us with 10 Ways to Make Empanadas.  This includes links to diverse set of recipes.  Sweet Potato and Black Bean (I want to try this one tonight!), Squash Goat Cheese, BBQ Chicken and more.

  • 15 ways to make empanadas.  Find recipes for Tuna Empanadas, Mole Empanadas and even a Gluten-Free one (number 10 - Cassava Empanadas).

What are you most excited to try or what is your favorite type?


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Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.