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Old 07-10-2019, 07:34 PM   #16
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What about pasta salad? One Of my daughters plays softball, and we have found pasta salad is one thing she will eat well during long hot tournaments. I just do a quick Italian dressing over noodles and add in olives and mozzarella pearls. You could maybe adjust it for your daughter’s dietary needs by using gluten free noodles and omitting the cheese. Some noodles have added protein or you could add in mini pepperoni or even cubed chicken.
I was planning on doing some gf pasta with some grilled chicken for tomorrow she can handle pure butter fine in small amounts so was thinking of doing buttered noodles with the chicken.
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I know you said she doesn't like hummus, but would she eat straight chickpeas? My kids like a salad of chick peas/garbanzo beans dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. Or you could toss a few into a pasta salad.
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I know you said she doesn't like hummus, but would she eat straight chickpeas? My kids like a salad of chick peas/garbanzo beans dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley. Or you could toss a few into a pasta salad.
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Old 07-11-2019, 01:17 PM   #19
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Yes she would.
That sounds yummy! My friend does something similar with sweet potato, chick peas and salad leaves. And would she eat falafel? I'm not sure if that can be df though. What about some kind of bean salad?

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My falafel is dairy free - chickpeas, herbage, and baking powder. Sometimes people add wheat flour, so it's not gluten free, though or fry it in peanut oil, which my kids can't do.

My kids also like roasted chickpeas - we buy them because I just can't get the texture right at home. They are super crispy and come in lots of different flavors, just like potato chips. That may be an option if you just need something to fill in.
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I keep trying to make falafel and it not going well. I am going to go start a falafel thread because it sounds amazing in the summer.

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She not been a Falafel fan in the past but I might test it again.
The pasta and chicken was a huge hit and while she was really ready for dinner when I picked her up she said the pasta filled her so that one is a keeper.
I bought some crunchy chick peas as well so I'll see if she likes those. She is off till Monday so we get a little break. I might experiment with some of these suggestions though over the weekend to see what she might be willing to try.
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pasta and chicken sounds like a perfect solution! My kids would live off that if they could.
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This week we did
Monday nutbutter and jam sandwich
Protein bar
Apples
Carrots

Tuesday
DF cheese gf crackers
Hard boiled egg
Olives and tomatoes
Strawberries

Wednesday
Nutbutter and banana sandwich
Pretzels gf
Apples and oranges slices
Cucumber slices

Thursday
Brown rice with grilled chicken
Broccoli and cherry tomatoes
Olives
unsweetened Applesauce pouch
Annie gf chocolate chip granola bar

These seem to fill her and she likes. I noticed she wasn't drinking much the first week despite heavy workout classes. This week I purposely snuck it a bit of some salty stuff like olives or a few pretzels to hopefully encourage her to drink more water.. It worked she is now bringing almost empty water bottles home.
She is performing this weekend for the local schools back to school rodeo. She is actually doing it with a younger class ( just them and the big girls) but they needed a few filled spots and she still little enough she can pass for a first grader lol.
One more week of the intensive. She is loving it.
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