Being sick isn't any fun for any of us, and if you know someone who is sick, try one of my favorite recipes to make for someone sick to help them feel better. I love whipping up something healing for a family member or friend when they aren't feeling well. There are some classic recipes I love that you can base your recipes off of. You can also use any ingredients you have on hand for most of these, like leftover vegetables or freezer foods. Feel free to substitute items out for ones you might not have and use ingredients that you do have on hand that might work instead. Whatever you do, be sure to add a touch of love and care with each one that you make. Recipes to make for someone sick are one of the ultimate gifts of love you could ever give!
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1 Classic Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is probably the most popular of all recipes to make for someone sick that we all know about. I’ve chosen a classic recipe based off one by The Pioneer Woman, which is full of flavor and healing properties. Chicken is rich in nutrients that nourish the immune system, along with veggies that nourish the adrenals, immune system and help to release mucus from the body, while still adding crucial fluids to the diet. When combined to create this amazing entrée, this makes for one amazing easy-to-digest meal that is perfect for lunch or dinner. Any time someone sick is actually up for eating, make this for them and add in a pinch of love while you’re at it! If you’re vegan, feel free to use tofu instead.
1 pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thawed and chopped
2 whole bay leaves
1 large onion, chopped
3 ribs of celery, chopped
10 baby carrots, chopped in half
8 cups of water
2 parsnips, chopped (optional but recommended)
1 turnip, chopped (optional but recommended)
½ tsp. sea salt (I like Himalayan for the raw nutrients)
Ground black pepper
½ tsp. rubbed sage
½ tsp. oregano
Place all ingredients in a large slow cooker for 8 hours on medium, or on low overnight. Or you can bring everything to a boil on the stove in a large pot. Reduce the heat to low and then cook for an additional ½ to 2 hours. After it is done cooking, sprinkle any additional seasonings on top. Just be sure to take out the bay leaf; it’s not edible but is necessary for the ultimate healing power, so don’t leave it out! Serve in a bowl, then sprinkle black pepper over the top.
2 Hot Bowl of Oats
There’s nothing like a great bowl of hot oats to satisfy you when you’re sick. Oats are usually easy to digest for most people, and they are extremely comforting. Whenever I start feeling under the weather, I always buy a container of rolled oats as I know they’ll bring me great comfort, nourishment and even if I can’t smell anything, I know they’ll still taste great! Try one of my favorite comfort food recipes using hot oats, which is pumpkin oatmeal. It is incredibly nourishing, so delicious and will help restore balance in the body along with keep things moving along easily!
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup water
½ cup almond milk
3 tbsp. organic canned pumpkin
½ tsp. pure stevia extract or your choice sweetener.
1 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of dried ginger
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
Heat the water on a pot on the stovetop on medium and bring it to a low boil. Reduce the heat to medium low and stir in the oats, almond milk and the pumpkin. Let this cook for 5 minutes, covered, stirring once in between. Stir this until well combined and then add the spices and salt. Put the lid on and reduce the heat to low for 5-7 more minutes, stirring once and then serve. This makes for a pretty thick oatmeal, which I like. If you like yours thinner, add in ¼ cup- ½ cup more almond milk. If you can stomach it, pecans make a great topping, along with walnuts, or maple syrup.
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3 Nourishing Vegetable Juice
In my opinion, there is nothing veggie juice can’t do. Someone who is sick may not believe you if they aren’t into juicing, but trust me; they soon will be! Fresh vegetable juice is the best way to get direct nutrients to the blood stream that require no digestion. Whoever you’re nursing will feel better in seconds after drinking this, and heal much quicker. I like this recipe, which is so amazing for just about anything that ails you and it tastes great too. Full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals, this is pure nutrition in a glass!
½ cup cubed pineapple
2 handfuls of spinach
½ inch knob of ginger
2 stalks of celery
Run through a juicer and enjoy!
4 Vegetable Broth
There is absolutely nothing like vegetable broth to drink when you’re sick. I don’t eat meat, so chicken broth doesn’t appeal to me too much. Vegetable broth is so much better anyway, if you ask me! Plus, whoever you make this for will probably never miss the meat taste. I like to use a ton of veggies in my broth and leave almost nothing out. This makes for such a powerful, nourishing broth that soothes the body just like juice. Juice is best for times of fever when you’re hot, and broth is great for if you’ve caught a cold or sick to your stomach. Make this for whoever you’re taking care of and they’ll feel so much better the next day. If you don’t want to use all the ingredients, or make as much, that’s fine too. If you make a smaller batch, it will just be a little more intense, which is never a bad thing. You can also make this with as few as 5 ingredients, though I recommend more for the best flavor.
Makes about 10 cups of broth
10 cups water
2 parsnips, chopped
2-3 Tbs olive oil
1-2 large onions, chopped
1 lb celery, chopped
1 lb carrots, washed but unpeeled, chopped
3 whole cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
10 whole black peppercorns
2 tsp sea salt
2-3 tbs tomato paste ( or sauce, or 1 tomato)
A few sprigs rosemary (parsley is more traditional, use a lot)
Sweet potato-1, chopped
Mushrooms- ½ cup
Celery root- 1 root, chopped
Peppers- any you like, chopped
Turnip - 1, chopped
Any greens like kale, collards, spinach, shredded
Zucchini, 1 chopped
Fennel, 1 bulb, chopped
Directions: Boil the water for one minute on the stove in a large pot. Add in the ingredients, making sure they are chopped as directed. Boil ten more minutes, then reduce to medium heat, cooking for one hour. Turn down to low and cook 1 more hour. Once done, strain this through a cheesecloth, strainer or nutmilk bag into a large bowl or container. Transfer to individual storage containers. You can even freeze these long term. I also like to put this in a slow cooker if I’m making it the night before, or I put it on first thing in the morning and let it cook for 12 hours on low. It makes for a more intense flavor, but the stovetop method is great too.
5 Ginger Tea
Ginger tea is such a great remedy to drink when you’re sick, especially if you have a nauseated stomach. Make this tea for your mom, brother, husband, boyfriend, best friend, father, or whoever else you’re caring for. Even if they’ve never heard of it, they’ll love how they feel after they drink this anti-inflammatory tea. Ginger is great for curing nausea and aiding in digestion. It even helps relieve mucus from the body if you have a nasty cold.
1-2 cups hot water
3 slices of fresh ginger root
Juice from one lemon
Dash of cayenne
Boil the water on the stove in a pot, or run it through a coffee maker without a filter to heat it up. After it is done heating or boiling, add the rest of the ingredients and serve while warm. Drink this all day long if you like; it is amazing!
6 Classic Vegetable Soup
My favorite meal as a little girl when I was sick, was a classic veggie soup. I craved it, and it always gave me what I needed on a day I wasn’t feeling my best. Vegetable soup is a cure all for me. If someone isn’t up for eating, broth is great, but if they can manage to eat something simple, veggie soup is wonderful to fill the body. Since the veggies are cooked thoroughly, this soup also won't cause digestion problems. Vegetables are amazing for almost anything, and if you ask me, they are essential when we aren’t feeling our best!
1 large onion; medium dice
1 large carrot; medium dice
2 stalks celery; medium dice
1 tbsp. coconut oil
2 cloves fresh garlic; minced
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. oregano
3 cups canned diced tomato
1 beet, cubed
1 large potato; diced
1 quart vegetable stock
¼ cup water
½ tsp. salt
½ lb. frozen peas
¼ bunch parsley; washed, dried, and chopped
1 tsp. black pepper
In a large stock pot, sauté onion, carrots, and celery in oil until tender. Add garlic and herbs and cook until fragrant. Add tomatoes, beet, water and potato. Then, add stock. Simmer until all vegetables are tender. Add peas, parsley, and season with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
7 A Cold Creamy Smoothie
Hands down, the best thing to make for someone if you ask me, is a smoothie! Besides soup, it is the ultimate comfort food in my opinion, and it requires no digestion, but still contains fiber. This will prevent blood sugar from spiking, but also won’t require too much energy to for the body to process. There are endless recipes out there for smoothies, but I chose one based off ingredients that have lots of enzymes, are high in iron, Vitamin C, sodium, magnesium, and potassium, which the body needs greatly during a time of illness. Don’t forget to add a pretty straw and serve with love and care!
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
2 tsp. goji berries or goji powder
5 frozen strawberries
2 handfuls spinach
1 teaspoon of your favorite greens powder ( I like Amazing Grass ORAC berry flavor in this smoothie)
½ cup your favorite yogurt ( I like plain Greek)
1 cup almond milk
Stevia or honey to sweeten if needed
Blend in the order listed and serve.
Do you prepare food for anyone while they’re sick? Or, what’s your favorite food to eat while you’re under the weather? Share any links to recipes you like since I’d love to find out some myself!
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