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What do you eat when you're sick?

I have a friend who is recovering from pneumonia, is weak and has no appetite. She's "souped out", has tried grilled cheese, scrambled eggs, toast, and all the typical when your sick items. Does anyone have any other ideas of dishes that would be easy on the system but nutritious and comforting. She's elderly, so probably can't tolerate a lot of spice or heat. Thanks for any ideas!!

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  1. How about rice pudding?

    1. Macaroni and cheese. Cheese grits. Polenta with cheese. And applesauce (haven't figured out how to get cheese into applesauce, but I'm open to suggestion).

      I am also always comforted by a nice Cantonese seafood casserole.

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      1. re: small h

        I like cheesy (instant) grits with an egg stirred in. You can use a hunk of cheddar as your "spoon" while eating applesauce.

        When I'm sick I tend to really listen to my cravings and aversions. Most recent it was yes to cheesy grits w/ham and egg followed by waffles, but no to citrus polenta cake and plain pasta.

        1. re: viperlush

          <You can use a hunk of cheddar as your "spoon" while eating applesauce.>

          My life is now complete. I will think of you next time I'm sick (in a thankful way, of course).

      2. I like cinnamon raisin toast with butter and peanut butter when I'm getting over being sick.
        Add a glass of V-8 and it's a feast.

        How about risotto? Tasty and gentle.

        Hope she's feeling better soon.

        1. howsabout mashed potatoes and gravy? chicken stew? chicken dumplings? hot chicken sandwich on white bread smothered in gravy and topped with canned peas. hot roast beef sandwich (see above). cheap chinese takeout (chowmein, chopsuey).

          1. B-R-A-T: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast. And a bunch of hot low salt broths. Put a couple good chocolates out, so you'll know when her appetite's really back.

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            1. re: kaleokahu

              BRAT is the recovery diet for severe diarrhea/dehydration, so I'm not sure it's what a person recovering from pneumonia would want or need. Personally, I like mushy comfort foods when I'm sick--creamed spinach, chocolate pudding, macaroni and cheese, and shrimp with lobster sauce. Egg drop soup, too.