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Southwestern Pasta Salad Bento Box

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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!

Nutrition Tip: Compared to lean meats, the protein found in black beans contain zero to little saturated fat and cholesterol.

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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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Amanda Keefer

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Amanda Keefer

Amanda’s marketing, public relations and community outreach experience spans 20 years. She is the mom of two girls and two boxer dogs. You can hear her as the host of the Healthy Family Project podcast, find her cooking alongside her girls in videos on the Produce for Kids Instagram feed or spot her out volunteering with her family. When not in the office, Amanda can be found with her family on the tennis courts or at the dance studio.

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