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Apr 25, 2013 05:52 AM

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.