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feeding a hungry sports team

My family has been volunteered to provide snacks and food for a teenage girls volleyball team. These tournaments last from 8 AM to 5 PM, so they need lots of food throughout the day.

What would you make?

Here are some of my thouhgts?

-Pasta salad (what is your recipe? I've not found one I love)
-Chicken salad sandwhiches
-other grains and food (black beans, corn, cumin, lime, cilantro w/ couscous or quinoa)
-sandwhich fixins on whole wheat bread
-healthy muffins
-veggies and dip (onion, ranch, etc)
-hummus and pita or veggies
-fruit salad
-rice/grain salad w/ lentils (for grownups)
-spice rubbed chicken (picnic style chicken that can be served cold or room temp. Thoughts on recipes?)

I'd love your ideas, and your basic recipes!

Go team!

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  1. That's so cool that you're doing this. I'm trying to think back (way back) to my tennis days.

    Navel orange slices are always great.

    If you can find time to do it, little bags of trail mix (for allergies, make some with nuts, some without, some with m&m's/chocolate chips, some without, all with dried fruit/craisins)

    PB&J's

    If you have time to make/money to buy, a few calzones, sliced up. They "keep" well, and are good cold. Cheese, eggplant, broccoli, spinach, lots of possible combos.

    A big cooler filled with iced down waters, gatorades, etc.

    I don't have a decent cold pasta salad recipe, but I bet someone does :)

    1. I think pasta of almost any kind is a necessity for athletes.

      1. Great, thanks! I'd love to find a simple, popular pasta salad dish. I'm thinking something w/ broccoli, beans or chickpeas, carrorts, green onions, and any other ideas! But I've never gotten the dressing right. I'd love any thoughts for that!

        1. since it starts so early, maybe a big baked frittata kinda thing in a casserole dish, alongside muffins and bagels.

          i've never had a pasta salad that i ever wanted to eat or make again. why not your favorite potato salad?

          you don't need to make chicken salad AND roasted chicken. maybe just a simple lemon rosemary marinade on chicken legs, roasted, then served room temp?

          the black bean/corn salad sounds great. the hummus too.

          how about a big tray of stuff for sandwiches? sliced ham, turkey, roast beef, cheddar and provolone cheeses? a side plate of sliced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sprouts, pickles, etc., so the girls can make their own, "their way".

          tabouleh salad with lots of fresh mint and parsley?

          little cups of yogurt. and definitely fresh fruit, like orange segments.

          don't be afraid to make cookies: peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips.

          if your main focus is the girls, just remember teenage girls can be very funny about what they will and will not eat.

          1. Have you thought of bringing a crockpot or two of chili? Assuming you can find an outlet, it's something that most people like and would really provide a lot of energy. You could make a meat and a veg pot. :)

            Just another alternative!