Often when we're not feeling well, cooking is the last thing we want to do. Here are ideas for simple, nourishing comfort foods from staples you're likely to have on hand.
- Smoothies: They go down easy and are simple to make. Click here for recipes!
- Scrambled Eggs: Step-by-step pictures and video for stove-top scrambled eggs (from the American Egg Board). Serve on whole grain bread with a side of a small salad or fresh or canned fruit.
- Peanut Butter Sandwich: For a special treat, try peanut butter spread on toasted frozen waffles topped with banana slices. If you frequently run out of bread and have limited freezer space, keep some large, whole grain crackers -- frequently called "crispbreads" -- on hand. Use them in place of bread for such spreads as peanut butter, nut butters and egg salad sandwich mix.
- Oatmeal: This whole grain is delicious, warm and soothing. Use milk when preparing oatmeal for added nutrition. Try our Quick Berry Oatmeal.
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich (Made on a double-sided electric grill.) This quick and easy recipe is made on one of those electric counter-top grills with a double-sided grill surface -- the kind that grills both sides of food at one time
- Start heating grill. Spread the outside of two pieces of bread with butter, margarine, or olive oil.
- Place sliced or grated cheese between the bread with the buttered sides of the bread toward the outside.
- Grill on your preheated grill until the outside of the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Time will vary, depending on your grill -- it may take 2 or more minutes. Start checking early the first time you make these. Complete your meal with a crunchy apple or perhaps a steaming bowl of cream of tomato soup.
Feeding Children When They Are Sick, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
This article was originally written by Alice Henneman. It was reviewed and updated in 2022.