I can't believe it is February already! Much of January has seen us dealing with one of the nastiest cold strains either of us has ever had. My husband's started just before New Year's and he still has a cough. Mine has been a bit more problematic with complications so I'm still under the weather. While good, healthy and nutritious food is important any time it is especially important when you are sick to help your body heal. That is the time you want to pack in as much extra nutrition as possible. We have been relying heavily on casseroles, home-made/home canned soups, and salads to get us though.
Of note, everyone knows to avoid dairy if the illness includes a gastrointestinal upset. However, leafy green salads should also be avoided in this case as they make digestive system work harder. The alternative way to get your leafy greens if you have a gastrointestinal upset is through juicing once you are well enough to be off of clear fluids.
Have you seen those charts in the women's magazine's that give you a choice of meat, vegetable, starch and extras to make different versions of the same dish? Well, Mom's Surprise Casserole is exactly the same except I've never taken the time to make a chart. Here's a bit of an idea of what I mean for choices:
- ground meat - beef, chicken, turkey, venison, pork
- vegetables - corn, potatoes, carrots, peas, green beans or whatever vegetable strikes your fancy
- soup - any kind of condensed soup (I prefer using my home canned soups), vegetable soup, smooth soups
- topping - cooked macaroni, cooked rice, mashed potatoes
- cheeses - your choice of any cheese you like; I like to add a soft cheese (eg. cream cheese, yogurt cheese or Cheez Whiz) stirred into the pasta until melted before topping then adding shredded hard cheese after topping. This is a great way to use up those little bits of left-over cheese!