The best way to maintain your health everyday is through diet. Congee is a great way to start your morning on your journey to health and wellness. Congee is a Chinese breakfast food. It’s a thin porridge made of simple ingredients, rice and water. This rice soup strengthens the spleen-pancreas. It’s easily digested and assimilated, tonifies the blood and the energy, harmonizes the digestion and is demulcent, cooling and nourishing.
By starting the congee and preparing the condiments the night before, you can easily fit this breakfast into a “Rise and Run” lifestyle.
1 ¼ cups short-grain brown rice or white rice, rinsed well and drained
Other recommended sweet condiments:
Maple syrup or honey
Milk, soy milk, rice milk or yogurt (with live acidophilus)
Raisins, cranberries or other dried fruits
Walnuts, pecans or other nuts, toasted
Wheat germ, toasted
Sesame or sunflower seeds, toasted
The night before you plan to serve the congee, bring 6 cups water to boil in a medium saucepan. Add rice, return to a rolling boil, cover, and remove from the heat. Let stand covered at room temperature overnight.Alternatively, to cook the congee the same day, bring 6 cups water to boil and add the rice. Reduce the heat to a very low, cover, and simmer for about 1 ½ hours, stirring a few times during the final ½ hour.
In the morning, place the covered pot over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally. If the mixture seems dry, add a small amount of hot water. – just enough to give it a slightly soupy consistency. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the congee is creamy, adding hot water a little at a time, if necessary. When the rice has reached the desired consistency and is heated through, serve with a selection of the condiments.