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Southwestern Pasta Salad Bento Box

This southwestern pasta salad is ideal for making the night before. Pack in lunchboxes with a few healthy sides for a nutritious and filling lunch!

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Southwestern Pasta Salad Bento Box

Southwestern Pasta Salad Bento Box

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 (12 oz.) box whole wheat mini shells
  • 1 (15 oz.) can reduced-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can no-salt-added corn, drained, rinsed
  • 1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 6 mini sweet peppers, diced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded lowfat Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup yogurt Ranch dressing
  • 1 ounce blue tortilla chips
  • 2 tablespoons Wholly Guacamole® mini
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon granola


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and let cool.
  2. Mix pasta, beans, corn, tomatoes, peppers, onion, cheese and Ranch in large bowl.
  3. Add tortilla chips, guacamole and yogurt topped with bananas and granola to lunchbox.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404Total Fat: 5.85gSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 74.15gFiber: 13.48gSugar: 6.71gProtein: 17.29g

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Amber Gray

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Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

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