Giddyup Pasta LunchBox

by Marla on March 15, 2013 · 34 comments

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Well boy howdy ~ it’s been quite some time since I posted a Project LunchBox recipe. I came up with this Giddyup Pasta for all your big & little cowboys ‘n cowgirls.

This is as perfect for kiddos as it is for a grown up ranch style lunch. It’s fun to bring out your inner cowboy or cowgirl even while at school or work…

Perfect balance is what we strive for in our energy packed meals. Let’s grab our lasso’s and round up a rootin tootin meal. OK?!

Giddyup Pasta Recipe | Project LunchBox | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Not only is Giddyup Pasta super tasty, but you can use any ground, shredded or cubed beef you have in the fridge. You can even dice up a burger on top. Your choice. Chicken or turkey would be great too.

I used gluten free brown rice spaghetti (lassos) so all folks can enjoy. Everything is packed up in my favorite Easy LunchBoxes.

Giddyup Pasta Recipe | Project LunchBox | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Have your kids ever played with the Crunch a Color cards? They are super cool. There are two card deck games:  Conversation Starters and The Healthy Eating Game.

They both make learning about healthy food habits fun for kids.  The games encourage fun tabletop conversations & your kids learn how to making healthy food choices. My kids have a kick with both of the card decks.

Giddyup Pasta Recipe | Project LunchBox | FamilyFreshCooking.com

We love to eat the colors or the rainbow so I paired this pasta with two vibrant sides….

My favorite roasted sweet potatoes and fresh cut strawberries. Both which you can eat with your hands. Ranch style.

Giddyup Pasta Recipe | Project LunchBox | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Another great thing is that this pasta is as great cold as it is warm. Perfect for picnics, school lunches and travel.

Giddyup Pasta Recipe | Project LunchBox | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Giddyup Pasta LunchBox

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Giddyup Pasta LunchBox

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Brown Rice or Whole Wheat Pasta (cooked)
  • 3 ounces Mushrooms (Mini Bella & White varieties), sliced small
  • 3 ounces Ground Beef (any meat great)
  • handful Baby Spinach Leaves
  • pat of Butter
  • Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Sweet Potato
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • Olive Oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Sides
  • a few Strawberries or your favorite fruit

Method

    Giddyup Pasta
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, toss with some olive oil and set aside. Brown beef in a small pan over medium high heat. In a medium sized sauté pan melt the pat of butter over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms, sauté for about a minute then add the baby spinach. Cook until the spinach is wilted. Season with garlic salt and pepper. Add pasta and beef to the veggie sauté. Toss to combine.
  • Roasted Sweet Potato
  • Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees F with the racks in the middle. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat liner. Slice the sweet potatoes into 1/4 inch flat pieces. Drizzle with olive oil. Toss with your hands adding some cinnamon, garlic salt and pepper. Bake for about 40-45 minutes until slightly browned and very soft.
  • Notes
  • I suggest you make a big batch of the roasted sweet potatoes. I usually make 2 sheet pans at a time. They go quickly! If you have a lot of 'em this becomes a very quick meal to prepare.
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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 15, 2013 at 6:04 am

What a gorgeous lunch box!! Loving the bright colors.

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2 Marla March 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Thanks Liz!!

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3 Matt March 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

Nice recipe – lucky kids to get such a tasty lunch! Wonderful pictures too. I shall be trying out the sweet potatoes… so much scrummier than their boring white cousins… :-)

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4 Marla March 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Matt, I am obsessed with these roasted sweet potatoes. Always have ‘em at the ready for lunch and dinner :) Glad you like the lunchbox.

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5 Kevin (Closet Cooking) March 15, 2013 at 6:18 am

What a nice lunchbox meal!

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6 Tieghan March 15, 2013 at 6:20 am

I wish I had this for lunch today! It looks so yummy!

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7 Maria March 15, 2013 at 6:23 am

What a fun lunch!

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8 Rosa March 15, 2013 at 6:32 am

A great lunchbox recipe. Delicious!

Cheers,

Rosa

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9 Angie @ Big Bear's Wife March 15, 2013 at 6:49 am

looks like the perfect lunch!

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10 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective March 15, 2013 at 7:09 am

Hearty, satisfying and healthy! My kids (we all) would love it!

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11 Jenny Flake March 15, 2013 at 7:18 am

Love that giddyup pasta!! Yum!

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12 kelley {mountain mama cooks} March 15, 2013 at 7:19 am

Awesome! I haven’t yet tried the Lassos brand of rice pasta. Looks perfect!

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13 Marla March 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Kelley, no brand called that actually. Meant that the spaghetti looks like a cowboys (or cowgirls) lasso ;)

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14 Bev @ Bev Cooks March 15, 2013 at 7:33 am

I’ll TAAAAAAKE it.

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15 Heather Christo March 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

OH!! What a gorgeous lunch! I would love to eat that! giddyup pasta sounds great!

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16 Cookin' Canuck March 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

This is a lunch I’d definitely like to take to lunch! And I know the kids would love it, too.

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17 Aimee @ Simple Bites March 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

My boys never turn down pasta!! Another great lunch box idea. Thanks, Marla.

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18 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

Fab lunch, the bandana makes it! ;)

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19 Julie @ Table for Two March 15, 2013 at 9:46 am

love this idea of lunchboxes! it’s such a healthier way to eat and a way to always ensure that your kid (or yourself) gets the proper nutrients and it shys you away from eating out – or at least for me it will! :) looks wonderful!

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20 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

LOVE the name of this pasta!

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21 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Ive been going nuts for anything with mushrooms in it lately! This is a keeper!

Have a great weekend my friend! :)

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22 Marla March 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

I know the feeling Averie, I am kinda obsessed with mushrooms. All varieties!

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23 Calgary Corporate Catering March 15, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Wow, you took quite a few pictures (looks delicious). I wish my lunches looked like that, ha

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24 Marla March 16, 2013 at 11:04 am

Always waaaaayyy too many pictures. Kinda an obsession ;)

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25 Carolyn Jung March 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Thanks for the shout-out on the duck ragu. Your pasta dish looks wonderful. I wish someone would pack me a lunch like that! ;)

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26 Marla March 16, 2013 at 3:21 pm

& I wish someone would pack me your duck pasta!

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27 Kelly Lester (EasyLunchboxes) March 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

Well, you HAVE had a lot of practice photographing my my containers (wink wink), but still… these are GORGEOUS Marla!!! What a delicious lunch recipe!!!

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28 Marian (Sweetopia) March 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Looks like the perfect lunch!

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29 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts March 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Marla,
Almost makes me wish my kids weren’t coming home for lunch these days so I could go back to packing lunch again.

Almost . . .

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30 Marla March 17, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Ha! Maybe just pack it for yourself??!!

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31 Amanda March 18, 2013 at 11:17 pm

Fantastic idea thanks. Made it yesterday for my kids and it went down a treat. Only addition I made was some lightly roasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled over the top. My family love these and they’re so good for them.

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32 Marla March 19, 2013 at 10:43 am

Amanda ~ those pumpkin seeds are sure a GREAT idea. I will try that next time :) Thanks!

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33 Andrea DiGeronimo March 19, 2013 at 6:41 am

Beautiful pictures! Looks delicious. I am adding that to the lunch plan for sure.

xxoo, andrea

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34 Anne Smitten March 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Wow, this is just amazing! I have been attending cooking classes in Dirty Apron which offers one of the best cooking classes in Vancouver for sure and they taught us a bunch of good recipes. However, I didn´t get to know this wise idea of teaching my kids to make healthy food choices. Definitely will try it out during our family dinner tommorow and will let you know the results of my experiment!

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