Cold and flu season is upon us. And unfortunately, most of us won’t get away with not getting sick. In fact, Americans get about one billion colds each year.
When you get sick, all you want to do is lay in bed and sleep. However, it is important to make sure you’re getting all of the necessary nutrients that will help you get over your illness quickly. Because of that, we put together a few vegan recipes that are great to have when you’re not feeling well.
“Chicken” Noodle Soup
What is the one go-to food when someone is sick? Chicken noodle soup, of course! Chicken soup purists may disagree, but there’s no reason you can’t have all the benefits of chicken noodle soup without the meat. This scrumptious soup is made with minimal ingredients but packed with lots of flavor. It makes six servings.
- 1 cup sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 – 5 cups vegetable broth
- 1 1/2 cups chopped frozen vegan chicken
- 1 1/2 cups eggs-free noodles
- 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
- 1 bay leaf
Place carrots in a microwavable bowl with a splash of water. Cover and heat for 2-3 minutes, until tender. Next, add the olive oil, onion, and celery into a large pot over medium heat, cooking until tender. Add in the vegetable broth, vegan chicken pieces, and noodles. Finally, add the carrots, Italian seasoning and the bay leaf. Bring the soup to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for about 10 minutes.
Trying to eat with a sore throat can be miserable. However, yummy smoothies like this one won’t only taste good, but will help soothe your throat as well. Additionally, dandelion greens are full of essential vitamins and nutrients including Vitamin A and C, calcium, iron, fiber, and magnesium, which is responsible for more than 300 enzyme processes in the human body.
- 1 – 2 cups dandelion greens
- 1 nectarine
- 1 banana
- 1/2 – 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup dairy-free milk
Luckily, smoothies are as easy to make as they are to drink. Simply put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Banana Watermelon Seed Muffins
Muffins are a great snack, especially when you’re not feeling well. These muffins in particular are packed with nutty-flavored watermelon seeds that go perfectly with the banana muffins. This recipe makes 12 muffins.
- 1/2 cup watermelon seeds
- 1/4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3/4 cups vegan refined sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 4 ounces melted vegan butter
- 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup dairy-free milk
- 1 tbsp distilled white vinegar
After preheating the oven to 350 degrees F, and coat the watermelon seeds in olive oil. Put the seeds on a baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix together the melted butter, mashed bananas, vanilla extract, and dairy-free milk. Mix all ingredients together, adding in the distilled white vinegar and watermelon seeds. Fill a muffin tin with the batter and bake for about 20 minutes.
These tasty and highly nutritious vegan recipes should have you feeling better in no time! Do you have your own go-to recipes when you’re sick? Share them in the comments section below!