November 29, 2009

Butternut Squash and Brown Rice Porridge (congee-style)

Before diving into making Christmas sweets I needed some detox food to recover from my Thanksgiving indulgences. My mother made a wonderfully simple squash and rice soup for our Black Friday brunch and I couldn't resist playing with the idea when I got home. I used up one of my smaller butternut squash with short grain brown rice. After they cooked together to make a creamy porridge I topped it with green onions, fresh ginger, soy sauce and fried locally-grown shiitake mushrooms. It was savory and comforting and was the perfect stomach healing food I craved. I also tried out a variation with brown sugar and Earth Balance margarine for my son. Alas, he objected to the squash, which is usually a favorite vegetable of him. I thought it was pretty tasty myself but not as appealing as the savory version. Here is what I did:

Butternut Squash and Brown Rice Porridge
Based on this recipe for Yum Yum Brown Rice Congee
Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup short brown rice
4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup peeled and diced (1/2 inch dice) butternut squash, other squash or pumpkin
toppings (suggestions listed at the end)

-Add the brown rice, salt and water to a small soup pot. Bring to a boil, stir and then reduce the heat to a strong simmer. Cook covered for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
-Add in the squash and bring back to a strong simmer. Cook covered for another 30-45 minutes until the squash is tender.
-Top with your desired toppings and serve warm.

Optional toppings:
-sliced green onion, fried shiitake mushrooms, freshly grated ginger, soy sauce, chili oil
-brown sugar and butter (or EB)
-if I had some I would have tried some kim chee and a poached egg or maybe

Another variation with brown sugar and Earth Balance margarine
(real butter or a splash of cream would be even better if you can have them)
This week's 9 Bean Rows share: (clockwise from top)
bok choi, parsley and rosemary, rye bread (my favorite), apples, potatoes, salad greens and kale
*note the cat tail and rear, they were eager to be fed
It's been ages since I posted a shot of Abbie.
She likes to annoy me by sitting on the counter, where she isn't supposed to be, and chewing on the squash stems.

17 comments:

doggybloggy said...

so funny to see the cat again....

Adam said...

Great idea about the detox, I wish I thought of that. Congee would be perfect right now as the day gets cold, such a comforting thing :)

Mother Rimmy said...

I love it! What a terrific light dish. The cat is darling too.

The Puritan Impulse said...

Your kitty is so pretty!
That congee (or jook) looks delicious, butter and sugar? I've never heard of that! So its like a dessert congee?

Nina Timm said...

Funny that I should wake up to a thought of a possible detox this week.....great recipe. Comforting, yet healthy and so good for you!!!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

What a lovely congee! I made a turkey version yesterday, but I love your vegetarian version!

pigpigscorner said...

this is a great idea! Looks so good!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Both versions sound great! YUM!

Marysol said...

I wouldn't need to detox (not that I've ever attempted it) in order to pounce on that bowl of soup.
The ingredients alone would generate a smile with every spoonful.

Btw, Abbie is precious, and she knows it.

pickyeatings said...

I think your cat is adorable, and one of mine also hangs out on the counter when he's not supposed to, and he's been gnawing at a pumpkin stem for about a month now.

Alisa said...

I have never been a big porridge fan, but that looks delicious!

Abbie is beautiful.

Daily Spud said...

I must admit that I'm not a big fan of porridge-y style rice - at least I think I'm not, though maybe I should just give it a whirl and see...

Jo said...

The cat's cute and this dish looks extremely comforting on a cold day. We have a similar congee (or porridge as we call it) dish here but we would use sweet potato instead.

TavoLini said...

Good ideas with the kim chee! I might have to try that...

We Are Never Full said...

i had to comment only to tell you that your cat is so freaking cute. oh my god. i want to jump into the picture and give her a hug.

prashant said...

I love it! What a terrific light dish.

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debbie said...

gracias for the recipe.

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