• ½ cup short grain brown rice
  • 5 large Chinese red dates (jujube), seeded and diced
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnut pieces
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses, honey, or other natural sweetener
  • 1 apple, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt (optional)

For Sweet Breakfast Substitutes:
Use your favorite fruit, cashews, almonds, gogi berries, cacao nibs, coconut, nutmeg, or ginger.

For Savory Lunch or Dinner Substitutes:
Use chicken broth in place of the four cups of water and add onion, garlic, scallions, mushrooms, chicken, shrimp, eggs, peanuts, chili flakes, sesame oil, bay leaves, or saffron.


  • Place the rice, Chinese dates, walnuts, and water in a medium size saucepan. Bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat. Cover with a lid, but leave slightly ajar. Simmer for two hours. Stir occasionally. Add more water if porridge is getting too thick.
  • In the final few minutes add chopped apple, cinnamon, molasses or other sweetener, and salt (optional).

One can also use a crock pot or slow cooker at 175°-200° celsius for four hours to prepare this recipe.

Makes: Serves four to six people | Total Time: Approximately two hours.

recipe_walshAbout the Chef

Chef’s Name: Kayleen Walsh
Family: Husband – Wes Udwin
Community: Encinitas
Hobbies: Zumba, practicing yoga and tai chi, and cooking with my husband
Favorite Local Activities: Walking my dog at Encinitas Ranch, dining at The Fish Shop
About the Recipe: Congee is the Chinese name for rice porridge. Congee is an incredible comfort food, cost-effective, simple to prepare, extremely versatile, and beneficial for your overall health and well-being. This nutritious meal is ideal for the fall and winter months as it strengthens immunity, improves the digestive system, and increases energy.
About the Chef: I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist. My private practice, Holistic Zen AcuMassage, emphasizes the importance of balance in maintaining health, and diet is a very important tool in achieving great results.

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