A popular breakfast food in China, congee is similar to a porridge. Fish, chicken, shrimp, meat, peanuts, sesame seeds, and eggs can be added to create an even heartier porridge. Congee is considered to be a restorative, easily digestible and nourishing to infants. This easy congee recipe is made in the slow cooker and can be prepared for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
5 cups water (chicken, beef, or fish stock)
1 cup grain (short-grain brown rice, millet, oatmeal, quinoa, 12-grain meal, etc)
optional spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger)
To Prepare: Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker, and cook on low heat for 6-8 hours. Serve with a little honey* or maple syrup and any variety of fruit (apples, banana, blueberries, mango, raspberries, blackberries, etc).
Try using different condiments such as egg and seafood for a savory congee.
Optional condiments: raisins, dried plums, fish, meat, poultry, fried egg, seafood, fresh fruit
Tip: Store extra congee in 6 ounce mason jars or baby food jars and keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
*Do not give honey to children under 1 year of age.