I am happy to tell y'all that I am FINALLY starting to feel a bit better. The combination of sleep, antihistamines/decongestants, various natural remedies and as a last result, antibiotics, has finally made a dent in the allergies/sinus infection I've been suffering from for close to a week. Today is the first day I am not running some kind of fever, and when I talk, I sound less like Patty and Selma.
Since it has been painful to breathe, let alone swallow "normal" food or drink, I've been living on soup, herbal tea, and popsicles. I've also been sipping on a concoction our family pediatrician told my mom about back in the day when she couldn't get me or my sister to sit still long enough to drink hot tea. Put a little honey in a (microwave safe, of course) glass, warm it up, and add lemonade. Stir well, and drink. Works the same way as hot tea with lemon and honey, and is much more appetizing on a hot day than knocking back a hot cup of tea.
Also? If your significant other/friend/parent/etc. tells you to mix honey, lemon, and whiskey in a shot glass, heat it up, and sip it? Do it, no matter how skeptical you are. It helps. I think its mainly the whiskey that helps, because if you drink a few of those, you really don't care how sick you are anymore.
My go-to sick food is soup, though. I'm a notoriously picky eater, so I usually make my own soup and try to freeze some to have on hand as needed. Sunday I discovered I was out of "emergency soup" in the freezer, so I dragged myself out of bed and whipped up a fresh batch. At my house, we refer to this as "Decongestant Soup" because it's a bit on the spicy side and definitely helps open up those nasal passages. It evolves everytime I make it, but here's your basic recipe/idea.
About 2 lbs. Chicken Breasts/tenders/cutlets (whatever you've got on hand, I'm sure you could use boneless thighs if you are in to eating those)
1 medium sized onion (white or yellow onions work best)
1 bell pepper (any color)
Oregano (I usually put just a few drops of a highly concentrated Oil of Oregano I get at the health food store in my soup; it's sold as a natural antibiotic and it is REALLY pungent...you don't have to add the Oil of Oregano, a few teensy tiny sprinkles of oregano add the same flavor)
Black Pepper (a mix of peppers/peppercorns is fine too, whatever you've got)
Hot pepper (use whatever you like, I always keep a can of those chipotle peppers in adobo on hand and then freeze what I don't use for later, I've also used fresh jalapenos in this soup)
Stock or broth (chicken or veggie both work great), about a quart
Can of black beans, drained
Small can of corn, drained
Any veggies you are looking to use up, think would be a tasty addition, etc. I sometimes add a small can of Ro-Tel diced tomatoes (the kind that has green pepper, lime juice and cilantro added) to my soup.
Chop up your onion and bell pepper in to small pieces. (Bite-size or smaller, its up to you) Cut your hot pepper into itty bitty pieces. As I mentioned before, I keep frozen chipotles on hand , and will grab one of them and chop it up while frozen, which makes things nice and easy for me. If you are using a fresh pepper, make sure you clean and seed it before you put it in your soup.
If you are using frozen chicken, thaw it until its still a tad on the frozen side, because this makes it a bit easier to cut up. Anyhow, take your chicken and slice it up into small pieces.
Get a medium-sized pot. Splash some vegetable oil or olive oil in the bottom of it and turn the heat on low. Add as much garlic as you deem necessary. Toss in your chicken, and add all your spices and seasonings to taste. Brown your chicken in the garlic, oil, and spices for about 4 minutes.
Throw in your onion, bell pepper, hot pepper, corn, and any other veggies that may need some time to cook and soften up (i.e. zucchini, etc.) Stir everything up real nice-like, and keep stirring and cooking for about 5 minutes. (Now, if you want to make your soup thicker, you can add some flour to the stuff in the pot, and mix it in thoroughly. )
Add your stock or broth to the mix, and your black beans, tomatoes, any other "soft" veggies that need less time to cook. Simmer everything for about 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn the heat waaaaay down, and add your lemon and lime juice. You will add this to taste; I usally add about 1/2 cup of each.
Toss in some fresh cilantro if you have any. Stir well, and let warm through for about 5 minutes.
Now get a bowl and dish yourself up some soup.
I love this recipe, because when I am sick, the spiciness not only helps me breathe easier, it lets me feel like I can actually taste food. I hate being sick and having that dulled sense of taste.
I've got FO's to show you tomorrow...that is, if anyone is around in blogland since I think 95% of you are going to MS&W this weekend. Hope y'all have lots of fun and safe travels.
I'm gonna go blow my nose now.