Cold and Flu season is upon us which means its time to stock up on two things, hearty soups and Kleenex. Find out how to be prepared with both, in case the “sickies” hit your house.
This week my kids have been battling runny noses. They aren’t really too sick, just have the icky nose thing going on. Even still, when the “sickies” of any kind hit our house, I like to go full force combating them. For me this means preventing the spreading of germs and helping my kids to feel better before a little runny nose turns into a full blown cold and ends up in a week off of school.
There are a few “combat tools” that I like to bring out whenever I see the “sickies” start to make an appearance. The first is a box of nice, soft Kleenex Tissues. When my kids get sick they always get red, chapped skin on the bottom of their little noses. This is so miserable for them, and makes them feel even worse. For that reason I try to stay stocked up on good quality tissues, so that I can bring them out to comfort their little noses. I even like to have some Kleenex “Pocket Packs” available for them to keep at the ready!
Right now, you can get stocked up on Kleenex by printing this great coupon for $1.00 off Kleenex four-packs at Target. This is a great item to buy and have on hand, so you are prepared if the “Sickies” do make an appearance at your house. Plus, on my visit to Target I spotted a 4-pack of Kleenex on sale, in addition to a $50 off coupon attached to the package. Combine that with the Target coupon and you’ve got a great buy!
My second combat tool is a bowl of hearty soup. I strongly believing in filling sick bodies with something warm, comforting and nutrient rich to give them the strength to fight off whatever virus has come its way. One of my favorites is Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup. It’s creamy texture and delicious taste, along with the fact that it is packed full of vitamin C, makes it a perfect tool to combat illness (or to just add a little warmth to a cold winter day).
- 8-10 medium russet potatoes
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 2 cloves fresh, diced garlic
- 3 cups steamed broccoli
- 1 cup milk
- ¼ cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
- Peel and quarter potatoes
- In large pot combine potatoes, carrots, garlic, chicken broth and just enough water to fully cover potatoes. Allow to simmer on medium heat for about 45 minutes or until carrots are fully cooked and potatoes are soft and mushy.
- In a separate pan, mix milk and flour, and whisk with a fork until flour is fully incorporated. On medium heat, warm milk mixture. Stir constantly until mixture begins to thicken, then add both cheeses. Continue to stir constantly until cheeses are fully melted and has formed a sauce.
- Mix cheese sauce with potato mixture and add steamed broccoli.
- Serve with warm bread or tortilla chips.