Once again, a basic recipe that I thought I would share which your little one might enjoy.
If you do a google search for congee you will notice that like pasta dishes, there are many congee variations and recipes.
Growing up, my mum would mostly make us an elaborate congee for breakfast and basic congee for when when the kids were feeling unwell. When unwell, as a child I remember it being the perfect food. Not only was it easy to swallow, the fact that it was bland also made easy to digest and would keep my tummy nice and warm.
Now, on the rare occasion I would make my husband and I congee for breakfast however, it has been a really long time. So over the Easter weekend during a visit to see my girlfriend and her family, she brought back memories when I saw her feeding her little man some congee for breakfast. My little girl couldn’t just sit and watch her friend eat, so she had to have some too. One and a half small bowls in fact. This was also about the same time little M started to feel unwell and (as they do) become really fussy with her food. I was therefore ecstatic when she polished the dish.
So for the next few days while I focused on looking after her and getting as much calories into my unwell bub, she downed congee for lunch and dinner 🙂
Whats in this congee?
1 cup of white rice
A handful of spinach
The basic instructions on how to make
1. Rinse the rice in a small pot, then add approximately 3-4 cups of water and place the pot on a stove over high heat.
2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, finely chop up the mushroom and spinach. Once the water starts to boil, turn down the heat and cover the pot with a lid.
3. Occasionally check on the rice and when it appears just about cooked, add in the mushrooms and spinach, then turn up the heat and bring to boil for about 5 minutes.
4. Turn down the heat and place the lid on the pot again. Let the congee simmer for 5-10 minutes.
5. Your congee should now look like rice soup. Once the rice tastes soft enough to eat, turn the stove off and let the congee cool. You will notice that when the congee cools, the rice would have soaked up most of the water.
You can make it fresh on the day and it should take you no longer than 30 mins. The second day I also added tiny bits of ginger to the congee as an effort to help aid recovery but I will leave that up to you and your bubs taste buds.
Thanks for reading and if all else fails on the food front, do keep this congee in mind.