Soup for the Sick

28 10 2009


It’s almost November and flu season is already upon us.  There has been a lot of talk (hype?) in the media lately about seasonal flu and the H1N1 virus.  I wasn’t paying too much attention until yesterday, when I woke up with a sore throat, stuffy nose and body aches.  I spent two months last winter battling a horrible flu bug (I even lost my sense of taste and smell for a few days which is a nightmare for a recipe developer!) so I’m anxious to get well soon.  

So if you or someone you love comes down with the flu, why not whip up some soup?  It’s warming and soothing and can help provide vitamins and nutrients.  We often lose our appetites when we’re sick but somehow soup still seems to hit the spot. Obviously canned soup is easiest but none of the following are difficult, especially if you use a good quality prepared stock.

Meanwhile, I’m stocking up on popsicles, lozenges and cold medication while awaiting my flu shot next week.  I made a batch of chicken noodle last night and it was the perfect thing to soothe my throat and fill me up. Serve with toast and a mug of lemon tea.

Autumn/Winter Soup Recipes:

Chicken Noodle – This is classic ‘sick’ food for a reason: it’s filling, warming and comforting.   

Peppery Leek and Potato – One of the simplest soup recipes I have.  Reduce the amount of pepper if your patients have tender throats.

Cabbage Roll Soup – The perfect soup if you need something with a bit more substance.  

Butternut Squash Soup – If you’re interested in soups that are lower in fat but still have a lot of flavour, look no further than my primer on How to Prepare Flavourful Low-Fat Soups.

Mushroom Soup – It’s rich and decadent but oh so delicious for mushroom lovers.

Bon Appétit and Good Health to you All!


Chicken Noodle Soup




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