The Best Comfort Foods to Get You Through Flu Season
As cold weather sets in, so do telltale symptoms of seasonal illnesses like the flu. These healthy comfort food recipes fit the doctor's prescription. Enjoy them any time—whether you're under the weather or above the fray and hoping to stay that way.
Slow Cooker Chicken Mole
Chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, peanut butter, garlic, and crushed tomatoes get things off to a healthy start. And let's never forget the healing power of dark chocolate.
Pho and Ginger Lime Soup
Fresh lime juice, chopped fresh jalapeno pepper, carrots, leeks, and fresh ginger keep this Vietnamese-influenced soup on the healthy side. This soup is both incredibly soothing and nutritious.
Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh
Turmeric has long been hailed as a superfood. It has a polyphenol called curcumin that scientists are studying for its beneficial effects on certain diseases. Here, turmeric combines with cinnamon and cumin to season slow-simmering chicken, garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes, and carrots in a Moroccan-influenced recipe.
Mexican Chicken Quinoa Salad
The super foods really queue up for inclusion in this healthy recipe. Quinoa is tossed with avocado, jalapeño peppers, spinach, red bell peppers, and fresh salsa. The chili peppers are packed with nutrition, including loads of vitamin C and potassium.
Chef John's Chicken Satay Burger
A juicy burger has the power to make sick days a bit better. This burger is high on flavor without being excessively fatty. The healthy standouts are the quick- pickled veggie slaw and delicious peanut sauce that go on top.
Chicken with 20 Cloves of Garlic
Not just for keeping vampires away, garlic has a long history as a folk remedy for ailments, ranging from the common cold to the plague. And it's not just garlic doing the healthy heavy lifting here; red wine vinegar, olive oil, and herbs are at work to keep you on your feet all season.
Arugula Salad with Cannellini Beans
Arugula is a dark leafy green with a pleasantly bitter edge. It brings vitamins A and C to this recipe, which also features healthy fresh basil and cannellini beans. If your beans were canned in a salty solution, knock out some of the sodium by rinsing them thoroughly under running water.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
We couldn't forget chicken noodle soup. It's the reigning champ of flu-fighting comfort foods. Lean over the steaming bowl and feel your achy pains melt away. Simmered veggies deliver vitamins and antioxidants. Soup helps to keep you hydrated, which is crucial when you have the flu and/or a fever.
Lemon Chicken Soup
The broth is the star of this dish, boasting ingredients like fresh spinach and vitamin C-rich lemon juice. Reviewer MOIREBRI gives it 5 stars because she "thought it was absolutely delicious in addition to being quick, easy, inexpensive and super healthy!"
Double Chicken Tea
Crush your cold or flu with chicken in a tea cup. This is a seriously concentrated version of chicken broth. "Chicken in liquid form," as Chef John calls it. The broth is strained and simmered gently until it's super concentrated and clear as tea. Chicken tea helps to restore gut health and is an anti-inflammatory.