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Sick day soup is exactly what it says it is. A great soup to have on hand when you’re feeling less than your best.
Feeling under the weather?
Getting Good Nutrients
With everything going on in the world right now, feel-better food is in high demand. It never hurts to have some good soup, or at the very least, some good broth, stocked in your freezer.
Nobody wants to cook when they don’t feel good. But if you make some ahead of time to keep in the freezer, you’re far more likely to eat something that will actually benefit your body and give your immune system a nice, nutritional boost when it’s feeling at its worst.
Can You Freeze Sick Day Soup?
You can! Just be aware that you want to freeze the soup separately from the grains or pasta. While they will certainly freeze, it’s been my experience that this freezes better when the two are separated. Grains and pasta can become mushy if frozen in soup.
Plus, it never hurts to have a good broth in the freezer for multiple reasons. And if you need to, simply freeze in single portion sizes so you can just add some grains or pasta, one serving at a time. Souper Cubes are fantastic for freezing in portions! I use them all the time. You can find them on Amazon at the ad below. (Not paid to promote them. Just sharing what I use in my own kitchen).
What To Serve On A Sick Day
If you want something to serve with this soup, the most logical answer is, of course, toast. But to get the most vitamins and minerals out of your diet, you’ll want to eat a variety of foods rich in high-quality nutrients.
So here are some other ideas as well to generally round out your day nutritionally. You can serve them with the soup if you like, or serve them separately. This is simply a list of foods that always helps me feel better when I’m down for the count. Some are just comfort foods, but most are usually good options when you feel yucky.
- orange juice
- ginger ale
- a teaspoon of honey
- any citrus fruits will help thanks to the vitamin C.
- ginger tea
- plain yogurt – this is good when you are sick but not congested. Dairy products make congestion worse. But plain yogurt is great for the gut because it’s full of probiotics. So only eat yogurt if you aren’t congested.
- hot water with lemons or limes
- broccoli – it’s a superfood for a reason!
- crackers or pretzels – not the highest nutrient foods, but they really well with soup without making an upset stomach worse. (In most cases)
- coconut water – great for keeping you hydrated!
- bland foods are typically better than spiced foods. You won’t need a ton of flavor in your food anyway if you are congested and can’t taste much.
- sweet potatoes – they are easy to bake or microwave and have a ton of good nutrients. Plus they tend to gentle on your tummy.
- cereals – as long as they aren’t full of sugar, they tend to be easy to throw together and are usually pretty gentle on your tummy. Just remember, if you’re congested, you may want to use a non-dairy milk to avoid further congestion. Your nasal passages will thank you.
8 cups chicken broth – no sugar added (usually as dextrose), low sodium is best.
1 tsp. celery seed
1 tsp. garlic powder – Garlic granules work great too.
4 large eggs
2 cups cooked quinoa – cooked pasta or rice work too.
How To Make Sick Day Soup
In a large soup pot, combine your broth, celery seed, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.
Add your grain or pasta.
When everything is warmed through, turn the heat off, whisk in your eggs quickly and remove the pot from the heat.
Allow to cool and serve.
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Sick Day Soup
- 8 cups chicken broth (no sugar added, low sodium is best)
- 1 tsp. celery seed
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (cooked pasta or rice work too)
- In a large soup pot, combine your broth, celery seed and garlic powder. Bring to a boil.
- Add your grain or pasta.
- When everything is warmed through, turn the heat off, whisk in your eggs quickly and remove the pot from the heat.
- Allow to cool and serve.
Recipe from the ®Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 11/23/10.