10 Soothing Recipes for Sick Days Home with Kids

updated Nov 28, 2023
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Sick days at home with kids require a lot of energy — both the mental kind required of parents trying to balance working from home and playing another episode of Paw Patrol and getting another glass of water, but also for whoever is fending off sickness.

Feeding sick kiddos is also a balance of making something tasty (especially if appetites are low) and also nourishing and hydrating to help with recovery. These 10 soups, pastas, and smoothies are easy to make, flavorful, and soul-soothing too.

Recipes for Sick Days Home with Kids

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Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli
This slow cooker recipe make you fall in love with the bean and pasta Italians know best.
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Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Soup

This is our slow cooker take on the classic sick-day soup, which has the benefit of added fat and collagen from the whole chicken cooked in its broth.

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One-Pot Meatballs & Pasta Os
Make everyone around the table excited about dinner with this recipe for pasta and meatballs inspired by spaghettios.
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Best Miso Soup at Home

Miso soup is literally as easy as heating up broth and cutting up tofu and green onions. If your kid isn’t that into tofu, consider swapping the protein for a can of drained chickpeas or white beans instead.

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Egg Drop Soup

Another incredibly easy but nourishing soup, egg drop is all about broth and lush, protein-rich eggs.

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Wonton Soup

This recipe calls for homemade wontons, but you could easily sub frozen ones and just rely on the garlic-ginger broth to soothe sore throats or unsettled tummies.

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Strawberry Smoothie
An easy recipe for a classic strawberry smoothie made with fresh strawberries, banana, and Greek yogurt.
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Coco Loco Smoothie
The Coco Loco smoothie features a coconut base, a handful of cauliflower, and some frozen mango for a kid-friendly treat.
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Easy Banana Kiwi Smoothie
This kid-friendly smoothie balances the spinach with bananas, avocado, and kiwi for a sweet, creamy flavor.
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Starbucks Medicine Ball
An easy recipe for an at-home version of Starbucks' Medicine Ball tea.
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