When you’re under the weather, admit it or not, eating may be the last thing that’d come to your mind. But eating while you’re sick can do more than offer energy.
Some food would help you feel better, stay hydrated, and recover more rapidly, and one of these is soup. Sometimes, simply breathing in the fragrant and warm steam from a bowl of soup is enough to make you feel better.
So when you know someone who’s feeling unwell, here are some of the best soups you can make to make them feel better.
1. Chicken Soup
Chicken soup is a good source of protein, calories, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients are essential, especially when you’re recovering from an illness. This soup is also a good source of electrolytes and fluid, which are beneficial if you’re at risk of dehydration because of fever, diarrhea, and vomiting. Here’s a chicken soup recipe you may want to consider:
- Bones and carcass of 4-5 pounds of roast chicken
- 2 pieces medium carrots
- 4 cups chicken broth (low in sodium)
- 1 onion
- Kosher salt
- ½ cup white rice
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
- Bay leaf
- In a pot, place the carcass and bones from the chicken. Add the broth as well as 4 cups of water, then cover. Over medium heat, cook until boiling point, simmer, and then cook for at least 20 minutes. Make sure to remove any fat or foam using a ladle.
- Remove the carcass and bones, then set them aside until for cooling.
- Put in the bay leaf, onion, carrots, and celery.
- Simmer until the veggies are half cooked. Usually, this will last for 10 minutes.
- Stir the rice in. Keep cooking until the grains become al dente.
- When the bones and carcass are cool, remove the meat then shred it into small pieces, bite-size.
- Make sure rice is cooked, then add chicken meat into the broth. Simmer for about 1 minute until it’s warmed through.
- Put in the parsley.
- Add salt to season.
- Serve hot.
Aside from chicken soup, you may also want to make a paleo chicken soup.
2. Homemade Ramen
Ramen is a comforting soup for someone who doesn’t feel good. This is best to try during cold weather.
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 4 teaspoons grated garlic
- 3 teaspoons grated ginger
- 4 cups water
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 packs instant ramen
- 1-ounce dried shiitake mushrooms
- ½ cup chives or scallions, chopped
- 2 cups kale, chopped
- 1 cup carrots, shredded
- Over medium-low heat, add oil to a skillet.
- Add the ginger and garlic, then stir fry for about 2 minutes.
- Add the water and broth. Let it simmer and add mushrooms.
- Simmer again for 10 minutes or until the broth is flavorful and the mushrooms have softened. Add the noodles and simmer for another 5 minutes or until the noodles are already soft.
- Then add the scallions.
- Remove the soup from heat, then stir in the carrots and kale.
- Top it with soft-boiled eggs (optional)
- Season with hot sauce, chili oil, or soy sauce, and don’t forget to add salt to taste.
Note: If you’re wondering what’s the difference between a skillet and a pan, you can visit KitchenThinker. You can also find other recipes you can easily prepare to satisfy your cravings on this website and similar sites.
3. Ginger Poached Egg Soup
Spicy ginger is known to be effective for soothing sore throats. Here’s a recipe where the egg is poached in the broth to add more protein.
- 5 slices fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil or sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari
- 6 cups vegetable or low-sodium chicken broth
- 12-ounce regular bok choy or napa cabbage
- 4 eggs
- Over medium-high heat, add oil.
- Add the garlic and ginger. Cook and constantly stir until garlic is golden brown.
- Add the broth and soy sauce or tamari.
- Trim the stem end from the cabbage or bok choy. If you’re using a big bok choy or napa cabbage, you’d need to cut it into 1.5-inch pieces.
- Add the cabbage or bok choy to the boiling soup, then bring it back to a boil. Lower the heat in order to sustain a simmer.
- Crack the eggs into the soup. Make sure to keep the eggs far from each other. Simmer uninterrupted for about 4 minutes until the egg whites are set and the egg yolks are still runny.
- If desired, top it with Fujikake, scallions, or shichimi togarashi.
4. Split Pea Soup
Here’s another easy and nutritious soup recipe for someone not feeling well.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 medium carrots
- Kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 2 cups dried green split peas
- 1 ham bone or ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 6 cups vegetable broth or low-sodium chicken broth
- Black pepper
- Over medium heat, melt butter in a pot.
- Add the onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until the onions are soft.
- Add the thyme and bay leaves. Season with pepper and salt.
- Put in the dried split peas.
- Add the broth and the smoked paprika or ham hock and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for an hour.
- The peas should be soft and creamy, but make sure it’s not too thick. If it’s getting thick, add some water or broth.
- You’ll know the soup is ready once the peas are soft.
- Transfer the ham to the cutting board and let it cool slightly.
- Remove the meat from the bones. Shed and then stir back to the soup.
- Season and taste with pepper and salt and add more paprika if you want a stronger smoky taste.
- Remove bay leaves and serve.
What’s more comforting than having a bowl of warm and delicious soup when you aren’t feeling well? Whether it be nutrients from vegetables, spices for the sinus, or the healing benefits of broth and proteins, the abovementioned soups could surely make someone feel better quickly.