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Mar 30, 2007 10:42 AM

Post-surgery food: Please help!

I'm going to be cooking for someone who is recovering from pretty big surgery. That means everything has to be clear: clear juices, jello, broths. I'm going to make a basic homemade chicken brother with carrots, celery, onions, herbs, etc. But I'd like to then divide that into smaller portions and flavor them differently so he doesn't get bored. I'm thinking one with garlic, one with ginger. Beyond that, I'm a bit uninspired. Rosemary? Help!

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  1. Bayleaf, basil and lemon. Ginger & lemongrass & hot pepper. Lime, cinnamon, thyme & hot pepper. Nutmeg, orange & tarragon.

    1. I'd also explore other clear soups. Pho broth and miso soup both make me feel better when I'm ill.

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      1. re: chloe103

        Be careful with miso, as it's not really "clear". Also, hot pepper may not be the best thing--it's apparently a blood thinner and for some people can cause problems.

        1. re: foodslut

          Thanks for the heads-up on the hot pepper. I wasn't even thinking about that part, just something to impart extra flavor.

          1. re: foodslut

            Tumeric is also supposed to have restorative agents. Perhaps season some chicken broth with some tumeric. Usually nutritionist will advise on do's and don'ts if blood thinners are used.

        2. cook some greens; (collards; turnips; mustards) strain and give him the broth from that..grandma called it "pot liquor". It's full of vitamins to help him get back on his feet.

          1. There's a great cookbook that I ordered off Amazon for my friend who has cancer. "Cooking well for the unwell".

            Lots of great tips. Good luck.


            1. I don't know if they're clear, but 'bone broths' (soups made from roasted bones) are supposedly helpful for healing.