Confetti Pasta Bento Box

Confetti Pasta Bento Box

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From: Eatingwell.com, August 2018

Cook extra pasta with dinner and set it aside to make an easy pasta salad you can pack for lunch the following day. Add beans, leftover chicken, deli turkey or tuna for extra protein.

Ingredients 1 serving

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  • 1 tablespoon plain low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing
  • ½ cup cooked whole-wheat bow-tie or penne pasta
  • ⅓ cup rinsed canned no-salt-added black beans
  • ⅓ cup diced red, green or yellow bell pepper
  • 1 ounce Cheddar cheese, cubed
  • ¼ cup grapes

Preparation

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  1. Whisk yogurt and ranch dressing together in a medium bowl. Add pasta, beans and bell pepper; toss to coat. Pack in the large section of a bento-style lunch box or in a large container. Pack cheese and grapes in separate smaller sections of the bento box or in separate small containers.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate or store in an insulated lunch tote bag with ice packs for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 bento box
  • Per serving: 376 calories; 18 g fat(7 g sat); 3 g fiber; 39 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 44 mcg folate; 33 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,973 IU vitamin A; 64 mg vitamin C; 275 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 340 mg sodium; 458 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (107% daily value), Vitamin A (39% dv), Calcium (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat, 1 high-fat protein, ½ fruit, ½ lean protein, ½ vegetable

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