My man is sick. This means one thing, how can I comfort and take care of him without touching him and getting sick myself? Ah yes, by cooking. But the challenge is we don't necessarily have the same comfort food.
I started with the traditional Chicken Soup. He's really been enjoying the soup. In making soup, I just use whatever vegetables I have; here we have spinach, onion, celery, carrot, and edamame.... Yes, I know edamame isn't a vegetable! I actually simmered some organic chicken breasts to get a fresh broth and then I shredded the chicken and added it back in when the noodles were almost done. I'm not picky about noodles so I used whatever I had which turned out to be some whole wheat spaghetti noodles broken in small pieces.
Next I went for something that is more my comfort food - hey, it's hard watching someone be sick! Of course, you knew it would entail lots of vegetables, I emptied my vegetable drawer of carrots, asparagus, red cabbage and fennel. Chopped it in similar size pieces and roasted it. While that was roasting I cooked some whole wheat spiral noodles. When they were done I mixed the noodles and vegetables with some Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Topped it with a some rustic breadcrumbs more Parmesan and olive oil and baked it until golden on the top. This made for a very comforting dinner for both of us.
Tonight Joe had more soup, while I had beets. See, Joe was supposed to be traveling today and I had bought beets at Whole Foods last weekend just for tonight. I fully enjoyed my beets and he fully enjoyed his soup - probably even more so since he got cookies afterward!