When a loved one comes home feeling under the weather, keep these recipes on hand to make them better in no time. Stick with these recipes to re-hydrate, energize, and boost their nutrients in order to have them back to themselves. Whether they have a head cold, flu, or stomach bug, these comfort foods are the trick to a swift and steady recovery.
Try to stick with clear and broth-based soups for not only the warmth and comfort factor, but to provide hydration and nutrients from the stock. Soup is easy on a stomach ache and will soothe a sore throat . Soup includes an extra kick of spice to clear sinuses and head colds – just make sure to have a box of tissues on hand as well. Soups are extra comforting one once your patient is ready for a more filling meal.
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (1 medium)
2 cups peeled and chopped carrots (about 4)
1 1/4 cups chopped celery (about 3)
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes (undrained)
3 cups peeled and 1/2-inch thick diced potatoes (from about 3 medium)
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped frozen or fresh green beans
1 1/4 cups frozen or fresh corn
1 cup frozen or fresh peas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Yield: About 7 servings
Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, and celery and saute 3 – 4 minutes then add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer. Pour in broth (if you want lesser ratio of broth use 3 cans then only 3/4 cup of the 4th can) and add tomatoes, potatoes, parsley, bay leaves, thyme and season with salt and pepper to taste (if you want a really flavorful soup you can add in more dried herbs, I prefer to let the flavors of the vegetables shine though and not overdue it). Bring to a boil, then add green beans, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 – 30 minutes, then add corn and peas and cook 5 minutes longer. Serve warm.