This is part one of comfort food Recipe Sunday.
The healing powers of Congee.
I look at Congee like a vegan chicken noodle soup. If you are feeling under the weather Congee is just what the doctor ordered. Congee is an Eastern Medicine digestive remedy.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, foods that are warm, easily digestible and moistening help nourish and soothe a weakened or inflamed digestive tract. It is a healing porridge, a soupy rice mixture and is very easy on the stomach and offers an accessible source of energy for the body. It nourishes the stomach and spleen imbalances which include bloating, sinus drainage and congestion, headaches and irregular bowel movements. It is ideal for recovery from stomach flus/viruses and food poisoning. This offers your body real food that truly hydrates and nourishes.
There are many ways to make congee, but here's a plant-based version we use, which makes 4 large servings.
Gwyneth Paltrow's egg-less version
8 cups vegetable broth (Knorr's)
6 garlic cloves
1-(3-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and very finely grated or minced
3 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil
2/3 cup of jasmine rice
4 large pinches of salt
4 tablespoons of tamari or coconut amino acids
6 scallions thinly sliced
2 toasted nori sheets
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 tsp coconut sugar
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
pinch of salt
crumble nori sheets in a small bowl and mix all together
Combine the stock, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, rice and salt in a medium pan. Bring mixture to a boil, partially cover and simmer over very low heat fore 30-40 minutes. Stirring every 5 minutes or so to make sure rice isn't sticking.
Garnish with scallions and furikake.
Next week: Vegan Lentil Loaf
Have a great week.