I has the sick: Comforting recipes to speed up recovery (if I could get off the couch to make them)

I has the sick: Comforting recipes to speed up recovery (if I could get off the couch to make them)

Since everyone and their mother, brother and step-uncle twice removed have been getting ill lately (and recycling the viruses), I, too, have finally succumbed to the sickness. Had a decent cold last week and was recovering until my boyfriend got sick again, thus passing it along to me and now I fear I may have the flu. (Yes, this makes for a riveting blog post, eh?) Anyway, enough of the whining and on to the actual reason for the post: sick food! (As in, food I’d like to eat when I’m sick; not food that looks gross or sickly.)

So I’ve been perusing the usual “food porn” databases and these recipes stood out as particularly heartwarming and delicious-looking. Now if I only had the gumption to get off the couch (cozily tucked under a blanket and sporting some fab mismatched PJs and fuzzy socks) and make these myself. Maybe I can con my boyfriend into cooking today…

Butternut Squash Stew with Pepitas and Quinoa (The Year in Food): This Mexican-inspired recipe contains a few of my favorite things: butternut squash, quinoa, pumpkin seeds and…chocolate! It’s a comforting-looking stew with a mole-like sauce. Yum!

Double Broccoli Quinoa (Une-Deux Senses): A fun and innovative recipe using broccoli in a pesto that’s stirred into warm quinoa. (Also, a great way to sneak veggies into a dish for those who aren’t too fond of them.) Topped with avocado, fresh basil and feta or goat cheese — all of which I’m very fond of — this dish looks great and would be a good way to get those much-needed vitamins in your ailing system.

Homemade Naan (Indian Simmer): Mmm…some warm naan with herbs sound so good right now. Slap on some hummus and it’s a party! The kofta recipe on the post looks great, too.

Red Lentil Soup with Lemon (Stylish Cuisine): Creamy, lentil soup with lemon juice to brighten up the flavors of the lentils and veggies. A quick-cooking, dish too.

Spinach Pancakes with Mint-Lime Yogurt Sauce (Five and Spice): I’ll admit it: I love spinach! Ever since my parents conned me into eating it often as a kid, saying I’d be strong like Popeye, I can’t get enough of it. So, combined with pancakes in this yummy-looking recipe, I now have a whole new way to eat spinach! Warm, savory, comforting and spinach-filled goodness.

Split Pea Soup (A Couple Cooks): Forget the images of The Exorcist that come into your head when you think about split pea soup. This particular version is bright, verdant and cheery-looking compared to the usual drab green, mucky color this soup is known for. I also love that this simple recipe uses liquid smoke!

Honeyed Hot Tea Toddy (Big Black Dog): I can have comforting tea and booze at the same time?! I bet the fresh ginger also adds a nice ‘zing’ to this drink.

Do you have any other recipe recommendations or flu-fighting tips? Let me know!

UPDATE: I actually got out to get supplies at the grocery store. Got home and we decided to get Chinese take-out for dinner. So much for that second wind. :-p

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