As a kid, when I was sick, my mother would give me toast soaked in warm milk with a dash of cinnamon. It was my first understanding of comfort food (weird, I know). In China, they make a weak rice porridge called congee for the same purpose. In the west, congee can also be more substantial—like a vegan equivalent to chicken noodle soup—loaded with healing properties from the grains, herbs, and spices.
Souped Up, Healing Congee
In my kitchen, this is a fall and winter favorite! It can be Instant Pot ready-to-cook in less than 10 minutes! I usually have all the ingredients at home, so there’s no shopping. Just put all the good, healthy, fresh foods in the instant pot.
Congratulations! You can let dinner cook while you enjoy two hours of self-care time! Maybe a nap is in order. Or perhaps it’s a good time to curl up with a nice cup of Golden Tea and a good book.
I hope you enjoy this all-time, favorite recipe!