How To Make A Nutritious Meal For A Sick Friend

Doing tasks can be challenging for a sick person. An illness makes it easy for them to miss responsibilities at work or school. It can also be isolating at times as they won’t have the energy to interact with their friends, co-workers, or schoolmates in person. What’s more, if they’re living alone, it can be hard to cook their own food to keep themselves healthy.

If you have a sick friend, it would be nice to show your sympathy for what they’re experiencing. One way to show that you care is to bring nutritious meals to the comfort of their homes.

There are many kinds of nutritious meals that you can give to them. These foods will provide energy and help them recover faster, stay hydrated, and feel much better. If you want to know some nutritious meals that you can make for your sick friend, keep reading.

1. Vegetable Packed Cabbage Soup

One example of a nutritious meal you can offer is cooking a vegetable-packed cabbage soup. This meal is packed with protein from veggies and white beans, making it light and heart-friendly. You can send this meal along with some ready-made Proper Good food packages. 

That said, here are other reasons to cook this meal:

– Besides protein, this meal offers healthy fiber, minerals, and vitamins. 

– You can prepare it quickly as you can find the ingredients instantly. Moreover, you can cook the meal for around 45 minutes and prepare it for serving.

– You can conveniently cook it on a slow cooker, stovetop, or instant pot.

– You can easily cook it without oil, thus, keeping it heart-friendly and almost fat-free.

If you’re impressed by the reasons to make this type of soup, here’s how to prepare it:

Prepare The Vegetables

Dice one medium yellow onion, dice three medium celery stalks, dice three medium carrots, and mince two garlic cloves. Remember to put them in a single bowl. You can also chop the cabbage leaves into one-half inches and put them in another bowl. Lastly, you can drain and rinse one can of white beans. 

Soften The Aromatics

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot, six-quart, or larger Dutch oven over moderate heat until it shimmers. After that, place the carrot, garlic, onion, and celery, two teaspoons of dried Italian seasoning, one-fourth teaspoon of black pepper, and one and one-half teaspoons of kosher salt. Cook and stir at times until they become softer. Do this for about six to eight minutes.

Place Broth, Cabbage, Tomatoes, And Beans

Stir the cabbage, one can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes and their juices, white beans, and six cups of chicken broth or vegetables. Please wait until it boils.

Simmer For 20 Minutes

Turn the heat low and simmer uncovered until the cabbage is soft. You can do this for around 20 minutes. Likewise, coarsely chop one-fourth of fresh parsley leaves if you want. Then, sprinkle the parsley on the vegetable soup after the steps.

Overall, carefully cook this delicious and nutritious food so it will taste right.  

2. Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi fried rice, also called Kimchi Bokkeumbap, is a Korean fried rice. This meal can have more flavor and texture by adding different meat or vegetables. That said, here are the instructions on how to cook this kind of food:

– Turn the cooker to moderately high heat and preheat the pan. Pour some cooking oil and spread it over the pan with a spatula.

– Place garlic and mix it quickly for around 10 seconds. After that, put some bacon and mix it properly until half-cooked.

– Add kimchi and mix it until it’s cooked for around 80%.

– You can also add mushrooms to make it tastier. Stir them properly for some time. Lower the heat to moderately medium-low heat.

– Put the kimchi juice and rice in the pan. Stir them all together correctly.

– Stir the sesame oil after putting them in the pan. After that, take them out from the pan.

– Place green onion, sesame seeds, and seaweed strips on the fried kimchi rice. Put the fried egg above the meal. 

This is a highly recommended meal for your sick friend. Also, advise them to drink healthy beverages such as tea.

Wrapping Up

It can be challenging to have a sickness. Besides not being able to attend to school or work tasks, it can also be hard to connect with others. What’s more, preparing one’s meal can sometimes take enormous effort. 

If you have a sick friend, one way to help them is to prepare some meals. You must choose recipes that will help them recover their energy and make them feel better. This article provides two examples of foods you can easily prepare. Consider giving these meals alongside other gifts, such as books or gift cards, while your friend is under the weather.

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