Food Wise: Soup and Sandwich for the Flu

| 12/8/2008 2:27:14 PM

Last week I tried pre-packaged organic soup, and I was surprised at how good it was. Normally I would not buy soup in a carton or a can, but I was sick all of last week with the flu and my husband brought it for me, along with ingredients to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

The soup I had was Imagine’s Organic Creamy Broccoli, which has all-natural ingredients and is made with soy milk, instead of dairy ingredients. It wasn’t as rich as the cream of broccoli soups you get at restaurants, but it was definitely creamy and had a very distinct broccoli flavor. It really was the perfect meal for a sick day.

The grilled cheese was delicious too, even though I probably shouldn’t have had it, because I find that dairy makes my body create more mucus, which is what I’ve always believed even though I know there is research about this not being true. Nonetheless, having all of the ingredients at home made the dairy impossible to resist.  

To make the sandwich, I used whole wheat rustic bread and havarti cheese, which melts very nicely. I spread a little bit of butter on the outside of each slice of bread and grilled it in a small cast iron pan. It was really good and pretty much the highlight of my day—so much so that I had the same exact meal the next day.

grilled cheese

Photo by romanlily/Courtesy flickr
Mmmm, grilled cheese.

When I am sick, and this was an especially bad case, I eat very erratically. I am usually not interested in food all day, and then all of a sudden I am so hungry I can eat anything I have in the house. I also become more lenient with myself; if I hadn’t been sick I would have probably heated my sandwich in the oven, instead of in a pan with butter. I know this is not such a great idea because when you are sick you should eat healthier, to be stronger and get better, right?