Sick Eats

As I mentioned on Tuesday, I am sick. Again. Stupid immune system. Unfortunately, SINCE Tuesday, my sickness has only progressed from bad to worse. I’m on Day 2 of using up my precious PTO stores and staying at home in my jim-jams, trying to minimize as much of the sneezing, sniffling, congestion, and general misery as I can. Sigh.

I suppose that at least there’s the benefit for you in that I don’t really have an excuse not to post my daily eats, eh? And I even used the good camera to boot. So here’s a photo smorgasbord of what a day in the life of sick Gretchen looks like from a food perspective… in between Sudafed-fueled naps.


I started off my morning attempting to make Tina’s (from Carrots ‘n’ Cake) 2-ingredient pancake.

In theory, it’s a very simple recipe: 1 banana + 1 egg = a pancake. Well, in reality, I evidently don’t have the requisite patience to make it happen quite perfectly. But considering it was my first try, I don’t think it turned out too poorly! It was more like half-pancake, half-scramble, but I’ll take it! I added cinnamon to the “pancake” mix, and topped it with crunchy peanut butter. Bacon on the side.


Mid-morning I munched on some glorious cashews. Pistachios had better watch out, the spot for favorite nut (hehe) could quite possibly be in contention soon.


Then, lunch. I wanted soup, since I am sick, and being sick is the only time I want soup (I actually kind of have a thing against soup most of the time, hahaha). The only non-spicy soup in my pantry was a can of Campbell’s Tomato so I snagged that. Then I became a freakin’ genius, and decided to make the soup not with skim milk like I usually do, nor with water like the WEAK, but with Trader Joe’s Light Coconut Milk instead. LIKE A BOSS.

It. was. flipping. fantastic.

Seriously. Do it, do it, do it, do it. It’s like, 1000x creamier, just a hint coconutty, and seriously SO much more filling. I only made it through less than half of the bowl.


Though granted, that may have been partially due to the slice of Martin’s potato bread and the deeeelicious cob of corn I had on the side. But still! Coconut tomato soup — who knew?!


Afternoon snacks were my last packet of Annie’s bunny gummies…


And a bowl of peanut butter puffins with almond milk. Yes, when I’m sick (slash always), evidently I have the eating habits of a 6-year-old.


By the time dinnertime rolled around, I was literally devoid of any energy to make more food. Ergo, a combo of leftover pizza with a couple of leftover caprese salad discs from the night before. Kind of a crazy delicious combination, actually!

And lest we forget all the many, many, many glasses of water (and subsequent bathroom trips, bahaha) there were in between all the meals. Oy. Staying hydrated has never seemed so tedious.

And with that, I’m going back to bed. Or going to exchange my whole head for a new, non-congested one. Whatever takes less effort.



  1. You should take echinacea and Emergen-C during this season. When I actually worked in an office, that would be what I’d pop like candy and drink like water.

  2. i’m sorry your not feeling well! all of your sick eats still look delicious! i need to try making tomato soup like that..holy yum!!

  3. YUM to your sick eats! Love your ELVIS style breakfast! I make a banana egg sometimes, and it never “flops” quite right. But it’s good anyway! I haven’t paired it with bacon though- that sounds like a must!
    I hope you feel better real soon! Whenever I start getting sick, I take a ton of ZINC lozenges. They work like a charm for me!

  4. You eat better as a sick person than I do as a regular person. hahaha.

  5. Coconut Tomato Soup. You. Are. A. Genius.

  6. I feeel ya. I’ve been sick this week too and it was the first week of classes. Booo. I will definitely have to try the soup with coconut milk. I’ve been eating soup like it’s my job. Stupid sickness.

  7. Holy monkey! That soup looks so yummy!

  8. Not bad for a sick day!

    When I’m sick, all I want is cereal, strawberry milkshakes from McDonald’s and diet ginger ale. And lemme tell ya, finding DIET ginger ale isn’t easy!

  9. gonna try the tomato/coconut soup..sounds yummy. Hope you feel better!

  10. Feel better! (You’re making me hungry with these pics!)

  11. Okay..had to comment again. I tried those pancakes this am with a plantain instead of banana with a sprinkle of cinnamon and touch of vanilla. The perfect breakfast and so filling. YUMMO! Going into rotation 🙂

  12. Oh I hope you feel better soon! Another fun pizza combo… Nacho Cheese Doritos on cheese pizza. Do it.

  13. Ughhhh. I hope you feel better. I keep getting hit with allergies and then I feel sick again. That tomato soup with the coconut milk looks like a great idea! I gotta try it!

  14. Hope you’re feeling better, Gretchen! I’m a huge fan of the two-ingredient pancake (plus cinnamon!), and it takes a few tries to get the execution down. Heck, I made one this morning that broke into three pieces. I found that using a small banana and medium egg helps a bit.

  15. you take such pretty photos

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