When you’re under the weather, there’s nothing a hot and nutritious meal, or warm beverage can’t fix. But when you’re on your own, even thinking about the process that goes into making the meal can seem like a daunting task. However, you have to get better, and this is where we have got you covered. Check out these three easy recipes that you can try making at home on a sick day.
1. Moon Milk
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1
Warm milk is a common remedy to treat sleeplessness. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, give this drink a try.
• 1 cup whole milk or nut milk (as prefered)
• ½ tsp cinnamon, ground
• ½ tsp turmeric, ground
• ¼ tsp ashwagandha, ground
• 2 pinches cardamom, ground
• A pinch of ginger, ground
• A pinch of nutmeg, ground
• 2 pinches black pepper, ground
• 1 tsp ghee or virgin coconut oil
• 1 tsp raw honey
Step 1: In a small saucepan, pour in the milk and simmer it over medium to low heat.
Step 2: Add turmeric, cinnamon, ashwagandha, ginger, cardamom, and nutmeg. Season with pepper. Now, whisk it thoroughly to mix and break down any lumps.
Step 3: Reduce the flame, and add ghee or coconut oil. Continue to cook for about five to 10 minutes, until the milk is nicely warm.
Step 4: Remove the pan from the stove and let it cool for a while. Add the honey and stir. Pour in a mug and drink warm.
2. Cold Remedy Soup
This soup will not only unclog your nasal passage, but also leave you feeling relaxed and comforted.
• 2 tbsp butter
• 2/3 cup brown onion, chopped
• 4-5 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1 tsp ginger, grated
• 4 cups vegetable broth
• 2 ½ tbsp soy sauce
• 1/8 tsp white pepper
• 100 gms dried fettucine noodles
• 1 cup peas, frozen
• ½ cup cilantro, chopped
Step 1: In a large pot, melt butter over medium to high heat. To this, add in the onions and cook for about three minutes.
Step 2: Add in the chopped ginger and garlic, and cook for two minutes.
Step 3: To this, pour over the vegetable broth, making sure you continuously stir the mixture. Next, add in the soy sauce and white pepper, and let it boil.
Step 4: Add in the noodles to seasoned broth and cook for an additional eight minutes. Add in frozen peas just before taking the pot off the gas.
Step 5: Garnish with cilantro before serving.
3. No-Cream Cream Of Broccoli Soup
Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Serves: 1
Another recipe that’s bound to leave you feeling relaxed and satisfied, this creamy soup is perfect for when your appetite is back.
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• ½ cup leek, sliced (only the white part)
• 2 ½ cups vegetable broth
• 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed
• 1 head of broccoli, chopped
• ½ tsp lemon zest and 1 tbsp lemon juice
• ¼ cup Parmesan, shaved
Step 1: In a pot, heat the olive oil over medium to high flame. Add in the leek, and stir for about three minutes, or till the leek becomes tender.
Step 2: Add the vegetable broth and the cannellini beans, and bring to a simmer. Then, add the broccoli and cook for another five minutes till it becomes tender.
Step 3: Once tender, you want to blend the ingredients to a fine puree. Once completely pureed, pour the soup back into the pot.
Step 4: Add some lemon zest to the soup, and season it with salt and pepper.
Step 5: Continue heating the pot over medium to high flame for another two minutes, till it’s warm. Before serving, add the Parmesan and black pepper as toppings.
Please note: It always helps to have some fresh vegetable broth handy, especially on the days when you’re sick. It can last upto three days when refrigerated. Here’s an easy recipe.
• ½ tsp olive oil
• 1/8 large onion
• 1/8 celery stalk, including the leaves
• 1/8 large carrots
• 1/8 green onions, chopped
• 5/8 garlic cloves, minced
• ½ sprig parsley, or basil
• ½ sprig thyme
• 1/8 bay leaves
• 1/8 tsp salt
• 2/3 cups water
Step 1: Chop the vegetables into one inch chunks.
Step 2: In a pot, heat the oil and add onion, celery, carrots, garlic, thyme, parsley, and bay leaves. Stir them and cook over high heat for
about 10 minutes.
Step 3: Pour water, and add salt. Bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and let the mixture simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
Step 4: Strain the broth and remove the vegetables.