Staying Occupied: Carb Dinner to Healthy Lunch

I have seen several friends on Facebook and Instagram post that they have been carb loading and stress eating during this time. Pasta is one of those carb-licious meals that the entire family enjoys.

Our dinner included Ziggy’s Cheese Tortellini and PC Buttermilk Chicken from No Frills and a side salad. Since we are a family of three, there was one serving of pasta leftover. We always cook extra of the Buttermilk Chicken for lunches the next day. It is easy to slice up and add to my daughter’s Planetbox, toss into a roll with some cheese and tomato, or cube into a salad.

This is the healthy lunch, so the chicken was cubed and added to a bed of butter lettuce. Add some cucumber, tomato, and pepper to amp up the nutrition. Bacon … because bacon. Then, add the cold tortellini – it is pasta salad with more focus on the salad part! Either eat like this or add a little Caesar dressing to bump up the flavour.

Please share how you are staying occupied and/or how you are turning leftover dinners into lunch. You can respond to this post or reach out through Social Media.

There are now three summary posts with helpful links: Staying Occupied posts, Helpful Links for Families, and Fitness links to keep you healthy.

Note: This series was created due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible. I hope that despite all the closures and the crazy grocery store lines, you can still find opportunities to stay calm, enjoy the extra time with your loved ones, organize the areas that need to be addressed, and find something (book, movie, craft) to bring you enthusiasm. Choose to be as balanced as possible and stay healthy.

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