Flu season always is the worst time of year, especially after moving away from home.

chicken noodle soup

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My first illness experience outside of my parents’ home was spent in an apartment less than 15 minutes away.

It was at the point when I no longer could leave my apartment that I realized not only did I not have any orange juice or chicken soup, but also a lack of proper medication had become an issue.

Thankfully, this first time on my own, I was rescued by my brother.

After that, I always made sure I had a few things in my apartment for when — not if — I came down with a cold.

First, I always have a can of condensed orange juice in my kitchen.

Second, I stocked up on the medicines my mother always kept on hand for us as children, just in case.

I also keep ingredients on hand to create easy chicken noodle soup.

This soup can be left in a crock pot and checked periodically.

It’s especially good for when everyone in the house has caught “the bug.”

Chicken noodle soup ingredients

  • 3 cans low-sodium chicken noodle soup
  • 2 cans low-sodium Campbell’s Chicken & Stars soup
  • 1 can carrots, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can cut green beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large can low-sodium chicken stock


Combine all of the ingredients in a crock pot that has been set on medium heat.

For extra protein, add shredded chicken. Rotisserie chicken also is a great option.

Enjoy! (Other than the being sick part, of course…)