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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This week's lunch round-up with illness in the family

Italian turkey-noodle soup

One of my kids has been see-sawing with illness for several days. One day doing better, the next, sick as a dog. Yesterday was one of the "bad" days. You know how those go, right?

Anyway, my first thought, when one of us is sick, is a big pot of chicken soup. But what I had was turkey, so turkey soup it was/is.

On Friday, I had roasted a turkey. So I had the remains of that in the fridge. Yesterday morning I pulled the legs and wings off and simmered in water for a couple of hours. We're not huge turkey soup fans, so ours probably doesn't look like your standard turkey soup. I make mine Italian-style. I add lots of garlic, onions, herbs, tomato paste, leafy greens and pasta to the broth and meat. The leftovers were packaged up in screw-top containers for grab-and-go lunches today and tomorrow.

I also had 5 leftover baked potatoes in the fridge to work with this week. I halved them, scooped out the insides, mashed with butter, cream cheese and a some leafy greens, refilled the potato shells, then baked the halves once more. Quick, easy and yummy!

Here's what's on our lunch menu this week:

  • Italian turkey-noodle soup
  • twice-baked potatoes
  • mixed fruit sauce, using frozen rhubarb, blackberries and leftover cranberry sauce
  • pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins (I was craving chocolate, so the family gets these this week!)
  • peanut butter sandwiches
  • fresh oranges
  • ham sandwiches

With Monday a holiday, its a short work and school week, so I didn't put a lot of effort into making these lunch items. Our oranges are beginning to run out, now, so I'm adding in some fruit sauces, made with frozen fruit from last summer. And I am very grateful to have the supply of ham lunchmeat, picked up on sale earlier this month -- makes for easy lunch prep.

(The "sick" one is on the mend, though still in bed today. We're trying to keep the rest of us healthy. I set the hand sanitizer out on the kitchen counter, and have been wiping down door knobs, light switches, cabinet pulls and fridge handles, obsessively. Hopefully, we can stop this illness in it's tracks.)

So, how about your household? Have viruses gotten the better of anyone in your family? Do you cook anything "special" when someone is sick? 

Wishing you a fabulous week!



  1. YUM!
    I hope everyone else avoids it and the mending continues.

    So far we haven't had anything bad enough to put us down in bed, but we've fought a sore throat/sinus combo twice now....often after having love em.

    1. Hi Shara,
      I'm fighting it myself, today. Thanks for your well-wishes.

  2. Hope your sick one is feeling better soon, Lili. We are OK here, knock on wood. lol

    1. Hi Belinda,
      I'm glad your household is all well. As a teacher, you must come in contact with a bunch of germs each winter. What's your secret for not catching all the colds and viruses?

  3. My son was sick a few weeks ago. He drove some of his classmates to New York City for a meeting and was very nervous about driving in the city. Well the city driving went well, but on the 3 hour trip home, he had to stop at every rest stop and throw up. At first, I thought it might be from nerves, but he was sick the rest of the week and missed a week of school. The whole thing sounded miserable to me. (Sorry if anyone is eating while reading this.) Luckily, none of the rest of us has been sick this season. Hope everyone in your house is feeling better soon.

    1. Hi live and learn,
      Oh no! That must have been horrible for him! Stomach viruses are the worst. I'm glad your son is well again, now. Not exactly a fond memory of the road trip for him, I'm guessing!


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