My new favorite diet-food is my mom’s 8-Grain Congee. It works for whatever diet you’re on. It’s vegetarian, but contains protein and essential vitamins and minerals to support good health. The multigrain gives it a low glycemic level while the high fiber and water content fills you up and keeps you full until the next meal.
Ingredients: All dry
- 1 tbsp Soybeans
- ½ cup Red Beans
- 1 tbsp Green Beans
- 1 tbsp Lotus Seeds
- 1 tbsp Peanuts (optional)
- 1/3 cup Black/Purple Rice
- ½ cup Brown Rice
- 1 tbsp Barley/Millet
- ½ cup Jujube (Chinese Red Dates)
- 7-8 cups Water
- Put all ingredients in an electric pressure cooker
- Set on high pressure to cook for 45 minutes
If you don’t have a pressure cooker, I would recommend buying one because it’s so versatile and it makes cooking so much easier and faster. Brown rice that normally takes up to an hour to cook, takes 20 minutes in the pressure cooker!
But if you don’t want to dish the money, cooking in a slow cooker will also work, but just double the time or cook until the beans have softened. If you must use the old-fashioned pot on the stove method, make sure you have a HUGE pot and fill it only half-way. You run the risk of the content spilling over if the temperature is not controlled correctly at low.