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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.

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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
Turkey Pho
Turkey Pho
Chicken Soup with Onions and Garlic for the Endless Winter
Chicken Soup with Onions and Garlic for the Endless Winter
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
Roasted Carrot Soup
Roasted Carrot Soup
Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens
Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens

Ginger

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

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Marion Cunningham’s Bridge Creek Fresh Ginger Muffins
Marion Cunningham’s Bridge Creek Fresh Ginger Muffins
Roasted Squash with Maple-Ginger Glaze
Roasted Squash with Maple-Ginger Glaze
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

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)
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
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

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

Ice Pops

Your sore throat will thank you.

Roasted Banana Paletas
Roasted Banana Paletas
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

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