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Want to help a sick friend or family member feel better? This Get Well Gift Basket with homemade chicken soup will perk them right up!
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Being sick is the pits! When I taught Kindergarten, it seemed like I had a cold or worse every other week, especially this time of year. Things are a lot better now that I don’t work with five year olds every day but I still remember how it felt.
That’s why I’m putting together Get Well Gift Baskets for friends and family when they get sick. It’ll include all the things that always make me feel better when I’m sick, from homemade chicken noodle soup to hot Bigelow Tea.
January is Hot Tea Month and it’s the perfect drink for cold and flu season. I love hot tea anyway but when I’m sick, it always warms me up and soothes my scratchy throat. I knew it would be perfect for my gift basket. With shopping list in hand, I went to Walmart to pick up what I needed. There’s nothing I can’t find at Walmart and I knew they’d have everything on my list.
My first stop was the tea aisle where I headed straight for the Bigelow Tea. Bigelow has tons of flavors to choose from and it took me a few minutes to narrow it down. Did I want the Mint Medley, Green Tea With Pomegranate, Orange & Spice…decisions, decisions! In the end I went with the Lemon Ginger With Probiotics and Green Tea.
I chose these Bigelow Teas for my gift basket because they’re the ones that I’d pick out for myself. I really like the flavor of the lemon and ginger combined in one tea. Plus, the Lemon Ginger With Probiotics not only supports healthy digestion, it’s all natural and caffeine free. The Bigelow Green Tea is also all natural and packed with healthy antioxidants. These were going to be perfect.
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Get Well Gift Basket
I had the tea but my basket needed more than just tea and soup, right? I added two more things that are a must-have for any sick person…tissues and cough drops.
A hot bath always makes me feel better when I’m sick. I threw in some lavender salts and a magazine. I also threw in a succulent, just because it was pretty!
While not technically a basket, I loved this chalkboard box because I could personalize it however I wanted.
Now that my gift basket was finished, I poured a quick cup of tea for myself before I got started on the Chicken Noodle Soup.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Every sick person should have a bowl of chicken noodle soup. It’s good for the soul, right? I love this recipe because it’s so easy to make and really flavorful! Did I mention that it’s easy?
Start by cutting up some carrots, celery and onions. My five year old loves to watch me cut onions…she thinks it’s funny that they make me cry. I MIGHT be guilty of playing it up a little, just to entertain her.
You’ll also need egg noodles and chicken. I used a rotisserie chicken (the easiest) but you could cook a boneless chicken breast instead.
After gathering the rest of my ingredients, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a stock pot and add the carrots.
Sautee the carrots for two minutes over medium heat, then add celery and onions. Stir in garlic, basil, thyme and oregano and sautee until vegetables are cooked through, about five minutes.
Add broth and bring to a boil. Boil egg noodles for 7-9 minutes, then stir in chicken and cook until warmed through. Easy right? Your soup is ready to eat!
My family loves this homemade chicken noodle soup and my girls eat every last drop whenever I make it. Any recipe that gets them to eat their veggies willingly is a winner in my book!
Chicken soup may be good for you when you’re sick, but it’s not bad when you’re healthy either!
You can even pair it up with your favorite Bigelow Tea.
This was the last thing I needed for my Get Well Gift Basket. I added a small bag of crackers on the side.
The Perfect Gift For A Sick Friend
I put everything in a cute box, added a couple bows and the basket was ready to go.
Is it bad that I want one for myself and I’m not even sick? If you love cheering up your friends and family when they’re under the weather, this is perfect way to do it!
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Once you make this delicious (and easy) homemade chicken noodle soup, you'll never want soup from the can again!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup rotisserie chicken (cut)
- 3/4 cup carrots (sliced)
- 3/4 cup onions (diced)
- 3/4 cup celery (diced)
- 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 6 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cup egg noodles
- 1/2 tsp basil (dried)
- 1/2 tsp thyme (dried)
- 1/2 tsp oregano (dried)
- parsley for garnish (optional)
Heat olive oil in stock pot
Add carrots and saute over medium heat for two minutes
Add onion, celery, garlic, basil, thyme and oregano and saute until vegetables are cooked through (approx 4-5 minutes)
Pour in broth and bring to a boil
Stir in egg noodles and cook until tender
Add chicken, cooking until warmed through
Add salt and pepper to taste
Have you ever made a gift basket for a sick friend? What makes you feel better when you’re feeling under the weather?
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