Meals for a sick friend

It’s flu season and friends are laid up with a cold. Or possibly your co-worker is recovering from surgery. A neighbor may have broken a bone and has limited mobility. We want to help, but how? Deliver a meal to show that you care.

Cooking light comfort food : home-cooked, delicious classics made light.
New York : Oxmoor House, c2011.
This fresh approach on comfort food takes the food readers love to a whole new level.Cooking Lightis passionate about making healthy taste great, and for years has been helping readers transform their favorite recipes from their often unhealthy originals into healthier versions that retain all the memorable flavors.Comfort FoodisCooking Light‘s first collection of over 200 classic comfort food recipes that fit into a balanced diet-and no one will know they are light. Readers can choose from fried chicken, mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, brownies and cookies, coconut pie, crab cakes, sweet potato casserole, and more! Along with the recipes, theCooking LightTest Kitchens staff includes their tips and techniques for lightening a variety of recipe classics-from casseroles and soups to pasta and pancakes, helping readers learn strategies to “lighten up” some of their own favorites. Packed with helpful tips and colorful photos,Cooking Light Comfort Foodis loaded with special features: “5 Ways with...” provides readers with five unique recipes for enjoying classics like mashed potatoes, meatloaf, and mac and cheese. “Recipe Makeovers” highlights a reader-submitted recipe and how it is made healthier-while keeping it delicious at the same time. Saving time is always important to busy home cooks, so “30 Minutes or Less” icons showcase super-quick and easy recipes. There is something for everyone in this warm, cozy cookbook that’s chock-full of comforting recipes.
500 heart-healthy slow cooker recipes : comfort food favorites that both your family and your doctor will love
Dick Logue.
Beverly, Mass. : Fair Winds Press, 2010.

Everyone loves the comfort-food appeal and convenience of slow cooker fare. However, traditional slow cooker recipes are high in sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat. This book lets anyone with heart disease, hypertension, or high cholesterol enjoy flavorful, healthy versions of slow cooker favorites.

500 Heart-Healthy Slow Cooker Recipesgives readers quick and easy recipes for hearty stews, savory casseroles, nutritious soups, and delicious desserts. This is a healthy eating that you can love and that will love your heart.


Semi-homemade comfort food
Sandra Lee.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2010.
An abundance of soul-satisfying and easy-to-prepare recipes for fans of Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade show

Readers rejoice! Sandra makes saving money a breeze for seasoned home cooks and cooking novices everywhere with her new book Semi-Homemade Comfort Food. Packed with full-color photos and ten instructive chapters featuring over 125 flavorful and satisfying recipes for casseroles, braises, roasts, baked pastas, side dishes, soups and sandwiches, and stews and chilies-as well as breakfast dishes and, of course, desserts-Semi-Homemade Comfort Food will help CEO mom satisfy the whole family any day of the week.

This gem is filled with tips for busy homemakers and winning recipes like Salisbury Steak Stew, Loaded Mashed Potato Pie, and French Toast Casserole, all sure to delight adults and kids alike.

  • Features more than 125 easy-to-prepare recipes that every family will love, all photographed in full color
  • Sandra's Semi-Homemade Cooking airs daily on the Food Network and her popular Semi-Homemade magazine is now entering it's second year of publication
500 best comfort food recipes
Johanna Burkhard.
Toronto : R. Rose, c2010.
Comfort foods all have one special thing in common: they make us feel good.The warmth of soul-satisfying foods evokes memories of childhood favorites -- of mom's kitchen and delicious family dinners. That spells comfort today, and Johanna Burkhard's recipes are simple and reliable yet incredibly comforting and delicious. Many of them can be made ahead of time and frozen for later use.Some of these inviting recipes are: Cheese-smothered onion soup Harvest vegetable barley soup One-hour roast chicken with sage and garlic Zesty barbecued spareribs Best-ever meat loaf Amazing chili Mama's Italian cheeseburgers Spaghetti with creamy tomato clam sauce Wild mushroom risotto Chocolate marshmallow fudge Oven French toast Cheese cornbread Sour cream fudge layer cake with frosting Creamy rice puddingWith recipe shortcuts and serving suggestions throughout, these are 500 dishes that will inspire new comfort food traditions.

Everyone must eat, so make sure that your friend has fresh, nutritious food available.  Cook extra portions of your family’s dinner and take enough for everyone in the sick person’s household. Call ahead to let them know you’ll be furnishing that night’s dinner. Take foods that are easy to heat up or prepare.

Use throwaway containers, or else be specific about when you’ll pick up your dishes. You don’t want to cause a burden to return dirty dishes.

Gifts of Food

Stop by with dessert one evening. Stay to chat while you both eat it.

Bake a wholesome banana bread loaf and freeze it—it can be consumed any time.

Schedule friends to provide a series of meals for the invalid.

When your friend is ready to venture out after a long illness, take her for a short drive and stop for a snack.

Other ideas

Find out if your sick friend has dietary restrictions and plan the meal accordingly. If he has a limited appetite, think of light but tempting dishes:

  • Homemade chicken noodle soup. A classic!
  • Egg or Tuna salad paired with a fresh French loaf
  • Grilled chicken breast with rice and fruit

Sometimes the invalid will want simple comfort food, especially when he starts to feel better. In that case try these easy-to-transport meals:

  • Baked potato and meat loaf
  • Grilled pork chop with mashed potatoes
  • Baked spaghetti and meatballs

Include a small gift with the meal to make it special. A current magazine or popular book on CD would be welcome and would relieve the boredom of too much TV. 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff