Healing Congee: A Nourishing Meal for Recovery
When recovering from illness, the food we choose plays a crucial role in nourishing our bodies back to health.
Drawing wisdom from traditional Chinese medicine, we advocate for meals that are well-cooked and moist during convalescence. This approach aims to reduce the amount of energy your body uses for digestion, freeing up more energy for recovery.
One go-to meal in such situations is Congee. This warming, nurturing, and easily digestible dish is not only delicious but also an excellent choice, especially during winter. The best part? You can garnish it to suit any taste.
We invite you to try our Congee recipe and discover the nurturing benefits it brings during recovery. Don't forget to share your favorited toppings with us in the comments below. Your journey to wellness is a shared adventure!
1 cup rice, washed 7 cups bone broth or vegetable broth
½ tsp salt
1 inch knob of ginger, grated 3 stalks green onion, sliced
200g chicken, sliced or 3-4 eggs
1 tbs sesame seeds
Soy sauce to taste
- Add the rice, broth, salt, ginger and chicken (if using to a pot and bring to boil.)
- Reduce to simmer stirring occasionally so the rice doesn't stick to the bottom.
- Cook for approximately 40-60mins or until desired consistency is achieved. 4. For a thinner consistency, add more broth or water.
- If using eggs, stir through gently in the last 5 mins
- of cooking.
- Top with a combination of your favourite ingredients.
Optional Additional Toppings for Added Nutrients
- Sesame seeds: A good source of calcium.
- Seaweed: Provides a beneficial amount of iodine.
- Miso paste and Kimchi: Both are excellent sources of probiotics.
- Spring onions and Crispy garlic: These are good sources of prebiotics.
- Coriander and Garlic chives: Both are rich in antioxidants.
- Bonito flakes: A good source of protein.
- Sautéed mushrooms: An excellent source of vitamin D.
Mix and match based on your preference and dietary needs. Your journey to wellness is as much about enjoying your food as it is about nourishment!