Tex-Mex Bento Box

Tex-Mex Bento Box

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From: Eatingwell.com, August 2018

Quesadillas make a quick and easy sandwich alternative. Even though they are often served hot, quesadillas also taste good cold or at room temperature. That makes them an ideal addition to this flavor-packed bento box, a collection of foods that you can meal-prep on the weekend for easy lunches at work or school.

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  • ½ cup rinsed canned low-sodium black beans
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 8-inch whole-wheat tortilla
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • ¼ cup diced avocado
  • 1 teaspoon lime or lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 strawberries, hulled and halved
  • ¼ cup blueberries


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  1. Combine beans and cheese in a medium bowl. Place tortilla on a work surface. Spread the bean mixture over the tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half, pressing gently to flatten. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add quesadilla and cook, turning once, until golden on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes total. Cut into wedges and pack in the large section of a bento-style lunch box or in a large container.
  2. Toss avocado with lime (or lemon) juice in a small bowl and pack in another section of the bento box or in a separate medium container. Pack strawberries and blueberries in the remaining section of the bento box or in a separate medium container.
  • 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: 445 calories; 18 g fat(4 g sat); 12 g fiber; 56 g carbohydrates; 16 g protein; 80 mcg folate; 14 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 566 IU vitamin A; 28 mg vitamin C; 275 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 509 mg sodium; 632 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (47% daily value), Calcium (28% dv), Iron (22% dv), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 fat, 1 lean protein, ½ fruit, ½ high-fat protein, ½ vegetable

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