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Dinner to break a fast?

The youth group at our church is doing a 30 hour fast, and I've signed up to bring a casserole for them to eat when the fast is over. I know this needs to be something easy on the stomach, so no heavy cheese or cream, but I really have no idea what to make. (I'm just doing a casserole, others are bringing food as well.)

Any thoughts? (Nothing with nuts due to allergies)

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  1. I routinely fast for 24 to 36 hours (as do many people now) for what is called IF( intermittent fasting) for health and fitness reasons. There is alot of info on IF, working out and diet. Typically you should just eat "normally" when breaking it. People only have trouble if they eat too much right at one sitting after fasting. A 30 hour fast will deplete carbohydrate so a casserole that is carb based will restore energy quickly in people that are used to a carb based diet.

    Mac and cheese is the first thing that comes to mind, or maybe lasagna or Asian style sesame noodles. Young people like those foods anyway, and they are filing in smaller quantities.

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    1. re: sedimental

      +1 Mac and cheese. If you do bechamel style you could always reduce the cheese if you are worried about it being heavy. You could add broccoli and/or peas too.

      Florentine lasagna could work too. Do you have any idea what others are bringing?

    2. If it were a bunch of blue-hairs, then, yeah, I'd be thinking more about the fare...but kids, only 30 hours? Whatever they want. Howsee about a nice taco casserole?

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      1. re: BiscuitBoy

        Apparently, when kids who did this a few years ago were allowed to just pig out afterwards, there were some unpleasant digestive consequences afterwards. The youth leaders are hoping to avoid this, since many of the kids will be staying a second night just for fun (non-fasting).

      2. Interesting, my church youth is doing a 30 hour fast, Hmmmmm....

        I suggest doing a baked pasta using a light red sauce with just a sprinkle of cheese on top. Keep in mind, after not eating, your internal mechanism will be delicate and prone the sensativity of any food.

        1. Any kind of light chicken and rice dish. It's what I want to eat after being too sick to eat.

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          1. re: charlesbois

            How about a very mild arroz con pollo? Do you think that would sound good after going without?

            I have to confess, I'm not good at fasting, so have never gone this long without food, and I don't want to get anyone sick.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              What, with a nice slab of pate on the side? :)

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Seriously, you want to be on clean up?

                1. re: treb

                  It's a fast for a mere 30 hours.

                  I've gone easily 20-30 hours sometimes unintentionally and scarfed down a Filet-O-Fish, a vanilla milkshake and an apple pie with no problems.

              2. I break all fasts with a green smoothie and then food 1-2 hours later. Smoothies get nutrients back into the system asap. Then, I eat whatever I want as normal. Having the smoothie also tends to reduce the desire to overeat right out of the fast.

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                1. re: Rigmaster

                  That's a great idea. I just bought some Odwalla Mango Tango, which is a very delicious, easy to get down smoothie. They can drink that first, then eat the other stuff.

                2. i also if on a frequent basis, but my regular fare is mostly low-carb.

                  i vote against a big pan of starch, sorry. yes, their glucose may be a bit low, but no point in spiking it with pasta.

                  a nice big fritatta sounds better to me.

                  1. Another vote for a pasta bake of some kind. Maybe with chicken in it to get some protein in. I was going to suggest doing it with pesto vs red sauce but then I saw the nut allergy thing, so that probably won't work.

                    1. Enchiladas.

                      I wouldn't worry too much about digestibility. These are teens, right? I'd be more concerned about quantity and general deliciousness.

                      1. Egg casserole, I reckon.

                        1. Just curious Isolda, what state are you from?

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                          1. re: treb

                            Massachusetts--it's the World Vision 30 hour fast. A lot of churches are doing it this weekend.

                            1. re: Isolda

                              So how does this work? When is the last meal and when is the fast broken?

                              1. re: Isolda

                                I looked at this on line and it might be a good activity for our church. We did a hunger breakfast 2 weeks ago and will Walk For Hunger in a few weeks. Maybe we need to bump up our awareness another level.
                                What about a few stratas to break the fast? They aren't too heavy and involve carbs, milk and cheese plus what ever you want to add to make them savory. Again in a church group setting I have made these for 80 people or 10. I like them because you do the work the day before and cook them slowly and let the smell fill the kitchen for an hour on the day you serve them.
                                There was a lot of chitchat on the WFD board about Armenian or baked rice pilaf. I have mixed chicken and chopped tomatoes into cooked rice pilaf with great success - it's not as heavy as a baked pasta and there is no dairy.

                            2. Isolda, my group used to do sort of in the style of eating after a stomach flu--gentle stuff. I remember a delicious chicken and rice casserole (which wasn't creamy, and little cups of jello and sherbet. The mom who cooked the casserole was Lebanese and called it "Chicken over rice". Delish.

                              1. First a glass of OJ or Pineapple juice, about 6oz.
                                How about the traditional Askenaz break fast of bagels and lox, cream cheese, sliced onion and tomato?
                                Or you can do a light warm meal of baked fish, rice and a vegie casserole with some cheese. include some pasta salad with veggies, fresh bread & butter and a green salad with a light vinegarette...and I think you are there!
                                Desert fresh cut up fruit; what ever is available in your neck of the woods.

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                                1. re: PHREDDY

                                  Bagels and lox is my 1st thought when it comes to breaking a fast (even for a church activity!) but since the OP is not in charge of the whole meal, that might not work.

                                  What about a strata?