27 Recipes to Make for Someone Who Has the Flu

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Let me preface this by saying: I just had the flu. And by “just” had, I mean that I had it last week. I still have a cough. My nose isn’t in the best shape. I can quite vividly remember the fever, chills, sweating, and general, horrible ugh feeling.

For about a week, I subsisted on chicken noodle soup and ginger ale. However, if you don’t like either of these options (or just for variety’s sake), these 27 recipes are flu-appropriate. They might not cure you (thank you, Tamiflu!), but they will give you comfort.

And, of course, you might be too sick to cook. It’s the flu, after all! Grab your mom, dad, sister, brother, boyfriend, girlfriend, or just friend and enlist their help. If they get the flu, you’ll return the favor.

soups

While chicken noodle soup can actually help clear up congestion and has anti-inflammatory properties, most any soup—especially if you’re a vegetarian or don’t like chicken noodle soup (do I know you?)—is soothing.

Massaman-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup

Massaman-Inspired Chicken Noodle Soup by hardlikearmour

Turkey Pho

Turkey Pho by WinnieAb

Chicken Soup with Onions and Garlic for the Endless Winter

Chicken Soup with Onions and Garlic for the Endless Winter by Nicholas Day

Reform Jewish Penicillin

Reform Jewish Penicillin

by drbabs

A Lighter Spinach and Parmesan Egg Drop Soup

A Lighter Spinach and Parmesan Egg Drop Soup

by inpatskitchen

Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci

Victoria Granof’s Pasta con Ceci by Genius Recipes

Roasted Carrot Soup

Roasted Carrot Soup by Reeve

Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens

Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens by Medha | Farm on Plate

Ginger

For your stomach ache and/or nausea. Might I also suggest some ginger tea?

Marion Cunningham’s Bridge Creek Fresh Ginger Muffins

Marion Cunningham’s Bridge Creek Fresh Ginger Muffins by Genius Recipes

Roasted Squash with Maple-Ginger Glaze

Roasted Squash with Maple-Ginger Glaze by Vicky | Things I Made Today

Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice

Jean-Georges’ Ginger Fried Rice

by Genius Recipes

Natural Ginger Ale

Natural Ginger Ale

by Ashley Centola

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding with Citrus and Ginger by Gena Hamshaw

garlic

To boost the immune system and relieve congestion, of course! Please note that some of these recipes have dairy and are a bit heartier, making them more suited for folks on the tail end of the flu.

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook's Fettuccine Alfredo)

One-Pot Garlic Parmesan Pasta (a.k.a. the Lazy Cook’s Fettuccine Alfredo) by Sarah Jampel

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic by Merrill Stubbs

Sopa de Ajo (Garlic Soup)

Sopa de Ajo (Garlic Soup)

by Marian Bull

Heidi Swanson's Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic

Heidi Swanson’s Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and G…

by Genius Recipes

Marcella Hazan's White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley

Marcella Hazan’s White Bean Soup with Garlic and Parsley by Genius Recipes

toast

Is there a food that’s easier on the stomach? (Probably bananas, but still.)

Crispy Salt and Pepper French Toast

Crispy Salt and Pepper French Toast by aliyaleekong

Toasted Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich on Rosemary Chocolate Bread

Toasted Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich on Rosemary Chocolate Bread by indieculinary

Maple Cinnamon Toast

Maple Cinnamon Toast

by Merrill Stubbs

Avocado Toast with Lemon-Basil Aioli

Avocado Toast with Lemon-Basil Aioli

by fiveandspice

Minty Pea Purée on Toast

Minty Pea Purée on Toast by Gena Hamshaw

Ice Pops

Your sore throat will thank you.

Roasted Banana Paletas

Roasted Banana Paletas by Nicholas Day

Mango Lassisicles

Mango Lassisicles

by Nicholas Day

Homemade Berry Rocket Pops

Homemade Berry Rocket Pops

by Ashley McLaughlin

Endless Summer Matcha Chia Pudding Pops

Endless Summer Matcha Chia Pudding Pops by Kendra Vaculin

What do you make when you (or someone you know) has the flu?

This article was written by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm from Food52 and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.