Sorry it’s been forever since I’ve posted for real…
Soup. This is a no-brainer for when you’re sick. No, it won’t completely cure you but it’s easy to stomach when you’re queasy and it just makes you feel good. The ultimate comfort food.
Since I’m gluten free and all of the store bought options are gross and expensive I usually make my own and it’s surprisingly easy and it tastes waaaaayyyyy better. Traditional chicken soup can take all day, but it’s an option. My mom-mom would make us huge pots of homemade chicken soup in the fall and winter time.
The thing is, if you’re sick you don’t have all day (or the stamina) to make it. I have 3 good options for you.
- Buy some from a restaurant or grocery store nearby.
This one is pretty obvious. If you’re too sick to go out yourself have a friend or family member do it for you. Whole Foods has a great Lemon Artichoke Chicken soup that I have a few times when I was sick. Avogolemono soup is another of my favorites (an egg based lemon, chicken, and rice soup) but this can be a little hard to find if you don’t have a nearby Greek restaurant. I eat Asian foods like 97% of the time, I would suggest miso, wonton, tom yum, or pho. I wish I lived near a pho place right now. I miss it so much!
2. There are some quick recipes for making your own soups. This is one of my favorites:
It takes less than an hour to make and it tastes so good! I make this probably once every two weeks. I definitely like to add more vegetables to mine, usually bok choy, daikon, and/or Napa cabbage. It’s also good pho style (with blanched bean sprouts, cilantro and Thai basil, lime, and fresh jalapeño). When I store the soup I always keep the broth and the vegetables separate. Daikon and bok choy, especially, can overpower the flavor of the broth if they sit together for too long.
3. Go the semi-homemade route.
If you’re completely flat on your back but you need to have soup you can use a store bought broth or bouillon. I also like to keep miso paste around the house for such an occasion (although I don’t have any now…). Sometimes I’ll make that shio ramen recipe but instead of starting with water I’ll use broth and add some green onions and ginger to it. Unless your broth is just plain chicken stock it won’t taste exactly the same (they usually add spices to it) but it will still be really good.
If you like soup as much as I do you can use my affiliate link to get yourself some miso. I have this exact brand at home right now and I am so excited to try it tonight!