It's the time of year again when everyone on campus is catching a cold! I don't know if it's the close quarters or the lack of sleep, but it seems almost like a fall tradition here.
My freshman year, I caught the cold and stubbornly avoided going to UHS when it got worse. Two weeks later, I went home for a long weekend and found out I had a sinus infection AND ear infection! (How is that even possible?) After that, I've been trying to make time to slow down and rest when I'm not feeling well, easier said than done!
How do you manage when you're coming down with a cold? Chicken soup, or a cup of tea? Last year, my friend picked up a "get well soon" meal from the dining commons when she was sick, which included hot soup, crackers, toast and ginger ale to-go. Another friend swears by the pho from Star Ginger when she's not feeling well. When I was sick last week I made kale and quinoa pesto, an easy, warm meal that tasted way better than a can of chicken soup. I chopped up kale and sauteed it with a little olive oil and garlic, before mixing in quinoa, a spoonful of pesto, and some mozzarella cheese. It didn't cure my cold, but it was really good!
Now that I'm feeling better, I'm heading to the store this afternoon to stock up on groceries and Halloween candy...after I check out the walk-in flu clinc in the Student Union. My nursing major friends have me totally convinced!
Kale and Quinoa Pesto Bowl (adapted from Table for Two)
1/2 cup quinoa
1 cup kale, chopped
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 tablespoon basil pesto
1/4 cup shredded mozarellla cheese
Salt and pepper
Prepare the quinoa according to package instructions. Heat the olive oil on medium in a skillet, then add garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the kale and cook for 5 minutes. Mix in the prepared quinoa, pesto, and cheese. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.