Congee (Alternative Porridge)
Start your day the super healthy way with this delicious congee recipe.
Most people underestimate the importance of eating breakfast. What you have in the morning sets your blood sugar for the day and stops increased craving in the evening. This congee recipe is a wonderful winter warmer, packed full of nutrients, which you can tailor to your specific needs. See below for suggestions.
A Congee is a grain based, usually rice, (you can use millet, quinoa or amaranth) medicinal porridge originating from China.
You can add: fresh fruit, mixed or single berries, rehydrated dried fruits, such as goji berries, ground seed mix, fresh grated ginger, fresh grated lemon rind, cinnamon, sea vegetables, miso soup or anything else you fancy!
Using a slow cooker, place a handful of rice or alternative grain, in 5-6 times the amount of water.
Add your desired flavouring such as the suggestions above and leave it all night so that it is ready for breakfast the next morning.
It is said that the longer the congee cooks the more powerful it becomes.
You can do this in a wide necked flask too and leave it all night.
Eat as a healthy breakfast whenever you feel like.
It can jump start your digestive system.
Its long cooking time breaks down the grain, making it easy to digest and assimilate.
It strengthens digestion, builds energy and enhances metabolism.
It is high in nutrients and low in fat and sugar.
Nutritious Suggestions to Add to this Recipe
• Aduki beans – Diuretic, good for oedema & gout
• Carrots – aid digestion and flatulence
• Ginger – warming and for indigestion
• Mung Beans – reduces fever and relieves thirst
• Sesame Seeds - moistens intestines & great for rheumatism