Sick Day Essentials And The Best Baked Macaroni & Cheese Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc., Campbell’s® , Lipton, Premium Crackers, Theraflu and TYLENOL®. All opinions are mine alone. #SickDaySolutions #CollectiveBias

Raise your hand if you’ve been sick already this year ✋ I’ve been sick a handful of times myself and winter isn’t even halfway over yet! As a mom, being sick is the worst because we don’t really get sick days between caring for our kids, working, running errands and taking care of our homes. Today I wanted to share some sick day essentials as well as a family recipe for baked macaroni and cheese that is absolutely fabulous (especially if you love cheese as much as I do).

Whether you are just shopping for sick day essentials to keep at home or creating a super thoughtful gift basket for a sick friend, these are things I always keep stocked up on:

OTC Medicines

Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu Caplets and TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Warming Honey Lemon are two medicines I count on when I’m feeling under the weather. The Theraflu provides powerful relief without a prescription and helps defeat 7 cold & flu symptoms fast. Tylenol, the #1 doctor recommended pain relief brand, helps stop my painful coughing, congestion and sore throat.

Campbell’s® Chicken Noodle Soup

Campbell’s® soups warm me up when I need it most. These soups have been a staple in my family’s pantry since I was little and I love that they have no artificial colors or flavors. From their chicken noodle soup to their tomato soup (paired with grilled cheese of course!) we love them all. The soup now comes in a value 4-pack so it’s easy to stock up on it!

Original Premium Saltine Crackers*

When I have a stomach flu saltine crackers are a must and Nabisco PREMIUM is the #1 saltine cracker. They are often one of the few things that I can hold down when I’m feeling nauseous. I also love to have them anytime I’m eating soup!

Lipton Bedtime Bliss Herbal Supplement

Lipton’s new wellness range of herbal supplements are boosted with botanicals and carefully blended with essential oils that are known for their wellness benefits. The Bedtime Bliss one, with chamomile, mint and orange peels, contains no caffeine so it’s the perfect thing to have in the evenings before bed.


A box of soft tissues are always next to me when I have a runny nose or a cough.

Hand Sanitizer

When I’m sick the last thing I want to do is spread my germs so I use hand sanitizer to keep the germs at bay.

Baked macaroni and cheese

Another thing I must have when I’m sick? Easy meals that don’t take much prep! Though soup is my typical go-to meal when I’m sick, because I always feel better after a bowl of it, there is just something about making a recipe that reminds me of my childhood that cheers me up and brightens up my day when I’m not feeling well. One of my favorite family recipes is baked macaroni and cheese made with cheese curds and stewed tomatoes. It’s a recipe my grandma made when I was younger and that my mom still makes. I follow the recipe they use but we’ve changed it up a bit with the addition of ricotta cheese to go along with the cheese curds. This macaroni and cheese is the cheesiest mac and cheese you’ll ever eat!


  • 2 1/2 Cups Of Elbow Macaroni
  • 18 oz. White Cheese Curds
  • 14 oz. Can of Stewed Tomatoes
  • 4 oz. Ricotta Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)


Cook elbow macaroni according to the box’s instructions and then let cool. In a large greased casserole dish combine all ingredients and bake (uncovered) at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

And when it comes out of the oven…. so much gooey cheese!

When you are combating winter colds and the dreaded flu you can count on Kroger to have everything you need for the perfect sick kit that will have your family feeling better in no time. Get money saving coupons here to save on essentials at your favorite Kroger banner store.

What do you consider sick day essentials?

*Check Premium crackers box for serving suggestion. Premium Crackers enlarged for detail.

Campbell’s® –  © 2018 CSC LP  Lipton – © 2018 Unilever Theraflu – Read and follow label directions. Theraflu is for use in adults 12 years and older. Use products only as directed. TYLENOL®  ®Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. 2017. Use products only as directed. The makers of TYLENOL® remind you to use only one medicine with acetaminophen at a time.


  1. That mac & cheese sounds awesome. Can’t wait to make it :)

  2. If that is your sick day meal I am totally going to come to your house the next time I’m sick. That looks delicious.

  3. Allison Cooper says

    These are must-haves especially with the flu in full force this year! And yum…my daughter is newly macaroni and cheese obsessed!

  4. Pam Wattenbarger says

    I;ve never used cheese curds in mac and cheese before. I have only ever had them fried.

  5. I think we need to restock our medicine cabinet for our next round of whatever illness passes through our family next. Your macaroni and cheese definitely looks like it would cheer me up if I wasn’t feeling well. So much cheesy goodness!

  6. It seems like our local area just can’t shake the bugs and flus going around! One of my “sick day essentials” is my favorite blanket. It’s soft, warm, and even as old as I am, gives me a little secure feeling. Your macaroni and cheese sounds delicious! Can’t go wrong with cheese!!

  7. I spotted that chicken noodle soup and cheered. That’s my “feel better” item every time something catches me.

  8. Liquid cold and flu medicines are a real life saver.

  9. Those are some great essentials. I hate when our household gets sick. Mac and cheese is great for when you’re sick though. A great comfort food, and this recipe sounds amazing.

  10. Yummy!! I totally would love some of this mac & cheese about now! I am starving for something yummy!

  11. Wow this recipe looks super tasty. So much more tastier than the nasty boxed mac and cheese! My kids would love this!

  12. I have never made macaroni and cheese that looks so good. I am lucky we have not been sick yet this season so I will keep those OTC remedies handy.

  13. We are all so sick in our house. These are great supplies to keep stocked in a house when everyone is not feeling well!

  14. Love the recipe and that is homemade! Can’t wait to try it!

  15. That mac and cheese sure looks yummy! I love mac and cheese so I’m always on the hunt for new recipes to try.

  16. This looks really comforting! I love mac and cheese when I’m feeling under the weather.

  17. Comfort food at it’s best!!! Thank you for the warning at the end!

join the conversation


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.