Nourishing Foods for Colds and COVID-19

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Now that COVID is in the rearview mirror for me, I want to share some of the foods that were so nourishing when my smell/taste was gone. Eating was a chore that had no joy in it. However, I still craved nourishing meals and drinks. These are some of the recipes I enjoyed:

Chicken Tikka Masala

I first found a recipe for Tikka Masala when I was suffering from a head cold and craving an anti-inflammatory meal that contained garlic, turmeric and ginger–both of which are great for opening up sinus congestion. I really didn’t expect the raving review from every member of my family and dinner guest which has had this dish at my kitchen table, but this has become a crowd favorite dinner. 

Blueberry Ginger Smoothe

I pack a lot of nutrition in this smoothie. Spinach, bananas, and blueberries provide lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The ginger helps with inflammation, and the kefir keeps your gut flora healthy. It tastes dang delicious too.

Beef and Vegetable Stew

What’s more hearty and nourishing than beef stew, am I right?! It’s full of vegetables that supply you with vitamin C, carotene, and antioxidants; and a little beef that offers zinc, protein and iron. 

Instant Pot Chicken Stew and Whole Wheat Biscuits

Chicken soup really does heal the soul. This is such a wonderfully comforting meal. And, even when I couldn’t taste it, the hot, buttery biscuits had such a great mouthfeel and the stew soothed my throat. I love taking this to another family, because it feeds a lot of people.

Tropical Green Smoothie

This smoothie packs in a LOT of plants and has the most wonderfully creamy texture. Thus, even when you can’t taste, this smoothie is a winner.

I drank 3 or 4 glasses of Emergen-C every day while I was fighting COVID. It’s a great way to stay hydrated and get some extra vitamin C.

Pacific Foods Red Pepper and Tomato Soup

Because I had ZERO energy for a whole week during COVID, I ate grilled cheese sandwiches with this soup almost daily for lunch. It has just enough zing to make me feel like I might be “tasting” it.

Sweet Coconut Red Lentil Dal

Another Indian Dish with lots of anti-inflammatory spices, this Red Lentil Dal can be eaten alone or with rice.

Well, I hope this list is helpful. What would you add? Tell me in the comments.

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