Thursday, September 2, 2010

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day...

We are sick.

By we, I mean three out of the four of us that are home all day long. Baby MULE is doing well.

Whenever I get sick, I always think of eating chicken noodle soup, and no, I don't mean chicken flavored ramen. I have vivid childhood memories of staying home from school and drinking down a bowl of chicken noodle soup with saltine crackers (we would also eat rice soup, but I'll save that for another post). I never liked it as a kid, but it tastes better now that it is mixed with an ounce of nostalgia.

But I have this nasty habit of ruining the eating experience by adding vegetables.

We eat our macaroni and cheese with vegetables.

If I ever cook hamburger helper, I add vegetables.

If I ever make tuna fish sandwiches, I add vegetables.

If I ever make corn bread, I add vegetables.

If I ever make ramen, I add vegetables.

So there I was, can of chicken noodle soup in hand, scrounging around in the refrigerator, looking for, you guessed it, vegetables.

And I found it! Zucchini!

Since the instructions on the soup can say, "Do not boil" I decided to grate the zucchini, that way I didn't have to cook it separately.

Well, sounds great in theory, but in reality...

Sludgy pond water, anyone?

Even I didn't want to eat it.

But then I had a stroke of genius!

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day.

Give a man a handful of goldfish crackers, and he'll eat just about anything.

What do you eat when you are sick?


myimaginaryblog said...

We eat chicken noodle soup. Without zucchini.

Actually I think in every instance you've described, I'd rather have the vegetables on the side. I have several times told my husband, "PLEASE don't add the peas to the macaroni and cheese. It'll be just as nutritious separate, plus then the kids will actually eat it."

I do like minced celery or pickles in my tuna sandwiches.

Other than chicken noodle soup, when we're sick we follow the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. And also sometimes Sprite or soda crackers.

Micah E. said...

We always had saltine crackers and 7Up. I'm not sure why.

Brooke said...

Flat Sprite and toast if it's the flu and grilled cheese and soup if it's a cold.

Pam C. said...

I prefer shredded carrots in my soup/ramen. I like shredded zucchini in my rice. When I have a cold, I like a glass of orange juice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in it (no veggies).

Hope you're feeling better.

Karin said...

Um...I still just think that's gross. I like the idea of carrots in ramen or zucchini in rice. But not in my chicken noodle, especially if I'm sick.

We do the BRAT diet and also saltines and also yogurt (for good probiotic action.)

Token Asian Friend said...

I like the BRAT idea, except (because they are picky eaters) one of my kids would be RT, and another one of my kids would be BRA.

But I DO like the idea of zucchini and rice. Do you just stick it all together in a rice cooker?

And, I love the orange juice and ice cream idea. For any day, really.

Pam C. said...

I'm afraid you'll never talk to me again if I confess this, but I'm a failure at cooking rice. I usually cook "success" rice in chicken broth, then add sauteed veggies after.

Robert and Sherry Leal said...

Whatever I feel like...I'm sick and I'll find any opportunity to pity myself and allow some cheating on an otherwise "healthy" diet. :)