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High-calorie, nutritious meals for Ramadan nights, and tarawih snacks

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High-calorie, nutritious meals for Ramadan nights, and tarawih snacks

musicalchef | Jun 25, 2013 12:22 AM

Where I live, the fasting day is 18-19 hours long this year, so I'm looking for some good ideas for meals that can keep up my energy level during the day. Also, I'm still breastfeeding, though not exclusively (baby is 10 months old and eats a few small solid meals per day). Before anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim asks, yes, I am allowed to break my fast if it affects my milk supply, or if there are any symptoms of dehydration, or if I'm dizzy, and yes, I will do so.

Also, we're temporarily overseas in a bare-bones one-room apartment with no oven, only a cooker (but feel free to post "oven" ideas for others' benefit!). Iftar (the time we break the fast at sunset) is right at the baby's current bedtime, so I want meals I can eat quickly and then put her to bed. We're not big meat eaters in our family, but we have meat sometimes. So far I'm thinking wrap sandwiches (can supplement with snacks later); pastas with tomato, cheese, and vegetable sauces; beef stroganoff; biscuits and gravy; plov (my Tajik husband's national dish - made from rice, carrots, and meat).

Also looking for small snack ideas to eat during the night (without waking up the baby), especially between tarawih cycles (special prayers during the night in Ramadan). So far I'm thinking of cheese; leftover salad from iftar; trail mixes; Greek yogurt; cereal; chicken salad (I already eat a lot of fruit when I break my fast). If there are no healthy snacks available in the house, I will eat junk food, which I don't want to do.

For suhur (pre-dawn meal, last food before the fasting day), I usually eat whole wheat bread with peanut butter and/or cheese, some fruit (usually a banana), a boiled egg, a glass of whole milk, and water.

Thanks in advance!

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